Remember Not the Former Things

abrahamNsarahnote“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert (Isaiah 43: 18-19).”

Beginnings
The book of Genesis is a book of beginnings. Every year, we make New Year resolutions concerning positive changes that we would like to see in our lives. Such as, I am going to lose weight. I am going to eat healthier. I am going to be more positive. We start out good and for some, our good intentions fizzle before Valentines Day. If the book of Genesis teaches anything, it teaches that you can begin again.

I start off every year to read the Bible all the way through and I get sidetracked because something catches my attention and slow down and study it more closely. Recently, I started reading Genesis and I made it to chapter 18, and something in verses 28 through 32 caught my eye. I will share with you later what I observed in my study.  However, I need to back up a little and share with you a summary of events that are taking place in this chapter. The Lord has shown up at Abraham’s tent and he is not alone, two angels accompany him (18:1-18). He tells Abraham that by this time next year you will have a son (vs.10). I am sure that Abraham was all smiles when he realized that they were about to begin a new and wonderful chapter in their lives as parents. As they prepare to leave, The Lord pauses and contemplates in verse 17, “Should I hide from Abraham what I am about to do”? Abraham’s face is glowing until God begins to reveal his plans for the impending judgment of Sodom (Genesis 18:21).abrahamintercedes

Abraham intercedes for Sodom
At this point, Abraham steps in front of the Lord and begins to plead with Him to spare Sodom for the sake of fifty, forty-five, thirty, twenty, and ten righteous men (Genesis 18:23-32). God says to Abraham, “For the sake of ten righteous people, I will not destroy the city (Genesis 18:17-33). It is of note that Abraham never mentions Lot or the city of Gomorrah but intercedes for the city of Sodom. Yet, when God destroyed the cities he remembered Abraham and saved Lot (19:29). Lot and his family were chosen to escape the coming punishment.

The Great Escape
During Abraham’s conversation with the Lord, the two angels continued on to Sodom. There they find Lot sitting at the gate. He invites them to spend the night at his home. Not too long after, the two angels face off with the evil inhabitants of Sodom. Finally, the angels instruct Lot to gather his family and prepare to flee Sodom before it is destroyed.


Ultimately, the angels end up dragging Lot, his wife, and two daughters by the hand out of Sodom with instructions, do not look back and run to the mountains for safety (Genesis 19:16). Lot decides that Zoar would be a better destination. Somehow, the angels agree to Lots terms. As the destruction of Sodom ensues, Mrs. Lot disobeys and looks back and is turned into a pillar of salt. In the end, Lot leaves Zoar out of fear to seek refuge in the mountains (Genesis 19:30).

What caught my attention when I read these chapters is that if, God honored the request Abraham made on behalf of Sodom, and we know that God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34-35). Then he will answer our prayers also.

Here are some points to ponder:
1) Sodom could have been spared for the sake of ten righteous people.
2) The presence of righteous people brings God’s mercy and long-suffering.
3) Our intercession has the power to influence our city and our nation.
4)Which means that you and I can pray for our families, our city, our nation, and ask God for mercy.

But, not only that I believe that we can pray in such a way that it would even change the atmosphere of our family relationships, our city, and our nation to make them more conducive to godliness.

For instance, I Timothy chapter 2, verse 1 through 3, reads as follows:
“I exhort you, therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour…”

 

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According to the above passage, we are instructed to pray and to intercede for the leaders of our nation and cities so that we can live a quiet and peaceful life. It is not dependent on the personality of the person who leads our nation, or who our mayor is. Why? Because the word of God says in Proverbs 21, verse 1 that “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.” I believe that if it is written in the word of God it can be done. God means it. I believe that God will answer our prayers for those in authority if we ask God to give our leaders wisdom and integrity so that we can live a peaceful life.

I began talking about how we make New Year resolutions, we start out with good intentions, but we give up too quickly before we see results. Don’t let the memories of past failures hinder you from moving forward. I want to share a little nugget with you, there is a scripture that says “… a just man falleth seven times and riseth up again … (Proverbs 24: 16a).” In view of this scripture, don’t let what happened in the past deter you. Starting today, I want to encourage you to “Rise up again, begin to believe God again!” Begin, again to put your faith in action. If, you fall off again, get back up and begin again. Have faith in God! This year, persist in prayer, watch God do a new thing in you and on behalf of your family, your city, and your nation.

Be encouraged because God is for you, He has a good plan for your future. Have a blessed week!

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A Blessing

On December 31, 2017, my prayer is that 2017, will not end like the previous six years have ended.  I am looking forward to it opening the floodgates of blessings and miraculous miracles for the rest of my life.  I have been waiting to see the manifestation of promises in my life that God has spoken to me.  I know that God is not slack concerning His promises.  I have heard over and over that the “Best is yet to come!”  I can truly say that this year has been a year of revelation.  It has solidified in my heart that God does care, He hears my prayers, and that He does answer in amazing ways.  I pray the following blessing for everyone who reads this and for their families for 2018.

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“You Rule By Prayer”

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Journal to Release Offenses

Devotional Journals are a wonderful way to express yourself.  There is no right or wrong way to journal.  Do what makes sense to you.  There is a benefit to keeping a journal.  Researchers say that it is a practical way of relieving stress, thinking through difficult situations and solving problems.

compositionnotebookBelow I have included journal prompts for the “Process of Releasing An Offense” that deals with unforgiveness:

Identify your most pressing concerns.  What causes you to lie awake at night and worry?  What distracts you and causes you to furrow your brow throughout the day?  Who or what have you allowed to chastise your peace.  It is okay to be angry.  Anger is natural.  The Bible says be angry but do not sin (Ephesians 4:26).  You have a right to be angry.  It becomes sin when it turns into bitterness and unforgiveness.  Bitterness is like you drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.  You are entitled to a period of grief.  God can take you through the process of releasing the offense, anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness.  Sometimes we hold unforgiveness against even ourselves for things that we did in our past.  We have to learn to forgive ourselves.

PROCESS OF RELEASING AN OFFENSE

Prayer: Lord, Jesus, help me to remove those barriers or obstacles that might hinder me from receiving all that you desire for me.

STEP 1.  Write.  Write down what you are angry about.

STEP 2.  State.  “I am angry about ________________ and I have a right to be angry.  But, Lord, I choose to be forgiving I choose to forgive those who have sinned against me.  I forgive ________________ who has spoken evil against me and having forgiven them, Lord, I ask you for forgiveness.  Forgive me for my sins of commission and omission.  In the name of Jesus (Matthew 18:22 ).

STEP 3.  Pray.  I choose to bless ________________________ .

I pray a prayer of blessing over  ______________ that, God will bring them out of darkness into YOUR marvelous light.  (I Peter 2:9)

STEP 4.  Give.  Give the whole thing to God.  Say, God, I cast this burden and my cares concerning __________________ on to you for you care for me (I Peter 5:7 and Psalm 55:22).

 NOTE: Keep in mind that  the thoughts and those feelings are going to  try to come back.  This is when you will go back and repeat STEPS 2 through 4.  You keep repeating the process.  This is how you fight the enemy.  You are going to have to fight and resist the thoughts the enemy brings back up and eventually, If you resist the devil, he will flee from you (James 4:7).  The enemy will not bring up those thoughts anymore.  You will not feel the pain and hurt anymore when you think about the incidence or the person.  This is how you know you have the victory over that incident.

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Weapons For Warfare

WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE
In II Corinthians chapter 10 verses 4 and 5 which state the following:
“4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;”
5 Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

God has not left us helpless against the adversary. He has given us powerful weapons in which we can wage war and win.  However, it is up to us to seek HIM for assistance in utilizing these weapons. His word tells us that His Holy Spirit will teach us all things.  If, we ask for wisdom, He will give it.  Paul uses a military metaphor to show us that we are engaged in an active battle against an invisible adversary. Our assignment is prayer warfare, so that evil will be driven back and the kingdom of God advanced.  Many prayers have been written about putting on the whole armor of God.  But, it is equally important to understand what each piece of the armor does and how it is used. Continue reading →

Prayers of Blessing

According to the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance to bless in the Hebrew is the word “barak.” Barak means to “kneel down” or “bless.” It means to bless God as an act of adoration, and or to bless man with benefits; to praise, salute, and thank someone. In  the Merriam-Webster dictionary,  a benediction is defined as the invocation of a blessing or a prayer of benediction.

When I think about the blessings of the Lord.  My mine always goes back to the blessings that God extended to the children of Israel. Just imagine this with me.  I keep seeing this image in my mind when I think of “Prayers of Blessing.” Here is the picture I get. It is of an Aaronic priest standing in front of the people of Israel, wearing a priestly robe.

The Benefits of the Blessing
In the evening twilight, just before sunset, a multitude of people walk in

Then, its Aaron’s turn to stand before the congregation of Israel, his clothes are well

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Aaronic Priest

kept and fitted down to the linen white tunic and the wool indigo blue overcoat. Aaron’s expression is gentle as he speaks about the LORD giving HIM a special blessing to perform tonight, and how it will invoke the Lord’s name over the people. There is nothing but silence for a few moments. Then, Aaron begins with a rich full voice to recite the following prayer of blessing for the first time in Aramaic:

24 “The LORD bless you, and keep you;
25 The LORD make His face shine on you,
And be gracious to you;
26 The LORD lift up His countenance on you,
27 So they shall invoke My name on the sons of Israel, and I then will bless them. And give you peace (Numbers 6:24-27, NASU).”

That night the congregation was moved by the loving words of blessing from the LORD.
The above prayer of blessing is my favorite and it is sometimes called “The Priestly Blessing.” There is something about this blessing that so moves me. It is like a glimpse into the very heart of GOD. A GOD who desires to bless you beyond anything that you can imagine. Remember, GOD spoke everything into existence and HIS words are a powerful force.

Isaiah 55 and verse 11 says the following:
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

So, what will the spoken blessing of the LORD accomplish in my life? We can look at Deuteronomy chapter 28 and verse 8 and 10 to find the answer to this question:

8 The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses, and in all that you set your hand to do; and he will bless you in the land which the Lord your God gives you.
10 And all people of the earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord; and they will be afraid of you.

Yes, there are conditions to be met. Once we meet them, HE will command the blessing on you and everyone will see that you are called by the name of the LORD. If you would like in your spare time you can read Deuteronomy chapter 28 and verses 1-14 to become more acquainted with the blessings that GOD promised to the children of Israel. You can appropriate them as your own during your personal prayer time. Why? Because Galatians chapter 3 and verse 29, says, “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. You can pray and ask the Lord to bless you in those areas.

Prayer of Jabez
Now, let’s look at another “Prayer of Blessing,” it is known as the “Prayer of Jabez. ”and it is found in I Chronicles chapter 4 verses 9 and 10 (KJV) reads:

9 “Jabez was more honorable than his brothers; and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” 10 “And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.”

I have no doubt that Jabez was familiar with the blessings and curses in Deuteronomy chapter 28. While I was researching information on Jabez, I read about the city of Jabez in I Chronicles chapter 2 and verse 5., which was inhabited by the families of scribes from the lineage of Judah. It’s possible that this city was named for Jabez and that he might have been a scribe. Not much is written in the Bible about Jabez. The only reference to Jabez is found in I Chronicles chapter 4 verses 9 and 10.

What’s in a Name?
In Jewish families, your name was considered very important. To the Jews a name was not used merely to distinguish one person from another. A person’s name embodied their character, his worth, affluence, and reputation. So, here is Jabez with a name which “means to grieve” that embodies the character of someone who causes pain or grief. In desperation for a change, Jabez cries out to GOD to bless him and keep him from evil that it may not grieve me. Now God did not change is name like he did Abram to Abraham, Or Jacob to Israel. Instead, God changed his circumstances by granting Jabez’s entire request. God is so amazing! The good news is that God is not a respecter of persons, according to Acts chapter 10 verses 34. This means he does not show partiality. If, GOD granted Jabez’s prayer request then, HE will answer my prayer too. He will answer yours also.  What If, I pray the same prayer will he not also answer my request. It is my belief that HE will. I have added this prayer to my “Daily Bible and Prayer” program under SPECIFIC PRAYERS.

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Just to share a testimony, I have a friend named Darlene who was let go from her job about three months ago. She had worked for this organization for over 10 years. She had started a few weeks ago to pray the Prayer of Jabez. In addition, to fasting half a day throughout the week. She called me today to let me know that she was hired yesterday for a job that is more in line with her nutrition degree which is her passion.

Your Prayer for today:
“The LORD bless me, and keep me;
The LORD make YOUR face shine on me,
And be gracious to me;
The LORD lift up YOUR countenance on me,
So, invoke YOUR name LORD on me, and bless me . And give Me peace (Numbers 6:24-27, NASU).”

DISCLAIMER: The methods described in this post are the author’s personal thoughts. I will say this disclaimer concerning fasting. I am not recommending that you fast, if you have health issues. Please consult your physician.

So, until next time. I pray that you and your family be blessed!

Next time, look for my post about “Weapons For Warfare.”

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A Tool to Track Prayers from Your Desktop

Hi, I said I would tell you about Prayers of Blessing and I will next week.  However, today I wanted to share a tool that has helped me to develop the habit of prayer and a prayer routine.  Before we get started, please understand that I’m not trying to sell you anything.  This program is free. I do not receive any commissions or anything for endorsing this tool.

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Daily Bible and Prayer Software

The Program
I just thought since, we  live in the age of computers, cell phones, and apps.  There are some people who do not do well with paper and pencil.  So, writing out a prayer list, using a prayer calendar, making a prayer notebook may not work for you.  Let’s face it, everyone one of us has a unique way,  in which we process information.So, many times I have heard someone, “Ask isn’t there a program or an app that I can download for that?” The answer is “yes” there are tools that can help you develop your prayer habits and track your results. The tool that I use is completely free. It is called “Daily Bible and Prayer 2” and the version that I use is 2.3.1.2 for your PC computer.  You can download it for free.  I did not give a link to the software page.  If, it sounds like it might be something you are interested in, then you can search for it on-line or for some similar prayer tracking software.  It’s completely up to you to decide whether or not you need prayer software or an app at all.  After all, people have managed to pray for centuries without the benefit of a computer, and they will continue to do so. Continue reading →

Prayers of Praise

Personal Account
I remember years ago when I was pregnant with my third child, a thought crossed my mind that if, I didn’t  sit down soon and stop praising and worshiping the LORD  I might lose my baby.  A few seconds later, I felt a slight pinch of pain in my stomach.  There was an older gray-haired woman sitting next to me, and I turned and looked at her.  She said, “Honey, the enemy would like to tell you that if you don’t stop praising and worship the LORD you could lose your baby, but he is a liar. “  I then immediately begin to praise the LORD louder and more demonstrative than before.  As quickly as the pain came, it left me.  Incidentally, months later during Labor Day weekend,  on August 31, I delivered a beautiful, healthy little girl. Continue reading →