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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Nobody but Jesus!

Isaiah 46.9

For He is unique in his incarnation (the one and only God-man),

unique in his atonement (only He has died for the sins of the world),

and unique in his resurrection (only He has conquered death).

And since in no other person but Jesus of Nazareth did God
first become human (in His birth),
then bear our sins (in His death),
and then triumph over death (in His resurrection),
He is
uniquely
competent 
to save sinners.

Nobody else possesses His qualifications.

~John Stott, The Radical Disciple

“remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other;  I am God, and there is none like me…” Isaiah 46:9

I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God.” Isaiah 45:5

“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord,
    “and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe Me
    and understand that I Am He.
Before Me no god was formed,
    nor will there be one after Me.
11 I, even I, Am the Lord,
    and apart from Me there is no Savior.
12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—
    I, and not some foreign god among you.
You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I Am God.
13     Yes, and from ancient days I Am He.
No one can deliver out of My hand.
    When I act, who can reverse it?” Isaiah 43:10-13

“I and the Father are one.” John 10:30

“It is finished.” John 19:30

“My Father, who has given them to me,
is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch
them out of the Father’s hand.” John 10:29

Praising God for His special, unique Son who acted on my behalf with the ultimate finished work! Amazing grace and love poured out even when I was His enemy! For  Once you were [I was] not a people, but now you are [I am] God’s people; once you [I] had not received mercy, but now you [I] have received mercy (1 Peter 2:10).”

Isaiah 43.11

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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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Love broke thru…

Ephesians2.8-9

The message of this song just so causes me to rejoice!
Salvation by grace through faith by alone.

“Love Broke Thru”
by tobyMac

I was feelin’ that, feelin’ that breeze
Singin’ like a song thru the tall oak trees
It was just another summer night
Had to be the last thing on my mind
Yeah, I was all but lost in the moment
I was young and runnin’ wide open
It was just another summer night
Had to be the last thing on my mind

When love broke thru
You found me in the darkness
Wanderin’ thru the desert
I was a hopeless fool
Now I’m hopelessly devoted
My chains are broken
And it all began with You
When love broke thru
And it all began with You
When love broke thru

I did all that I could to undo me
But You loved me enough to pursue me
Yeah, You drew me out of the shadows
Made me believe that I mattered, to You (You)
You were there, You heard my prayer in that broke down dusty room
It was the first time I said, “I’m Yours”
The first time I called You Lord

When love broke thru
You found me in the darkness
Wanderin’ thru the desert
I was a hopeless fool
Now I’m hopelessly devoted
My chains are broken
And it all began with You
When love broke thru
And it all began with You
When love broke thru

Yeah, it was late in the summer when the northeast breeze
Sang like a song thru the oak trees
Pennsylvania
She kind of caught my soul
Which had me a little more open than closed
Walls I built
Opinions I learned
Covered in the ashes of bridges I burned
Blind to the arrow that headed to my heart
But You hit the mark

When love broke thru
You found me in the darkness
Wanderin’ thru the desert
I was a hopeless fool
Now I’m hopelessly devoted
My chains are broken
And it all began with You
When love broke thru

I did all that I could to undo me
But You loved me enough to pursue me

John 6.44Romans 3.10-12Romans 5.8

Romans 5.8a

Romans 5.6Eden Asset LibraryTitus 3.5Romans 10.11Romans 8.1Mark 12.30-31Mark 8.34-35

Romans 12.11 Thes 2.12Romans 14.8

Romans 6.13

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Wisdom Wednesday

1 Chronicle 29.11

Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday and today the Lord speaks of His Glorious Power manifested in His magnificent ways and purposes. I pray you will be blessed as you read and meditate upon the following Scriptures and quotes. There are not enough pages in the world to give the God of this post the praise, honor, and glory He deserves.

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Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God, and that to You,
O Lord, belongs steadfast love. Jeremiah 62:11-12a

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and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His great might 20 that He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. Ephesians 1:19-21

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But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the
surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
2 Corinthians 4:7

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“For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37

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For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:18

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For the Lord of hosts has purposed,
    and who will annul it?
His hand is stretched out,
    and who will turn it back? Isaiah 14:27

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The Lord your God is in your midst,
    a Mighty One who will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness;
    He will quiet you by his love;
He will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17

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It is He who made the earth by His power,
who established the world by His wisdom,

and by His understanding stretched out the heavens.

Jeremiah 10:12

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Lift up your heads, O gates!
    And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?

    The Lord, strong and mighty,
    the Lord, mighty in battle! Psalm 24:7-8

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The Lord reigns; He is robed in majesty;
the Lord is robed; He has put on strength as His belt.
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
Psalm 93:1

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For I am not ashamed of the gospel,
for it is the power of God for salvation
to everyone who believes, to the Jew first
and also to the Greek.
Romans 1:16

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And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come,
for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down,
who accuses them day and night before our God.
Revelation 12:10

Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,
“Hallelujah!

For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Revelation 19:6

SELAH!
Shout now – Hallelujah!

Please leave comment if so inspired by the Lord! Yep! I’m ready for my day to the glory of the One, True and Living 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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The Power…

Colossians 1.16

What God has said…

Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.” Psalm 1:1-2

Ssssoooo today my meditation is centered around the awesome power of the Lord!

“For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16).”
The power to create.

“He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together (Colossians 1:17).”
 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word (Hebrews 1:3a).”
The power to sustain.

 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Timothy 1:16-17)
The power to govern.

What else God has said…

“That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.” Psalm 1:3

“Cast your cares on the Lord
    and He will sustain you;
He will never let
    the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22

As for God, His way is perfect:
    The Lord’s Word is flawless;
   He shields all who take refuge in Him. Psalm 18:30

Be still, my soul and know that He is God…continue to meditate on Him!

Psalm 46.10

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Hope for today: living for audience of one

Hope10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
11 I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. 12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.

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Blessed be the Lord, my strength

Psalm 144.1

Psalm 144

May the Lord, my rock, be praised,
who trains my hands for battle
and my fingers for warfare.
He is my faithful love and my fortress,
my stronghold and my deliverer.
He is my shield, and I take refuge in Him;
He subdues my people under me.

Lord, what is man, that You care for him,
the son of man, that You think of him?
Man is like a breath;
his days are like a passing shadow.

Lord, part Your heavens and come down.
Touch the mountains, and they will smoke.
Flash Your lightning and scatter the foe;
shoot Your arrows and rout them.
Reach down from heaven;
rescue me from deep water, and set me free
from the grasp of foreigners
whose mouths speak lies,
whose right hands are deceptive.

God, I will sing a new song to You;
I will play on a ten-stringed harp for You—
10 the One who gives victory to kings,
who frees His servant David
from the deadly sword.
11 Set me free and rescue me
from the grasp of foreigners
whose mouths speak lies,
whose right hands are deceptive.

12 Then our sons will be like plants
nurtured in their youth,
our daughters, like corner pillars
that are carved in the palace style.
13 Our storehouses will be full,
supplying all kinds of produce;
our flocks will increase by thousands
and tens of thousands in our open fields.
14 Our cattle will be well fed.
There will be no breach in the walls,
no going into captivity,
and no cry of lament in our public squares.
15 Happy are the people with such blessings.
Happy are the people whose God is Yahweh.

Psalm 144.15

 

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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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