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we don’t pray

Hello blog readers.. I didn’t intend to write what I’m about to write.. Honestly, I never thought about it in this way before today…

This evening I prayed for things regarding our nation, and world. For the past few months, I’ve committed to praying more – -for others, for myself, for strangers, for whoever/whatever God places on my heart. As I prayed tonight, the Holy Spirit interceded, and totally grieved my spirit.

In the middle of my prayer, my heart became grieved — as if it were broken. I sobbed and wept and asked God to forgive us. We have turned away from Him- and it hurts His heart. I wrote down some things that the Holy Spirit interceded on behalf of:

We don’t pray. We only pray when we want something. We only pray for people we know, and not for people we don’t know. We only pray for government leaders when we fear how it might affect us. We don’t consult God, and ask Him for His wisdom. We consult ourselves. We rely on ourselves, and not God. We rely on our own counsel. We rely on our money. We rely on our relationships. We rely on our image to sustain us. We have forgotten about the covenant God made with us. A covenant is an agreement. He promised to make a people for Himself, and He has kept His word. You have been set apart as holy to the LORD your God, and he has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be his own special treasure. He is faithful to His covenant. We are unfaithful. We have given our hearts to things of the world. We cry out to Him only when we need Him. We blame Him for our problems. We mistreat Him. We don’t invest in relationship with Him. He deserves better than we offer Him. We don’t know Him like we could.

He’s the same God who sent His only Son to die for us.  He’s the same God who called Abraham His friend. He’s the same God who brought life from the dead womb of Sarah. He’s the same God who Moses relied on for miracles. He’s the same miracle-working God who David served. He’s the same God who defeats giants. He’s the same God who fights our battles – and gives us victory. He is the same now as He was before He laid the foundation of the earth.

James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

We are Gomer – the wife of Hosea, to Him. We prostitute our hearts before Him. We turn away from Him every chance we get. We cheat on Him with other gods, with things of the world.. We idolize people! We idolize money, and possessions. We covet the things that others possess. We put many things before Him. And then, we ask Him to help us. We don’t live for Him, but we look for His blessing. We ignore Him — until we need Him for something.

Imagine how we hurt the heart of God. Jesus endured the cross for us, and we still pain Him. We still pierce Him. We don’t even acknowledge God. We live our lives for us, not Him.  Father forgive us. Please Father, forgive us.

Holy Spirit, give us no more than we can bear – but burden our hearts so that we become a prayerful people. Do whatever needs to be done Father, to make us pray. We need revival Father. We need this. I want this for us, and for YOU. I want you to be loved by your people. I want Your heart to be filled with love from your people. ALL of your people — not one be left out. You are Love. All I have is my heart, and I give it to you. We are sinners who have fallen short. Take our hearts, and clean them up. Turn us into a people who pray.

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 chronicles 7:14

If you said it, I believe it. I believe 2 chronicles 7:14. Turn us into a people who prays with our families, and in private, and in public. You cannot lie, and if you could, you wouldn’t — because you are good and righteous.

Proverbs 8:8 All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.

“if my people…”

Hello blog readers.

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.

My heart goes out today for the many people hurting around the world. I encourage you to give all your worries and cares to God, because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

Psalms 34:18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Day after day tragedy strikes somewhere. Within the recent days and weeks there has been a rash of tragedies. More teenagers have died in my area because of gun violence this year than the last 4 years combined. Everyday, the news top stories are horrific. 215 killed in Baghdad terror attack. Terrorist shoots up an Orlando nightclub. Suicide bomber in Istanbul airport. Officer involved shootings across the U.S. That’s just a snippet of the violence from 2016. Many are crushed in spirit.

Pslam 37:7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

2 Timothy 3:1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.

But there is hope.

2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

That’s a wonderful promise. When tragedy strikes, many ask “What will be done? What can be done?”

People of God, Let us all humble ourselves, pray and seek his face, and turn from our wicked ways. If we do this, He will heal our land… because He cannot lie.

Hebrews 6:18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.

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The real MVP

Hello blog readers! Yesterday, I took time to think and reflect on how good God has been to me. He is constantly molding and transforming my thoughts and heart. He’s always teaching. I love it. When we invest in a relationship with Him, every area of life improves.

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

I had to remind my son recently that the only thing free in life is our salvation. That’s it. No matter what your definition of earthly success is, you have to work for it. If you inherit it, you still have to invest in it to maintain it. Real growth will cost you 3 things: commitment, diligence, and sacrifice. Even though heaven is a free gift, the earthly benefits of receiving salvation will cost the same 3 things. Commitment, diligence, and sacrifice. Try binding the enemy, and healing in the name of Jesus WITHOUT committing your heart to Him, and living with Him as your Lord. The power isn’t in the words “in the name of Jesus”… The power is Jesus.

John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Commitment, diligence, and sacrifice. Those 3 things offer both physical and spiritual benefits.

Spiritually, when we commit to living under the Lordship of Jesus, remain in him, and sacrifice the things of the world for the things of God, AMAZING things happen. Our heart and mind becomes transformed. Child of God, you become the person God sees when He created you — and you ARE beautiful.

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

We live in a fallen world — and, it is challenging sometimes to focus on spiritual growth when there is lacking in the physical. In the Bible, Jesus often times would satisfy a person’s physical need first. He wants all of our physical needs to be met. He healed and blessed people without hesitation, and that drew them in so their hearts and souls could be touched.  Once your heart is touched by Jesus, and you open up to Him, the holy spirit teaches you how to apply scripture and ‘have life to the full’.

John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.

When Jesus came and died for us it cost him at least 3 things: Commitment, diligence, and sacrifice. He had to commit to saving us. He had to be diligent through all of Satan’s attempts to  cause him to fail. He sacrificed spending his time in a perfect heaven, to come to a fallen world and become a living sacrifice for the sins of man. He’s more than your best friend. He’s your Savior. And when we allow him, he aligns our hearts with his, through power of the holy spirit — transforming our cold, selfish, stubborn hearts into hearts that love, give freely, and recognize the gift we have in Him.

Hebrews 12:2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

Jesus is the real MVP. The real Champ. The Greatest of all time.

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Psalms 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

 

Hope, Trust and Wait

Hello blog readers! It’s been over a week since I’ve posted an article. I have missed you, but I’ve been waiting on God to reveal to me what I should write about. I never want to write from my own wisdom because the truth is, I have none. All my strength, wisdom, and words of encouragement come from the Lord. I depend on the Holy Spirit to tell me what to write — and I’ve been waiting on Him.

Last night, as I was drifting off to sleep, He spoke one of my favorite scriptures to me. I’ve included it in several of my blogs.

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.

What a wonderful surprise to hear a message of hope from the Holy Spirit!

This morning, before I felt fully awake, He spoke again. I was ironing my son’s clothes when I heard Him say “they will not grow weary”. I knew it was Him! But, I couldn’t remember exactly how the scripture read. So, I looked it up — and it was another message of hope!

Isaiah 40:31 (NIV) but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

He was encouraging me to hope in the Lord. What a blessing to hear Him. I looked up that same scripture in 3 different versions of the Bible.

(NLT) But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

(ESV) but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Hope in… Trust in… Wait for the Lord. That’s exactly what I needed to hear — and I’m happy to share it with you.

The devil will not run you in the ground, or wear you out when you hope in, trust in, and wait for the Lord. he Can’t do it! Isaiah 40:31 … And, God can’t lie!

Hebrews 6:18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.

Hope in… Trust in… Wait for the Lord.  Stand firm on God’s word and be greatly encouraged.

Philippians 4:1 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!

God’s word promises that He will renew your strength. You will soar high on wings like eagles. You will run and not be weary. You will walk and not faint.

You are worthy. Don’t give up! You are worthy because He made you worthy.

Colossians 1:12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.

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Praise and Worship

**Note — this post was created as a “page”.. and you can access it from the upper right corner of my homepage for updates! I just wanted to share it under blog postings too (in case you didn’t notice it at the top of the homepage)**

John 4:24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.

This page is comprised of some of my favorite songs to listen to while I offer God praise and worship. It’s important to remember that worship is not a song, or singing. Worship comes from inside your heart! We worship by living holy. We worship by obeying God. We worship by loving and putting God first in our hearts.

Isaiah 25:1 LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.

More than anything by Joann Rosario

Good Good Father by Housefires

I Worship You by Mary Mary

I Give Myself Away by William McDowell

My God is Awesome

I Love the Lord by Whitney Houston

I choose to include Whitney’s version of this song — not because of her fame. We all know she battled many demons. But even in the midst of her battles, when she submitted herself to do a work for God, He used her. This song touches my heart every time I hear it in a way that can only be touched with help from the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.

This Love by Housefires II

More to be added….

Psalm 116:1-2 I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.

**Update**
I woke up this morning with worship on my heart. I have been giving God worship all day. I created this worship page first thing this morning. Tonight, I sat down to fold clothes and started listening to Pastor Joann Rosario Condrey. I had no idea that the video I chose, would cause me to put everything on hold…gravitate to the screen, and pour out my heart, tears, and worship to Jehovah. I’m thankful for Him. I’m thankful for His Son, my Savior. He is worthy to be worshiped! If I’m going to have a page specifically for worship — this video has to be included. I can feel His presence through the screen!!!

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Everything You Need Is In Your House!

Repost from ROYAL SISTERHOOD blog

Video post by @joannroscondrey.

Source: Everything You Need Is In Your House!

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.

 

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