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May 7, 2015, 4:46 PM

Praying Mothers


There is no power greater than the power of a praying mother. It is because heart felt prayer raised up to the Lord moves nations, protects lives, changes hearts, provides foundation to lives, works in the hearts to mold and shape, and sets the feet of men, women, and young people on the path of Christ. The value of a mother who prays cannot be measured because human language does not possess the vocabulary or ability to describe it.




March 20, 2015, 11:49 AM

Spiritual Minds


 

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  (Philippians 4:8 KJV)

 

What I allow into my mind impacts my attitude, feelings, thinking, and actions. Much of what wants to come into my mind has the tendency to lead me away from paths of joy and peace and causes me to walk paths of gloom and despair. I recognize that it is my choice as to what enters and lives inside of me.

Feeding the mind with the Word of God gives me a true and stable understanding of life and circumstances. The Spirit energizes my spirit to walk a path that is spiritually positive and to resist the negativism of what is around me. Feeding my mind with the powerful and positive truths of the Word brings sunshine and freshness into my soul.

It is hard when voices around me are so negative; when there is so much anger, frustration, and despair. It is easy to get caught in the same rut and find myself spinning my wheels in the mud of the negative and ugly.

The Word encourages me to open the windows and doors of my heart to the sunshine of Christ’s love and peace. His Sonshine penetrates into every recess and crevice of my soul and discovers any moldy negativism. He shines so brilliantly that the mustiness of the world and the mildew of dark thoughts and feelings that may have lingered in my heart are cleansed.

I have a powerful companion who guards the doorway of my mind and my heart. He is a strong warrior and is ready to slay any enemy that comes to threaten my soul. This warrior is called the Peace of God. The power of the peace of God is beyond human understanding and explanation and makes  no sense to the world.




March 13, 2015, 12:26 PM

Stillness


Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.  (Psalms 46:10 KJV)

It is hard to be still. Even in times of prayer, meditation, and exploring God’s Word thoughts and imaginations intrude and speak so loudly to me I can’t hear God. Worries laugh as they peek through the windows of my soul in order to get my attention. The doorbell of my heart rings and when I answer the door it is Hurry trying to get me finish up with my quiet time so I can get busy with other things.

Be still. It is not an option it is a command. It is an invitation to close the door on hurry, worry, and the world and sit at Christ’s feet to learn and to be loved. It is an opportunity to become deeper, more relaxed, and to be more energetic. I certainly need the energy.

And know. As I am still I come to know Him. I already know Him but in the stillness I come to a deeper place in Him. To know Him means to know Him by experience; not just know about Him or hear about Him. To experience Him more deeply and more powerfully means to really know Him.

I am God. In the quietness I experience Him as God. He is the Almighty, the All Powerful One. He is not merely the founder of a religion or a philosophy. He is God. In quietness I honor Him, worship Him, and praise Him for Who He is. In the quietness, as I experience Him as the Almighty God and praise Him, I gain a new perspective on what is on the outside of the door of my heart and my time with Him. Through Him there is the power to live, love, and overcome.




March 11, 2015, 4:37 PM

Adversity and Prayer


Adversity and Prayer

 

Adversity hurts. There’s no doubt about it. No matter how spiritual or how faithful a Christian is tough times bring tough pain. Many times the pain is so deep and intense that it cannot be described in words.

There is a false idea about Christians and adversity. The thought is that if a person is really spiritual then the adversity he is going through is not painful. Many of God’s people carry a sense of guilt because in hard times they become angry, depressed, exhausted, and they may even wonder where God is. It is interesting how people not going through our set of adversities know exactly how we are to handle them.

In these times of suffering I like to remember how the Lord suffered. I remember how He prayed for the cross to be taken from Him. That says to me that when I suffer He has already been there and knows what is inside of me. I also like to use the Word to give me encouragement and the Spirit leads me to passages where God’s people suffered and experienced the grace and help of God.

How do we handle adversity? Handle with prayer. Paul said, Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  (Philippians 4:6–7 KJV). Here, Paul gives us the key to dealing with suffering. He shows how through prayer we can pour everything inside of us into the Lord’s hands. As we pray we not only talk to Him about the adversity and hurt but we also thank Him and praise Him. As we release to God the hurt His peace takes up a place at the door of our hearts where we are protected mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We experience His peace and that peace is beyond human understanding. This is not simply a quick fix. It is a lasting power that strengthens who we are in Christ.

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