Monday, April 20, 2015

Let's refocus on the Best of the best today - the Best Person there is.. Jesus Christ.

Heard a stat just now that said approximately 10% of believers are enjoying a quiet time alone in the Word of God and in prayer these days. Hope it's more than that. 
I just pray that we can refocus on the Best of the best ..the Best Person there is.. and simply pray to the Lord ..believing Him. E.M. Bounds says that, "Prayer is the greatest of all forces, because it honors God and brings Him into active aid."
Q.  Did you talk to God today? Find at least one thing to stop and thank Him for today… cuz He just loves to hear from you and is waiting. Pray love and prayer's sake, can you think of one friend of yours who more than likely didn't even think to visit a healthy church, worship, or of prayer this last weekend? Via our obedience, let's make em want to thank us later on... better yet.. want to thank the Lord soon.  
Thank you Jesus for your specific plan, for praying faith-filled friends who walk in the truth. And thank you much for a great weekend of friendship, fun, and fellowship with Your body, the Church. 
Brave Ethiopian believers are willing to go public with their faith in Jesus during fierce Christian persecution. Why should we pray here? Remember those in chains as if you were in chains with them. When they hurt, we hurt. Here's why we need to pray.. Jesus said, "Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven." Matthew 10:32-33
Again, ISIS‬ aka ISIL‬ has just taken over thirty more Ethiopian Christians‬ to sea to kill em there. And they did. In fact they are doing this every single week ..beheadings, crucifixions, mass-executions, massacres.. which says our military efforts just aren't working. (Did you know that we just had six more arrests here in the States. three in California and three in Minnesota).  
Also Gitmo prisoners keep being freed. Guess where they're going? They are returning to the battlefield. The Bergdahl fiasco is another reminder for us that more Gitmo battles are ahead.
"Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven."
"I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God." Luke 12:8
Choose not to be uptight or anxious about anything, but instead everything.. by fervent prayer, worship and specific petitions, with thanksgiving from the heart, present your requests to the God who can and will answer prayer. Sure, see Phil 4:6
"If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9
Everyone who God calls, He calls them openly and publicly. Thinking about those Ethiopian believers today. They refused to renounce Christ so they were murdered by these Islamist savages. Man, I pray that my faith is as strong as theirs. 
God hasn't forgotten His plan for you! What you perhaps may think is an unanswered prayer where God has let you down.. might actually be the Lord telling you to be patient.
My prayer for you today is that you will be bold and motivated to get honest with Christ and "draw near to God, resist the devil, and (know the promise that..) he will flee from you."
"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" ~ Paul, 1 Corinthians 3:1
We believers need you today Jesus. I trust You to rekindle. Make us red hot inside and bold. Please help, protect, and comfort our Ethiopian Christian brothers and sisters. Help them to be strong in the Spirit. Us too. We wanna fall in love with You all over again. Yes, Lord, what You've done before, please do it again..revive, restore, awaken the dead.  Be big in and through us. So many still need to hear the Gospel. Impart Your faithfulness and strength into us. Come visit with power. Let us worship whole-heartedly even today. Let us stop and bow down, let us kneel before You Lord ..our great Maker. For You are our God, our Lord, our provider, our guidance, our protection, our Lord.. and we are the people of Your pasture .. the sheep of Your hand. Thanks God. Amen. (Lookin' at Psalm 95:6 here)
The greatest sin is not to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and person. But how can we love someone we don't stop and take time for? May I ask.. what defines you today? Is it what you do, what you have, the position you hold, the location where you hang, the friend you know or who you are in Christ? We all are called to be enjoy worship of Jesus and being witnesses for Him matter what our vocation is.. or will be. I just want to encourage in in prayer today. Remember part of being a witness is opening our mouths to give witness for Jesus in the power of the Spirit. Ain't gunna happen without some prayer from someone.
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