Archive | November 2015

Practice your profession

James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

This blog started as an act of obedience, and has quickly turned into a passion. It’s the garden of my heart. I look to my Heavenly Father so that it can be maintained — and, so the right seeds are planted at the right times.

Every day, I look to Him for the words to write. I want Him to give me the words because I can’t do anything for Him in my own wisdom. I’m being taught through the very blogs that I’ve written, because the words don’t come from me. As I’ve searched daily for more words to write, His words to me were this: “Practice your profession.”

Matthew 7:24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

The practice of God’s preaching is more powerful than the preaching. It’s more powerful than a blog.

When we practice His word, we become an effective witness to others. That’s what we’re all instructed to do. As members of the body of Christ, we all have a job to do.

Matthew 28:19-20 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Before we leave Earth, our job is to be practicers of our profession — the Christian ministry. We are worthy of the privilege.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

God promised His own plans for us. That makes us people of worth. People of purpose. That’s reason to give Him praise!

I thank my Heavenly Father for placing words upon my heart  to share.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Phillipians 4:8-9 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Here I am

Hebrews 12:2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

That scripture fills me with hope this morning. I’m thankful for God’s word. Our Father is so good.

I woke up today, feeling doubtful. The enemy will spiritually attack us when we strive to be light in his world of darkness. Doubt is his weapon. Doubtful believers are worriers. Worry is a worm the enemy uses to infest our hearts.  Not today devil.

I will fight for my faith. To build it, I’m fixing my eyes on the perfecter of faith — the pioneer, the founder, the champion Jesus. He endured the cross because of the joy set before him. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

Phillipians 4:13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. 

For all things I have the strength by virtue of him who imparts power to me. That includes perfecting my faith.

I’m praising Him. And by the time I’ve typed this very line — I’m in a new place. I thank you Father.

Faith is a gift of hope to those who possess it. Faith is the product of praise and worship.

When you need a faith booth, and feel stuck in a rut — turn on praise & worship music, and just listen. Even if you can’t engage, keep it on. Let the words sink in as much as you can. Pray for your spirit to be lifted. And when you feel the first inclination to lift your hands to God, do it. Your praise is the first step to your breakthrough.

Where praise and worship abide, faith enters. Your praise and worship will determine your level of faith.

When faith is low, your praise and worship must be elevated.

Thank you Holy Spirit, for always knowing what I need.

I pray this blesses you.

This Love

Everything I’m able to share is because of my Heavenly Father. He is my Provider.

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Words from my heart

The worst thing I can do is pretend to be wise. It grieves the Holy Spirit.

Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Wisdom given by the word of man is not able to make effective change in the hearts of other men. Wisdom from above is unrelinquishing. It will not let go of us.

Your faith is what keeps you informed. Wisdom of the heart is a priceless gift from God.

‘Wear your heart on your sleeve’ is an expression of the world.
The wisdom from God is to guard your heart.

Proverbs 4:23 Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.

The wisdom of man would advise you to gain wisdom from other men.
The wisdom of God advises to seek first the Kingdom, and all other things will be added to you.

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Wisdom will elevate a person’s moral standards. A standard of morals is required to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Ephesians 5:5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person–such a person is an idolater–has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

The wisdom of man will advise you to ‘wash your hands’ before entering the ministry.
The wisdom of God allows you to wash your heart first.

Your appreciation of the discipline of God will bring forth more wisdom.

Proverbs 12:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.

The wisdom of God is a wellspring of promise.
It will keep you as you make yourself available to receive.
You will find rest in the midst of trembling.

Proverbs 28:26 Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.

Wisdom from God places honor before a person’s name.
The Person of God wants to restore your precious name.
A good name is better than precious oil.
Allow Him to impress wisdom from above into your heart by presenting it clean before Him.

These words from my heart were given by power of the Holy Spirit. I’m not the giver of wisdom. My Father is. His name is Jehovah.

John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me…”

Proverbs chapter 8 is one of my favorite chapters in the bible. I love, love, love it! In it, the spirit of wisdom describes itself.

Proverbs 8:12-31

12 “I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment.
    I know where to discover knowledge and discernment.
13 All who fear the Lord will hate evil.
    Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance,
    corruption and perverse speech.
14 Common sense and success belong to me.
    Insight and strength are mine.
15 Because of me, kings reign,
    and rulers make just decrees.
16 Rulers lead with my help,
    and nobles make righteous judgments.

17 “I love all who love me.
    Those who search will surely find me.
18 I have riches and honor,
    as well as enduring wealth and justice.
19 My gifts are better than gold, even the purest gold,
    my wages better than sterling silver!
20 I walk in righteousness,
    in paths of justice.
21 Those who love me inherit wealth.
    I will fill their treasuries.

22 “The Lord formed me from the beginning,
    before he created anything else.
23 I was appointed in ages past,
    at the very first, before the earth began.
24 I was born before the oceans were created,
    before the springs bubbled forth their waters.
25 Before the mountains were formed,
    before the hills, I was born—
26 before he had made the earth and fields
    and the first handfuls of soil.
27 I was there when he established the heavens,
    when he drew the horizon on the oceans.
28 I was there when he set the clouds above,
    when he established springs deep in the earth.
29 I was there when he set the limits of the seas,
    so they would not spread beyond their boundaries.
And when he marked off the earth’s foundations,
30     I was the architect at his side.
I was his constant delight,
    rejoicing always in his presence.
31 And how happy I was with the world he created;
    how I rejoiced with the human family!

The fragrance of words

The Holy Spirit ministered something to me this week that can benefit all of us. I never thought of it in the way it was explained — but it makes total sense.

A person’s speech reflects their purpose. If a person’s heart is not in line with God’s spirit, their speech will reflect it.

I personally know that when we practice bad speech, it’s almost natural to say things that aren’t supposed to come out of the mouths of God’s children.

Ephesians 5:4 Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes–these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God.

Be kind to one another. Don’t let a bad saying come out of your mouth. Keep God in your heart, and He will make your speech a precious sound.

Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Your speech hosts miraculous power when you speak the word of God from a clean heart. A clean heart is the backbone of a miracle.

A clean heart has no tolerance for a wicked tongue. The word of God is sharper than a double-edged sword. It cuts to the soul. The deepest part of any creature in the physical realm is the soul — and God’s word reaches it when spoken from a clean heart.

It would be unwise for us to believe that we can use our mouths to say disgusting things, and then ask God for His promises. His promises are for those clean of heart and mind. A clean heart has no tolerance for a wicked tongue.

Speech is a reflection of the hearts motive.

Luke 6:45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

Proverbs 13:3 Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.

The Holy Spirit revealed to me that a person’s praise will bring forth their purpose — and their purpose will bring forth praise. If a person’s  speech reflects the inward parts of their heart, how would praise from an obscene mouth smell to our Heavenly Father?

Let’s be conscious of the way we speak, so that we are not presenting a filthy fragrance before God.

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.

It would be plagiarism if I allow you to think that I wrote this article. The worst thing I can do is pretend to be wise. It grieves the Holy Spirit. The truth is, I typed the message — but, my Heavenly Father gave me the words. The words that I share are from Him. He is my Provider. Draw near to Him. We wants to uniquely share with every one of His children by power of His precious Holy Spirit.

James 4:8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.

 

The Person of God

Ephesians 1:17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

The best relationship anyone could ever have is a relationship with our Heavenly Father. He wants us to know Him in an intimate way — as a Person, and not a religious figure.

He has a personality, feelings, and infinite wisdom.

The Person of God is a wellspring of wisdom, love, and truth. There is nothing that can empty into Him and not be made new and better than it was before it was emptied. When your heart’s desire is to know Him, He will make His personality known to you. He will share His wisdom with you. To know Him, make Him the desire of your heart.

Proverbs 4:23 Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.

The Person of God is a river of wealth. The richness of His kindness is immeasurable. Get close to Him, and allow Him to pour into you.

Empty yourself into Him. Give Him your fears, your problems, your worries, your bad habits, your confessions, your anger, your idols, your prayers, your praise, your service, your obedience, your time, your heart, your ear, your everything. Empty yourself into Him. He will not take anything of value from you without giving it back newer and better.

Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me…”

 

Give me Your wisdom

God has shared many things with me lately. He describes them as “pearls of wisdom.” The pearl of your heart is wisdom of worth.

I write every day, and still have to catch up with the number of messages I’ve received. This is one of them.

I went through a short period of time feeling unworthy of the precious wisdom He’s given me. I’ve looked at blogs, and pages that I’ve written and thought “Who am I to possess this kind of treasure”? This morning, he made me aware that He has shared His wisdom with me because of my desire to know Him.

Our Heavenly Father is a God that will be with us forever. He wants us to desire to know Him. He’s a thorough examiner of hearts. If you truly desire a relationship with Him, and you seek Him with all your heart, he will personally provide you with everything you need, in order to know Him better.

John 14:18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

Every person alive can have great hope in knowing that God releases Himself into you in your private time. The private time we give God is when He gives us His innermost wisdom.

Pray in your private time. Read the word of God in your private time. Feed your spirit in your private time. Watch people of God online in your private time. These are some of my favorites:

Pastor Joann Rosario Condrey
Marilyn Hickey Ministries

The wisdom of God can’t be learned by going to school. The wisdom of God is only given to us when God sees in us a desire to know Him. A desire to know Him as a Person — and not a religious figure.

Ephesians 1:17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 16:16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!

 

 

Make Me Yours

Anyone who has ever owned a faithful dog knows the love and companionship it brings to it’s owner. For many, their furry friends have earned the title “man’s best friend”. They’ve been described as protectors, helpers, lifesavers, and providers.

Pet owners are faithful to their dogs, because their dogs are faithful to them. The deep bond between humans and dogs is based on our desire to receive lifelong faithfulness.

Anyone who has ever been betrayed in their marriage can understand what a treasure it is to find a faithful spouse.

Anyone who’s ever been stabbed in the back by a friend can appreciate the value of a faithful friend.

Anyone who’s ever operated a business knows the advantage that comes with having faithful workers.

Anyone who loves the word of God appreciates the benefits of receiving a faithful account.

No matter how you examine the context of “faithfulness”, it’s always a blessing to receive.

faithful: true to one’s word, promises, vows, etc.; steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant

We understand the value of receiving faithfulness in every area of our personal lives. Now, imagine how much greater it is to receive spiritual faithfulness from God.

There is a secular perception of what it means for God to be faithful to us. The secular perception of His faithfulness is that He will give us anything we want, as long as we ask in Jesus’ name. He is a giver of good things, but His faithfulness to us goes back to a promise.

Because sin entered into the world, God has given every son and daughter of Adam and Eve a way to receive what their parents lost. The everlasting life that Adam and Eve lost has been given to us through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

God is faithful to the children of Adam and Eve. Their sin caused separation to form between man and God. Through separation from God, their children became the “lost”. It’s not our fault that we are born into sin. Through His great faithfulness, God made a way for us to become His again.

Deuteronomy 32:4 “The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.

His promise to redeem us is fulfilled through His Son, Jesus. Through that sacrifice, the lost children of Adam and Eve are given a way to have everlasting life in the Kingdom of God. He has offered us a chance to be with Him. That is a tremendous treasure. We become adopted into his family through Jesus! We can be His forever. That faithful promise is only given through His Son, who He sent to die the death every sinner should have died. It’s a promise meant for every one of us.

Matthew 18:12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?

Thank God for His faithfulness. It’s not for us to claim over material things in this life. It’s a promise of eternal life with Him in His Kingdom of Heaven. It’s a promise to help us make it into His Kingdom.

Psalm 100: 4-5 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

The heavens are a precious jewel to God. He allows nothing of sinful nature to reside there. He gives us great hope to one day live where there is no more weeping, or mourning, or persecution of any kind. No terror, or fear, or prison. The Kingdom of God is not imperfect. There is no hunger, or pain, or suffering.

I’m very thankful for our God’s faithfulness. The ability to be with Him entitles us to divine access to Him right now — before we get to live with Him forever in His home.  It’s because of His faithfulness that I was able to receive the words in this message. Every good thing about me, including the words I share, comes from our Heavenly Father. He is my Provider.

I pray that this blesses you,

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

 

Always Amazing

God is always amazing. The Holy Spirit woke me up with a sense of urgency Sunday morning. The words that woke me were “The time is now”. The words were loud and clear. Until this very moment, I thought that He meant it was time for me to wake up to receive a message. Now, I understand that He meant “The time is now” to apply the message that was given.

He spoke about perseverance of prayer. He told me to emphasize that things happen when we persevere in prayer.

In order to persevere effectively — or to have perseverance —  it’s important to understand what those words means.

perseverance: steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success

persevere: continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success.

Our Heavenly Father wants us to have hope in knowing that a lot of things happening in the world right now can be changed if faithful people of God collectively persevere in prayer. They are things that we may feel have very little prospect of success. The mighty name of our Heavenly Father is a Powerhouse — and He promised to cause all things to bring forth good works in His children.

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

He’s calling on us to persevere in prayer.  God is always amazing. He always knows what we need.

Before we discuss more recent events, He asked me to first give examples of things that I persistently prayed over. He named 3 specific things for me to share.

First, a condition that I was born with called hyperhidrosis. I was so embarrassed by this for many years, starting from my elementary school days. It’s a medical condition that causes a person to sweat excessively. Some people have it in their hands, others in their feet or face. I had it under my arms. There was no deodorant, or soap that could stop me from sweating. As a child, I didn’t understand that it was a real medical condition. The sweat was so excessive that all of my clothes were stained from it. Sweat was embedded into the material of every shirt I owned. The arm pit areas of my clothes were yellowed, and they held an odor that couldn’t be washed out. As I grew up, I hid it the best I could. I never wore silk, or any material that showed sweat easily. I layered my clothes — and never raised my arms up. I wore sweaters and jackets all the time, even when it wasn’t cold to hide the fact that my armpits were always wet. They would be soaking wet from the pit of my arm down towards my waist. I was always afraid that people would judge me — and think that I didn’t bathe. I probably took more baths than anyone trying to keep from smelling bad — but as soon as I got out of the tub or shower, I would literally see streams of sweat pouring down my arms like a water faucet. It caused me much emotional distress. I prayed all the time about it. Every morning on my way to school I would ask God to please not let me sweat that day. I would make offerings like “I’ll do this…. if you please let my arms stay dry”.. I didn’t even realize I was persevering in prayer over the matter. I was just desperate for help.

I visited dermatologists and even a psychiatrist because of the emotional impact the condition had on me. I was 23 or 24 years old when I learned about a new procedure that could potentially correct my sweating problem. It was so new, that the doctors asked to record my procedure to teach other doctors how it should be done. When I first learned of the procedure, I sent a request to my insurance company, and they denied me, calling it a cosmetic procedure. I was crushed because I couldn’t afford to pay for it myself. I cried and prayed, and right before I thought I’d have to live with the condition forever, the insurance worker told me what to do to get the procedure approved. I had to appeal and prove that it was more serious than a cosmetic procedure. I had to be persistent.

The psychiatrist that I visited about the matter wrote on a letter on my behalf. I showed proof of several doctor visits, and prescription deodorants that I tried. Afterwards, the insurance company agreed to pay for the procedure. I eventually realized that God was working on my behalf all those years that I persevered in prayer. He knew exactly what I needed in order to get what I was asking for. If I had not been to several doctors over an extended period of time for the same specific matter– the procedure wouldn’t have been paid for by my insurance company. God was setting me up to receive my reward as I persistently prayed over the situation. He’s amazing all the time and He knows what He’s doing. No matter what we need, big or small — God is faithful if we persist in prayer.

Ephesians 6:18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

The second thing I persevered in prayer over was fear. As a teenager, I became extremely afraid, especially at night. It took me many years to realize that it was wasteful worry. I hated to sleep alone. I begged my parents to let me sleep on the floor of their room. I wasn’t 5 or 6 years old. I was sleeping with my mother in my teens until I was probably 19. I remember that I would cry, and beg God for peace. Every night, I prayed for peace of mind. I didn’t even fully understand why I was scared. I prayed, and prayed every night consistently for peace for years. I wasn’t intentionally persevering in prayer — I was just afraid, and praying was the only thing I felt I could do. Even though I didn’t even understand the significance of persevering in prayer, He gave me His peace. He is faithful to us when we persevere in prayer.  Fear does not, and will not paralyze me like it once did, in the name of Jesus.

Romans 12:12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

The third thing that I prayed for is the praise of my heart.  At first, I was unsure why He asked me to include this  — because I recall only praying for this specific thing once. I traveled 5 hours to visit a church in Douglasville, Georgia called RainFire Church. The Pastor, Joann Rosario Condrey is a wonderful woman of God who has an anointing for teaching His word. All of her sermons are on youtube, and I know that anyone hungry for God’s word will be fed by watching them. When I visited the church, I asked God to help me worship unashamed — because my public worship was always reserved. Growing up, I never attended a church where people got openly raw in their praise and emotion towards God — and where the Holy Spirit directed the service. I told God that I didn’t want to miss out on experiencing His presence to the fullest, and I asked Him to help me worship Him unashamed. I was asking for help praising Him in my heart in front of others. The Holy Spirit revealed to me that it was my persistent seeking of God that allowed me to be led by Him to ask for that specific prayer. I prayed many times for a deeper relationship with God. He revealed to me that praise will bring forth my purpose. He gave me an entire message on the importance of praise. Because, I persistently sought Him, and prayed to be closer to Him — He led me to pray for what I needed to get what I was asking for: A Purposeful Praise. Now, I don’t have to solely be inside the church building to experience Him. He gave me so much more than I asked for. He’s always amazing.

1 Chronicles 16:11 Search for the LORD and for his strength; continually seek him.

Those are 3 things that I can personally attest to the power of perseverance of prayer. But the power of prayer is not just personal. It’s a universal effort that can be used to impact the nations.

Two days ago, Paris was struck with the deadliest attack since World War II. Restaurants, bars, and a concert hall were ambushed by gunmen. Bombs were set off outside a huge soccer stadium. 129 people were killed, and over 350 others injured. The terror group Isis is claiming responsibility for the attacks. French President Francois Hollande calls it an “act of war”. I read an article where one person living in Paris made this comment: “It’s like a warzone right now. This is very serious. We are living in fear.”

Luke 21:11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

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Mourners gather on November 15, 2015 at a memorial site created outside of Le Carillon bar, in the 10th district of Paris, for victims of the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris. Islamic State jihadists claimed a series of coordinated attacks by gunmen and suicide bombers in Paris that killed at least 128 people in scenes of carnage at a concert hall, restaurants and the national stadium. AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JOCARD (Photo credit should read ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)

The Holy Spirit put upon my heart to give you an extended invitation to pray for those affected in Paris and abroad. But also, pray for the people responsible for the attacks. It’s easy to pray for the victims. But if a nation will persevere in prayer for the terrorists, we will give the Holy Spirit of God an invitation to do a mighty work in the face of evil. The unity of a nation’s prayers can make way for the spirit of God to perform miraculous works in the hearts of people who persecute Christians, and commit acts of terrorism against humanity. The apostle Paul is proof of God’s Holy Spirit transforming the heart of someone who persecuted many Christians. Pray without ceasing. Continually pray. Persistently pray for those countries. The mighty name of our Heavenly Father is a Powerhouse.

If God responds when 2 come together, how much more will he respond if a country unites in prayer?

Matthew 18:19-20 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

I live in the United States of America, where we have much to be thankful for. The very thing that happened in Paris could happen anywhere. The Holy Spirit revealed to me that the praise in our hearts will give God an offering of thanksgiving for the protection He’s given the United States.

Hebrews 13:15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.

Let us persistently praise our Heavenly Father for the protection He’s given us — and persevere in prayer for nations under attack, nations living in fear, and nations facing natural disaster.

Luke 21:11 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

Think of all the recent natural disasters happening around the world. There have been dozens of major earthquakes, over a dozen great earthquakes (over magnitude 8) and prophesied events. Days ago, as the world witnessed the Paris terrorist attacks unfold, Japan was hit with a major earthquake. In April of this year a great earthquake killed 9,000 people in Nepal, and injured 23,000 others.

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The great earthquake in Nepal triggered avalanches, and a major aftershock near China that collectively killed over 500 more people and injured 2,500. In the last 10 years, there have been 159 major earthquakes, and 16 great earthquakes across the world. If you don’t turn a blind eye, it’s obvious that things prophesied about in the word of God are coming to pass. We need God in more ways than most people realize. We must not assume that things will automatically be given if they aren’t asked for. The Holy Spirit wants us to have great hope in our Heavenly Father’s faithfulness to answer our prayers when we persevere. The marvelous wonders of God are made manifest through persistence of prayer.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Give your heart to the God who can protect you, and praise Him for His mercies. The collective persistent prayers of a nation can make a difference in the way we receive God’s great favor. Favor does not mean “favorite”. God has enough favor to give everyone. We have to prepare ourselves to receive His favor. Make your hearts spotless before Him, and there is nothing He won’t give you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

I pray that this blesses you.

With Love

The Worm of Worry

Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

God is absolutely perfect in all His ways. He’s always Amazing. I’ve been worrying about some things that I shouldn’t. I’ve worried about how my blog writings will be received. As I write them, praying and leaning on the Holy Spirit, I am confident, with joy and at peace. But the moment I look back at the finished writing, and allow worry to come into my spirit — it brings doubt with it, and fear and a host of other spiritual parasites.

I wrote a blog titled Purpose and Provision a few days ago. I started it with a message I received through the Holy Spirit. After reading it, I asked myself, “Who will really believe that I — with a sinful past — got a message from God??” I didn’t share the blog immediately after writing it, because I was worried about people’s perception of me. I prayed and asked God for help. I asked, “Why am I unsure about sharing this blog? Why am I worrying?” He explained things to me that I feel is my responsibility to share.

First, it’s important to understand the definition of worry.

worry: give way to anxiety or unease; allow one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles.

Phillipians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

The New Living Translation version reads: Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

The scripture doesn’t entitle us to live a care-free lifestyle. The Holy Spirit told me, “A sinful person has reason to worry.” Then, He led me to the word of God.

Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.

reproach: the expression of disapproval or disappointment.

Our sins cause us to have disapproval from God. That’s reason to be concerned. To be approved by Him, our sins have to be blotted out… cleared… washed away. That’s where Jesus comes in.

Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

If we address our sins daily — and diligently confess every one with the help of the Holy Spirit, there is no need or reason to worry about anything. The word of God gives instruction not to worry in Phillipians 4:6. Anything that contradicts His word is a sin. I thank the Holy Spirit for helping me understand that allowing worry to live in my heart is a sin. The Holy Spirit described worry to me as a worm. He called it the “worm of worry”. This is what He told me about it:

“The worm of worry is the result of sinfulness. More than anything, protect your heart from it. It will infest your heart with worry. It will infect the other parts of you. It will imprison you. You will become a severe sufferer if you allow it to remain in your heart. Want of heart is want of worry. Worry is worthless to the one who worries. Worry is productive to the one who provides worry. Worry is a worm of worthlessness that buries itself in your purpose. Your purpose will be eaten alive by the worm of worry. The worm of worry is removed by praying. Pray for it to be removed and it will die. Give Me your heart, and I will remove the worm of worry. I am the worm’s remover. I will remove it, and worry will be no more. I promise to remove the worm. I promise to remove the worry. I promise to make you problem-free.”

1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) Cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7 (NWT) Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

I pray that this blesses you.

With Love

A Purposeful Praise

Psalm 86:12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.

This morning, for the first time, I woke up in the amazing presence of God. I am so grateful to Him for that experience. I will never forget it. His presence felt very much like a covering — a warm blanket of thick peace, safety, comfort, calmness, and love. Most of all, it was so wonderfully powerful. I did not know or expect to be awakened in His mighty, loving presence. This blog is to praise Him, and to share some things He shared with me.

Father, I’m thankful that you’ve provided me with a precious purpose. I am purposefully made. We are all purposefully made. Help me to preach the word of God with purpose. You told me praise will bring forth purpose, and purpose will bring forth praise.

Purpose and praise are products of privilege. Privilege is promised to precious praisers. Praise Him in the morning. Praise Him in the mid-morning. Make important praise. Important praise is praise with a purpose.

Praise with a purpose is precious…precious to Him that receives it. Praise Him in the present hour. Praise Him by the way you provide for others.

Praise Him when you pray. Praise Him when you preach. Praise Him by the way you live your precious life…Providing the praise of priests. Praise Him in the present.

Praise Him in the presence of praisers. Praise Him in the presence of evil. Praise Him in the presence of all people. Praise Him in the perfecting presence of praisers. Praise Him in the presence of praisers, and He will provide a permanent promise of works.

Please protect the praise of your heart. The praise of your heart is what is given. The ones who praise Him will be given life. Those who praise the enemy will be given death.

Be foremost morally righteous, born into the precious blood of Him. Breath of Life He will be. Be born of Him. Be brethren of His blood. Breath of life will be upon your breastplate of righteousness.

You are born under the breath of the Lord. You will preach by the breath of praise. There is a praise inside. A burning praise. A praise, A praise, A praise.

Worship and you will be filled with purpose.
Purposeful worship is a royalty right.
A righteous one’s worship is reaching the Throne.

A righteous person’s worship is precious.
Perfecting your praise is the purpose of those who want to receive wisdom.

You are a praiser.
A praiser of privilege and promise.
A person of worth.

Purposeful provision is given to those who praise.

Psalm 145 

I will praise You, my God and King. I will honor Your name forever and ever. I will honor You every day, and praise Your name forever and ever. The Lord is great and our praise to Him should be great. He is too great for anyone to understand.Families of this time will praise Your works to the families-to-come. They will tell about Your powerful acts. I will think about the shining-greatness of Your power and about Your great works. Men will speak of Your powerful acts that fill us with fear. And I will tell of Your greatness. Many words will come from their mouths about how good You are. They will sing for joy about how right You are.

The Lord is full of loving-favor and pity, slow to anger and great in loving-kindness.The Lord is good to all. And His loving-kindness is over all His works. 10 All Your works will give thanks to You, O Lord. And all those who belong to You will honor You.11 They will speak of the shining-greatness of Your holy nation, and talk of Your power. 12 They will make Your powerful acts and the great power of Your holy nation known to the sons of men. 13 Your holy nation is a nation that lasts forever. And Your rule lasts for all time.

14 The Lord holds up all who fall. He raises up all who are brought down. 15 The eyes of all look to You. And You give them their food at the right time. 16 You open Your hand and fill the desire of every living thing.

17 The Lord is right and good in all His ways, and kind in all His works. 18 The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. 19 He will fill the desire of those who fear Him. He will also hear their cry and will save them. 20 The Lord takes care of all who love Him. But He will destroy all the sinful. 21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord. And all flesh will honor His holy name forever and ever.

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