Monday, August 21, 2017

Bearing Good Fruit

When we allow unholy things to take root in our heart, we grow a deformed and withered tree, which only produces acrid and bitter fruit. This grieves The Holy Spirit and impedes our maturation in Christ.

Partnering with Jesus and plucking the weeds of resentment, anger, envy and hostility cultivates a fertile heart that is pliable for The Lord's handiwork within us. The seed falls on "good soil," and we produce bountiful, succulent fruits of The Spirit.

Lord God, create in us a willing and clean heart worthy of Your Seed...producing a good tree with good fruit...as we remain steadfast in You forevermore.

Ephesians 4:30-32
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

Hebrews,12:15
looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled

Matthew 13:8-9
Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.

Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

John 15:5
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Matthew 12:33
Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.

Friday, August 18, 2017

We Walk by Faith Not By Sight



Thank the Lord our faith depends on what HE can do, and not on what we can do. If you're walking by faith with some things in your life right now, don't stop, friends. Don't let go of His outstretched hand. All God asks is that we trust Him. Trust Him with all that we have. Trust Him to fulfill all our needs. And allow HIM to be our All in all. Don’t lose sight of the Truth. God is a good God. His heart is pure. EVERYTHING He does has purpose, and as hard as it is to remember sometimes, everything He does is filled with perfection. He is not leading you to leave you desolate and alone. He won’t allow you to go the wrong way if you are seeking Him and His will for your life. Trust that! Hold on to it! 

When we remember who He is, we can stand with confidence in what He is doing. We can know that He IS who He says He is and, that He is a GOOD GOOD God. A God who loves you so much, and if you could only see what HE sees, you would understand everything. You would understand His timing. His ways. His words. His direction. Don’t turn from Him when you are feeling lost or confused – turn TO Him, and He will bless you. 

He loves you with an everlasting love. As much as the cross signifies that, He will go into even greater depths to show you all the more in this season of your life. Why? Because He loves you. Because YOU matter to Him. Because there is only one of YOU, and He longs for YOU to know His heart. To know His love. To know how valuable you are. 

So rest in knowing that He sees you. He has His hand on you. He hasn’t forgotten about you, and where are you are at is not a surprise to Him. Trust Him. He is working. He is faithful and, He will show you. He will show you He is in control. He will show you His great love. He will do, the impossible.
"Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will act." Psalms 37:5

“For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4

by Sarah Armstrong


Thursday, August 17, 2017

What giants are you facing today?

Would it make any difference if you just stopped...got still with God...and considered that your conflict is not against flesh or things seen, but against spiritual wickedness in high places?

Would you get on your knees in obedience...align your will with His...and surrender it to The LORD of Hosts, Jehovah-Sabaoth?

Why place your faith or trust in something less than the All-seeing, All-knowing, Almighty Creator? Why take on the battle without Jesus, when there is so much power in His Name alone?

Do not fear. Do not be dismayed or discouraged. Stand firm in your faith at the feet of Jesus. He is always with you and will NEVER leave or forsake you!

HE IS RULER OVER ALL principalities and powers seen and not seen....and the battle belongs to Him!

...Thus saith the Lord unto you, "Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's." (2 Chronicles 20:15)

And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands. (1 Samuel 17:47)

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12)

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright. (Psalm 20:7-8)

Our help is in the name of the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 124:8)

The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. (Deuteronomy 31:8)

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)

No one is like you, Lord; you are great, and your name is mighty in power. (Jeremiah 10:6)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Intercession

Intercessory prayers reflect the very essence of God's own character...rich in unconditional love, grace and mercy.

Praying for others enables us to look beyond ourselves and increases our empathy, concern and compassion for others.

Think about this...who do you want to spend eternity with? Are there people you care about who do not know Jesus? Are you praying for them...interceding without ceasing?

Then, consider this...love and pray for your enemies. This is truly putting on the compassion of Christ and going beyond yourself in interceding for them.

Remember, prayer is sweet smelling aroma that pleases Him (Revelation 5:8). The Father desires our prayers! Prayer strengthens our faith and increases our intimacy with Him! In it, we are reflecting and glorifying Jesus!

Let us pray with sincere hearts and without ceasing on behalf of God's hurting children...that they will have a heart change and receive Jesus...that they will share in our eternal inheritance...and experience the riches, hope, glory and everlasting grace freely given by our Abba Father!

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

His Mercy Never Fails

Lord God,

We praise You for each and every promise,
including those brand-new today.
We pray to walk with You and know You,
in every single way.

You are a great and faithful Father
to those who fear and follow You;
So, to Thee we lift our praise...
Thank You for loving us completely, as only You can do!

In Jesus Christ's Name,
Amen.

Psalm 103:10
He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

Malachi 3:6
"For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.

Psalm 105:8
He has remembered His covenant forever, The word which He commanded to a thousand generations.

Psalm 106:45
And He remembered His covenant for their sake, And relented according to the greatness of His lovingkindness.

Psalm 69:16
Answer me, O LORD, for Your lovingkindness is good; According to the greatness of Your compassion, turn to me...

Psalm 63:3
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You.

Hebrews 10:23
Let us hold resolutely to the hope we confess, for He who promised is faithful.

Lamentations 3:24
"The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "Therefore I have hope in Him."

Monday, August 14, 2017

Authentic Faith

It is easy for us to get carried away in our thinking about what we want. We tend to plunge into the waters head first before first consulting with our Lifeguard...you know, the One who walks on water.

Regardless of our desires and plans, we should bring it all to the full counsel of God; present our petitions and align our emotions with His truth. We must lean into Him for understanding and ask Him to lay on our heart what His will is for our circumstances...and for our life.

When we bring Him into our decision-making, we receive the full measure of His promises. Only our Creator can lead us on our authentic and ordained path, as He is the Architect who designed it! He delights in the innermost desires of our heart and will guide us in the way that is holy, righteous and pleasing unto Him.

Praise The Lord that His plans, ways and thoughts are not like our own! He is the eternal resource with every correct answer. He is able to produce results far beyond what we can achieve alone. Complete surrender to His way is not always the path of least resistance, but we are assured peace as we progress...and to always receive what is His best for us.

Proverbs 19:21
Many plans are in a man's heart, But the counsel of the LORD will stand.

Isaiah 55:8
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," declares the LORD.

Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.

Philippians 4:6
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Psalm 37:4
Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

Philippians 4:19
And my God will supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Child of The Living God

Take a moment to truly reflect on what God has done for you...

Contemplate the complexity and perfection of His divine purpose; how He lovingly and deliberately chose to include you in His plan.

Receive the truth in your innermost being that long ago, before Elohim created the heavens and earth, He formed you in His mind. Praise Him for intricately planning your existence, identity and holy inheritance; that He dwelled on Earth in human form, sacrificed Himself, and was risen on the third day...so you could glorify and join Him for eternity!

No matter what your circumstances, He never changes. He is true to His promises; His plan is revealed and His purpose will be fulfilled. And He lavishes you with the greatest, most glorious Gift ever unwrapped...The Mystery of Jesus Christ! That you may be filled with The Holy Spirit and are called precious child of The Living God!

1 John 3:1
Behold what manner of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God. And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.

Colossians 1:27
to whom God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Ephesians 1:18
I ask that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know the hope of His calling, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints,

Ephesians 3:16
I pray that out of the riches of His glory, He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being,

John 1:12
But to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God--

Romans 8:14
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.