Friday, February 20, 2009

Healing With Faith

In Luke chapter 18 we have what we would call a overview of the entire ministry of Jesus. In the beginning of this chapter is the story of the woman and the unjust judge. Someone had done something against her and she had gone to the judge, not unlike many people who are seeking justice today. But this woman soon found that she wasn't getting what she had came for. So she made a decision to pester the living daylights out of the judge until he gave her what she had asked for.

That is what we call "faith that never gives up." It's an attitude. It's a mentality. It's a way of thinking. It's a lifestyle!
With this type of mentality, attitude etc, when we see the word "faith" in the dictionary, our picture should be out beside it!
With this "never give up attitude" this woman wore the judge down until he gave her what she wanted just to get rid of her!

Another similar story about faith that never gives up is found in
Matthew chapter 15. A woman that had a daughter who was possessed by the devil came to Jesus. She wanted her daughter delivered! The disciples told her to go away because she was loud and persistant and wanted to see Jesus. The disciples said go away, Jesus won't see you.

But...because of her persistence, she made it past the disciples to the Master. Jesus said to her, "I wasn't sent to you, but to the lost sheep of the household of Israel." She wasn't a Jew, but a Gentile. Jesus went on to say, "It's not right to take healing and cast it to the dogs." Jesus was comparing this woman with a dog! Most folks would have given up right there and accepted the "religious lie" that God's will for you is to stay sick, bound, etc. If you or I said something like that to someone, we would never be allowed to minister again!

This woman didn't get mad. She understood exactly what Jesus was saying and responded, "But aren't the dogs at the master's table allowed to eat the crumbs that fall to the floor?" This woman knew Jesus was the master, and in her persistance to have her need met, she was actually worshiping Him from the depths of her heart. Jesus was working out of her old nature and getting her over into His faith nature. When Jesus heard her response He said, "O woman, great is your faith!"

Two times in the Bible Jesus refered about people with "great faith." Once to a Gentile woman and once to a Roman centurion. Neither of them was a Jew, or as we would say in our culture today, a member of the house of God! Their faith in what God could do was so great that Jesus could not do anything but respond to their faith and do what they asked of Him.

When the woman persisted, Jesus said "Woman, great is your faith." He healed her daughter. She had faith that never gives up.

If you and I want our prayers answered, we need to have this kind of spirit that this woman had when Jesus healed her daughter. We need to have the kind of spirit like the woman that went before the unjust judge and found justice for her wrong--a spirit that no matter what it takes, we are going to hold on and stand in faith, because the devil is not going to defeat us!

We need to have a faith that never gives up attitude. No matter what we see in the natural, we believe the miracle starts the moment faith is released. We may not see it until next week, next month or even next year, but until we do, we are going to hold on and never give up in Jesus' name!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

TT U Gotta See This

FIRST let me say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my wonderful Husband!!!
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name”
Psalm 100:4
I have always known that I married an amazing man, You could call him Mr. Fix It, You can say he is a Jack of all trades. But I have always told him that he is the Love of My Life. I am truly THANKFUL that I have him in my life.
As you can see we have a mess with the lawn mower, Just before Christmas I mowed, Yep I do most of the lawn work, it is great exercise. But when I got done Brad had came out and I had mentioned to him that it sounds like I keep running over metal, well looking at the lawn mower noooooo wonder, hunks of the body was going through the blade. NOT good!! as you can see it just rotted away. I loved this lawn mower it is a self propelled and it helps me cut the lawn, we had a old push mower in the shed so my talented husband got busy after I went back to work and when I came home, waaaaalaaaaa a new mower. He transferred everything from the good mower to the old mower. I now have
this!! It may not be the prettiest(but I don't think it looks to bad)mower but it's propelled. We looked at mowers in the stores and to have a good one they are 400.00 to 600.00 dollars. I Love those big tires in the back, gives it style. Nobody else on our block has one like this. hahahaNow this next picture this is our front porch, a friend of ours had pulled this wood flooring out of another hose that they were remodeling, it kinda looked like the house may had been on fire. So anyways we brought the wood home and Mr. Brad got to work sanding and polyurethane them. He has installed some he's 1/2 way there. Today he is going to finish, it is absolutely beautiful. We are going to install a ceiling fan, buy a couple of rocking chairs for the porch, it's beautiful don't you think?
This is my hubby :) as you can see he was not ready to pose for the camera, he was sitting taking a break. A break well earned. He loves when he can do things like this for me, he said, "look honey you have a new mower". :) Maybe he will try out the mower when summer comes, hahaha! He's on vacation this week, so he is getting a few house things done, Gotta Love um! I Just got a phone call from him as I was writing this, he was so excited, his boss just called him to say he made driver of the year!! See this is another reason why I am so Thankful!
Blessed, Blessed, Blessed, Look at this car, this is the rental car they gave me while they repair my truckie.
I am so Thankful, thankful for so many things, that has happened in my life and today. Lord, I ask for You to fill Brad & I with the knowledge of Your will through all spiritual wisdom & understanding. I pray that we will live a life worthy of You Lord & please You in every way, bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of You O Lord, being strengthened with all power according to Your glorious might so that we may have great endurance & patience and joyfully giving thanks to You Lord who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.
God, I come boldly before Your throne of Grace in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, lifting up my husband. I thank You Father, for blessing me with a husband that is faithful and true. A man that loves You, God, and Your wonderful Son, Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. He loves you with all of his strength, and all of his mind. He allows nothing to come between his relationship with You, or his family, or separate his love from You or his family. I cover my husband with the precious blood of Jesus Christ, and surround him with your protecting angels. Your Words are my Prayers to You on his behalf. Please honor them by keeping my husband in the center of YOUR WILL in all that he does. Thank you for all that You do for him, and especially for honoring this my Prayer. After reading Philippians 1:6, "I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in my husband will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus." So knowing that my husband loves you with all his heart, and desires to do Your will first and above all other things, I know that You are in complete control and that Your Will will be done for my husband. Lord , I also pray that You bless the work of my husband's hands. May His labor bring not only favor, success, and prosperity, but great fulfillment as well. Give him faith, strength and a vision for the future so he can rise above any problems he may encounter. His hope is in You Lord. Renew his strength. Help him to soar like eagles, help him to run and not grow weary, walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31). Help him to excel, but free him from the pressure to do so. I pray that you will be Lord over his work, and may he bring You into every aspect of it. Give him enough confidence in the gifts you have placed in him to be able to seek, find and do good work. Open up doors of opportunity for him that no man can close. Develop his skills so that they grow more valuable with each passing day. Show me what I can do to encourage him. According to Romans 8:28-30, "We know that in all things God works for good to those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. For those God fore-knew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that He might be the first born among many Brothers, and those He predestined, he also called; those He called, He also justified, those He justified, He also glorified."
God I pray that You be glorified through my husband as he witnesses to other people; that they may see Your glorious light in him, and that Your kingdom may be here on earth among Your believers. You called my husband for a purpose, and to bring others to know Christ Jesus who died so that we can receive Your love too. We know that the time for Christ's return is So very very soon, and there is So many souls to save before that glorious day comes. I come to You God requesting that You allow my husband to do more for You. You have blessed him with knowledge and insight that will help further Your kingdom on Earth and reach out to Christian believers as well as non-believers. "I pray that this is the confidence that my husband had in You, Jesus, that if he asks anything according to Your will, You hear him, whatever he asks, he knows that he has the petitions that he asked of You." (John 5: 14-15)
I pray that if my husband faces any obstacles he always remembers that God has said that it is "Not by might nor by power, but by My spirit" (Zech 4:6).
I pray that the wonderful Holy Spirit will lead my husband, and that he will feel His presence. Place the full armor of God on my husband, that he may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand. I pray he will put on the breastplate of righteousness; gird his waist with truth, and will shoe his feet with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace, and above all, take the shield of Faith with which he will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. I pray that he will take the helmet of salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, Praying always with all prayers in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the Saints.
(Eph 6: 13-18). God, I love my Husband with all my heart, all my mind, and all my soul, I apply the blood of Jesus Christ from the top of his head to the end of his toes, that your angels will watch over him daily.
OOOOOO I pray this in your name, Jesus Christ, Amen!!!

Monday, February 9, 2009

God's Weapons

Certaintly God wants to use our talents. After all He gave them to us. But along with the developing of our talents and spiritual gifts is the perfecting of our character. We are God's weapons; and if the weapon is to be effective, it must be polished and sharp.

You may not think of yourself as a weapon, but the metaphor is quite biblical. In Isaiah 49:2, Messiah is compared to a sharp sword and a polished arrow and "the sword of a mighty man". Paul used the image in Romans 6:13 where he admonished believers to yield their bodies to God "as instruments of righteousness"; and the word translated "instruments" means "tools", or "weapons".

Christian service means invading a battleground, not a playground; and you and I are the weapons God uses to attack and defeat the enemy. When God used Moses' rod, He needed Moses to lift it. When God used David's sling, He needed David's hand to swing it. When God builds a ministry, He needs somebody's surrendered body to get the job done.

There's no substitute for Christian character. No matter how much talent and training we may have, if we don't have character, we don't have anything. A holy life is a useful life. Life is built on character, but character is built on decisions. You are shaping your life by your thoughts, attitudes, and actions and becoming either more or less like Jesus Christ. The more you are like Christ, the more God can trust you with His blessing.

A holy life isn't the automatic consequence of reading the right books, listening to the right cd's, or attending the right meetings. It's the result of living a loving union with Jesus Christ and a life marked with godly discipline.

Remember we are truly Blessed Beyond our wildest imaginations. It is an Honor to be one of God's humble servant's.

Have a Blessed Week!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Be Blessed

God made a promise long before we were even created that we would be blessed by His wondrous Love. That is the miracle of life! You know I say this alot "be blessed or blessings and love" sometimes we all need the reminder of the many blessings we already have or have coming.

Do you ever take the time to count your many blessings? Look around you, look at what you have on, that you have a hair brush to brush your hair, a toothbrush to brush your teeth. So many things we take for granite.
Any time you feel lonely, despair, anger or resentment, all you have to do is think about the great love that conceived you. There are no "accidents" in life, and when you learn that all life is precious, it's amazing how many blessings you will find when you look around yourself. Whether it's the promise of the rainbow, the misty diamonds on the sand, or the rise and setting of the sun, know that you are blessed when you live in peace.

Have you seen the glistening sparkles of the morning dew? You are Blessed
Have you heard a bird sing? You are Blessed
Have you strolled along a beach or garden trail? You are Blessed

Know you are blessed in every way, and appreciate the bounty that God has given you. The ability to read is a blessing in itself. When you start thinking about all the other gracious blessings that life has offered you, your life becomes a little easier, a lot happier, and much more prosperous.

Lord, I thank You for this day, I thank You for my being able to see and to hear from you today. I'm blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God. You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me. Forgive me this day for everything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to you. I ask now for Your forgiveness. Please keep me and my friends safe from all danger and harm. Help me to start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude. Let me make the best of each and every day to clear my mind so that I can hear from You. Please broaden my mind that I can accept things I have no control over. Let me continue to see sin through your eyes God and acknowledge it as evil. And when I sin, let me repent, and confess with my mouth my wrong doing, and receive the forgiveness of God.
And Lord when this world closes in on me, let me remember to slip away and find a quiet place to pray. It's the best response when I'm pushed beyond my limits. I know that when I can't pray, You listen to my heart. Continue to use me to do Your will. Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others. Keep me strong that I may help the weak. Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others. I pray for those that are lost and cant find their way. I pray for those that are misjudged and misunderstood. I pray for those who don't know You intimately. I pray for those that don't believe. But I thank you that I believe. I believe that God changes people and God changes things. I pray for all my sisters and brothers. For each and every family member in their households. I pray for peace, love and joy in their homes, that they are out of debt and all their needs are met. I pray that every person that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance, or situation greater than God. Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight. I pray that these words be received into the hearts of every eye that sees them and every mouth that confesses them willingly. I pray that as you go forth into the week, remind yourself whose you are, then tell someone close to you, “Gods got a place for you in His kingdom.” And Lord may we all be blessed to be a blessing to all.