Sharing from the Passion Translation Team:
Sharing from the Passion Translation Team:
What causes you to take your eyes off of God?
What precipitates a fall from a place of faith?
What are your weaknesses?
It helps to know the answer because Satan knows, and he will use it to his advantage.
Where has God gifted you?
Has the Lord directed you to do something for Him?
If you are following the Lord and seeking His will for your life, you will face trials. Knowing your areas of weakness, as well as your gifts & strengths can help you recognize the enemy’s attacks. You will then be able to overcome them in the power of the Spirit, once you recognize what is really going on.
Take a person who is gifted as an intercessor for example. God calls all of us to pray, but some people have the Spirit-lead ability to pray for extended periods of time for other people or situations. God will give them insight into to hidden things, not for the purpose of sharing it with other people, but to bring it before the Lord, asking for His intervention, His will, His grace, mercy & love. The burden to pray can be so intense, the intercessor does not get a sense of release until God’s will has been accomplished in prayer.
But what if the gift that is meant for good becomes stifled or forgotten because the intercessor turns their prayer focus upon themselves instead of others?
It’s not wrong to ask for God’s help in our lives, so please don’t misunderstand me. But if the enemy knows that an intercessor’s weakness is worry about family, or health or finances, then what area(s) do you think Satan will attack? Now our prayer warrior is spending most of his or her prayer time focusing on their own needs & troubles rather than impacting the Kingdom of God.
But the easy way back is to turn it all over to God. Repent and ask for grace to stay focused on what He wants you to focus on. God promises that when we “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then all these things…” will be given to us as well (Matthew 6:33).
We don’t have to be afraid of trials because God is for us. His promise to us is steadfast & true:
“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.” ~ Isaiah 54:17
I’m praying that God will give you wisdom & insight for whatever you are going through at this time. And in doing so, that you will grow spiritually and become the overcomer God has destined you to be.
Blessings & have a great week!
“For everything hidden is meant to be revealed, and everything concealed is meant to be brought to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear. ” Mark 4:22-23
Do you hear the voice of God? Do you respond when He speaks? If you are listening, the Lord will instruct & direct you. He has innumerable creative ways to teach us and give us understanding, if we are willing to hear & learn.
When Jesus walked on the earth as a man, he used parables to help give insight into God’s kingdom. But not everyone who heard the words He spoke understood their meaning. Even His disciples were perplexed.
But the wonderful promise we have as His followers, as children of God, is this:
“You are permitted to understand the secret of the Kingdom of God. But I use parables for everything I say to outsiders…” Mark 4:11 a
If you don’t understand something, ask God. He will reveal the truth you need.
One of the ways the Lord teaches me is through my work. Throughout my Christian walk, He has used parallels between my daily, common duties to help expand my understanding of His kingdom & His ways. The Holy Spirit is such a wonderful guide!
I currently work in the healthcare sector, handling claims after they have been processed & denied. My job is to find out what caused a claim to be rejected and then find the way to correct it so it will pay. One of the common denials is due to a claim being sent to the wrong payer.
With health insurance, there is primary, secondary & tertiary coverage, meaning a patient can have several insurance policies to cover their medical expenses. There is always a primary payer, such as Medicare or a commercial plan, where the claim needs to be submitted first. If the patient has more than one insurance policy, such as a Medicare supplemental plan, the claim must first be submitted to Medicare before the supplemental plan will pay any additional expenses, if the charges are a payable benefit of the plan. If the claim accidentally goes to a secondary or tertiary payer, they will kick it back, citing “please submit charges to primary insurance”.
The easy fix for this in our system is to go into the patient’s medical account and check how the billing order is set up. A simple click can change the order that claims are submitted, and then everything flows smoothly. if not, the claim is stuck in limbo with the clock ticking. We only have so many days to get a claim submitted for payment before the window closes, and then we have unpaid charges piling up.
This can happen in our life as well. Certain things are not working, and we don’t know why. We need change and are believing for breakthrough, but life just keeps dragging on at the same pace. It can feel like we are walking through mud or high water– so much resistance!
Do a check with God and find out where He is in relation to your life. Is He primary, where He should be? Do you seek Him first, last or somewhere in between? Is He the One you look to for truth & direction? When He answers you, do you follow through and obey?
Prayerfully think about it. His direction & promise to us is this:
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
The full section text of Matthew 6:24-34:
No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or
you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about
your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than
clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They
do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was
dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is
here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you -you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your
heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his
righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own [emphasis added].”
During the month of December, I got off track spiritually. The push at work to complete projects before the holidays contributed to a sense of pressure. Plans w/friends & family, along with church & school events, made my schedule tight. On top of that, I got a cold 2 days before we traveled out of town, which caused me to be sick in bed on Christmas day. I didn’t start to feel better until a few days ago, which was several days into the New Year.
I need fresh manna, my daily bread. One of the best ways I have found to get into the word is through listening to the Daily Audio Bible. Each year, one day at a time, this resource walks (or reads) you through the entire bible.
I didn’t start listening again until January 4th. I have an app on my phone that I listen to before work or when I’m at home. I have caught up to today, January 7th, and I want to share it with you.
Brain Hardin is the anointed speaker & teacher sharing the scripture. His insight is great, so please, keep listening after the readings are done each day. Everyday he will read a section of the Old Testament, then from the New Testament, from Psalms & then from Proverbs, in chronological order. He chooses different versions of the bible each week, so you get to hear the word in its rich & varied forms.
Today’s entry is focused on Abraham’s promise from God in the Old Testament & Jesus’s teaching on prayer & forgiveness in the New Testament. I know you will be blessed as you listen to the truth from God’s word:
“…Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,” 1 Peter 2:2
Sharing a word of encouragement from Marsha Burns with Faith Tabernacle of Kremmling, CO:
December 15, 2017
SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS
I am with you in times of trouble and in the midst of difficulties. Know that if you look for Me I will be found. If you will take one tiny step towards Me, I will take a giant leap towards you. I will present Myself in ways that you would never expect, but in ways that will be exactly what you need at this moment, says the Lord.
Psalm 27:13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.