5.12.2018 Word

Encouragement for today:

Jeremiah 17:7-8 God’s Word Translation:

“Blessed is the person who trusts the LORD. The LORD will be his confidence. He will be like a tree that is planted by water. It will send its roots down to a stream. It will not be afraid in the heat of summer. Its leaves will turn green. It will not be anxious during droughts. It will not stop producing fruit.”

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Bless God (again)

This morning a post from 2014 came up in my thoughts, so I’m sharing it again.

When you belong to God, trouble is not meant to take you down…

Wait, let me rephrase that. The enemy of God wants trouble to bring you down & take you out…to move you out of a place of trust…of faith…of peace.

In the midst of your troubles & trials, God wants to reveal Himself to you as the All-Sufficient One. Whatever you need, He will provide:

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.” ~ Psalm 23:5

His table is filled with good things, everything you need to walk through the  “valley of the shadow of death…” and come out strong on the other side.

This is why we can thank God right in the middle of difficulty, because He will never fail us or leave us without help. Blessings!

Click the link below to read the original post:

Bless God

 

Will He Find Faith?

“Now, will God not judge in favor of his own people who cry to him day and night for help? Will he be slow to help them? I tell you, he will judge in their favor and do it quickly. But will the Son of Man find faith on earth when he comes?”

~ Luke 18:7-8 Good News Translation

The parable leading up to this question posed by Jesus is the story of the widow & the corrupt judge. The widow goes to him day after day, demanding justice for a wrong committed to her. The unrighteous judge gives in and sees that she receives what is right, not because he has a heart for oppressed widows, but because she kept pestering him!

The Lord equates persistence with faith. That’s why the beginning of this parable in Luke opens with, “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to teach them that they should always pray and never become discouraged.” Luke 18:1

The devil wants us to give up. He is betting, hoping, planning that the delays in God’s answer will cause us to quit and throw in the towel, spiritually speaking. Discouragement is a powerful weapon in his evil arsenal.

God doesn’t want you to give up. He wants you to stay connected to Him in prayer. He loves hearing from you. And He doesn’t mind if you come to Him day after day asking for what you need. But don’t stop there, pray for others needs as well. We serve a big God…He can handle it.

I want to close with a couple of passages that speak to the power of persistence in the kingdom of God. They demonstrate faith in action. One is another parable shared by Jesus. The other is the Lord’s response to a mother who would not leave Him until she received help for her tormented child.

Luke 11:5-10 

And Jesus said to his disciples, “Suppose one of you should go to a friend’s house at midnight and say, ‘Friend, let me borrow three loaves of bread. A friend of mine who is on a trip has just come to my house, and I don’t have any food for him!’ And suppose your friend should answer from inside, ‘Don’t bother me! The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ Well, what then? I tell you that even if he will not get up and give you the bread because you are his friend, yet he will get up and give you everything you need because you are not ashamed to keep on asking. And so I say to you: Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For those who ask will receive, and those who seek will find, and the door will be opened to anyone who knocks.

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From there Jesus set out for the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house there where he didn’t think he would be found, but he couldn’t escape notice. He was barely inside when a woman who had a disturbed daughter heard where he was. She came and knelt at his feet, begging for help. The woman was Greek, Syro-Phoenician by birth. She asked him to cure her daughter.

He said, “Stand in line and take your turn. The children get fed first. If there’s any left over, the dogs get it.”

She said, “Of course, Master. But don’t dogs under the table get scraps dropped by the children?”

Jesus was impressed. “You’re right! On your way! Your daughter is no longer disturbed. The demonic affliction is gone.” She went home and found her daughter relaxed on the bed, the torment gone for good.

Faith pleases God. Ask and keeping on asking, He will be faithful to you.

Blessings!

I am the Lord that healeth thee

Replay: When Promises Become Real

Sharing a post from 2015 today:

Since the focus of my posts have been on prayer, I want to share this nugget of gold from Francis Frangipane:

“When a Bible promise is made real to us by the Holy Spirit and we, in faith, pray God’s promise, we are seeding the unformed essence of reality with the Spirit of God Himself. This was Ezekiel’s mission when he prophesied over the valley of dry bones — he spoke prophetically over the bones and they became an army! Such is the nature of prophetic prayer: we not only know God’s promises, we proclaim them over our lives, our families and our churches.”

– In Christ’s Image Training, Prayer Track

Prayer for today:

Thank you for speaking to me in your word, Father. Your promises are great and precious, and I hold onto them in faith, confidently proclaiming them over my life, because You are faithful to bring them to pass. You will not fail me or forsake me, so if I start to weaken, revive me with your word. Thank you for the Holy Spirit who strengthens me and leads me into the truth, who reminds me of your words when I forget. Above all, thank you for the precious blood of Christ which sealed our redemption and made the way for us to be receive every good thing from your mighty hand. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Praying that you will have a word in this season to hold onto!

I am including a link to a past AOH post regarding this very topic. Read it if you have the time. It’s called Hope Against Hope

Blessings!

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Direction 4.12.18

Rise up in Christ and take the authority,

Rise up in Christ and take the authority,

Rise up in Christ and take the authority that I have given you.

Philippians 2:9-11 New International Version (NIV)

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.