A Prayer For The New Year…

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As we are all fortunate to be blessed with the coming of a New Year,  we offer this New Year Prayer…

Oh Dear Heavenly Father,

God of our yesterdays, our today, and our tomorrows.

We praise You for Your unequaled greatness and precious protection Father.

Thank You for the year that is behind us and for the new year that awaits us.

Help us in Your new year, Father, to worry less and to live by your direction more.

To teach our children the right path by walking the right path with them…

To teach others how to love by setting the example and loving them in an unequaled manner.

Show us how to share Love with others as you have shared your love for us Dear Father.

Knowing, when Jesus came to the stable in Bethlehem.., He came for us and our sins & redemption.

We pray that love can be with us in our lives, and we can recognize it by way of the love you have given us.

Help us to appreciate all that you have given us in spite of ourselves and in spite of our short comings.

Help us to respect our fathers and mothers and build dreams for our children by teaching them thy precious ways.

Help us to start talking less and start listening more with the open heart that you have provided for us…

Help us to rebuke our sinful ways and embrace, truth, honor and decency as in our hearts Father, we know we should..

We seek Dear Father a  better understanding of the life that you have gifted to us.

Help us to rejoice in the world You provided for us Father… during good times and bad…

Thank You for another new year and for new opportunities to serve you each day.

We pray for internal peace, your comprehensive protection, and a chance to gain wisdom by walking in your light…

We pray for hope of a brighter future, that we might leave our despair behind for your promise of joy…

Forgive us all for falling short this past year in many ways as we stumbled yet we have learned Father.

We leave the irrepairable past in your hands, and step out into the unknown future of the new year knowing that You step out with us Lord.

We accept Your gift of a new year and we rejoice in what’s ahead, as we are depending on You to guide us and help us achieve your wishes..

Help us to forgive our brothers and sisters Father as you have forgiven us so graciously Father…

Dear Lord, we want You to know that we rejoice in your gift of this New Year and we appreciate it! We Love You Lord in spite of our sins…

We ask these things in the loving name of your precious Son, Our Savior Jesus Christ. As through him, ALL is possible.

Amen.

Jeremiah, chapter 29 verse 11: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the LORD, ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’”

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Positioning Yourself For A Miracle…

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Romans 4:17 (KJV)

As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

Twenty years before Abraham ever had a child, God said to him, “Abraham, I have made you a father of many nations.”

Notice God spoke to him like it had already happened, in the past tense.

I’m sure Abraham thought, “God, you must have made a mistake. I’m not a father. I don’t even have one child. Abraham could have talked himself out of it; but instead, he chose to believe.

Today, you may be thinking, “I’m not blessed. I’m not confident. I’m not healthy. I’m not favored.” But when God says you’re blessed, don’t try to figure it out…

Just agree with God and say, “I am blessed.”

When God calls you prosperous, don’t go check your bank account. Don’t go look at the stock report. Just agree with God and say, “I am prosperous.”

Things may look impossible. That’s all right. That’s the way things looked for Abraham.

But sure enough, God’s promises came to pass, and he became the father of many nations.

Remember, when you agree with God, you are positioning yourself for a miracle.

You are activating His truth in your life. When things look difficult, don’t agree with your circumstances, agree with His promises because He is faithful, and He will complete what He’s started in your life!

TODAY’S PRAYER

Heavenly Father, I bless You and thank You for Your goodness and faithfulness in my life.
I receive Your promises as truth, no matter what is going on around me.
Fill me with joy and peace as I hold fast to Your promises for me.

In Jesus Christ’s Name. Amen.

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Waiting For God To Speak

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Psalm: 17-14

Wait On The Lord;

Be Of Good Courage

And He Shall Strengthen Thy Heart

Wait, I Say On The Lord

In today’s fast pace world, waiting on anything can cause us to loose our temper,our good sense, our tongue and many other things. I don’t know anyone who enjoys waiting in line.  But there is one important thing for Christians to remember…

Is God Ever Late or Early?

God has never been late or early. He arrives just in the nick of time to change everything. The problem is with us… and waiting when we want to move forward.

Waiting is a directed, purposeful expectancy.

Sometimes we are so close to the circumstances that we want to believe that God has ordered the changes that have occurred in our lives… but because of our impatience… our changes are self imposed and we later realize that our haste causes additional confusion.

God is rich in mercy, he always has a specific reason for telling us to wait. Our responsibility is to trust him, and that is perhaps the root cause behind our decision to jump ahead in disobedience. What arrogance we have, to think we can work out things better than God.

God gives clear direction for us regarding the direction of our lives, however much to the distress of many, he seldom does it quickly.

God has said, ” I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will guide you with My Eye” Ps. 32:8

We must wait until he is ready to give counsel to us… however many times we speed ahead believing that our decision is his decision.

Delayed timing, from our perspective is perfect timing from God’s point of view. Most of the time, our decisions affect others lives. In His timing, He perfectly meshes it all together as to insure that our decisions have the proper impact on others.

When the poet said, “No man is an island”… he was affirming the truth of how one life affects another.  When what we decide to do affects another person, being in God’s will is doubly important, because we have more than ourselves to consider.

It is always wise to wait because God uses the time of waiting to prepare us for the answer.

We must be willing to endure until he works. Waiting patiently is easier when we are resting in Him.

Failing to wait also brings confusion into our lives. We feel no sense of direction because we are going so hurriedly, we don’t take time to reflect on where we’re headed. We speed through important intersections in our lives and refuse any four-way stops.

Some of life’s greatest lessons are learned while we wait. Some of life’s hardest classrooms are waiting rooms. As Christians, we must remember, waiting is not wasted  time, it brings forth the most luscious fruit that we can ask for…

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Part of Your Inheritance…

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Psalm 84:11 (KJV)

For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Favor is a part of your inheritance!

You don’t have to beg God for it; as a believer in Jesus, you are in covenant with Him.

That means that everything He has is yours!

The way you tap into that favor, or activate it, is by thanking Him for it.

Say, “Father, thank You for Your favor today. Thank You that Your favor is causing me to be at the right place at the right time.

Thank You that Your favor is causing people to want to be good to me.” See, you don’t have to pray about something that you already have, just receive it by thanking Him.

Today, activate His promises by faith.

Praise and thank Him for His goodness and for blessing your life.
Receive His Word as truth and hold it in your heart because He has already given His favor and blessing to you!

TODAY’S PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your favor and blessing in my life.
Thank You for cleansing me and making me new.
Your Word says that You will withhold no good thing from me because I walk blamelessly before You by the blood of Jesus.
I receive it by faith and thank You for Your goodness.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Hungry For God’s Word…

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Nehemiah 8

1 And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded to Israel.

How is it that two people can sit in the same pew, hear the same sermon about the same portion of Scripture, and walk away with two different reactions?

One is joyful and the other unaffected.

I think the reason is that some people do not know how to listen to the Word of God.

Nehemiah 8 is an amazing scene of God’s people coming together to hear His Word. Remember that they didn’t have individual copies of Scripture to read.

For generations, the events of Genesis though Deuteronomy were passed down from parent to child. Moreover, the people had been in captivity for many years. This was the first time most of them heard the Word read.

Imagine their excitement as they listened attentively for the Lord to speak to them.

The Israelites were hungry for God’s Word. Are you? Do you listen eagerly and with an expectant mind and heart?

The length of a person’s attention span is directly related to the intensity of his hunger for something. If you crave to know more of God, then your mind is going to be fastened on what He’s saying through your pastor or your personal reading.

And the reality is that nothing in the world matters as much as what the Lord has to say.

So many things clamor for our focus but few truly deserve it. The Lord is worthy of nothing less than our undivided attention. He has something to say to every person.

So whoever listens to God’s Word with an open heart and alert mind will receive from Him.

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Freedom – The Capacity Of Free Choice

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Genesis 2 :16-17

And the Lord God commanded the man saying. “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat; for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Unlike many of us, Adam and Eve didn’t have to worry about many rules and regulations. The fact is, Adam and Eve had only to worry about one rule to abide by… Only ONE… Guess what? They still blew it!

What can be learned from their experience? Firstly, it tells a whole lot about God. Contrary to what some people think, God is not hung up on rules.  Instead, he is the God of Freedom. In a world that he made exactly as he wanted it, he had only one rule. Back then there was only ONE “Thou Shalt Not”…. That rule was only put there to establish his authority over human beings.

God knew that under his authority, people would be able to enjoy maximum freedom.  God doesn’t impose rules just for the sake of imposing rules. These rules are to make sure each and everyone of us get the best God has to offer.

Secondly, freedom in the Garden of Eden meant that Adam and Eve could do just about anything they wanted to do…but within the parameters of God.

You see, even in a perfect world, “freedom” did NOT give Adam and Eve the power to do “whatever” they wanted to do with no consequences. That type of freedom simply doesn’t exist, it never hasand never will.

Freedom from God’s perspective has not changed since the days of the Garden of Eden.  In addition, the same temptations have existed yet in different form coming from Satan who continues to use what is pretty much the same old line.  It revolves around the thought pattern that you can be free or bend the rules to gain more freedom.

When Adam and Eve decided to exercise their free will, instead of gaining freedom, they actually lost most of the freedom they already had. Sin always results in a loss of freedom.

Freedom with parameters and boundaries just doesn’t seem like freedom to us. Every day we are offered the same old line that Satan offered to Adam.

“You’re missing out…”  “Maximum freedom is found outside of the boundaries…” “Try it you’ll see!”

We are tempted to reach for something that simply doesn’t exist. The fact is, whenever we cross God’s guidelines in an effort to express or gain our freedom, we are the losers.

To do what you want, when you want, with whom you want, without consequence is a fairy tale that has no place in the real world.

The maker of all men knows that we will enjoy maximum freedom only when we exercise our freedom under his authority. There we will find the most nourishing relationships, the best plan for our protection and the greatest provisions for our well being.

What more can you really ask for?

The next time you are faced with the choice of doing what feels good and doing what God requires of His children, remember there is a “why” behind every rule.  God’s rules were created not to increase your pain but to ease your everyday existence.

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Worthy Of Glory, Honor, And Praise…

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A Man Worthy of Our Praise

Matthew 8:23-27 (KJV)

23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

The men traveling with Jesus on a stormy Galilean night said something that ought to make us sit up and take notice. “What kind of a man is this . . . ?”

If we ask ourselves that same question, we will start to see the big picture of who Jesus is instead of concentrating on the “slivers” of personality revealed by individual stories.

When the wind, which has been funneled through a narrow gorge, pushes out over the Sea of Galilee, the water becomes turbulent. Jesus and His disciples were caught in just such a dangerous storm while making their way to Gadara. Waves crashed over the deck of the wooden boat. The experienced seamen onboard were certain that death was imminent.

But Jesus was sleeping. He was resting quietly during a storm so frightening that the Greek word used to describe it is seismos—from the same root that gives us the phrase “seismic activity” for earthquakes.

What kind of man is this who can sleep while the boat heaves and pitches? The answer is: the

One who created the seas and knows how a storm brews and what energy causes a wave to stay in motion.

That’s the kind of man: a divine Being cloaked in humanity, who rebuked the winds and sea so that they became perfectly calm.

Scripture indicates that both the air and the water were instantly stilled.

Such is the power of Jesus, the Creator and Lord over the universe. Taken together, all the Bible stories about Jesus reveal the “big picture” that He is the only man worthy of glory, honor, and praise (Dan. 7:13-14).

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Doing What Is Right Because It’s Right

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Romans 5 3-4

And not only that but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance and perseverance , character and character hope.

The word character appears in the Bible only a few times. In the passage sited above, the apostle Paul points out the unique relationship between tribulation, perseverance and character.

The tribulation he was referring to was the trials and difficulties experienced by believers who were being prosecuted for their faith.

Then he gets to the word, ‘And perseverance, character” (Rom. 5:4). Notice the difference. Perseverance is something we do. We preserve under pressure . But character is not something we do– it is something we have or don’t have.  Character is about what we are or , as some would say, what we are made of.  Paul’s conclusion is that those who persevere through trials and tribulations regarding their beliefs are men and women of character. Their character was made evident by their response to what was happening around them.

Those who know the Lord , recognize that we are accountable to his standards. He places limits on human behavior. In other words, we can not always respond to circumstances as “we” would like to respond. We are children of Christ… that means we are ultimately held responsible for the truth as far as our behavior is concerned.

If you don’t have a personal plan for developing character you won’t develop any.  Character is to relationships what oil is to a motor.  When there is a deficit in character, you pay for it in your personal interactions. It doesn’t matter how perfectly suited you are for your spouse, your job, or your position. If you don’t have character, there is going to be friction. The parts of the motor may be perfectly made to fit together but without “character”, the oil, the motor will eventually run hot.

God has to hide from us what he does until by personal character we get to the point where He can reveal it.  -Oswald Chambers

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