Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Has fear gripped your hearts?

We know the medical facts.

We know the media's perspective, but where is God in this situation?

Here is a "different" perspective on the swine flu threat.

What can we do?

While many are fearful of what could happen, I would like to present a strong and powerful course of action we can take as Believers, Christians, Followers of Jesus.

When I am personally faced a crisis, need, or situation, I try to find something similar in Scripture and see what God thinks about it.

Believe me there has been found that connection to this situation in James 5.

Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; he Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.

Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. James 5:13-18 NIV

God has given us authority and means to stand against things that affect us.

This references trouble, sickness, a situation that affected everyone living in the region at the time.

Close enough for me.

Elijah's personal prayer changed it all for every-one.

That was Elijah - then; and we are not Elijah - today.

The power of authority is for today, in 2009.

We have the opportunity to pray in the name and therefore the authority of Jesus!

"I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. John 14:12-13 NIV

The power of prayer is limitless.

It is as infinite as God for it links the human life to God.

It is limitless.

Prayer touched three worlds.

It touches heaven, earth, and hell simultaneously and instantaneously.

Prayer touches man, and God as nothing else that we can do.

The enemy hates prayer because it throws the battle to God.

Prayer puts the enemy up against all his resources.

Prayer knows no limit in time.

Prayer can have an immediate effect, and reside forever.

What am I saying?

Our response should be to pray FIRST!

Prayer can change otherwise unchangeable things!

We are to use wisdom, take reasonable precautions.

Do what you can do to protect yourself, see a doctor if you are sick.

You common sense man, but pray FIRST .

The prayer of righteous man is powerful and effective.

When you pray in the name of Jesus, you are praying in His righteousness, His authority, and His power.

What does that mean where your prayers are concerned?

According to how I understand the Bible, if you pray in the name of Jesus, you are praying the powerful and effective authority of the ultimate righteous person, Jesus.

Pray for your own health and well being.

Pray for the health and healing of those who are sick.

Pray for those who are afraid and do not have your level of faith.

Pray for those who have your level of faith, just pray.

Pray for those in authority.

Pray for those in government.

Even pray for our leaders.

If you need more strength and courage, pray!

We do not pray out of fear.

We pray in strength through faith in what God has already said.

"You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday."Psalm 91:5-6

"If you make the LORD your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your dwelling." Psalm 91 9-10 NLT We do not have to be afraid, and your prayers are powerful and effective.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Lest WE forget....

George Washington's Prayer Journal

Sunday Evening Prayer:

O most Glorious God, in Jesus Christ my merciful and loving father, I acknowledge and confess my guilt, in the weak and imperfect performance of the duties of this day. I have called on thee for pardon and forgiveness of sins, but so coldly and carelessly, that my prayers are become my sin and stand in need of pardon. I have heard thy holy word, but with such deadness of spirit that I have been an unprofitable and forgetful hearer, so that, O Lord, tho' I have done thy work, yet it hath been so negligently that I may rather expect a curse than a blessing from thee. But, O God, who art rich in mercy and plenteous in redemption, mark not, I beseech thee, what I have done amiss; remember that I am but dust, and remit my transgressions, negligence’s & ignorance’s, and cover them all with the absolute obedience of thy dear Son, that those sacrifices which I have offered may be accepted by thee, in and for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ offered upon the cross for me; for his sake, ease me of the burden of my sins, and give me grace that by the call of the Gospel I may rise from the slumber of sin into the newness of life. Let me live according to those holy rules which thou hast this day prescribed in thy holy word; make me to know what is acceptable in thy holy word; make me to know what is acceptable in thy sight, and therein to delight, open the eyes of my understanding, and help me thoroughly to examine myself concerning my knowledge, faith and repentance, increase my faith, and direct me to the true object Jesus Christ the way, the truth and the life, bless O Lord, all the people of this land, from the highest to the lowest, particularly those whom thou has appointed to rule over us in church & state. continue thy goodness to me this night. These weak petitions I humbly implore thee to hear accept and ans. for the sake of thy Dear Son Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Thank you! CBN.com

Isn’t this just beautiful and powerful?

Obama told Turkey that America was not a Christian nation, but diverse in faith… I come against that and refer to our first president’s prayer. He was not confused.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

A perspective...

Only years of standing in the weather, bearing the storms and scorching sun, only that can produce beautiful barn wood.

A stranger came by the other day with an offer that set me to thinking.

He wanted to buy the old barn that sits out by the highway.

I told him right off he was crazy.

Only years of standing in the weather, bearing the storms and scorching sun, only that can produce beautiful barn wood.

A stranger came by the other day with an offer that set me to thinking.

He wanted to buy the old barn that sits out by the highway.

I told him right off he was crazy.

He was a city type, you could tell by his clothes, his car,
his hands, and the way he talked.

He said he was driving by and saw that beautiful barn
sitting out in the tall grass and wanted to know if it was for sale.

I told him he had a funny idea of beauty.

Sure, it was a handsome building in its day.

But then, there's been a lot of winters pass with their snow and ice and howling wind.

The summer sun's beat down on that old barn till all the paint's gone, and the wood has turned silver gray.

Now the old building leans a good deal, looking kind of tired.

Yet, that fellow called it beautiful.

That set me to thinking.

I walked out to the field and just stood there, gazing at that old barn.

The stranger said he planned to use the lumber to line the walls of his den in a new country home he's building down the road.

He said you couldn't get paint that beautiful.

Only years of standing in the weather, bearing the storms and scorching sun, only that can produce beautiful barn wood.

It came to me then. We're a lot like that, you and I.

Only it's on the inside that the beauty grows with us.

Sure we turn silver gray too... and lean a bit more than
we did when we were young and full of sap.

God knows what He's doing.

As the years pass He's busy using the hard weather of our lives,
the dry spells and the stormy seasons to do a job of beautifying our souls that nothing else can produce.

Think how often folks holler because they want life easy!

They took the old barn down today and hauled it away to beautify a rich man's house.

I reckon someday you and I'll be hauled off to Heaven to take on whatever chores the Good Lord has for us on the Great Sky Ranch.

I suspect we'll be more beautiful then for the seasons we've been through here...
and just maybe even add a bit of beauty to our Father's house.

May there be peace within you today.

May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

I do sincerely thank God for my wonderful friends and family who love me even though I show signs of weathering.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Nails in the Fence....

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper.

His Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.

The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence.

Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down.

He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all.

He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.

The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.

The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence, and said, You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence..

The fence will never be the same.

When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one.

You can put a knife in a man and draw it out..

It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound will still be there.

A verbal wound is just as bad as a physical one.

Remember that friends are very rare jewels.

They make you smile and encourage you to succeed.

Lend an ear, share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us.