Lasting Fruit & Prayer

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will remain–so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you.”

John 15:16

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Sharing this message from Francis Frangipane. Keep seeking the Lord in prayer, even as we seek Him for answers. 

Arise Prayer Warriors!

Jesus told a parable to show that men ought to pray at all times and not lose heart (Luke 18: 1-8). In other words, if you are not praying, you will lose heart. Most of the things I pray for I have to pray through to get the answer. God desires to see something deeper come out of my prayer time than just me getting an answer to prayer. He wants me to become like Jesus. So He arranges character-forming battles that not only will ultimately change the world around me, but will change me first. This is what all true prayer warriors have discovered.

When we picture a prayer warrior, we usually envision a great-aunt or grandmother. I think that every family has one. You never find them looking into a crystal ball to know the future for little Johnny; they are at the throne of God creating Johnny’s future in prayer. They are not wondering if Mary is going to make it; they are praying her through to victory. They do not have time to lament Harry’s drinking problem; they are storming Heaven to see him delivered.

Prayer Warriors are the most frightening, powerful, demon-chasing, world-moving beings on earth. In truth, they are co-creators with God! They look at astrological predictions and rebuke them. They never wonder about the future because they are too busy creating it. Prayer warriors are positioned by God to stand in faith for their families and churches and cities. Prayer is stronger than kings and mightier than armies. Prayer is the most powerful force on earth!

(Adapted from Francis Frangipane’s book, This Day We Fight)

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The Lord of the Harvest

No matter where we are on God’s timeline, one thing never changes, and that is God Himself (Malachi 3:6; Numbers 23:19; Hebrews 13:8)

Even if the Lord is to come back soon, we are still under His directive:

“And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone” Mark 16:15 NLT

The reason is simple:

God loves us and doesn’t want anyone lost from His presence. Peter said it this way:

“…not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance…” 2 Peter 3:9 a 

His direction today is to pray.

To pray to the Lord of the harvest:

“Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:38 

Father God, thank you for revealing your thoughts, intentions and purposes. Thank you for revealing your heart of love! Please send more workers into your harvest fields, for the harvest is indeed great, and the workers are few. Please remove the obstacles, the hindrances and blockages that are keeping your people from doing or obeying your will in this area. Bless us with the grace we need to accomplish your plan in the earth today and everyday. Help us to keep our eyes on you, Lord, and to walk in close fellowship with you, trusting that you will lead and guide us to your lost sheep.

Be glorified in the earth today Father; be glorified through your people, through all who call upon your name.

In the mighty name of Jesus…amen!

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2 Peter 3:8-13 Full Passage:

“Beloved, do not let this one thing escape your notice: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

“The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some understand slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be dissolved in the fire, and the earth and its works will not be found.

“Since everything will be dissolved in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to conduct yourselves in holiness and godliness as you anticipate and hasten the coming of the day of God, when the heavens will be dissolved by fire and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with God’s promise, we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.”

Mind Control

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We can’t control the thoughts that pop into our heads, but we can control what we allow to stay there:

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”  2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV

You do not have to dwell on dark lies and half-truths. You can reject thoughts of abandonment, loneliness, fear & hate. The enemy of your soul wants you to believe that you are hopeless, helpless and without a future– but that is not what God says!

Rather than meditating on thoughts that bring death & condemnation, that feed fear and unbelief, renew your mind with God’s word. What He says is truth!

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 NIV

This is a process that takes time and effort but the reward is worth it. I used to be consumed with fear, anxiety and doubts, never certain  that God had truly forgiven me…wondering if He really loved me and if He would stick around even when I messed up. 

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I had a choice. I could stay confused, anxious and full of doubt, or I could take a leap of faith and believe God. I could choose to accept what He has revealed about about Himself in the scriptures, what He says about me and about my circumstances, or I could reject truth and harden my heart.

I chose God.

As I said, it wasn’t easy. I have been walking it out for almost 25 years, but the Lord has been with me every step of the way. I’m no longer plagued with condemnation when and if I sin, because there is no condemnation in Christ. I confess my sin, trusting that God hears me and forgives me, because this is what He has said in scripture:

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

We all have to retrain our brain. The challenge is to recognize what is going through our head at any given moment. Usually the way you feel is an indication of what you are thinking about–either consciously or unconsciously. First you acknowledge it, compare it to what God says, and if it is not in line with the truth found in scripture, then stop and replace it with good word:

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-10 NIV

The Holy Spirit will give you the grace you need to accomplish His good work in you.

Blessings and have a wonderful weekend!

What is the Source of Your Hope?

“Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength;

They will mount up with wings like eagles,

They will run and not get tired,

They will walk and not become weary.” 

Isaiah 40:31 New American Standard

This is God’s promise to me at this time and I’m holding onto it in faith. 

need strength. I need help because I’m weary & tired. It’s been a rough couple of years…

The thing I absolutely love about this scripture is the meaning of the words “wait for”. In Hebrew, the word is qâvâh (kä·vä), which means to expect, to await, to look for patiently, to wait, to hope, to be confident, to trust (Strong’s H 6960). The literal translation of the 1st line is this:

“Yet those who hope in the LORD Will gain new strength…”

My hope is in the Lord: in His goodness and in His faithfulness. When He speaks a promise, I trust that He will fulfill it because He doesn’t lie.

Praying for everyone who needs renewed strength or help. Qavah on the Lord, He will not fail you!

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Blessings!