Substance and Evidence
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.Hebrews 11:1
There is a substance to faith. As we look forward to God doing what he says He will do, it is not just fantasizing; it is a substantial reality!!! It is the evidence of things that we cannot see. That even though there is no visible evidence of it at the moment, I believe that God will do what He promises, and that is all the evidence that I need.
All God has done so far stands as evidence that He will continue to remain faithful. I have the promise of God and that is sufficient. I can rest on that! I hope that you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!
TONIGHT I pray that every good thing presently eluding your purpose should flow into you in the name of Jesus! Release for your harvest! May there be a wave of God’s glory and a move of His Presence, Power and Person to hit this earth in an unprecedented way! HE is gracious to you; If you call upon HIM, He will answer you. All you who wait for Him Weep no more. Salvation is here. Cry out to Him for help! As soon as He hears you, He will answer you. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” I pray that HE will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go: That HE will guide you. He has gone before you and I pray that He will make a way where there seems to be none. I pray that you follow Him closely. Don’t get ahead of Him and don’t lag behind. No longer let the spirit of fear speak to you. I pray that as you stay close to Him, you will find that it is In HIS Presence that there is peace and joy!!! Trust in Him, lean on Him, and don’t be afraid of falling, for HE shall always catch you and set you back on your feet. I pray that as You abide under the shadow of HIS wings, that HE will hide you from the enemy. The enemy may look for you, but he cannot find you. Stay close to the Holy Spirit. You abide in Him and He in you. NOTHING shall by any means harm you. In Jesus name we pray, Amen and Amen. I Love You All!!! God bless you!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/4SZlTh
Barriers to Answered Prayer
These people draw near with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men. —Isaiah 29:13
You may have heard the old adage that says there are no atheists in foxholes. Actually, I think there may be some. But when the chips are down, most people will pray.
Remember the story of Jonah? He ran from God and boarded a boat that was going in the opposite direction of Nineveh, where God had told him to go. A great storm came, and the terrified sailors started calling on their gods. Meanwhile, Jonah had found his way to the ship’s hold and was sound asleep. The captain found Jonah and said, “What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish” (Jonah 1:6).
That is the way most people are. When we are in danger, we will call on God. But it is possible to pray all day long and never communicate with God. We can fervently say our prayers and never be heard. In Luke 18 we find a story Jesus told about a Pharisee and a tax collector who went to the temple to pray. The Pharisee “stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men’ ” (verse 11). Meanwhile, the tax collector prayed, “God, be merciful to me a sinner!” (verse 13). Jesus said that God heard the prayer of the sinner rather than the words of the self-righteous Pharisee.
You can pray and never really have a relationship with God. You can offer up prayers and never really pray. Psalm 66:18 says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.” You can pray with all the passion and consistency in the world, but if your sin has not been confessed to God, then it won’t do you any good.
This is something I believe that many people are really not aware of. They live like the devil every day and then they wonder why their prayers aren’t answered. If we want God to answer our prayers we need to have a real relationship with Him. We can do that through asking Jesus to come inside of us and forgiving us of our sin. As we walk with Him daily even though we stumble, He is there to pick us up and guide us all throughout our life.
I Pray TONIGHT for an increase in revelation knowledge, wisdom and understanding. You will walk in supernatural favor and be anointed by the Most High God! I bind every spirit of rejection, failure and defeat over your life, your family, your finances and your calling! You will be blessed in everything the Lord has assigned you to do! You will hold HIS hand and walk through storms, only to come out of that storm and into the SON’s Light!!! I pray that the Lord break any fear, intimidation and anxiety that holds you back from fulfilling your dream and destiny in the name of Jesus! BE BLESSED! Amen and Amen… I Love you all!!!… God bless you!!! :):):) http://dlvr.it/4RXZGD
Finally in Focus
For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. —Hebrews 13:14
Think back on the best moments of your life so far—those times with your loved ones or that gorgeous sunset or that precious thing your child said to you. These are just glimpses of what is to come.
That is why C. S. Lewis described earth as “the shadowlands.” You see, we tend to think of heaven as something surreal, while earth is real. But heaven isn’t a lame version of earth. Earth—the best moments of it, at least—is an incomplete version of heaven. Earth is like a copy of heaven, not the other way around.
Referring to the priests who would offer sacrifices according to the Law, Hebrews 8:5 says, “They serve in a system of worship that is only a copy, a shadow of the real one in heaven. For when Moses was getting ready to build the Tabernacle, God gave him this warning: ‘Be sure that you make everything according to the pattern I have shown you here on the mountain.’ “
Our problem is that we start with earth and reason up toward heaven when we ought to instead start with heaven and reason down toward earth. This little span of time on earth is what the Bible describes as a “vapor” or “a morning fog” (see James 4:14) or a story that already has been told. Life isn’t just a date of birth to a date of death. Life goes on. God’s plans toward you are good, and the ultimate plan is heaven. When you get there, everything will come into focus for you. When you get to the other side, you will see things clearly.
God knows where you are at this very moment, and God has a future for you. And it is going to be beyond your wildest dreams. I had to share this devotional from Pastor Greg with you. It warmed my heart and I hope that it does the same thing for you. I agree with Pastor Greg. God has a plan for us far beyond anything we can dream of. We just need to be open to hear His voice when He speaks to us.
For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13
I am going to be open to the Lord and put all of my trust in Him. I believe He will not only care for me here on earth but for all eternity. My hope is in Him! Have a Simply Heavenly day!!!
When many things seem to be going wrong, trust Me. When your life feels increasingly out of control, thank Me. These are supernatural responses, and they can lift you above your circumstances. If you do what comes naturally in the face of difficulties, you may fall prey to negativism. Even a few complaints can set you on a path that is a downward spiral, by darkening your perspective and mind-set. With this attitude controlling you, complaints flow more and more readily from your mouth. Each one moves you steadily down the slippery spiral. The lower you go, the faster you slide; but it is still possible to apply brakes. Cry out to Me in My Name! Affirm your trust in Me, regardless of how you feel. Thank Me for everything, though this seems unnatural—even irrational. Gradually you will begin to ascend, recovering your lost ground.
When you are back on ground level, you can face your circumstances from a humble perspective. If you choose supernatural responses this time—trusting and thanking Me—you will experience My unfathomable Peace. ~Jesus Calling~
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.—Psalm 13:5
Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. —Ephesians 5:20
TONIGHT I PRAY that you will rejoice and be thankful!!! That as you walk with the Lord through this day, practice trusting and thanking Him all along the way. For it is when we trust in Him that His peace will flow into us. Thankfulness lifts you up above your circumstances. I pray you realize that He does His greatest works through people with grateful, trusting hearts. Rather than planning and evaluating, practice trusting and thanking the Lord continually. I pray that as you rest in the Lord Jesus, a shift will take place that will revolutionize your life. Walk in that faith! Walk in that trust!!! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen. I love you all! God bless your sweet hearts!!!!♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/4QqWBc
Thinking of You
Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done; and Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. —Psalm 40:5
One of my favorite verses about what God says concerning the future is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Contextually these words were given to the Israelites while they were in captivity in Babylon. They saw no future. They thought they would be captives forever. But God was saying, “No, actually not forever. It will last for seventy years. I warned you. You kept turning to idols. And now you are reaping what you have sown. But one day you will get out of Babylon. You will return to your homeland. So I know the thoughts I think toward you, … thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
I love that for so many reasons. For one, notice that God doesn’t say, “I know the thought I once had toward you.” I don’t know about you, but the realization that God Almighty, the Creator of the universe, would have a single thought about me would be more than enough. Just one thought. Just one! I thought about Greg. I am done with him now. I am on to other things. But He did think about me for a moment. And He says, “I know the thoughts that I think toward you”—more than one.
Also, they are thoughts of peace, not of evil. They are good thoughts to give you a future and a hope. The word future in Jeremiah 29:11 also could be translated “an expected end” or “a ground of hope” or “things hoped for.” There will be an outcome.
God’s will for you is far better than your plans for yourself. Will you believe that? I was talking to someone today who asked me about this and here the Lord answers me right here in my morning devotion. I believe that He has plans for each one of us and they are great ones!!! We only need to stay open to the Lord, get into the Word and listen when He speaks to us. I hope you enjoy this devotional from Pastor Greg Laurie as much as I did. Have a wonderful Sunday!!! God bless you!!!
Tonight I Pray that you realize that Jesus not only loves you but he likes you! We can take everything to Him in prayer. I pray that you trust Him to meet your needs one day at a time. I pray that you delight yourself in the Lord and rejoice in Him with singing. As you are still in His Presence, listen for His voice and for when you do there is a treasure there just waiting to be found as He pours out His blessings upon you. Rest in the Lord tonight and let your slumber be filled His Peace that passes all understanding. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I Love You All!!! God bless you!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/4QXsgt
Trusting For Fruit
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. John 15:4
How did you begin to bear fruit? It was when you came to Jesus and cast yourself on His great atonement and rested on His finished righteousness. What fruit you had then!
Do you remember those early days? Then the vine flourished, the tender grape appeared, the pomegranates budded, and the beds of spices produced their fragrance. Have you declined since then?
If you have, we charge you to remember that time of love, and repent, and do your first works. Commit yourself fully to the activities that you have proved to draw you closest to Christ, because it is from Him that all your fruits proceed.
Any holy activity that will bring you to Him will help you bear fruit. The sun is, no doubt, a great worker in fruit-creating among the trees of the orchard: And Jesus is even more so among the trees of His garden of grace.
When have you been the most fruitless? Has it not been when you have lived farthest from the Lord Jesus Christ, when you have slackened in prayer, when you have departed from the simplicity of your faith, when your graces have engrossed your attention instead of your Lord, when you have said, “My mountain stands firm, I will never be moved” and you have forgotten where your strength lies-has not it been then that your fruit has ceased?
Some of us have been taught that we have nothing apart from Christ by terrible humiliation of heart before the Lord; and when we have seen the utter emptiness and death of all earthly power, we have cried in anguish, “From Him all my fruit must be found, for no fruit can ever come from me.”
We are taught by past experience that the more simply we depend upon the grace of God in Christ and wait upon the Holy Spirit, the more we will bring forth fruit unto God. We must trust Jesus for fruit as well as for life.
Tonight I pray for those who are suffering and broken. God sees your hurt and pain, and I ask for HIS restoration and peace to be upon you. You can rest knowing that He is working things out for your good! I pray that you put all of your trust in HIM. Allow Him to release His greatness into your life. To Release all of the power of Jesus, I pray for healing and the health of our families and loved ones…I pray that YOU guide us and give us wisdom Lord Jesus…I pray that YOU bless our lives…I pray for YOUR peace and love to cover every one of us…I pray for family problems to be solved and for people to meet their right spouses…I pray for jobs, protection of children, the homeless and the Lost. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen. I Love You All!!!! God bless you!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/4QHdfm
Never take for granted My intimate nearness. Marvel at the wonder of My continual Presence with you. Even the most ardent human lover cannot be with you always. Nor can another person know the intimacies of your heart, mind, and spirit. I know everything about you—even to the number of hairs on your head. You don’t need to work at revealing yourself to Me.
Many people spend a lifetime or a small fortune searching for someone who understands them. Yet I am freely available to all who call upon My Name, who open their hearts to receive Me as Savior. This simple act of faith is the beginning of a lifelong love story. I, the Lover of your soul, understand you perfectly and love you eternally. ~ Jesus Calling~
“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” —Luke 12:7
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. —John 1:12
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” —Romans 10:13