The Blessing of Serving the Lord

“For behold, the day comes that shall burn like an oven, and all the proud and arrogant, yes, and all that do wickedly and are lawless, shall be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.

But unto you who revere and worshipfully fear My name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings and His beams, and you shall go forth and gambol like calves released from the stall and leap for joy.” (Malachi 4:1-2)

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There isn’t a better investment you can make than to come to the Lord and live in His righteousness. The value of this decision is eternal. Living life on your own terms without inviting the Lord into it may seem the right thing to do, but at what cost eternally? God’s Word tells us over and over to come to Him for that wonderful intimate relationship He wants with each one of us.

These two scriptures set before us two paths: life or death. There is great reward stored up for everyone who enters the personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ. It’s not about a ticket to heaven. Saying a prayer to get a ticket isn’t entering the Kingdom of God. It goes way way beyond that. The Cross is the gateway into the Kingdom of God.

You cannot enter God’s Kingdom unless its through the finished work of the Cross. Accepting His sacrifice and repenting (turning away) from the sinful lifestyle, are the first step in an eternal journey. There is no better lifestyle than living a life full of God. He has the ability to take a shattered life and put it all back together like its brand new.

Blessings everyone…

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One Body

“All these gifts, achievements and abilities are inspired and brought to pass by one and the same Holy Spirit, Who apportions to each person individually exactly as He chooses. For just as the body is a unity and yet has many parts, and all the parts, through many, form only one body, so it is with Christ the Messiah, the Anointed One.” (I Corinthians 12:11-12)

The Body of Christ is indeed fearfully and wonderfully made. The shining attribute of the Body of Christ should be unity. We are all bound together as one unit in Christ Jesus. There can’t be any division for a body to function properly. I can’t take my arm off and put it on a shelf and expect my body to perform the same way.

God is moving in the earth these days bringing His Body together. The last great outpouring will destroy denominational walls and we will indeed become ONE Body in Christ.

Blessings everyone…

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Rise and Shine!

“Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you–rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!” (Isaiah 60:1)

No matter how beat down life is at the moment, we just can’t wallow in it. The Lord says “Arise!” get up and dust yourself off! A whole new life is on the other side of this thing!

There are two commands here: Arise and Shine. It is only when we get up from the depression and despair of our circumstances that the glory of the Lord can shine upon us. The glory is always there for us, but it won’t shine until we get up! You are very valuable to God. He paid a very high price for you. His glory is waiting for you so get up and move into a whole new life! Don’t let the despair of your current circumstances defeat you. Circumstances change like emotions. They are only temporary. Look to the Rock who never changes.

Blessings everyone…

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The Pursuit of Wisdom

 
“My son, if you will receive my words and treasure up my commandments within you, making your ear attentive to skillful and godly Wisdom and inclining and directing your heart and mind to understanding [applying all your powers to the quest for it]; Yes, if you cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding. If you seek Wisdom as for silver and search for skillful and godly Wisdom as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of our God. For the Lord gives skillful and godly Wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He hides away sound and godly Wisdom and stores it for the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with Him); He is a shield to those who walk uprightly and in integrity.” (Proverbs 2:1-7)
 
The Wisdom of God. Why is Wisdom capitalized in this passage? Because Wisdom is God. The number one commandment in both the Mosaic and the New Covenants is to love the Lord your God with everything you have. If Wisdom is God, then Wisdom also needs to be pursued wholeheartedly. And really, who doesn’t need all the wisdom that they can get? Where do you find Wisdom? In the presence of God through daily fellowship and in His Word. Search the scriptures for your daily dose of Wisdom. He has stored it up just for you today!
 
Blessings everyone…
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Don’t Answer the Door!

“You are of your father, the devil, and it is your will to practice the lusts and gratify the desires which are characteristics of your father.  He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him.  When he speaks a falsehood, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar himself and the father of lies and of all that is false.” (John 8:44)

“And that they may come to their senses and escape out of the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him, henceforth to do his will.” (II Timothy 2:26)

“Put on God’s whole armor that you may be able to successfully stand up against all the strategies and the deceits of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11)


In days gone by, the primary marketing strategy for companies was door to door sales. These sales people were very high pressure and hard sellers.  They had to be to make a living like this.  They eventually got the reputation for being hard to get rid of once they got in your house, so people began to just not answer the doorbell when they saw a salesman.

Just recently, I let a vacuum cleaner sales person come in for what I thought would be just a few minutes to demonstrate.  Once I let her in, her high pressure sales switch was flipped and I had a hard time getting her out the door!  From now on, I won’t let them in again.

The enemy is like this.  He whispers words that he knows or believes will trigger a negative response so he can accuse you in the Court of Heaven.  I saw this in action just yesterday, when I was eating lunch with my mother.  We were just having a good conversation, when this person’ name came into my mind.  I have struggled for quite a while against offense with this person so the enemy knows it’s a trigger for me.  The awesome thing for me is that I recognized it was the voice of the enemy and NOT my own thought!

This ability to distinguish between your own thoughts and the thoughts of the enemy comes from the level of intimacy you have with God the Father through Jesus Christ.  So what do you do when a trigger is fired into your mind?  You don’t answer the door!  Instead of letting the evil imagination trigger you to speak negative words over that person, let it trigger you to pray for them instead.  After a few times of it blowing up in his face, Satan will move on.  That’s what he did when he couldn’t get Jesus to open the door to him.  He left it alone.

But what if I mess up and  let the trigger fire off negative words?  Go to God and repent and let the Blood of Jesus cleanse you from all unrighteousness.  THEN pray blessings on that person right then.  Overcome evil with good.

Jesus said to “do good” to those who hurt and offend you.  Doing good has nothing to do with your emotions because emotions change all the time.  You can be up one day and down the next emotionally, so don’t let evil thoughts bring condemnation because of the way you FEEL.  The best thing you can DO for a person who has hurt you is not to try and interact with them, although, sometimes God will say to reach out, is to PRAY for them.  Pray good from your heart .  It is a healing balm to the wounds in your soul.  Some people don’t want to be reached by you, so leave them alone and move on with God.

TRUTH: As a child of God you are living in the Kingdom of God right now in your every day life.  Your eternity with God began when you accepted Jesus into your heart.  Being offended is illegal in the Kingdom of God.  The standard of TRUTH set forth by God in His Word tells us to love those who hate and hurt us.  We MUST forgive from a pure heart of agape LOVE.  If we don’t we are outside the Kingdom and have become targets for the enemy.  God rules His Kingdom with a rod of iron.  There are no “buts” in the Kingdom.  There are no grey areas.  All behavior and words are measured against the Word of God, so if we want to continue to experience His blessings in our lives, we must do what we have to do to remain holy and pure in heart as He is.

Are you offended at someone today?  Has someone deeply wounded you and you can’t seem to get over it?  You can get free of it and stay free of it by faith.  Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go boldly to the Throne of Grace and acknowledge that you are offended at someone and that you know you have sinned.  Then repent and ask God to forgive you for allowing this to remain in your heart.
  2. Then forgive that person to God in prayer by FAITH, not feelings and pray God’s blessings in his or her life.  Now you have a clean slate to start with.  You are now back in right standing with God and inside the Kingdom!
  3. The next time the enemy whispers this person’s name to trigger a negative response, recognize that it is NOT your thought and let it trigger you to PRAY instead for that person.  It will only take a few times and Satan will flee from this.  As time goes on your emotions will line up with your faith towards this person.

God always has a path out of any thicket of sin we step into!  Isn’t God good?  God has put a high value on you, so don’t think He is mad at you for feeling offended.  He doesn’t look at you like that.  He looks at you with the eyes of FAITH…Always.  He loves you regardless of how you feel about someone.  Let His Word set you free today…

Blessings everyone…

 

 

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Announcement! New Page in Effective Prayers! First Post!

Here are some Scripture Prayers for yourself and your family.  The Word of God doesn’t return void!  Speaking His Word back to Him in faith will activate Heaven on your life!

Proverbs 31:10-31 ~ The Virtuous Woman

A woman can pray this prayer over herself or her female family members.  A man can pray this over his wife or other female family members.  This prayer is the pure Word of God washing over yourself or your loved ones.

Blessings everyone…

Prayer for Others:

Father, I thank You that _________ is a capable, intelligent and virtuous woman and I am blessed by You to have her in my life.  She is far more precious than precious jewels and her value to You and me is far above rubies!  The heart of her husband will trust in her confidently and will rely on and believe in her securely, so that he has no lack of honest gain or need of dishonest spoil.

Father, I thank You that _______ is a sharp businesswoman!  She considers a new field and before she buys or accepts it, she is wise to expand prudently.  She does not neglect her present duties by assuming other duties.  With her savings of time and strength, she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard.

Father, I thank You that _______ girds herself with strength (spiritual, mental and physical fitness) for her God-given tasks.  She makes her arms strong and firm.  She tastes and sees that her gain from work with and for You is good and her lamp goes not out, but it burns on continually through the night of trouble, privation or sorrow, warning away fear, doubt and distrust.  I thank You that ___________ is well able to stand and face adversity without giving in to fear and doubt.  Her heart is firmly fixed to YOU Father.

Father, I thank You that _____________ is diligent in her work ethic.  She lays her hands to the spindle and her hands hold the distaff.  She is so generous Lord!  She opens her and to the poor, yes she reaches out her filled hands to the needy, whether in body, mind or spirit.  She has no fear of hard times Lord, because she knows You clothe her household doubly in scarlet!

Father, I thank You that __________ makes for herself coverlets, cushions and rugs of tapestry.  Her clothing is of linen, pure and fine, and of purple such as the priests wear in the temple!  Because of her Godly character, You have blessed her husband’s life!  He is known in the city’s gates, when he sits among the elders of the land!

Father, I thank You that _____________ is a successful business owner!  She makes fine linen garmnts and leads others to buy them; she delivers to the merchants all her quality goods!  Strenth and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure.  She rejoices over the future–the latter days to come, knowing that she and her family are in readiness for it!

Father I thank You that ____________ is full of Godly wisdom and she is full to the brim of Your love.  She is full of wise counsel.  She looks well to how things go in her household and the bread of idleness she doesn’t eat.  She does not partake of gossip, discontent and self-pity.  Her children will rise up and call her blessed!  Her husband also boasts of her and praises her.

Father, I thank You that many daughters have done virtuously, nobly and well, but _______ excels them all.  Charm and grace are deceptive and beauty is vain, but I thank You that ___________ is a woman who reverently and worshipfully fears You.  She is appreciated by You Father.  Give her the fruit of her hands and let her own works praise her in the gates!  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen and Amen!

Prayer for Yourself

Father, I thank You that I am a capable, intelligent and virtuous woman and I am blessed by You!  I am far more precious than precious jewels and my value to You  is far above rubies!  The heart of my husband will trust in me confidently and will rely on and believe in me securely, so that he has no lack of honest gain or need of dishonest spoil.

Father, I thank You that I am a sharp businesswoman!  I consider a new field and before I buy or accept it, I am wise to expand prudently.  I do not neglect my present duties by assuming other duties.  With my savings of time and strength, I plant fruitful vines in my vineyard.

Father, I thank You that I gird myself with strength (spiritual, mental and physical fitness) for my God-given tasks.  I make my arms strong and firm.  I taste and see that my gain from work with and for You is good and my lamp goes not out, but it burns on continually through the night of trouble, privation or sorrow, warning away fear, doubt and distrust.  I thank You that I am well able to stand and face adversity without giving in to fear and doubt.  My heart is firmly fixed to YOU Father.

Father, I thank You that I am diligent in my work ethic.  I lay my hands to the spindle and my hands hold the distaff.  I am so generous Lord!  I open my and to the poor, yes I reache out my filled hands to the needy, whether in body, mind or spirit.  I have no fear of hard times Lord, because I know You clothe my household doubly in scarlet!

Father, I thank You that I make for myself coverlets, cushions and rugs of tapestry.  My clothing is of linen, pure and fine, and of purple such as the priests wear in the temple!  Because of my Godly character, You have blessed my husband’s life!  He is known in the city’s gates, when he sits among the elders of the land!

Father, I thank You that I am a successful business owner!  I make fine linen garments and leads others to buy them; I deliver to the merchants all my quality goods!  Strength and dignity are my clothing and my position is strong and secure.  I rejoice over the future–the latter days to come, knowing that me and my family are in readiness for it!

Father I thank You that I am full of Godly wisdom and I am full to the brim of Your love. I am full of wise counsel.  I  look well to how things go in my household and the bread of idleness I don’t eat.  I do not partake of gossip, discontent and self-pity.  My children will rise up and call me blessed!  My husband also boasts of me and praises me.

Father, I thank You that many daughters have done virtuously, nobly and well, but I excel them all.  Charm and grace are deceptive and beauty is vain, but I thank You that I am a woman who reverently and worshipfully fears You.  I am appreciated by You Father.  Give me the fruit of my hands and let my own works praise me in the gates!  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen and Amen!

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Unapproachable Light

“He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings.  He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have no understanding.  He reveals the deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him!” (Daniel 2:21-22)

“Who alone has immortality and lives in unapproachable light, Whom no man has ever seen or can see.  Unto Him be honor and everlasting power and dominion.  Amen.” (I Timothy 6:16)

“And this is the message which we have heard from Him and now are reporting to you: God is Light, and there is no darkness in Him at all–not in any way.  So if we say we are partakers together and enjoy fellowship with Him when we live and move and are walking about in darkness, we are speaking falsely and do not live and practice the Truth of the Gospel.  But if we are living and walking in the Light, as He is in the Light, we have true, unbroken fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses and removes us from all sin and guilt.  If we freely admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:5-9)


God is Light.  There is no darkness IN Him.  He is pure Light.  Everything about Him is light.  He is light, His Word is light, His Kingdom is light, His Messiah is the Light of the world.  To walk with Him and have unbroken fellowship with Him, we cannot walk in darkness or we cannot walk with Him.  It is that simple.

We have choices to make every day to walk in His light or walk in the darkness of our own understanding.  Sometimes we make the wrong choices, but it is not inevitable.  It is a choice.  We choose to yield to temptations.  We choose to yield to strife.  We choose not to forgive.  These choices bring the darkness around us and break our fellowship with the Father.  Does He stop loving us?  No!  Is He mad at us?  No!  He is waiting for us to return to the Light.  To walk out of the darkness through repentance and continue where we left off.  Isn’t God good?  He is so patient and longsuffering.  He quietly whispers, “child this is not who you are to Me.  Come back into the light.”

Once you have experienced the joy of fellowship with Him in the intimate relationship, it grieves your soul to be out of fellowship.  Life loses its light to you.  I know I have wandered away too often in my life and lived in gross darkness for many years.  But I have found that life in the light is so exciting and full of expectation and hope.  It truly becomes so precious, that it helps to say NO to those dark choices we all face day after day.

The key to a fulfilling life is found in pursuing God in the intimate relationship that Jesus Christ purchased on the Cross.  He opened the gate for all people to pursue the Father in a deep and wonderful friendship.  We are sons and daughters to Him!  How do you pursue this intimate relationship?  One word: TIME.  Take time out every day, be it five minutes for fifty minutes to talk to the Father in Jesus’ Name.  To read His word every day.  As you do, you will run smack into the Father.  He inhabits our praises, so sing praises to Him!  Taking the first step is the hardest, but you will be amazed at the changes in your life when you look back over time.  I know I am!

Blessings everyone…

 

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