TONIGHT I Pray that you will have keen discernment, wisdom from above and a heavenly perspective to see with the eyes of God! God has raised you up for such a time as this - He is advancing His people in this time of transcending and taking back what has been held in captivity. I pray a great harvest of souls come to know the Lord through your life, purpose and ministry! Your family will be saved and see the goodness of the Lord! May the Spirit of God help you increase in the knowledge of God and set you on fire for the purpose of God! Release all un-forgiveness, bitterness, hurt, anger and rejection in the name of Jesus! May the Lord perfect your faith and walk in His love and grace… In Jesus name I pray…. Amen and Amen… I Love you all!!! God bless you!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/6wxCBD
TONIGHT I Pray that you experience true intimacy with God. I pray that that you “know” Him as never before and are consumed by His Spirit!!…I pray that all spirits of confusion to loose their hold on your life and you to be released from the hold of any evil strongman in the name of Jesus!! Let every tree planted by fear in your life dry up to the roots and every seed of bitterness, anger and resentment be released from your mind, heart and soul! I pray that His peace comes over you, your family and purpose! I pray that you are preserved and protected by His Power! Cast all your cares over to Jesus – for He cares for you. In Jesus name, Amen and Amen. God bless you!!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/6wQFwp
TONIGHT I Pray that you thank the Lord for all of the conditions that require you to be still. I pray that you don’t spoil these precious quiet times between you and God, by being impatient or wishing them away. Sometimes the Lord moves mightily when you are ill or in a hospital. I pray you run to Him in your weakness and rest in the comfort of the Presence of the Lord. Take your mind off of your problems and put all of your focus on Jesus. Never forget that He is able to do more than you can ask or even imagine. When things are at their darkest the safest place for you to be is in His will. I pray that you allow His Peace to settle over you, along with the Blessed assurance that He will never leave you or forsake you ever. In Jesus name I Pray, Amen and Amen. I Love You All!!! God Bless You!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/6vtn5L
TONIGHT I PRAY THAT you realize that understanding will never bring you peace. That is why the Lord Jesus asks us to trust in HIM and not lean on our own understanding. Human beings always want to figure things out, in order to gain a sense of mastery over our own lives. That as the world presents you with these problems and another set of problems pops up to challenge you, the relief you had anticipated it short-lived. Soon your mind is gearing up again: searching for understanding (mastery of your own problems), instead of seeking the Lord. I pray that the Peace of the Lord is not an elusive goal hidden at the center of some complicated maze. I pray that you realize you can have HIS Peace, which is inherent when you are in HIS Presence. As you look to the Lord Jesus you will gain awareness of HIS Precious Peace. I pray that no matter what storms may come to try and upset that balance, that you stop and affirm your trust in HIM alone. Leave everything in HIS capable hands. Through trusting prayers, resting in His sovereign control, rejoice in HIM! As you trust in him, He will watch over you continually. You are his child and HE has engraved you on the palm of His hands. I pray you realize how great you are loved! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I love you all!!!… God bless you!!!!! ♥♥ http://dlvr.it/6vRfsv
TONIGHT I Pray that every part of your being will come into divine alignment with the will of God. Lord, everything that you are doing in this season let the Holy Spirit sensitize and include us!!! I bind up the spirit of fear and declare that you approach the throne of grace boldly with great confidence in our Lord Jesus Christ!!! For it is through Him that every blessing and benefit will be assigned to you and your family! Let the Spirit of the Living God teach you that you can grow strong in your weakness when you put all of your trust in the Lord!!! For it when you do this that the glory of the Lord will rise through you!!! Stand on that faith!! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I Love you all… God bless you!!!♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/6v2sz3
Tonight I Pray that the Lord will give you HIS peace. I pray that you stand on your faith realizing that He is our strength and our shield and that even before we arise from our beds He is at work in our lives. The Lord is the stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows those who trust in Him. He loves us with an amazing all-encompassing love that is perfect!!! He will provide us with the strength that we need to move forward in our walk with Him. I pray that whenever you start to feel afraid you hold tightly to HIS hand. He will lead you on the road ahead and no matter how dark or foggy it may seem He knows the way!!! He is always alert and active and He will protect us from all dangers. I pray that you put all of your trust in our good Shepherd Jesus and you can begin to rest in HIS sheltering Presence!!! Walk in that faith!!! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen!!! I Love You All!!! God Bless You!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/6tYVwj
Start Where You Are, Part Two
by Charles R. Swindoll
And the Holy Spirit also testifies that this is so. For he says,
“This is the new covenant I will make
with my people on that day,* says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”*
Then he says,
“I will never again remember
their sins and lawless deeds.”*
And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices.
A Call to Persevere
And so, dear brothers and sisters,* we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death,* Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
One of the most encouraging things about new years, new weeks, and new days is the word new. Webster reveals its meaning: “refreshed, different from one of the same that has existed previously … unfamiliar.”
Best of all, it’s a place to start over. Refresh yourself. Change directions. Begin anew.
Yesterday, we discussed the first step in such a venture: determining where you are. It took spending time in a fish’s belly for the prophet Jonah to see his own sin and rebellion. But that experience pointed him toward the right direction: obedience. You can find the full story in Jonah 1–4.
Just as there are few atheists in foxholes, so there are few rebels in fish stomachs. Perhaps you can identify rather easily with Jonah. This hasn’t been your all-time-spiritual-high-plateau year, right? You’ve dodged and ducked, squirmed and squeaked your way through one Tarshish trip after another. But no more. You’re tired. Exhausted says it better.
Swallowed alive by your circumstances says it best. You feel oppressed, guilty, overused, and underdeveloped. You’re not that old … but you’ve run a long way. Few moons but many miles. A subtle whisper in your ear says, “You’re through. Finished. Burned out. Used up. You’ve been replaced … forgotten.”
That’s a lie! A carefully timed deception by the enemy of your soul. Look at what the prophet Joel wrote to all the Jonahs who may have been reading this book. God was speaking:
“I will make up to you for the yearsThat the swarming locust has eaten.” (Joel 2:25)
If God can take a disobedient prophet, turn him around, and set him on fire spiritually, He can do the same with you. He is a Specialist at making something useful and beautiful out of something broken and confused.
Where are you? Start there. Openly and freely declare your need to the One who cares deeply. Don’t hide a thing. Show God all those locust bites. He’s ready to heal every one … if you’re ready to run toward that Nineveh called tomorrow. I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!
Tonight I Pray that you come to the Lord Jesus with all of the difficulties in your life. I pray that as you lay your cares at His throne that you will also thank Him for all of the Joy and Goodness that He brings into your life. That as you pray your faithfulness reaches to the clouds as a pleasing aroma to God. I pray that you never forget that your future as His child is in HIS hands and that nothing will take Him by surprise! That even when our future seems dark and unclear we can look to Jesus knowing that it is when we put all of our trust in Him that He will help us to navigate through the maze of life before us. I pray that you realize that I can do ALL things through Christ Jesus!!! Stand on that faith and walk in HIS Light!!! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I love You All… God bless you!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/6t1NrM
Start Where You Are, Part One
by Charles R. Swindoll
The word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me.” But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. So he went down to Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.The Lord hurled a great wind on the sea and there was a great storm on the sea so that the ship was about to break up. Then the sailors became afraid and every man cried to his god, and they threw the cargo which was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone below into the hold of the ship, lain down and fallen sound asleep. So the captain approached him and said, “How is it that you are sleeping? Get up, call on your god. Perhaps your god will be concerned about us so that we will not perish.”Each man said to his mate, “Come, let us cast lots so we may learn on whose account this calamity has struck us.” So they cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. Then they said to him, “Tell us, now! On whose account has this calamity struck us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?” He said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the Lord God of heaven who made the sea and the dry land.”Then the men became extremely frightened and they said to him, “How could you do this?” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them. So they said to him, “What should we do to you that the sea may become calm for us?”—for the sea was becoming increasingly stormy. He said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea. Then the sea will become calm ]for you, for I know that on account of me this great storm has come upon you.” However, the men rowed desperately to return to land but they could not, for the sea was becoming even stormier against them. Then they called on the Lord and said, “We earnestly pray, O Lord, do not let us perish on account of this man’s life and do not put innocent blood on us; for You, O Lord, have done as You have pleased.”So they picked up Jonah, threw him into the sea, and the sea stopped its raging. Then the men feared the Lord greatly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows.And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights.Jonah’s PrayerThen Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the stomach of the fish, and he said, “I called out of my distress to the Lord,And He answered me.I cried for help from the depth of Sheol;You heard my voice.“For You had cast me into the deep,Into the heart of the seas,And the current [l]engulfed me.All Your breakers and billows passed over me.“So I said, ‘I have been expelled from Your sight.Nevertheless I will look again toward Your holy temple.’“Water encompassed me to the point of death.The great deep engulfed me,Weeds were wrapped around my head.“I descended to the roots of the mountains.The earth with its bars was around me forever,But You have brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God.“While I was fainting away,I remembered the Lord,And my prayer came to You,Into Your holy temple.“Those who regard [r]vain idolsForsake their faithfulness,But I will sacrifice to YouWith the voice of thanksgiving.That which I have vowed I will pay.Salvation is from the Lord.”Then the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah up onto the dry land.Nineveh RepentsNow the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and proclaim to it the proclamation which I am going to tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was [s]an exceedingly great city, a three days’ walk. Then Jonah began to go through the city one day’s walk; and he cried out and said, “Yet forty days and Nineveh will be overthrown.”Then the people of Nineveh believed in God; and they called a fast and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them. When the word reached the king of Nineveh, he arose from his throne, laid aside his robe from him, covered himself with sackcloth and sat on the ashes. He issued a proclamation and it said, “In Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let man, beast, herd, or flock taste a thing. Do not let them eat or drink water. But both man and beast must be covered with sackcloth; and let men call on God earnestly that each may turn from his wicked way and from the violence which is in his hands. 9 Who knows, God may turn and relent and withdraw His burning anger so that we will not perish.”10 When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it.Jonah’s Displeasure Rebuked4 But it greatly displeased Jonah and he became angry. 2 He prayed to the Lord and said, “Please Lord, was not this what I said while I was still in my own country? Therefore [y]in order to forestall this I fled to Tarshish, for I knew that You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, and one who relents concerning calamity. 3 Therefore now, O Lord, please take my [z]life from me, for death is better to me than life.” 4 The Lord said, “Do you have good reason to be angry?”5 Then Jonah went out from the city and sat east of [aa]it. There he made a shelter for himself and sat under it in the shade until he could see what would happen in the city. 6 So the Lord God appointed a [ab]plant and it grew up over Jonah to be a shade over his head to deliver him from his discomfort. And Jonah was [ac]extremely happy about the [ad]plant. 7 But God appointed a worm when dawn came the next day and it attacked the plant and it withered. 8 When the sun came up God appointed a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on Jonah’s head so that he became faint and begged with all his soul to die, saying, “Death is better to me than life.”9 Then God said to Jonah, “Do you have good reason to be angry about the plant?” And he said, “I have good reason to be angry, even to death.” 10 Then the Lord said, “You had compassion on the plant for which you did not work and which you did not cause to grow, which [ae]came up overnight and perished [af]overnight. 11 Should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know the difference between their right and left hand, as well as many animals?”Jonah 1-4
To start over, you have to know where you are. To get somewhere else, it’s necessary to know where you’re presently standing. That’s true in a department store or a big church, on a freeway or a college campus … or in life, for that matter. Very, very seldom does anybody “just happen” to end up on the right road. The process involved in redirecting our lives is often painful, slow, and even confusing. Occasionally, it seems unbearable.
Take Jonah. (No one else wanted to.) He was prejudiced, bigoted, stubborn, openly rebellious, and spiritually insensitive. Other prophets ran to the Lord. He ran from Him. Others declared the promises of God with fervent zeal. Not Jonah. He was about as motivated as a six-hundred-pound grizzly in mid-January.
Somewhere down the line, the prophet got his inner directions cross-wired. He wound up, of all places, on a ship in the Mediterranean Sea bound for a place named Tarshish. That was due west. God had told him to go to Nineveh. That was due east. (That’s like flying from Los Angeles to Berlin by way of Honolulu.) But Jonah never got to Tarshish, as you may remember. Through a traumatic chain of events, Jonah began to get his head together in the digestive tract of a gigantic fish.
What a place to start over! Slopping around in the seaweed and juices inside that monster, fishing for a match to find his way out, Jonah took a long, honest look at his short, dishonest life. For the first time in a long time, the prophet brushed up on his prayer life. He yelled for mercy. He recited psalms. He promised the Lord that he would keep his vow and get back on target. Only one creature on earth felt sicker than Jonah—-the fish, in whose belly Jonah bellowed. Up came the prophet, who hit the road running—-toward Nineveh.
Changing directions requires knowing where you are. It necessitates taking time to honestly admit your present condition. It means facing the music, standing alone inside the fish and coming to terms with those things that need attention, fishing in the seaweed for a match. Before you find your way out, you must determine where you are. Exactly. Once that is accomplished, you’re ready to start over. I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!
TONIGHT I PRAY that you come to the Lord and find rest. He is all around you and wants to bless and restore each one of you. We need to breathe Him in with each breath we take. The way ahead can be dark and steep. Grab unto His hand with openness and trust. Ask the Holy Spirit within you to order your day and control your thoughts, for the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. You can have as much of HIS peace as you want, through correct choices that you make with Him each day. Choose to get closer to Him through His Word and prayer, so that He will be an ever present help in times of trouble. As you savor this gift, you find HIM. When you abide in Him, you find joy and peace. His peace will never leave you even until the end of time. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I love you all!!!! God bless you!!!!♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/6sSwFr
I Pray TONIGHT that the glory of God cover every aspect of your life that every good gift your heavenly Father has for you is released in the name of Jesus! I pray you reject every evil spiritual load placed on you. I pray that every evil imagination and plan contrary to your life and walk with the Lord Jesus Christ will fail woefully! From the ashes you will rise to proclaim the mighty name of Jesus!!! Let His love call your name and may you heart be open to hearing His voice and answering Him! I pray that every doorway and ladder to satanic invasion in your life will be abolished forever by the Power of the Holy Spirit! I Pray that every plan of impossibility is set to naught. All things are possible in Christ Jesus!!! You have been created in the image and likeness of God! You have been blessed and given dominion!! Stand on that faith!!… In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I love you all!!! God bless you!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/6ry1J8
By the Will of God
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God. —Ephesians 1:1
We may look today at people in the church who are called to be pastors or evangelists or worship leaders or elders and conclude they are the spiritual elite.
Meanwhile, someone is laboring away as an accountant or a waitress or a nurse or a teacher and might be thinking, I’m not as significant as they are. They’re really making a difference for the kingdom of God—and what am I accomplishing?
God has called each and every one of us to different vocations. Paul was called to be an apostle by the will of God. But Steve can be called to be an architect by the will of God. Mary can be called to be a nurse by the will of God. Joan can be called to be an attorney by the will of God. Jack can be called to be a police officer by the will of God.
Each of us has a part to play. The highest calling of God is what God has called you to be. There is no higher. We need to be faithful to what the Lord has called us to.
You may think it is a higher calling to preach. Granted, it is a high calling—and a great privilege. But the highest calling is what God has called you to do. So don’t feel like a second class citizen if you aren’t in full-time ministry.
When certain people at church are highly visible, you think they are important. Maybe they are, and maybe they aren’t. But then there is the person you don’t know anything about who is very important to God. You might be one of those people. Be who you are by the will of God. This is speaking into my own walk with Jesus right now!!! Love this devotional from Pastor Greg!!! I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!
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