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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Still Learning!

One of my supervisors at work is a "piece of work." I have traveled the world and thought I had met every type of person possible. I was wrong! How was I wrong.


I have had to defend myself numerous times from this fellow and nothing seems to work. I have used every "trick in the book" in an effort for him to just leave me alone and let me do my assigned jobs. All to no avail.


I asked God a number of times to help me figure out an angle to get the better of this fellow so he would back off a little bit; nothing!


All I could pick up on from heaven is the phrase pray for him; pray for him. Pray that He finds God. Pray that he sees his error and that lying and back stabbing are not right. This is a tall order for me. I like to think myself compassionate. I would like to think I would give the shirt off of my back if someone needed it. I think I would.


But pray for someone like this guy? You have got to be kidding....but I have been. At first I was gritting my teeth and felt like a hypocrite. I asked God to help me to pray for him. I did not have to tell God how I felt about this fellow, but I did, and He spoke softly to me and said I understand.


Deep in my spirit I started to understand the depth of God's love for a rebellious world. Total rebellion against God. Subservient to Satan; under his control and liking it. Yet, God gave the earth His only Son to not only die, but to be beaten, spat upon, mocked and hung on a cruel, crude tree instead of us dying for our sin. Christ died for ours.


In my recent health problems I have had a sense of the finality of death. It is appointed to mankind to once die; and after death, judgement. I have put this fellow who is giving me so much trouble in that situation and I have suddenly been fearful for him. I find myself now praying that he will see his error; ask God to forgive him, because I can and I know God will. God said that all who call on the Name of the LORD will be saved. He is not willing that any should perish. Not ONE. Not even the people I do not necessarily like!


I am on a strong learning curve here in this situation. God will never be finshed teaching me. He knows how hard headed I am.


God, soften my heart to those who are in strong error and seem to have no sense of the finality of eternity with out You. Give me a heart of intercession and compassion. Help me to not get so angry when I am offended, taken advantage of, or used.


Give me a heart like Jesus!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Confidence!

God is at our side;
Why should we fear?

He is ever present in times of trouble;
Why be afraid.

When the enemy comes in like a flood;
God lifts up a standard.

He promises, " Fear not, for I AM with you,
do not be afraid, for I AM your God."

In times of trouble when fear and doubts start to come in,
call on His wonderful Name and His Spirit, the same One that inhabits eternity itself is right there beside us.

He will never leave us, or forsake us!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Stand Up!

I have been reading about several men in Scripture who met God in circumstances no one else I know has experienced. In Acts 26:16 Saul (later Paul) fell off of his horse when he was confronted by a bright, blinding light. The light was so intense Saul lost his eye sight. The encounter is recorded thus ~


" Jesus said, "Saul, why persecutest thou Me? It is hard for you to kick against the pricks (his conscience) "Who are You, LORD?" I AM Jesus whom you persecutest. But rise, and stand upon thy feet..."



In the Book of Daniel,(10:9-11) it is recorded by Daniel "heard the voice of His words: and when I heard the voice of His words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face was toward the ground. And behold, a Hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands. And He said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words I speak unto you, and stand upright...." 



Ezekiel speaks several times of the Spirit of the LORD getting hold of him and lifting him up from a sitting or laying position. In Job's ultimate encounter with God, at the end of his grievious trials God told him "Gird up your loins like a man (get yourself together!) for I will demand of you, and answer thou Me! (Job 38:3)



These examples of close encounters when God appears on the scene in a powerful, unusual way, are given for a reason, I believe. We have to get up, stand up during our despair and wonderment of our situation and realize Who is speaking to us and what our position is in Him. The enemy is not the victor. Christ has told us many times in Scripture that He is the victorious One. We are not just going to be seated with Him at some future date; we have a position in Heavenly places with Him right now!



In times of great trial we must stand, and having done all we can through prayer, petitions and faith, continue to stand upon His promises. Christ never wavers or changes His words like men do. He is God! He does not change.


Ephesians 6:12-18 wraps up this thought very nicely. It says ~


" For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the firey darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God."


He identifies with our weakness; do not lose heart. We must realize our weakness and recognize that we can never do it on our own. It is not something in ourselves we try to work up; it is done by and through Him. It is His responsibility and He never fails.


Isaiah 63:6 says, "In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the Angel of His Presence saved them: in His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He bare them, and carried them all the days of old."


We have great spiritual authority in and through Christ in us. Whatever we are going through will eventually, and it is a process that takes time, bring maturity, patience and obedience to the Spirit of God. The end result of our increased faith also brings great spiritual authority.

The final result is that Christ is magnified and glorified through our prayers, faith and patience. Jeremiah 1:7-10 m;akes the point of our position when we reach this place in Christ ~


" But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I send thee and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. Then the LORD put forth His hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put My words into thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, and to build and to plant..."


These promises in Jeremiah are for us. They are an exact mirror of the evil powers and strongholds mentioned by Paul in Ephesians 6. These are times to stand up! Realize and claim the authority Christ has given us; authority in our homes, with our families, town, state and nation.


Stand. And having done all, Stand!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Out Of The Depths

Out of the depths have we cried unto You, O LORD. LORD hear our voice; let Your ear be attentive to the voice of our supplications. (Psalm 130:1)


Some of the trials we go through are to strengthen our faith. Brother Wilkerson said that many of the trials we go through are because of our faith!


Consider the three Hebrew children in the book of Daniel. They were cast into the firey furnace, heated just for the them, seven times hotter because of their faith.


And, the Prophet Daniel himself was thrown into the lions den because of his faith. This man had proven his faith for years. He was so close to God that he could not only interprete dreams but tell a king what the dream was in the first place! He was already a man of faith.


When we go through the firey trials and it seems that we, as Daniel are being thrown to the lions, we are being changed in the process. Faith is not knowing that God can rescue us, it is believing that He WILL rescue us.


There were four men walking in the fire of the furnace in Babylon; Christ walking and talking with the three Hebrew men. He has also promised you and I that He would never leave us or forsake us. That is a promise we can take to the bank!


There are times when deep, distressing trials come and I feel like throwing in the towel. "God, this is it, I cannot take it any more...." I feel in my spirit that God does not pity me, not one bit, He knows just how I am feeling. What He tells me to do most of the time is what He told Job after His severe trial; stand up on your feet! Cast off the dust from yourself and recognize what is going on and remember Who I AM.


He is in total control. Even in my recent travels through my valley of the shadow of death, or at least as close as I have come to that spot thus far, I have felt His presence. While crying and praying on my trips to the emergency room as my heart felt like it was beating out of my chest; I could feel His presence upon me.


I did not understand why it was happening. Brief pangs of terror would try to overtake me; but I could feel the presence of God upon me. At the same time the enemy would say "He does not hear you, He never did, you have been playing a game...."  When I felt terror; I prayed it away. It was a tangible spirit of terror, difficult to explain. But this thing is real. We are not in a battle of imagination. We fight the same wars all Children of God fight. Especially if we desire to draw closer to Him than we are. Hell knows and sees this desire and will throw everything it has at us because of our desire for more of God. Hell knows those who are just satisfied to be going to heaven and those who want all of God they can get for the short period we are here on planet earth. 


 We do not need to fear these feeling and thoughts when they come, and they will come. It is not because we are far from God; that is what the voice insinuates, it is just the opposite, the lies and events occur because we want MORE OF GOD. This battle is real world, real time and as personnal as it gets. But if we know anything about God, He is more than real, He is very present in times of trouble.


I can say without equivocation, God is with us at all times. He calms the stormy seas in our times of trouble. He speaks calm to our souls. Going through these things causes great examination of how deep we are in the things of the Spirit of God; it draws us ever closer. We are purified and mature during these fearful events. He is always there.


A deeper understanding of His faithfulness occurs. A more mature understanding of His ways becomes enbedded in our soul. It is something not easy to forget. During my five visits to the hospital since May as the billows of fear try to roll in He enables me to fight them back in the spirit, by His Spirit. I have to stand up on the inside, realize who He is and who He said I am in Him, and the billows start to disapate. We are already seated in Heavenly (spiritual) Places in Christ Jesus. The battle is already won; we are just walking it out in our own lives and learning and growing through the process. Christ is coming back for a mature Bride who knows Him; really knows Him. So everything we are going through is serving an eternal purpose. 


I am having an operation on December 8 of this year, in two weeks, and no matter what happens He has been here with me, even closer than any brother; all I have had to do is call upon Him and know that the One who created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them, the One who said He holds our hearts in His hand, is ever present.


He is faithful and true. Bless His Name.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

O Ye Gates!

There are many gates mentioned in the Bible. There are gates mentioned that are great and high; the gates of the heavenly Jerusalem. The gates mentioned in the Old Testament were where the city leaders would frequent; Lot sat at the gates of Sodom; he was a influential man with a good reputation in that city. The Bible mentions gates of death; and the gates of hell and the grave.


In this physical body we cannot perceive these gates wih our natural eyes. They are spiritual in nature. I remember sermons by Brother David Wilkerson about the forces that have influence over New York City. Gates of finance control that city. Washington DC the gates are powerful in the influence, position and politics. San Francisco the influence of money, sex and influence have powerful influence.


In the areas in which we live there are also principalities and powers in control that we battle on a daily basis. But no matter the influence, they all have to bow in the Presence of God. The Presence of God in us causes great difficulty for these spiritual powers. This is where our battle lies. We have been given great power in the pulling down of strongholds. We have this power through prayer.


Psalm 24:7-10 ~  " Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up. ye everlasting doors; and the King of Glory shall come in. Who is the King of Glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. "


" Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors;and the King of Glory shall come in. Who is the King of glory? The LORD of Hosts (armies) He is the King of Glory!"


At the Name of Christ every knee shall bow, every tongue will confess, that He is LORD of all!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Your Calling?

I firmly believe that the calling of every Believer in Christ is to be constantly changing into His image. Christ came to interceed, to suffer and to die for lost humanity; because God the Father so loved the world that He gave His only Son as a sacrifical lamb. The Lamb that is worthy at the end of this age to open the books and the break the seals in Heaven to bring His own, finally, to be with Him for all of eternity. Christ was an intercessor; and so should we be.


Do not lie to yourself, have others lie to you, or most of all believe the lies of the enemy of our souls that we have missed our calling and that it is too late to make admends. If you have prayed for anyone that is lost and without Christ, you are fullfilling your calling. If you pray for a pastor or missionary or other ministry you are fulfilling your calling. If you are trying to live a life in Christ Jesus, you are fullfilling your calling.


It is Christ in us that is the hope of glory. Faith and prayer move heaven, earth and hell, We do not fight physical battles but our battles are spiritual. They look physical because evil spirits roam the earth and attack every Believer and often use physical means to expose their deeds.


How powerful is this weapon of prayer? Here are several examples and they involve the man Moses who was dealing with a very hardheaded, stiff necked people. His intercession on behalf of Israel in their Wilderness travels will live for all of eternity as an example of a man who had great influence with God. He saw God face to face! And he was not afraid to present his case before God, to disagree and argue with God, as it were, over something He was about to do. This event is recorded for us to read in Numbers 14:11-20 and again in Exodus 12:8-14.


God told Moses, " How long are these people going to provoke Me? How long will it be before they believe Me, look at all of the signs I have given them? I will smite them with pestilence and disinherit them and will make of you a great nation, mightier than they."


Listen to Moses argument and reply to God, "Then the Egyptians shall hear of it, for You brought this people up in Thy might from among them; and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land for they have heard that You LORD are among this people, that Thou LORD are seen face to face, and that Thy cloud stands over them and that You go before them by day in a pillar of cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night. Now if You shall kill all of this people as one man, then all of the nations which have heard the fame of You will say that You are not able to bring this people into the land that You have promised them......"


How is that for an argument? Did Moses cross the line? Would we cross a line if we prayed in such a manner? I think not. God has instructed us to present our case to Him. He says "come now and let us reason together...( Isaiah 1:18) Present your case in prayer. It is as if we are presenting our case in a Court of Law. "God, You have changed my heart to hunger after the things of God; do the same thing for them."


The Apostle Paul is another excellent example. He said that if he could be accursed so that his brethern could be saved he would be willing to do it. That is intercession!


Exodus 32:7-14 is another example for us to follow when we present our arguments during intercession for other lost friends, family members or even when taking our enemies before the Throne of God. It says ~


" And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down (get out of here!) for thy people which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt (Moses people, not God's anymore!) have made a golden calf, worshipped it, and have sacrificed unto it and said, "These are the gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt."


" And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people and behold they are stiffnecked. Now therefore LEAVE ME ALONE! that My wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them, and I will make of thee a great nation. And Moses besought the LORD his God and said, LORD, why doth Thy wrath wax hot against Thy people (no one wanted to claim them!) which Thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand?"


Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did He bring them out, to slay
them in the mountains and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from Thy fierce wrath, and repent (change Your mind) of this evil against Thy people..." verse 14 says that God repented, changed His mind because of what Moses said to Him. What an awesome thought; changing the mind of God.

On what basis as New Testament (New Covenant) Believers can we pray in such a manner? 1 John 5:14,15 says, " And this is the confidence that we have in Him (not in ourselves, but in Him because we know His character) that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us: And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desire of Him."



He has said that it is His will that none perish. Remind Him of this when interceeding on others behalf. He did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. This is His will; this is our prayer. The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and His ears are open to our prayers (Psalm 34:15)


Do we not feel confident in praying thus? Do our hearts somehow condemn us? Remember 1 John 3:20-22, " For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him because we keep His commandments, and do those things which are pleasing to Him."


What is more pleasing to God than intercession on behalf of lost friends, relatives, enemies or even nations?


Perhaps I should not write this but I will explain one of the ways I pray; when interceeding for someone who has really been layed on my heart I remind God that He forgave me; the one I am interceeding for surely has not sinned any worse than I have in my 57 years! If You forgave me LORD, how can you not forgive them? You, LORD, have been merciful with me and You called me back, You gave me a new heart, You changed my heart from one of stone to one of flesh; do the same for them.


Those who win souls are wise!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

To Be One

When Christ was leaving His followers He said a prayer in John 17 that brings tears to my eyes every time I read it. He told the Father that He did not desire to take His followers out of this world, but that they may become One with He and the Father. What a prayer! That mere humans could possibly become One with God. This has to be possible because Jesus is not one to waste words. God is not a man that He should lie.


There is a picture of this in the book of Revelation. John the beloved saw in his visions One who was walking among the candlesticks; the seven churches; both then and now, the corporate invisible Church that has always existed since His going back to heaven.


Revelation 1:19,20 says, " Write these things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter (our time); The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in My right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlestick which thou sawest are the seven churches."


Chapter 2 gives further explaination, " Unto the angel of the church of Epesus write: These things saith He that holdeth the seven stars in His right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven candlesticks..."


Christ is seen here walking among the candlesticks, the church. He has promised us that He would never leave us alone. He is with us always, even to the end. Before His coming God dwelt in the Temple in Jerusalem. the Bible speaks of His coming down at the dedication of King Solomon's Temple and His glory being so intense that the Priests could not even minister; the glory, the weightiness was so intense.


God does not dwell in temples today. He dwells in His children. Where we are, He is. He ministers to a lost world through us. We are His representatives. It must be possible for us to be One with Him or Christ would not have made that request before His Assention.


Colossians 1:21 says, " To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ..."


It is possible. We do not live by human feeling or emotion. The enemy of our souls will throw everything in his arsenal at us to keep us from believing this possiblity. Do not fall for his lies. We are being changed daily into the image of Christ. Believe what Christ says, it is possible and it is happening even now.


He is our hope and the hope of the world. Continue to fight the good fight of faith until that great day when we see Him face to face!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Two Cities - Two Destinies

Joseph A. Seiss Bible Commentary ~

The world and all its activities and achievements is made up of two opposing sides; the side of the heavenly, which is the good and blessed, and the side of the earth, which is sensual and devilish; the true and the false;


the things which gravitate toward eternal life and the things which gravite toward destruction and the second death; the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of the devil.


These two sides are at present intermingled and are differently situated toward each other at different periods; often hard to distinquish from each other. But everything on either side has an affinity for its own and is true to its own, so that in the process of time each side becomes more and more itself-developed and consolidated until the two antagonistic influences, tendecies, and parties crystallize to their true spirit and finally come out in two seperate cities (Babylon and the Heavenly Jerusalem).


The one is destined for everlasting extinguishment under the wrath of God; the other for eternal illumination with His unveiled presence and glory.


* Which city influences us more?

Getting To Know Him

Those who know His Name will put their trust in Him; why? Because they know His character, His faithfulness, His love. We are not going to bother going through the extensive process of really getting to know someone if they do not have good attributes.


Psalm 9:9,10 says, " The LORD also will be a Refuge for the oppressed, a Refuge in times of trouble. And they that know Thy Name will put their trust in Thee: for Thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek Thee."


It pays great reward to know Him. We do this by studying how He has worked in years past. We study Him and establish our faith in Him by our knowledge of His character, His works and His words. The Bible is our source.


2 Timothy 3:16 says that all scripture is given by inspiration of God; and it is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.


1 Corinthians 10:6 says the dealings of God with people in ages past, written by people who were inspired by the Holy Spirit are examples to us to the intent that we should not lust after evil things.


Our knowledge of Christ and the Father will get us through any difficulty we may face in this life; whether the battle is spiritual, mental, physical or financial.


Study how Moses and the Prophets interceded for those they loved, their people. Study how Job and King David worked their way through greater difficulty by trusting God; these men faced greater difficulties than many of us ever will.


Learn the intercessory prayers of Hannah, Abraham, Moses and Jeremiah; the words they used with God give inspiration and knowledge. They moved God's heart.


And most important of all-learn to pray the way Christ did when He faced the cross- " Nevertheless, not My will but Thy will be done." This is the ultimate prayer.


He told us to make our request known to Him. He has given us this great privilege-then rest in His love and faithfulness, knowing full well that He had heard and will honor every word we utter.


We are His children, the sheep of His pasture. Shall not the God of the whole earth do right? Yes He will, He always has and always will.


The Apostle Paul says that if we are in Christ, and we are, we along with Israel are the seed of Abraham, the father of faith (Galatians 3:24) and the children of promise. God's Promise.


For we are a holy people to the LORD our God; the LORD our God has chosen us to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth."


Get to know Him more and more as the day of the LORD approaches. It will be worth it all, when we see Jesus!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Be Not Dismayed

It is not unusual to find ourselves in some very difficult circumstances these days. As the end of this age grows closer to the great day when Christ finally returns to set up His Kingdom, we have been told that perilous times would come. It is not unusual to experience more and more turmoil as that great day approaches. These are truly the days that try our soul, our faith and our fortitude.


King David in the famous 23 Psalm spoke of walking through the valley of the shadow of death. We do also. Having to do this is not our desire. It runs against everything in us that is human; it runs against our grain. We do not wake up one morning and tell our spouse, "honey, I think I might go for a walk through the valley of the shadow of death today!"


But when we do, and we will, God has promised to be with us during that walk. It must serve a purpose or it would not be happening. Every event in a Believers life serves an eternal purpose.


Take Joshua as an example of one who faced insurmountable odds. He inherited the duties of the great Moses. He saw the rebellion in the wilderness and the older generation pass away and be buried in that wilderness. He led 100,000's of thousands of the next generation to the shores of the Jordan River and their first conquest would be the mighty city of Jericho. Its walls were so think that chariots could ride atop of the walls.


God's promise to Joshua is also His promise to us when we face our insurmountable Jericho; " Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, He it is that doth go with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. " (Deuteronomy 31:6)


Again in verse 8 Moses says , " And the LORD, He it is that doth go before thee, He will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed."



As God was with Joshua, so He will be with us. As He was with Moses, so He will be with us. (Joshua 1:5) Be strong and of a good courage. This is not a suggestion from God, it is a demand! Verse 9 says, " Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest." (Joshua 1:9)



We have much more assurance today. We have the promises of Christ that He would never leave us nor forsake us. He will never leave us alone. He did not say that we would not have bouts of fear and doubt; but these are either our human spirit or spirits of fear that we must reject outright and with the authority Christ has give us. He said He has not given us the spirit of fear; but of a sound mind. 


Rebuke this fear when it comes. Rest assured that the same God that told Moses to stretch out a piece of wood over the Red Sea as the armies of Egypt were rushing in to destroy Israel, is the same God that made precious promises to us when we face our Red Sea experience. He is the same; He created the heavens and the earth. It is all His!


" Fear not, for I am with you! Be not dismayed for I AM your God. I will be with you. I will strengthen you, I will help you; yea, I will uphold you with the right hand of My righteousness. Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. " (Isaiah 41:10,11)


It matters not what it is that is against us; doubt, fear, health, humans or principalities and powers of darkness such as unbelief. We have authority given to us by Christ; resist the Devil and he will flee from you. The Name of Christ is above every name mentioned. Learn to use it daily! Spend quality time with Him; get to know Him and His promises to us daily; He who promises will never fail us.

Friday, November 11, 2011

I sometimes have difficulty opening my prayer to God, uncertain of what to say or I may fear that He tires of me saying the same thing. The Book of Isaiah and Psalms, words breathed by the Spirit of God Himself and penned by men and women is a good place to study the duty and necessity of prayer.


" O LORD of Hosts (heavens armies) God of Israel,
You who dwell between the cherubims- " 


" You are God, even You alone of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Incline Your ear and hear:


Open Your eyes O LORD and see; and hear the words of my prayer to You- " ( Isaiah 37:16,17)

and

" But You, O LORD, are a shield unto me; You are my glory and the lifter up of my head. I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and He heard me out of His holy hill."


" I laid me down and slept; I awakened; for the LORD sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands people that set themselves against me round about."


" Arise, O LORD, save me, O my God, for Thou hast smitten all my enemies on the cheek bone - You have broken the teeth of the ungodly. Salvation belongs to the LORD - Thy blessing is upon Thy people. " ( Psalm 3: 3-8)

Forever!

O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: He is their help and their shield.

O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: He is their help and their shield.

Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: He is their help and their shield.

The LORD has been mindful of us:
He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel: He will bless the house of Aaron.

He will bless them that fear the LORD,
both small and great.

We are blessed of the LORD who made the heavens and the earth!
(Psalm 115)

* These thoughts are again continued in Psalm 118

" O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good; because His mercy endures forever.
Let Israel now say, that His mercy endureth forever.
Let the house of Aaron now say, that His mercy endures forever.
Let them that fear the LORD, that His mercy endures forever. "


Has the devil or your own mind been telling you falsehoods that you do not figure in the equasions of God? It is a LIE! Do not fall for it. He hears every word, every sigh, and sees every tear.

We have this promise,  God does not lie~

" I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? "(Psalm 118:5,6)

No matter the issue, fear or problem, God hears, He cares, His mercies toward us endures forever.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Veiled In Christ - David Wilkerson

DA VID WILKERSON PRAYER
CONSUMED WITH PASSION FOR JESUS CHRIST
 

(prayer in sermon by Brother Dave shortly before his death)

It is time for the Joshua's to stand, lead the LORD'S people in truth and battle the way their Father's have taught them. LORD, only You can speak to the depths of the soul.

I do not know who this if for, but LORD, I am going to speak to those who have backslidden. To those, O LORD, who have been growing cold and indifferent to the call of God and the things of Christ. O God, come and speak.

God says, " The Word that I've sent to you, I did not sent it out to be void - But the Word I have given to you is going to accomplish the very thing I said it would - LORD, I flee to You to hide me. Folks, the original in that says " I will veil myself in You..."

Now you think about it - You see our faith now cannot be based on emotion, our faith cannot be based on just the testimonies of others who have been deliverd. Our faith cannot be cliches'. It cannot be just a shout. We have to have a foundation for the faith we are going to need. And this has to be laying hold of God's own claims of who He is.

This thing starts our right here - Oh, hear my prayer, LORD, Here is my supplication. In Your faithfulness answer me and in Your righteousness. And here is a challenge - God, here is the basis upon which I come to You - Not what I have heard in the past about people, but here is what You told me You are. You said that You are faithful, You said that You are just, You said that You are holy, You cannot lie.

You cannot be Gof if You are not faithful. You said You are the God of peace. You said You are the God of my strength. Now I am coming to You, I am going to lift my hands to You, I am going to believe what You said about Yourself -

And I am coming on the merits of nothing I have done, no righteousness of my own - But on the promise of God, what You told me. Remember the Word to Your servant which You have caused me to hope in. This is my comfort in my affliction, for You have now quickened me. How am I quickened?

LORD, God, I have lifted my hands to You. I have trusted You. I have claimed Your promises. You are who You said You are-From now on - from this day on, I am going to will myself in You. I am going to cut myself off from all confidence in my flesh, or in people, or in anyone else. I am going to throw myself at Your mercy - Your grace - Your power - Your glory - And I am veiling myself in Christ.