Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A "More of Him. Less of Me." Prayer (12.7.16)

Lord GOD,
My heart is often not prepared to hear Your voice!

Forgive my lack of attentiveness to Your Word,
and my inability to block out all of the chaos
that sometimes surround me.

I need to hear from you Lord on a daily basis.

Help me to recognize that You are the Only One that has total control over my life, so when I do all the talking, I am not respecting nor valuing the absolute fact that You live in me and desire to commune with me.

May I learn, through patience, how to sit in Your lovely Presence and soak in the vastness of all that You are; without having to say anything. Please show my spirit how to be in a continual state of worship, desire and readiness to hear Your Voice.

Father, send the Holy Spirit to live and dwell within me,
to direct each of my steps and to keep me on the right path;
as I face trials and tribulations that sometimes
appear to be unbearable.

I know Lord that You are Alpha and Omega; the beginning and the end of all things; and that you have all power over every situation.

Keep me GOD in Your Perfect Peace, as I sit at Your feet,
waiting to hear your voice.

Amen 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

See Things as God Sees, Count Your Blessings & Watch Your "Weeds" Fade Away (12.6.16)

My Child,
I know your cares and responsibilities seem immense.
However, if you observe them from above,
you will see they’re really insignificant.

You’ve allowed the little things in your life to overwhelm you. Don’t let the small annoyances steal your joy. Can’t you see that I Am greater than anything that you will ever face?

Why not see them as I do,
like little weeds in a garden.

When you have weeds in your garden, you don’t become so focused on the weeds that you neglect to see the beauty of the flowers growing. However, this is what has happened. You’ve spent so much time trying to handle the weeds and you've neglected to take care of the treasures I’ve given you.

Spend time investing in the blessing I’ve given to you.
Take the time to water and fertilize your blessings,
by learning to appreciate and cherish all
that is good in your life.

When you do this, it will choke out the weeds, so they will uproot easily; and you will not have to worry about them anymore.

So, count those blessings and watch your weeds fade away.

Now, stop worrying about the weeds, and today set your mind on investing in the good things in your life.  Then watch as I send the rain to water every dry area in your life and cause everything to flourish once again.

Read and Meditate on His Word
Matthew 6:30-34 - Wherefore, if GOD so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore, take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of GOD, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Philippians 4:8 - Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.


Monday, December 5, 2016

Ephesians 6:18, Praying in the Spirit (12.5.16)

Faith Believers,
When Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:18 to “pray in the Spirit,” he is urging us to pray as the Spirit enables us to pray; or to pray by the power and direction of the Spirit. In other words “pray in the Spirit” is not a command; it’s an offer of help, help that is available for any praying believer - anytime, anywhere.

The Holy Spirit is the great prayer helper and is eager to guide us in who and what to pray for. The Spirit is on the lookout for believers who will pray for what GOD wants to do. 
How practically does the Spirit do this? 
  • The Spirit may do it by giving you a burden, such a deep love and concern for a person or a cause, that it weighs on you. 
  • The Spirit may do it by giving you an unexpected thought, a thought that breaks in so abruptly that you ask, “Where did that come from?” 
  • The Spirit may do it by giving you a strong impression, a sense that the Spirit wants you to pray about something so that the Spirit can act in response to your prayer. 
  • The Spirit may do it by making a scripture verse come alive in your heart, so that you are reminded of a person or situation that needs prayer. 
The Spirit has control of our hearts and minds and emotions. The Holy Spirit can cause a burden, thought, impression, or insight at anytime to guide us in prayer. If you are not certain that a prompting to pray is from the Spirit, then ask GOD for the wisdom that He promises to give “generously to all” who ask in faith (James 1:5). Our Father God will give the wisdom that He promised so you can be certain.

It is no wonder that Jesus strongly urged believers to pray for the Holy Spirit and promised that His Father in Heaven would most certainly “give the Holy Spirit to those who ask” (Luke 11:13). 
If you have ever asked yourself, “What is the first step I should take in order to improve my prayer life,” then here is the answer. Ask the Father for guidance from the Holy Spirit, trust that God gives you the Spirit, and then lean on the Spirit for help in every aspect of your prayer life. God is willing, He is able and He Will do it.
  -  Marilyn

~ Prayer ~
Thank You Father,
for the gift of Your Holy Spirit!

Help me to be continually aware as the Spirit works
around, in and through me to encourage my heart
towards prayer.

May I be looking for the Spirit’s promptings
and burdens so that I never miss
an opportunity to pray as the Spirit directs!

Lord, I ask in faith for the wisdom You
promised to give generously, so that
my prayer life is filled with purpose
and is always in agreement with You!

May I never choose to lean on my
own understanding, but continually follow
the leading of the Holy Spirit all the days of my life.

In your Son, Jesus' Name I pray,

Amen


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Unshakable Hope & Faith, Anchored in the Word of God, Strong in the Lord. (12.4.16)

Faith Believers, 
Satan’s relentless attempts to destroy my faith have been the very means by which my love for Christ has grown - and my faith, increased. Our lives will always be filled with some form of heartache, loss, and illness. But by GOD’s grace, it should only serve to increase our unshakable hope and greater longing for our glorious eternal future with our Savior, Friend, and Lord.
 
Do you find yourself believing these lies of the enemy? If so, would you join me in recognizing them for what they are, while fighting back with the truth? We must anchor ourselves daily in the Word of God, pray continually, and be involved in a local church.
 
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of GOD, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. (Ephesians 6:10)  - Marilyn

Friday, December 2, 2016

Trusting God's Leading & Letting Go of Fear (12.2.16)

This was written by Ms. Debbie West.
I decided to share because I have been in this same situation.
  -  Marilyn

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your GOD. - Isaiah 41:10

I am a “worst-case scenario” thinker. No matter what the situation, I can always jump to a horrible conclusion. A little cold could turn into a life-threatening disease. A vacation could end in disaster. One small risk might be the worst decision I’ve ever made.

It’s sad really. It would be so embarrassing to talk about some of the places my mind goes to. But beyond the embarrassment, my fear is like handcuffs around my wrists keeping me from serving freely.

Fear keeps me from taking a meal to a neighbor because I don’t want to be taken advantage of. It prevents me from speaking the truth to a fellow believer, because I worry about what they might think of me.

We have been invited to enjoy a blessed life, full of joy, love, and contentment. That means we have to step out to do the things GOD has called us to do. He invites us to participate in what He is doing around us, to connect with and serve people. Now, sometimes caution is wise. We must act with our eyes wide open. But if we don’t do things because we are afraid of what might happen, then we have said, “No” to the blessings of GOD in our lives.

The invitation is simple.
It’s time to trust His leading.
We need to serve our neighbors without fear.

Lord,
Help me to discern caution from fear.
Help me act wisely, but boldly to your invitation.
Amen.

Ask GOD to show you where fear shows up in your life.
Ask Him to reveal the times when fear keeps you
from following His Spirit.

 

 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

God has Closed a Door. Leave it Shut, for He has Opened New Doors. (12.1.16)

My Child,
You’re wondering why your way seems blocked.
I closed a door you left open.
I closed a door that was a place of bondage for you. 

You didn’t recognize the bondage that the door was causing in your life.  So, when you prayed and asked Me to direct your path, I closed it.  I will not allow My children to be fooled by the tricks of the enemy.

I’ve opened new doors to show you a better way, My Way.  Look to Me and trust Me in all situations.  I will show you the right direction.  It’s a way that is not hindered by the ways of man.  I will show you a new way that’s fresh and filled with unlimited possibilities. 

Therefore, leave the door of bondage closed. 
Don’t worry about what you think you lost
during your time there. 

It doesn’t matter, for I have
so much more to give you.
 


Read and Meditate on His Word
Psalm 32:8 - I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. 

Psalm 121:1-2 - I will lift up 
mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. 

Psalm 121:7-8 - The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even 
for evermore

2 Corinthians 2:11 - Lest satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. 


 

December Cover Photo


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Leave Your Cares on the Altar. Fear Not, Fear Not.... (11.30.16)

My Child,
Many of My people are laboring under the burden of anxiety because of their circumstances.

Because they are laboring under the spirit of anxiety, they are not at rest, and they are not at full strength. Turn your eyes again with faith upon Me, for I Am the Lord Your God, and I Will lift you up, and I Will be your strength. 

I Will become the very strength of your heart
and the strength of your body,
for the times of refreshing come from My presence,
the presence of the Lord.

Take those things that trouble you and place them upon My altar where I can deal with them.  As long as you hold on to them and fret about them, you tie My Hands from helping you.  If you don't cast your cares upon Me, they are not Mine and I cannot help you.

Therefore, I say to those of you who find yourself in a time of anxiety, fear not for I Am with you.  My child, fear not, for I have not departed from you.  Fear not, for I will not abandon you nor will I leave you without My Help.   


Cast your cares upon Me and leave them all on the altar;
for I Am the One who can bring deliverance to you. 



Read and Meditate on His Word
Isaiah 58:11 - The LORD will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. 

Psalm 31:24 - Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

Psalm 73:26 - My flesh and my heart faileth: but GOD is the strength of my 
heart, and my portion for ever.

1 Peter 5:6-7 - Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of GOD, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 


 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Words We Say, Should Match the Words We Pray (11.29.16)

Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring - James 3:11

Faith Believers,
James points out that fresh and salty water cannot come from the same fountain.
Our tongues are powerful.

It is important that what we say lines up with what we pray. Listen to the things you say throughout the course of an average day. You may discover that although the prayers you are praying sound “faith-filled,” and in agreement with GOD’s Will; your conversations, and the things that you say, do not line up with your praying.

Here’s an example, you need money to pay your mortgage. You pray fervently - believing, thanking GOD in advance for His provision. So far, so good. Thirty minutes later, someone asks about your situation and you reply, “I don’t know, things look pretty bleak. I don’t know what I am going to do. I’m out of options.” In one unguarded conversation, you've written “VOID” across the prayer you just prayed. You've exposed an underlying issue of unbelief.

Although you prayed the right words,
you weren't actually praying them in faith.
You didn’t truly believe them in your heart.

If we could search our heart, as GOD does, we might discover that we are still looking for a “backup source” (other than GOD). By telling another person our needs, and showing a bit of desperation, we unconsciously may be hoping that he or she will assist us, just in case GOD doesn’t come through. It’s like having a “Plan B.” Sometimes we are not even aware that we are doing this, but it’s a classic case of double-mindedness.

The words we say should match the words we pray.

Our conversations with others should reflect the faith with which we’ve prayed. To pray one thing about a person, place, or circumstance; and then to turn around and confess the opposite is classic double-mindedness.  And this produces nothing.

When someone ask us about our situation, we should respond with, “I still don’t know how GOD Will do it, but I am convinced that He is my source; and that He Is working now to supply all my needs according to His Riches in glory, by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). And for that, I give Him praise.”
   -  Marilyn


~ Prayer ~
Father,

My desire is to pray, believing that You will
answer as I align my prayers with Your Heart.

Keep me from doubting the very words that I pray to You. 
May I trust Your Heart, even when I am unable to see
You at work, around me, in that moment.

Your response is always timed for my good
and for the sake of Your own glory.

Help me to be a yielded intercessor, expressing prayers
of thanksgiving for answers I have yet to see
in the physical realm, but for which I believe will come forth
from Your Heart (and in Your perfect timing)
as I align my heart with Yours.

Amen


 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Press In, Persevere Until the Victory. Going through Gethsemane..... (11.28.16)

My Child,
Many of My people are in the "valley of decision."
Many are positioned at the fork in the road. 
I didn’t bring you to that place of testing
on your spiritual journey to leave you. 

I will be with you as go through those hard places.  I know at times it may seem that I Am not
there and that I don't see or feel the pain of the trial you’re going through; but I Am always with you.
 
Even now, as you read this word, I Am bringing you through the valleys of despair. I Am bringing you through the deserts and through the rocky roads of life.  I Am moving on your situation to transition you from where you are, into your places of destiny.

I have gone before you and prepared the way.


However, it is necessary for you to take hold of My Word and come out of your place of captivity. Just as My Son had to press in at Gethsemane, persevering to and through the cross; in order to guarantee the breakthrough for all of My children, you too must go through your Gethsemane.

You too must press in and persevere until the victory is complete. 
Only then, will you have a complete breakthrough in your life. 
Only then, will you live the victorious life.
Only then, will you walk in My Spirit
      and be ready to do signs and wonders in My Name.

There is a cost to pay for My anointing.  Beloved, remember your trials and tribulations will sometimes be hard because you chose to follow Me, but when you persevere the way My Son did - your reward will be great.


Don't fear the battles, because battles will come and go.
This battle you are going through has already been won.
I have it secured.

It is time for My people to stand up and take their rightful place in My Kingdom. Because of My Son's Victory, your victory is assured. You cannot lose, unless you choose not to have faith, unless you choose not to stand and 
fight, unless you choose not to follow Me because the way is too tough.
 
The choice is yours, I have given you weapons to fight this battle with.

The weapons I provide are not carnal, but mighty to pull down every stronghold.

Use My weapons and not your own.
Trust in Me and lean not on your own understanding.
Lean not on the world, for it will fail every time.

Stand on My Word as your firm foundation.

I Am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, of anything you will ever experience.



Read and Meditate on His Word

Deuteronomy 31:8 - And the LORD, 
he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

Hebrews 4:15 - For we have not 
an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 

1 Peter 1:6-7 - Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 - For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. 

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 - (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through GOD to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of GOD, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 

2 Samuel 22:20 - He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me.