Archive | January 2012

Living Water…

A Joyous Welcome 

to You!

Thank you for stopping by today.  It may be that you are returning or it may be your very first visit – I believe is no coincidence that you’re here – and, whichever it is  – my prayer is that the words you find here will ENCOURAGE and INSPIRE you as you continue on your journey seeking JESUS – your Friend and mine.

Our Scripture always begins from the Book of Psalm and the Words of God therein –

Our Focus today is Psalm 1:3—

“He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”

My friend – I agree with all I’ve read that EVERYTHING needs water.  

If you have plants, you know they won’t live if you don’t water them.  

The same is true for the human body.

Just as the earth is two-thirds water and one-third dry land, our body is also two-thirds water!

When our body doesn’t have enough water, it gets dehydrated.  Serious dehydration can lead to death.   But, even low-grade dehydration can cause your energy level to drop, make you feel grumpy, and hinder your ability to concentrate.  

We must also water our spirits – with God’s word.  

Keep yourself – SPIRITUALLY – watered friend.

Do this by –

First, spending time EVERYDAY reading and studying His Word and being in His Presence.  

Next, be sure to actually drink plenty of water.

Then, you will be well watered in every area of your life!

A scripture from the Book of Isaiah – Chapter 43:20 reminds me of how God saw water – it says —

“I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen.”

That is beautiful and it shows me how much God loves us and thinks about our well-being. 

It is truly a blessing!

Lastly, I share with you from my own walk with the Lord that spending time in God’s presence – listening, studying His Word, praying for wisdom has enabled my FAITH in God to grow leaps and bounds.  My TRUST in God is stronger than ever and I am thankful beyond words for this BLESSING!

Know too, that God does not treat one person better than another – He loves us all.  

So, my friend – I point you to Psalm 115:11-13 —

“Trust in the Lord, all you that worship him.  He helps you and protects you.  The Lord remembers us… He will bless everyone who honors him, the great and the small alike.”

Let us end with a prayer —

God, thank you for YOU – our Living Water.  Help us to always seek You and to spend time daily in Your Presence, studying Your Word – making choices that honor You.  Please help us hear Your still small voice and reveal Yourself to us so that we can grow and know You better.  In JESUS  Name – we pray.

Halleluiah!

Thank You Lord!

Bless Your Holy Name!

Amen.

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Pray Early and Often…

Welcome — Welcome! 

Blessings to you.

It is a wonderful day and I must say “this is the day the Lord has made and I will REJOICE and be glad in it!”

Thank you for taking the time to visit.  Please know that it gives me great JOY to serve the Lord in this way.

I believe you will be encouraged and inspired as you read today’s message which is about PRAYER.  

I am a BIG believer in prayer and I do hope you are too.  But, if  you’re not yet – I’m praying right now that after reading this post – you will be one step closer.

Our Scripture focus today is from the book of Psalm:  5:3 —

“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.”

I imagine most people have prayed sometime in their lives.  Some regularly and others infrequently.  If you desire to grow stronger in FAITH and develop a closer relationship with God – a regular prayer life is an absolute necessity.  

Eight years ago, when I began my walk with the Lord –  I believed prayer was simply talking to God – and indeed, I spent very little time “listening to hear from God”  – and MUCH time mostly asking Him for things.   I certainly  wanted the things I requested and when they didn’t arrive I felt frustrated and disheartened.  

My breakthrough came one day in the past couple of years when I read God’s Word in the book of James – Chapter 5:16 —

“…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

This simple statement unlocked the door to a more rewarding prayer life for me.  I realized I didn’t have a proper understanding of prayer.   I saw then that it is communion with God and not simply communication where I log my requests, whine and cry.   But PRAYER actually means to come together or bring into agreement all things with God.  It is a one-on-one meeting(appointment) with our Mighty God who created us.  

Halleluiah!

I thank God everyday for the awesome privilege of PRAYER and His grace and mercy.

I decided also on that day for clarity to get out my dictionary and make sure I understood the meaning of the following words from James 5:16 —

“…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Effectual – means to work as intended (intention is to come into agreement with God)

Fervent – means earnest (not to be confused with emotion)

Righteous man – means one who enjoys a covenant with God.  Covenant is like a bond such as marriage.  When we have a covenant relationship with God – He is responsible for our well-being.  He commits to leading us and providing for us.  Amen.

Did you know that God has a standing offer to anyone who desires this relationship, and it begins by accepting Him as Lord and serving Him by living according to His Word.  

When this type of relationship exists, God readily meets us in prayer – we feel His LOVE  – and the frustration with thoughts about “unanswered” prayers – which tends to weaken our FAITH – lessens.  

Prayer strengthens our Faith, and Faith spurs Prayer.  I believe what I’ve read that there is a part of all of us that is spirit and longs to commune with God.  It is instinctive.   

Our covenant relationship with God establishes the most intimate relationship possible – His Spirit literally lives on the inside of us.  The Holy Spirit prepares us (our hearts) to listen and hear from God.  The Holy Spirit will also pray for us if we yield ourselves.  It is truly a blessing to have the Holy Spirit of God interceding for us.  

The last two important words from James 5:16 — “availeth much.” 

I believe “availeth much” means I(we) may expect God to answer.  It will be in His time – not ours but I have FAITH in Him and know He won’t fail to answer.

So, my Friend – to recap – answered prayer basically requires righteous living.  We have to live holy if we want to maintain a covenant relationship with God.  Living holy requires us to dedicate ourselves to God.  His will must supersede our own.  Living holy does not mean we will not make mistakes – because we will.  However, we are required to make every effort to live according to God’s Word.  

Last, remember that effective prayer builds our relationship with God and our confidence in His Word.  It is essential to the well-being of our inner man, and Jesus’ life on earth was a testament to this TRUTH.  Jesus clearly demonstrated the necessity of prayer.  His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane where He said, “Thy will be done.”  – shows He understood the ultimate purpose of prayer is that God’s will be done on earth.  

Let’s please bow our heads together and end this post with a prayer —

“God, we pray all will commit to a life of prayer and a covenant relationship with you.  And, no matter what our situation is or what crisis we’re going through we will let our FIRST RESPONSE be to stop and PRAY before we do anything else.   

Halleluiah!

Thank You Lord.

Amen.


 

Delight Yourself in the Lord…

Welcome and Blessings to you!

There is never a day I’m not thankful for your visit.  It is a joy to know you have arrived here for the first time or returned again.

Either way – my prayer is that the words that follow below will encourage and inspire you as you begin or continue your journey seeking  JESUS – our Lord and Savior – no greater friend is there to you and to me.

My friend – do you believe that if we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our hearts?

I do and hence, our scripture focus today is:

Psalm 37:4,5 —-

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord and He will bring it to pass.”

I’ve found in my walk with the Lord – letting Him give us things is much better than trying to get them for ourselves.

Being willing to WAIT on Him is the toughest part.  I often try to hurry God – but it never works.  His timing is ALWAYS best for us.

Most of us struggle greatly in our lives, trying to make happen things that only God can bring about.  

God wants us to seek Him, and He promises that He will add the things we desire when the time is right.

We are to commit our way to Him and let Him bring our desires to pass.  Jesus said in His Word – all those who labor and are heavy-laden should come to Him.  He promises to ease, relieve, and refresh our souls.  

He also tells us that His ways are higher than our ways, and His thoughts are higher than ours.  In other words, God knows much better than we do what we need to do.  

To which my response is and always will be:

 Halleluiah – Thank You Lord this is so – Bless Your Holy Name!

We are stubborn – I’m not sure why but we are.  

God is – among other things – patient, kind, compassionate and He loves us – even though we have done nothing to deserve His Love.  

His grace and mercy – stop me in my tracks on many a day – when I call on His Holy Name.  

And, I am encouraged – my faith in Him grows deeper and my trust grows stronger.

So, I encourage you to let go of your way and let God be God in your life.  He wants to give us the desires of our hearts as we commit our ways to Him.

Let us bow our heads, agree that we are on one accord and end with a prayer:

“Lord, we pray that You will bring our desires to pass as we delight ourselves in You.”

Halleluiah – Thank you Lord – Bless Your Holy Name.

Amen.