God’s Will

Hebrews 10: 35-39

“Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that you may do the will of God and receive what is promised. “For yet a little while, and the coming one shall come and shall not tarry; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and keep their souls.”

When we have confidence in the Lord, we will receive the promise by doing the will of God.  In order to do the will of God we must be confident, we must exercise endurance and we must have faith.  The word says that if we shrink back (become weak); we will be destroyed, therefore not receiving the promise.  In faith we will not become weak and shrink back, but we will however receive the promise of God by doing the will of God.

In order to do the will of God, we must first know the word of God.  This is why it is important to “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15).  When the word becomes a part of us, it becomes easier for us to do the will of God, for His word is on the inside of us.  When the word of God is on the inside of us, we are stronger and we obtain the confidence we need in faith.  Then when we are faced with adversities, we will not shrink back; we will however exercise our faith and stand in the strength of the Lord.

My prayer for today, Father God, I come before you asking you to impart on us the confidence we need daily to do you will.  I pray that we always have the endurance to walk in faith by living righteously and being a good example unto others.  I ask that you continue to strengthen us daily that we will not shrink back, but we shall stand in all adversities which may come our way; and you will find us favorable, in Jesus name I pray, amen.

In His Presence

Psalms 95:2
“Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.”

To be in His presence is an honor.  To know that the spirit of the Lord’s presence is with you is a feeling that no word can truly explain in depth.  To come in His presence, means that he has granted us permission, He has welcomed us into the realm where we can truly go before Him.  This is why it is so vitally important to always have a prayer life with a ready praise for our Lord in our hearts.  It says “let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.”  When we look at the word psalm, it means to come before him with a sacred song or hymn.  What better way to praise our Lord, than with a song of thanksgiving.

We should have a desire to be in the presence o f our Lord as often as possible.  For we know when we are in His presence, there is noting that can compare to the love we feel in those moments.  For being in His presence maintains that level of intimacy we need with our Lord.  We know with certainty that no matter how bleak things may seem, that He still took the time to come as visit with us…now that’s love.

The more we are in his presence the more we well desire to do the will of God.  Being in his presence takes us to a place of encouragement and strength that we cannot obtain on our own.  God so yearns for us to be all that we can be in Him because He sees us as his children.  Just like our earthly dad’s desire that we are successful and achieve much in life, just imaging what our Heavenly Father wants for us.  He wants us to be happy, and fulfilled not lacking anything.  But in order to obtain all that he has for us, we must first become dedicated and eager to be in His presence.

My prayers for today are Father lead and guide us in the ways of discipline and obedience; that we would aspire even more to be in Your presence this day and every day.  Father we know that the more time we spend with you, the stronger we will become in you.  We thank you for all that you have done for us and that which you are yet still to do, and that we will always have a song of praise stored in our hearts for you, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.

His Peace

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

His peace (God) does not include confusion.  So therefore when we allow ourselves to partake in things that promote confusion instead of peace, when have to know that God does not have anything to do with it; He is not a part of it.  There are so many avenues for confusion to come into the churches…It may come by means of gossip, where saints are talking about one another; lack of order, competition amongst the saints.  We have to know that these things are not of God.  He does not promote those kinds of behavior and He is not pleased with it.

If we go to Proverbs 6:16-19, it talks about the seven sins of the wicked.  It states that those things are an abomination unto Him.  When something is an abomination it is an object of intense disapproval or dislike.  “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”  (Proverbs 6:16-19). These things all bring about confusion in the church.

Often times when we are lacking the peace of God, we will find ourselves getting caught in those very things that the Lord declares He hates.  It is because we are not truly seeking the peace of God or from God, but we are more desirous of what sort of recognition we may receive of man.  By any means necessary, whether it is lying, being haughty, making up stories or causing discord among brethren.  But when we truly have the peace of God, those things will not plague us, nor will we allow them to operate through us.  We are confident in whom we are and in faith knowing who Jesus is and thankful for the sacrifice he made for us… and in knowing this we have peace.

What a gift to know that no matter what circumstances we are faced with, that we will still maintain peace.  We will not be authors of confusion, because we truly know Christ and he is truly a part of us.  If he is within us, how can we not have and know peace?  Trials will come and go, but His peace, His peace will still be with us, for He is within us via the Holy Spirit.  My prayer for today is Lord may we come to know and have true peace in Christ Jesus.  I pray that we be not authors of confusion, but of peace amongst all saints, in Jesus name I pray, Amen!

His Mercy and Grace

Hebrews 4:16
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

Grace:  favor or goodwill. Synonyms: kindness, kindliness, love, benignity; condescension.

Mercy:  compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one’s power; compassion, pity, or benevolence: Have mercy on the poor sinner.

When we look at these two words defined we know that we have to first be granted mercy, so that we are then able to obtain grace.  For grace comes by means of mercy.  Paul says let us come boldly meaning to come knowing and believing that we will be granted mercy.  When we go before the throne, we must go in faith and remembering that “now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  (Hebrews 11:1).  It also later states that “without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”  (Hebrews 11:6).

So we see in order to obtain mercy, we must first have faith and believe that we will be granted mercy, hence mercy bringing forth the grace of God.  In His grace He is he showing us his love towards us..his favor and good will.  In His mercy, He is showing us compassion, in spite of what wrongs we may have done.  We serve such an awesome God, therefore when we come boldly before the throne of grace, and He sees fit that we may obtain mercy, He says I will now help you in your time of need.  What an awesome God indeed.

My prayer for today is Father I thank you for all that you have done for us, for meeting our every need in your timing and in your own way.  I pray that you have mercy on us so that your grace may continue to abound.  I pray that we may be bold in faith when we come before your throne, and that we take not your grace for granted, in Jesus name I pray, amen.

Consecrate Yourself

Exodus 32:29

“For Moses had said, Consecrate yourselves today to the LORD, even every
man upon his son, and upon his brother; that he may bestow upon you a blessing
this day.”

The word consecrates means to make or declare sacred; set apart or dedicate to the service of a deity.  So when Moses is telling them to consecrate themselves, he is telling them to separate themselves from that which is not of God, to become holy, to become sacred.  Often times the Lord desires to bless us, but we choose to keep living any kind of way.  When we truly consecrate ourselves, when we truly spend that time with God, in prayer and fasting, God can then come in and bless us.

We expect so much from God, but what are we really willing to sacrifice for Him.  We’re often like a beggar with our hands constantly out desiring to receive, but unwilling to give anything in return.  When we think about it, He really does not ask too much of us.  The sacrifice he desires from us is simply for us to truly give ourselves to Him.  When we truly surrender our all to Him, He comes in and bring forth the change we so desire(the blessing).  We become his willing servants, we no longer
run from that which He has called us to do.  We become an obedient and disciplined people, doing what thus say the Lord, and are no longer satisfying the desires of our flesh.

When we are consecrated, we do not have to worry, for he says he will bestow upon us a blessing.  Meaning as long as we are living holy, we know that He is with us no matter what.  Remembering also that “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”  (Matthew 6:24).  Living holy means to serve God and God alone!

My prayer for today, Father I ask you that those that are not consecrated become consecrated, and those us that are remain faithful to you.  That we remain set apart and live a life that is holy, not allowing the things of this world to cause us to detour from your will.  I pray that we remain steadfast in that which you have called us to do, that our works will be good works, so that you may continue to bestow your blessing upon us, in Jesus name I pray, Amen!

Salvation

Exodus 14:13

“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation
of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have
seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.”

Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord!  This is a scripture we all have heard quoted many times. Often times we are over come with fear, as the children of Israel were, while they were being pursued by the Egyptians.  But though some began to mummer and complain, Moses faith in God was firmly in place and he knew that God would deliver them out of the hands of the enemy.

With God on our side, we should have nothing to fear, he says to stand still…meaning to stop what we are doing, and trust Him to do what he has to do.  So often we are faced with circumstances that may cause us fear, heaviness, and disappointments on many different levels.  Instead of us immediately taking it to God, we try to solve it on our own, often making an already bad situation even worse.  If we have faith, we need to believe that no matter what it looks like, or even how it may feel, that God will see us through.

Salvation means the act of saving or protecting from harm, risk, loss and destruction.  So if we stand still, and believe, we will be victorious.  We know that we are under his divine protection, and no harm will come to us; we know that loss and destruction cannot touch us.  Believing is our faith activated; then we can say with boldness; “The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” (Exodus 15:2).

Our enemies can no longer touch us!  He says that they will again see them no more.  What comfort we have in knowing that no matter what, because of the salvation of the Lord, we do not have to be concerned about the enemy no matter what form he may come in.  My prayer for today; Father cause us to be courageous, that we may fear not.  In the midst of whatever we may go through that we are able to stand still, so that we too may see your salvation.  And we shall trust and believe that under your protection, that the enemy cannot touch us any more, In Jesus name I pray, amen!

Man of Valor

Joshua 1: 7-9

7Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.

8This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

9Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

A man of valour is a man that knows who he is in the Lord.  He knows that his strength comes from the Lord.  He is courageous, and he observes the law that has been set before him.  He does not look to the right or the left; he prospers in whatever he does.  He prospers because he does not turn away from the word of God; his faith is firmly rooted in God.  He knows God’s word to be truth and he trust in it.  Therefore wherever he goes and whatever he does, he will do it with courage and assurance.

He meditated on the word of God, making it a part of him.  He lives by it, knowing it will not mislead him.  He is successful, because he knows that with God on his side he cannot fail.  This confidence can only come from the Lord, for the man of valor knows with God, he has nothing to fear, and he is assured for he has studied the word of God and chooses to live by it.  Therefore this man of valor, this man of success, this man of courage, this man who fears the Lord, and not man, makes a difference wherever he goes; for his confidence is in the Lord and not himself.

My prayer for today; Lord, cause the men of valor in this day, in this hour to arise and take their post.  Lord strengthened that they will stand in courage in all that they set out to do which glorifies you.  They shall know prosperity and will always remember that it is you that enable them to be successful and that wherever they go that you shall be there also.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

A Virtuous Woman

A Virtuous Woman

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.”(Proverbs
31:10).

The word virtuous is an adjective describing a person that conforms to moral and ethical principles; a person who is morally excellent and upright.  To be referred to as being a virtuous woman, would be considered to be an honor.  In Proverbs 31:30 says, “Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.” This is a virtuous woman.  A woman that fears the Lord, will live her life according to the word of God.

A virtuous woman is a good help meet to her husband.  This means, she makes sure he and their children are well taken care of.  She does what she can to assist her husband, even if that means helping out with the finances. This woman knows what is expected of her as a wife in the eyes of God, hence making her a blessing unto her husband.  She speaks with wisdom, and use words that are kind.   “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” (Proverbs 31:28).

I encourage every woman to read the entire chapter of Proverbs 31, it is a good foundation for women to learn from.  It is not so much as what is expected of man, but it is what’s expected of God.  As women of God, we have to learn that our husbands are the head of our households, and we need to know our role as a good wife, as a virtuous woman of God.  We should not exert authority over our husbands.  The word of God says that we are “to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” (Titus 2:5).

My prayer for today, Father God, let us be the women that you have called and ordained us to be.  That we may be obedient to you word, and be that virtuous woman who lives according to your ways and not our own.  Lord I thank you for giving us instructions on how we should live our lives and being successful in all that you have enabled us to do. Father I thank you for the virtue that you have placed in each and every one of us in Jesus name, Amen!

 

A Good Soldier

A Good Soldier

“No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”  (2 Timothy 2:4).

This scripture is telling us that when we are called by God, we will go through many battles.  While we are going through these battles, we should not concern ourselves with pleasing man, but with pleasing God!  In order to please God we must learn to walk in Faith.  “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”  (Hebrews 11:6).  As good soldiers we should be able to walk in Faith, knowing that God is with us.  No matter what the circumstance may look like, we will know that if God has chosen us to do it, he will see us through it.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”  (Ephesians 6:13-18). 

Here we receive instructions on how to protect ourselves as we go out to do battle.  God has given us armour to cover us.  There is no greater armour that that of our Lord.  This armor cannot be penetrated.  It will protect us from all harm, if we believe.  The word of God says that “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” (Mark 11:24). 

As good soldiers we must always desire to please God, and by desiring to please God, he will protect us and keep us.  Our faith in Him must be secure, because we know that without Faith, we are not able to please God.  He has given us instructions on how to put on our armor daily, so that no part of us would be left uncovered. Knowing this, we can now go out with boldness and take back what the enemy thought he has stolen from us.

Father God, I come before you believing that we shall always be good soldiers.  That we will continue to have a desire to that which is pleasing to you, and will walk in faith knowing that your armour cannot and will not be penetrated. And when we stand before you in prayer, that we will believe in Faith as a grain of a mustard seed, that that which we have asked of you will be done, in Jesus name I pray amen! 

Obedience is better than Sacrifice

1 Samuel 15:22

22And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

I have heard this scripture quoted in many different ways…but to receive the revelation of what the scripture is really saying is so very rewarding.  So often we will read something without fully understanding what it is really saying.  Why I say it is rewarding?  It is rewarding because to truly understand that if we are just obedient in the first place, we then would not have to go before our Lord repeatedly in repentance.

To be obedient means to comply with the commands or instructions of those in authority.  The one who truly has authority over us all is God.  If we would comply with what it is he desires for us to do, we can often avoid many trouble we are faced with. Instead of doing what He wants us to do; we often stubbornly do what we want to do, hence already opening the door for error.

Romans 6:1 say, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”  So now we look at this scripture and what Apostle Paul is really saying; just because we have grace does not mean we are being given permission to sin.  We should put our best efforts forward to avoid sin, and how we avoid sin is by being obedient.

Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 2:9, “For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye are obedient in all things.”  This is a petition to the body of Christ, that we must be obedient in all things, not some things, but all.  For us to be obedient in all things we must know what it is that God expects of us, and adhere to it.  It is one thing for us to know the word of God, but we must always live it also.  We must do that which God commands us to do.  There is no in between.  Revelations 3:16 says, “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”

1 Peter 1:13-16 says, Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

Lord I pray for obedience in all things.  I pray that as children of God we will walk in holiness, as well as our conversations will also be holy.  I pray that we will always adhere to the word of God, so that our feet shall only tread upon ground that is ordained of you.  That as your children we shall speak that which you tell us to speak and that we shall live a victorious life in Christ Jesus; and that we shall not take your grace for granted.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen.