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The Peace of Christ

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“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

Saints who trust God with total abandon experience the reality of supernatural rest, a byproduct of the peace of Christ. It does not matter if their day is filled with routines or unexpected adversity. Said believers maintain a steadfast gaze on their Creator, circumstances are their focus.

Thanks to a solidified trust, they understand situations happen for loving and beneficial reasons. Almost in stride they look for the lesson God has provided within their day, always quick to thank Him for the equipping He so graciously provides.

This peace is free to all. Will you claim it now, along with the rest that comes with it? Trust God with your cares!

Father God,                                                                                                                                                May the Holy Spirit fill this dear reader with an undeniable outpouring of strength and courage today. It takes courage to trust an unseen God with burdens of fear, grief, and the unknown future. Help them to lay each care aside and trust You with each one. Grant them a blessed rest and supernatural peace today and may it carry them into the night and slumber. Amen.

 

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Prayer for the Persecuted

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THERE ARE MANY CHRISTIANS DYING BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT RENOUNCE THEIR FAITH. PLEASE, LET US SUPPORT THEM IN PRAYER.

Have mercy on me, O LordConsider my trouble from those who hate me, You who lift me up from the gates of death.”  Psalm 9:13 (NKJV)

“All Your commandments are faithful; They persecute me wrongfully; Help me!”  Psalm 119:86 (NKJV)

But the Lord is with me as a mighty, awesome One. Therefore my persecutors will stumble, and will not prevail. They will be greatly ashamed, for they will not prosper. Their everlasting confusion will never be forgotten.”  Jeremiah 20:11 (NKJV)

Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”   Matthew 5:12 (NKJV)

Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12 (NKJV)


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REPROGRAMMING THE MIND


by Neil Anderson

August 11

1 Peter 1:13 
Gird your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ
 
Since we came into this world physically alive but spiritually dead, we had neither the presence of God in our lives nor the knowledge of His will. Our minds were programmed to live independently of Him. We were mentally conformed to this world.
 
When we became Christians, nobody pushed the CLEAR button in our preprogrammed minds. Even as Christians we can still allow our minds to be programmed by the world. So what must we do?
 
First, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:1). How do you renew your mind? By filling it with God’s Word.
 
Second, Peter directs us to prepare our minds for action (1 Peter 1:13). Do away with fruitless fantasy. To imagine yourself doing things without ever doing anything is dangerous. But if you can mentally prepare yourself in advance to obey the truth, you can motivate yourself toward productive living–as long as you follow through by doing what you imagine.
 
Third, take every thought captive in obedience to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). Practice threshold thinking. Evaluate every thought by the truth, and don’t let your mind entertain thoughts contrary to the will of God.
 
Fourth, turn to God. When your commitment to do the will of God is being challenged by thoughts from the world, the flesh, or the devil, bring it to God in prayer (Philippians 4:6). By doing so you are acknowledging God and exposing your thoughts to His truth. Your double-mindedness will dissolve “and the peace of God . . . shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
 
Fifth, assume your responsibility to think. “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:8).
 
Prayer: Lord, I commit myself to practice these steps daily in order to bring my mind under Your control.


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THREE LEVELS OF PRAYER


by Neil Anderson

 

July 25
 
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus
 
I have observed three approaches to prayer which progress from level to level. The first level is petition. We are encouraged to let our requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6). If it helps us to keep a list of daily prayer reminders, we should do so. However, most people weary of this, and their devotional life disappears over time. Often they don’t see immediate results from their prayers, so they conclude that more can be accomplished if they just get busy for the Lord.
 
We’ve progressed to the second level when prayer becomes personal. We have discovered a new dimension when we are comfortable in His presence and don’t feel obligated to talk. It’s much like a marriage relationship. A mature couple can ride together in the car for hours, enjoying each other’s company, without having to say a word. I can just be with God and I’m learning to listen.
 
Realizing that I need not feel obligated to keep the conversation going when I’m with God has changed my prayer life dramatically. This kind of prayer makes my relationship with God a 24-hour-a-day experience. Setting aside special times for prayer is still important. But when we leave our quiet time, the sense of God’s presence should remain with us throughout the day.
 
I call the third dimension of prayer true intercession. True intercessors hear from God. They know how to pray and what to pray for. In my observation, there are very few true intercessory prayer warriors. The ones I know of are usually older than 50 and most are women. They pray privately in their homes and often at night. Every church has at least one or two of them. Share your family needs with them. When these people pray, things happen because they don’t just talk to God, they listen to Him.
 
Prayer: Father, I want to grow in all dimensions of prayer to the point that I sense Your presence and hear Your voice.


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Are You Wearing The Joy Of The Lord?

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There are many scriptures that mention joy.  John 15:7-11 reminds us, “If we abide in Him and His Word abides in us, we should ask whatever we wish, and it will be done for us.”  We are then told to abide in His love.  It is important to note that if God’s Word abides in us, we will pray according to His will.  Therefore, anything we request in our prayers must be aligned to the will and purposes of God, if we expect them to be answered. This is a joyful hope and worth some meditation! 

Do you regularly meditate on the wonders of God, His blessings and kindnesses, His faithfulness and provisions?  What a wonderful way to slip into slumber; remembering the faithful acts of love God has demonstrated throughout your day/life! What sweet sleep you will enjoy, and what peaceful dreams!

“My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth offers praises with joyful lips. When I remember You on my bed, 
I meditate on You in the night watches, for You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.”  Psalm 63:5-7 (NAS) 

We serve a God of eternal hope who fills us with joy and peace.  Why? So that we overflow with hope…. And serve as His reflection.  We are His representatives, ambassadors of Christ. With hope, and the grace of God, we can do all things. Hope enables us to journey down unknown and dangerous paths with a song of joy in our hearts. Hope has the ability to spur us on to do good works and push us through the darkest of times.  Joy, praise, and unspoken feelings of joy are one way we, His creation, can give Him the glory He deserves. 

Unfortunately, It is easy to loose joy when we are suffering a pain or sorrow.  Should depression or despair be your companions of late, it is most likely your focus has moved to something other than your Savior’s face. Jesus, because of the joy awaiting Him, endured the cross.  He looked beyond His present circumstances of suffering to the eternal glory He would soon partake. 

Can you look beyond your present circumstances and rejoice with a joyful heart, knowing that what you suffer now is not worth comparing to the glory soon to be revealed in you?  Can you maintain joy in your valley and sing of it to your Savior? This would be a beautiful sacrifice of praise and a witness to many. 

Let the joy of the Lord be your strength at all times. CHOOSE to be joyful.  Make a decision to see the positive blessings that are to come, or that are all around you. We have been gifted with an inexpressible joy, thanks to the love and sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ. I pray you open His gift with a decision to sing, speak, or even whisper His praise. You will find your joy grows and matures when you praise Him in your valley. 

“There is nothing dreary or doubtful about (the life). It is meant to be continually joyful…We are called to a settled happiness in the Lord whose joy is our strength.” ~Amy Carmichael

“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:2 (NKJV)

“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.” Romans 15:13 (NIV)

“Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to His name.”  Hebrews 13:5 (NLT)

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Holy Sight

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In the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight.”  Colossians 1:22 (NKJV)

I want to see with holy eyes,

And intervene for those in need.

For all the children who break Your heart,

Grant them mercy… do not depart.

My hope forever lives in You.

Be my strength. Be my guide.  Be my friend until I die.

I will no longer hide from You.

Your grace and mercy is my shield.

Remove my rags and wash me clean.

Forever Yours, this heart of mine.

No longer mine but forever Yours…..

This heart of mine.

This heart of mine.

Forever Yours, this heart of mine.

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“Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”   Psalm 51:2 (NIV)

 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel. Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.” And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him. And the Angel of the Lord stood by.”  Zechariah 3:3-5 (NKJV)


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The Power Of Prayer

Today’s Guest post is written by Sophia Reed, you can learn a little more about Sophia at the end of this article.

Prayer:language of the saints

A common misconception about prayer is that it is a formal ritual that has to take place between you and God.  Some people feel they have to pray for hours and hours on end in order for their prayers to be heard.  Some feel they must only pray for others and they have no right to pray for their own needs.  Some people are confused about prayer and are completely lost on how to go about it all together. Prayer is one of the things that confuses many Christians.  Either they do not understand how to do it effectively or they do not understand the significance. 

 

Before I get into the power of prayer, one must understand that God is not a genie.  Just because you pray for a million dollars every day and truly believe in your heart that you are going to get it, does not mean it is going to happen.

 

The Bible teaches us “if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20.

This verse alone gives people the impression that if they truly believe something and they do not doubt, whatever it is they prayed for will happen.  However you cannot take the verse out of context.  It does not matter how much you want something or how much you believe it, if God does not want you to have it, then you won’t.  The bigger picture in prayer is understanding God, and understanding God’s will.  When you pray in accordance to God’s will, you will receive whatever you pray for because you know it is God’s will for your prayers to be answered.

 

The Bible teaches us in James 4: 2-3 “You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

 

So yes, prayer does change things, and through it you can have whatever you want from God.  But first you must know God’s will to ask for the right thing and your motives have to be right when you pray in order for your prayers to be answered.

 

You must remember that God knows your heart; He knows who you are, and what you really think.  So if you are praying for someone else, but the only reason why you are doing it is so that others can see how religious you are so that you can get praises from others on what a wonderful Christian you; then you are blocking your prayers from being answered.  If you are praying to be successful in an area, but the only reason why you want this is to make a lot of money and spend it on material things that do not matter, then your prayer will be blocked.

 

It is important to know the power of prayer because prayer is the most powerful spiritual weapon that you have.  However, our prayers are often not effective because we are not doing it properly. 

 

In closing if you want your prayer to work, spend time with God, so that you can know Him and His ways.  It is through the direction of Holy Spirit that you will learn how to pray which will make your prayers more effective.

 

About the Author:

Sophia Reed is a mother of one. She has a master’s degree in Human Services specializing in marriage, couple, and family therapy/ counseling, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Human Behavior. Sophia is a Christian, and enjoys meshing her Christian values with her education and experiences.  Sophia’s blog is http://therapyncounseling.blogspot.com

Email: Sophiareedsbook@gmail.com


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HELP FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT


by Neil Anderson

June 20

Romans 8:26, 27 
The Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. . . . He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God
 
We really don’t know how to pray or what to pray for, but the Holy Spirit does and He will help us in our weakness. Help is a fascinating word in Greek ( sunantilambano ), two prepositions placed in front of the word take . The Holy Spirit comes alongside, bears us up, and takes us to the other side. The Holy Spirit connects us with God. He intercedes for us on our behalf. The prayer that the Holy Spirit prompts us to pray is the prayer that God the Father will always answer.
 
How does the Holy Spirit help us in our weakness? I didn’t know, but one evening while preparing a message on the topic of praying in the spirit I tried something. I said, “Okay, Lord, I’m setting aside my list, and I’m going to assume that whatever comes to my mind during this time of prayer is from You or allowed by You. I’m going to let You set the agenda.” Whatever came to my mind that evening was what I prayed about. If it was a tempting thought, I talked to God about that area of weakness. If the busyness of the day clamored for attention, I discussed my plans with God. I dealt with whatever came to my mind.
 
I wasn’t passively letting thoughts control me though. I was actively taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). Let me warn you that if you passively listen to your thoughts, you may end up paying attention to a deceiving spirit (1 Timothy 4:1).
 
If you try this kind of praying, you will find out how personal God really is. If God determined and prioritized our prayer list, He would begin with personal issues that affect our relationship with Him. “Come on,” God says. “You keep telling others you have a personal relationship with Me. Let’s get personal!”
 
Prayer: Lord, teach me what it means to pray in the Spirit at the deep, personal levels of our relationship.


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ALL THINGS


by Neil Anderson

 

 
 
Mark 11:24 
All things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted
 
If God wants it done, can it be done? Yes! “All things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23). If God wants me to do it, can I do it? Of course! “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
 
What are the “all things” mentioned in those verses? Is this “miracle-a-moment” living? Can we just name it and claim it? No. “All things” pertains to God’s will. What God makes possible is the doing of His will; what He empowers us to do is what He desires done. Every miracle outside the will of God is made possible by the god of this world. Satan can work miracles, but he cannot please God (Matthew 7:20-23).
 
Jesus shocked His disciples when He cursed a fig tree which bore no fruit for Him. The next day Peter noticed the tree was withered from the roots up. When Peter pointed it out to Him, Jesus answered, “Whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be granted him. Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted” (Mark 11:23, 24).
 
Can such a miraculous thing happen by prayer and faith? Yes, if we understand what a God-wrought miracle is. A miracle from God is a supernatural intervention in the fixed order of the universe for the sole purpose of establishing His kingdom. A true miracle can only be accomplished by God and only to help fulfill His redemptive purpose.
 
Moving a mountain into the sea fulfills no redemptive purpose. Besides, given enough time and earth-moving equipment, we could accomplish that without God. The point Jesus is making is this: If God wants it done, it can be done. Nothing can keep us from doing the will of God, if we believe. Nobody can stop us from being the person God wants us to be. “Mountains” are often obstacles standing in the way of accomplishing God’s will. Faith removes such barriers.
 
Prayer: Lord, I ask that I will be so sensitive to Your Spirit and full of faith that my prayers will be in harmony with Your will.
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Listen and Silent: Prayer Time!

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So, how are you spending your prayer time?? Just a thought!

”He says, ‘Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

““Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; And hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.”  Deuteronomy 32:1 (NKJV)