Friday, September 23, 2016

Learning the Art of Patience, How to be Still and How to Be Filled with the Holy Spirit (9.23.16)

Therefore, as GOD’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. - Colossians 3:12-13

Faith Believers,
I have a timeline in which I believe things are supposed to begin and end; and it’s often completely contrary to our Lord’s timeline. Throughout my Christian journey of 35 years, I have had to learn the art of patience, with people and with GOD’s Will.

Sometimes many of us find it easier to judge, rather than to show mercy to others who don't meet our standards. I have stepped ahead of GOD in trying to pick my relationships, jobs, and other things; instead of trusting Him to direct my steps. I am just beginning to understand just how patient and merciful He has been to me all these years, as He has forgiven my bad choices and stubborn ways.

Today, I am learning the art of how to be still,
and how to be filled with the Spirit.

As I do this, the fruit of patience is being pruned in me. 

I can wait on GOD for His timing;
I can show understanding to people who reject GOD;
I am able to show mercy to those who are stubborn.

As the Scripture above says, I must bear with people and forgive any grievances I may have, just as the Lord does with me. Knowing that, I am more willing to wait patiently, and to bear the fruit that the Holy Spirit produces within me.
  -  Marilyn


~ Prayer ~
Lord,
Please grant me the fruit of patience
as I sit still and wait on You and others.

Let me always be reminded of
Your mercy, patience, and forgiveness.

I ask You to prune me in areas where
I still need it, so that I may grow
and bloom in your likeness.
Amen.


Final Thought:  Try sitting still when you're seeking discernment for an important decision or trying forgive someone you need to. Ask GOD to fill you with His Holy Spirit that you may be able to be a witness of patience.  - MC

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Come into Agreement with God's Promises, Be Patient & Focus on His Word (9.22.16)

My Child,
Although you’ve been attacked by many storms,
I encourage you to strengthen yourself in Me,
strengthen yourself in the Lord.

My Word has gone forth from My Mouth, and just as the rain comes down from heaven and does not return without watering the earth, so shall My Word accomplish what I have spoken. It will not return empty.  It will accomplish what I desire, and achieve its purpose.

Do not focus on the things which can be seen
with the natural eye but stay focused on My Word.
Believe in the promises I have spoken over you.

My timing is perfect, and always remember beloved, your timing is not My timing.   You will begin to see the seeds that I have planted within you, flourish into blessings.

 
Your voice is heard in the heavenlies, so come into agreement with My Promises and speak ╩║Amen╩║ to them. Be patient in this present time of suffering, and persevere as Job did.

I Am full of compassion and mercy;
and very soon you will see
what I Am doing in your life.

This is my promise to you. 


Read and Meditate on His Word
Isaiah 55:11 - So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Isaiah 48:3 - I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass. 

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 - 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

Galatians 3:29 - And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Hebrews 6:13-15 - For when GOD made 
promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Praying for our Enemies (9.21.16)

Faith Believers,
Our Lord is the GOD who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were - Romans 4:17b. Sometimes it is hard to imagine that our enemies could ever turn away from evil and come to Christ, but He has called us to pray for them. What seems impossible to us is possible with GOD - Mark 10:27. What greater love could there be than to pray for GOD to draw them into His kingdom?

Here are some passages from Colossians that you can pray on their behalf:
  • Pray that GOD will rescue them from the dominion of darkness and bring them “into the kingdom of the Son He [the Father] loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13-14). 
  • Pray GOD will make known to them His glorious riches through the mystery of Christ (Colossians 1:27)
  • Pray that they may “know the mystery of GOD, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:2-3)
  • Pray that they will “put to death whatever belongs to [their] earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry” (Colossians 3:5). 
  • Pray that they will rid themselves of “anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from [their] lips” (Colossians 3:8). 
  • Pray that they will become one of GOD’s children, holy and dearly loved, clothed with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (Colossians 3:12). 
  • Pray they will come to know and possess the love of the Lord (Colossians 3:14). 
  • Pray that they will come to know the peace of Christ and that it will rule in their hearts (Colossians 3:15).  

~ Prayer ~
Loving GOD, 

Teach me to pray for my enemies,
and show me how to love them as You do!

Free them from darkness and draw them into Your Light!

Make Yourself known to them so that they will become
Your precious children, clothed in holiness.

Fill them with Your Peace! 

Continue to use me as a conduit for Your Love in their lives!
Amen


 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Remember, You are in This World, but not of This World (9.20.16)

Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy. - Proverbs 27:6

Faith Believers,
We all seek happiness in life, and we often look for the answer in worldly things; like making lots of money, getting a great job, or even finding the perfect significant other. Can you relate? Though the world makes us believe these things will satisfy us, true comfort and happiness do not come from worldly things. Rather, happiness comes from GOD, and the Bible shows us this over and over again.

Let’s be reminded of Esau, the firstborn and favorite son of Abraham’s son, Isaac. In Genesis 25 and 27, it tells how he lost his birthright and blessing. Esau ignored what was important to his father. His life shows what can happen to “those who look to this world for their reward.” (Psalm 17:14) Expect trouble from the world (John 16:33), even persecution (John 15:20).

Friendship with the world is an offense to GOD (James 4:4). Instead, love the world the way Jesus did (John 3:16). Reject all its temptations (1 John 2:15-16), deny yourself, and embrace the cross (Luke 9:23). The only way to really win in life is to resist the satisfaction the world offers (Mark 8:35). Christians gain victory over the world by our faith (1 John 5:4)! How amazing is that?

Many of the Bible’s stories warn us about looking for comfort from this world, rather than from GOD, to help us learn more about how we should avoid making the same mistakes.

The life of Samson was a story of entitlement and pride. Samson felt his chosen status (Judges 13:7) and great strength gave him the right to immorality. He once set eyes on an attractive pagan woman and told his parents, “I want to marry her. Get her for me” (Judges 14:2). Can you relate to these lustful and entitled feelings? Many of us can. The world makes us believe these feelings are okay, but what does the Bible tell us? Samson was deceived by Delilah, blinded and enslaved in the temple of an idol. This is a warning and a reminder to us not to live our lives in the same way.

When you are told you do not fit into an environment, or group of people; or you are different and people shun you, PRAISE GOD!!!!!! GOD has made it clear to us that we cannot be His child and be friends with this world. Remember beloveds, you are in this world but not of this world.
  -  Marilyn


Monday, September 19, 2016

God Has Heard Your Prayers (9.19.16)

Beloved,
Your prayers for wisdom, direction, and breakthrough
have come up before Me.
Yes, I heard your prayers, and I’ve answered your request. 

Soon you will see your situation become more transparent, and you will understand the reason I led you on the straight and narrow path.  I know at times it was almost unbearable, but you were never out of My Hand.

Stay calm and be at peace, as we begin to
work through the details of current situations. 

Yes, I will be guiding you as My marvelous plan unfolds before your eyes.

Let quiet confidence be your strength, and I will give you the wisdom to know how to handle every problem, as well as potential difficulties. Let nothing dissuade you from trusting in Me.  Continue to pray about everything and be obedient; for I’m listening to your every word.

My child, I am pouring into you the wisdom and revelation needed for your breakthrough; therefore, you must be ready to receive.  As things begin to unfold, your next steps will suddenly become obvious, and a way will open up where there seemed to be no way.

Let there be no doubt.  I heard your prayers.

Read and Meditate on His Word
Psalm 18:6 - In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my GOD: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears. 

Psalm 40:1 - I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 

Psalm 66:19 - But verily GOD hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer. 

Psalm 116:1 - I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. 

Psalm 118:23 - This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. 

Isaiah 42:16 - I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them.

Matthew 7:14 - Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.





Sunday, September 18, 2016

It's Time to Move... Be Ready to Receive Something New (9.18.16)

My Child,
You are in a phase of recovering that which has been stolen by the enemy. If you stay alert and are willing to follow My Leading, I will restore all that is necessary for your well-being.  I will restore all. 

However, there are still things that are better left alone. Yes, some of the things which were removed were not of the enemy.  Yes, there were things in your life, that were not blessing you; therefore, I removed them to prevent them from causing you further harm.  Ask of Me, and I Will give you wisdom and the proper discernment to know the difference.

Stay prayed up and watch for temptations that try to pull you back into an old spiritual condition, particularly that of fear.  If you dwell in My Presence, you will recognize it when it comes; because you will feel restricted by it. Never forget that I did not give you a spirit of fear, so walk in the power of My Might, and do not be overcome by the temptation of the evil one.

Refuse to allow anything to cause you to retreat emotionally, mentally, or spiritually.

You’ve come through many valley experiences to get to this breakthrough. I paid the price for your freedom, therefore forget the things that kept you in bondage, and keep your mind focused on how I Am about to bless you. 

It's time to move, so remove yourself from the past, and be ready to receive something new.

Come to Me in faith with your request,
and I will open what no man can shut,
and I will shut what no man can open.

Now leave the past behind My Child.


Read and Meditate on God's Word
Joel 2:25 - And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.

Isaiah 43:18 - Remember 
ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. 

Philippians 3:13-14 - Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of GOD in Christ Jesus.

James 1:5 - 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.

Galatians 5:1 - Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

2 Timothy 1:7 - For GOD hath not given us the spirit of 
fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 

Revelations 3:8 - I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.


 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Jesus' Secret Power.... The Power of Prayer. (9.16.16)

Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus who died more than that, who was raised to life is at the right hand of GOD and is also interceding for us. - Romans 8:34 

Faith Believers,
No man ever prayed as Jesus prayed. Prayer was the secret of his power, the law of his life, the inspiration of his toil and His strength. Jesus was the only person on earth whose prayer life never waned, even for a moment.

Not many of us can make that claim. Jesus lived up to the high prayer standards that Paul set when he said, Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests - Ephesians 6:18 and Pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances - 1 Thessalonians 5:17–18.  -  Marilyn


~ Prayer ~
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of GOD,
Please teach me to pray!

Show me how to pray without ceasing,
in the Spirit, and on all occasions!

Help me to continually give thanks,
in every circumstance of my life,
whether good or bad.

Touch my heart so that I can learn to pray
for the lost, the lonely, the sick and the oppressed.

Send the Holy Spirit to teach me how to pray the way you did.
Amen


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Stand and Begin Walking Forth Once More (9.15.16)

My Child,
Do not worry about those who have come against you,
and who have seemingly shut you out.
Open your spiritual eyes and you will see that
there are more standing with you than there are against you.

I have both seen and heard what has been done to you.
I Am not hindered by their actions, and neither are you.
Do not be envious of what they are doing,
for soon they will be cut down.

You have been chosen to stand in My Name,
and do the work I have called you to do.
So, stand in My Name.

The enemy would like you to think that the door is shut against you, but it is only an illusion. The enemy cannot shut any of the doors that I have opened, nor can he open a door that I have closed. I AM GOD! I have all power! You are to commit all that you are doing unto Me; and in doing so, you will prosper.

Let Me be concerned about what the enemy is doing,
I just need you to focus on Me.

Stand and begin walking forth once more.
Do not allow the enemy to hinder the work we have begun.

You have only just begun to walk in My Name.
You have only begun to see My miracles;
and I will be there in the midst, as you speak My Word.

There is so much I have yet to show you.
You are anointed and chosen before Me.

So, stand strong in the authority I have imparted 
in you to defeat the enemy standing in your way. Speak to the mountains, and go forth because the door is open. I AM with you, and I Am always right on time.

Now stand up, and do what I have told you to do.


Meditate on His Word: Psalms 37

~ My Prayer Confession ~
Oh Lord,
Thank you for helping me to understand that I should not be concerned about those who come 
against me.

I know greater is He who is 
in me, than he who is in this world. I know

You are standing with me as I face my battles, and with You Lord, I can stand against anything and anyone.

I am suited up in Your armour, and I stand victorious in Your mighty Name.

Amen, Amen and Amen


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Operating in Complete Liberty... Moving According to God's Plan... Walking in Divine Health & Provision... (9.14.16)

My Child,
Take a break, Beloved.
Stop what you are doing and look up.
Look out to see where you are headed.
Where are you going?

Before you step into the next phase, complete and bring to a conclusion those things that you have begun - and not yet completed. Do all that I have called you to do quickly; for the door that I have opened, and the opportunities I have equipped you for, will require your undivided attention.

In order to move with Me, your house must be in order. 
It’s the only way that My perfect plan for your life will come to pass.

You cannot move effectively in what I have prepared for you with issues from the past unresolved. Now is the time to deal with everything that would restrict your freedom of movement or anchor you to the past. Therefore, re-evaluate your current position in various aspects of your life; and take the time to be absolutely certain that you have taken care of things according to My Will and Purposes.

Do what must be done so that you will be able
to operate in complete liberty, and
move according to My Perfect Plan.

Do not deviate from My Plan.
Let Me lead you and I will order your steps.
Let every decision you make 
line up with My Will.
Do not allow your flesh to make choices for you.

Make sure your decisions are the result of My leading. Beloved, I wish above all things that you would prosper and be in good health. However, you must move according to My Will, in order to walk in divine health and provision.

Spend time with Me, as you embrace My blessings, through obedience to My Word, you will become aligned with My Perfect Plan for your life.

Read and Meditate on His Word
Exodus 19:5 - Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

Isaiah 43:18 - Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

Philippians 3:13-14 - Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Psalm 119:133 - Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.


3 John 1:2 - Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in good health, even as thy soul prospereth

 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Pray, Be Patient & Listen for God's Voice (9.13.16)

My Child,
I called you, so please be patient. 

There are times you’ve tried to speak, without hearing Me. 
You must always hear Me first, then speak. 
Do not allow the enemy to pressure you into doing anything
before the appointed time. 

Come before My presence to receive the clarity that you need,
and I will reveal everything to you. 

Hear My Voice, and discern My Time. 
You have been through much pain,
because you have missed My perfect timing. 

Do not worry, all is not lost,
and because of your obedience, you will recover all.

Now is the time for you to humble yourself in My Presence and let Me be your guide. You must first realize that it is your personal responsibility to pray and seek My Voice.  Do not try to explain to those who question what you are doing; simply confess that you are seeking My Face, and being obedient to My Words.

My child, spend time in prayer with Me.  Yes, return to the prayer life you once knew which allowed Me to re-position you. There are things that I want to change in you, so that you can be led by My Spirit in all you do.

I will speak clearly for I Am not a GOD of confusion.
I will make My Voice known unto you.

So l
isten for My Voice, and be obedient to My Spirit,
for I Am ready to bring into existence what I've promised. 

I Will meet with you at the appointed time,
and we will go forth together.


Read and Meditate on His Word
Genesis 22:18 -  And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice. 

Habakkuk2:3  - For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it 
tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Psalm 86:6 - Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications. 


Isaiah 50:4 - The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the
 learned. 

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

1 Corinthians 14:33 - For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.