Prayer is needed…

Ephesians 6.19

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. Ephesians 6:19-20

Yay! It’s Saturday! The days are fresh and beautiful! Lots of gatherings, fun, and food!

Sssssoooo I’m praying for me and I’m praying for you! Opportunities to speak words that make known the mystery of the Gospel of Jesus Christ…and that we would do it fearlessly.

13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

So we look for God assigned opportunities, we speak Truth, and we do so with gentleness and respect. SSSSssssoooooo this is the part that sometimes gets away from us so let’s remember this verse as well: 23 Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, 25 correcting his opponents with gentleness (2 Timothy 2:23-25).”

So, I’m praying as I mention this because many love the following quote that is attributed to St. Francis of Assisi. My problem is that I am having a hard time putting my finger on it in the Word for it seems to say that our deeds are more important than the Word.

Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.

This is what the Word declares:

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. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:9-15

There are those who have researched whether St. Francis of Assisi actually uttered those words and there is no evidence of his ever having said them. His life and practice does not reflect that they would have even been true for his own life. It is said that he was a passionate preacher and would proclaim the Gospel every opportunity he was given.

Yep, faith without works is dead…so let’s do the good works the Lord prepared in advance for us to do so it will open the doors for proclamation. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16).”

Some may have a pedicure scheduled for today for it is sandal season. But oh my, look at the opportunity we have to truly have beautiful feet this season…let’s pray and proclaim the Word to the glory of our most beautiful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Romans 10.14-15

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Hope for today: be generous

HopeRemember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:
“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;

    their righteousness endures forever.”
10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

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Hope for today: follow God’s example

HopeFollow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

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Hope for today: sing to the Lord

Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;
    it is fitting for the upright to praise Him.
Praise the Lord with the harp;
    make music to Him on the ten-stringed lyre.
Sing to Him a new song;
    play skillfully, and shout for joy.

For the word of the Lord is right and true;
    He is faithful in all he does.
The Lord loves righteousness and justice;
    the earth is full of his unfailing love.

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Hope for today: teach me

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10 I have sought You with all my heart; don’t let me wander from Your commands.
11 I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against You.
12 Lord, may You be praised; teach me Your statutes.
13 With my lips I proclaim all the judgments from Your mouth.
14 I rejoice in the way [revealed by] Your decrees as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on Your precepts and think about Your ways. Psalm 119:10-15

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The power of the Word

Isaiah 26.3

I have found the above verse to be so absolutely true. Life can press in and our minds will absolutely take over, racing here, there, and yonder. The above verse encourages us not to allow our minds to govern us. A better way is to control our minds by training them to stay focus on God.

It is a choice God has given us the grace to make…[to] destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). It is a grace that we sometimes do not use for our benefit…and yet God offers peace when we do.

The truth is…stinking thinking can occur with all of us and these verses help us to know not to embrace these thoughts but filter them thru the Word. The Word and the Holy Spirit will take those thoughts captive and replace them with Truth and usher in the peace of God.

The issues of life must always be filtered through “what did God say?” We need to put the Word on it and trust that God is not a man that He should lie. His every Word is the “Yea, and in Christ, the Amen!

The Amplified translation says it like this:

“You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character],
Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation]. Isaiah 26:3

Thank you, Father, for perfect and constant peace in spite of the storms that rage and try to trouble our minds. Thank you for being our refuge and our hiding place.
We bless you that in Christ, we have the victory!
In Jesus Name, Amen.

Philippians 4.7

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Hope for today: grace and peace

Hope3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age,according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Galatians 1:3-5

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God’s sufficient grace

2 Corinthians 12.1

2 Corinthians 12

I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. Even if I should 2 Corinthians 12.10choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12.9

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Hope for today: God is my strength

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25 Whom have I in heaven but You? And earth has nothing I desire besides You.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
 27 Those who are far from You will perish; You destroy all who are unfaithful to You.
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;
I will tell of all Your deeds. Psalm 73:25-28

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O give me that Book!

Matthew 4.4

I have shared before what a great blessing the old writings are to my soul. It just causes me to chew more, talk with God for understanding, see the glory of the Lord and worship than ‘easy in and easy out.’ The Lord showed me this one recently in my readings and I would like to share it in hopes that  it will bless your soul as much as it did mind. Show me the book that leads me to Jesus and the path of Life! How I thank God for His amazing love and grace to do just that.

“I have thought—I am a creature of a day, passing through life, as an arrow through the air. I am a spirit come from God, and returning to God: just hovering over the great gulf; till a few moments hence, I am no more seen! I drop into an unchangeable eternity! I want to know one thing, the way to heaven: how to land safe on that happy shore. God Himself has condescended to teach the way; for this very end He came from heaven. He hath written it down in a book! O give me that book! At any price, give me the Book of God! I have it: here is knowledge enough for me. ”   
~John Wesley (1703-1791), preface to The Works of the Rev. John Wesley, v. V, New York: J. & J. Harper, 1826, p. 5

SELAH! Glory to the Most High Name of the Lord that satisfies and hunger and quenches our thirst!

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John 14.6

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