God, I want you to always hear my earnest cry to you. I long for your presence and I continually seek you. You are my hope! Everyday, each morning my thoughts are on you! I know you hear me when I pray from a sincere heart. God, don’t let me live a life that is worldly. I want to honor you. I can never compromise my values with this new age movement! Please let your holy fire consume my heart for your glory!
“Listen, Yahweh, to my passionate prayer! Can’t you hear my groaning? Don’t you hear how I’m crying out to you? My King and my God, consider my every word, for I am calling out to you. At each and every sunrise you will hear my voice as I prepare my sacrifice of prayer to you. Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on the altar and wait for your fire to fall upon my heart. I know that you, God, are never pleased with lawlessness, and evil ones will never be invited into your house.” Psalms 5:1-4 TPT.
Do you need a special touch from the Lord today? May Jesus wrap his arms of love around you as you read the following exhortation!
I pray that God helps every hard heart to soften, heals every hurting heart, and comforts every wayward mind to settle in on His grace through our Lord Jesus Christ! Amen!!!
Let’s tell this story: We trust in a wonder working God! I know he hears and answers my every prayer. Sometimes though his affirmative reply is “no!” Yet, I still reverence him all the day long. My waking thought is stayed on him regardless of the hour that I am awake. How many times he has searched my heart in those wee hours of the morning! He orders my day! He sets my path straight before my feet hit the floor.
I have learned to love and trust him as he guides me through life! The world cries there is no help in God. You know what, he proves them wrong every time! His radiant glory lights up my life. His light of love shines down on me daily. His presence is greater than a harvest full of earthly blessings. It is because of you, oh Holy Spirit, that I lay down and rest peacefully. You empower me to live life unafraid!!! No matter what!
“May we never forget that Yahweh works wonders for every one of his devoted lovers. And this is how I know that he will answer my every prayer. Tremble in awe before the Lord, and do not sin against him. Be still upon your bed and search your heart before him. Pause in his presence Bring to Yahweh the sacrifice of righteousness and put your trust in him.
Lord, prove them wrong when they say, “God can’t help you!” Let the light of your radiant face break through and shine upon us! The intense pleasure you give me surpasses the gladness of harvest time, even more than when the harvesters gaze upon their ripened grain and when their new wine overflows.
Now, because of you, Lord, I will lie down in peace and sleep comes at once, for no matter what happens, I will live unafraid!” Psalms 4:3-8 TPT
Life teaches us many lessons. To persevere hardship is one of them. You say, I can’t make it! I can’t take it! Is that because you are entwined with the world more than entwined with Christ?
We have to man up, be courageous and never lose hope. It is the power or quality of dealing with or facing danger, fear, pain, etc. When I am afraid, I still trust you Lord! The only hope I have is in you! I must never lose that. I trust in your word to counsel me all the way to glory!
“Here’s what I’ve learned through it all: Don’t give up; don’t be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord. Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope. Yes, keep on waiting—for he will never disappoint you!” Psalms 27:14 TPT
Has there ever been a moment that your God has not fought for you? In all honesty, I think not! Remember he is the God-Of-Angel-Armies!!! I want to use the following verse in the the affirmative. Here goes:
I am righteous through Christ. My Champion. My Defender. God, you answer me when I call out to you for help. When I am stressed out you give me strength to stand. I feel under pressure, the squeeze is on, but your kindness and mercy is there! You always show up right on time. You give great grace whenever I need it.
I know you hear my prayers! You set me free from so many things! Treachery! Deceit! Debauchery! My own heart! My sins! And, from worldly thinking! From compromise with new age beliefs! From moral relativism!
Jesus, you are my way of escape. You are the truth I live by. My life is what you are! Without you I truly do not have one. Not one that I desire! You – My hope for eternity!!! You are my Champion! Remember these lyrics from an old song: Once like a bird in prison I dwelt. No freedom from my sorrow I felt! Oh, He Set Me Free!
Can you make the same confession as I did above? Are you feeling kinda down and out, stressed, confused. You say, I wish I had some peace right now. Then I wish you every Shalom, the whole peace of God! However, you might want to turn the proceeding verse into your own personal prayer.
“God, you are my righteousness, my Champion Defender. Answer me when I cry for help! Whenever I was in distress, you enlarged me. I’m being squeezed again—I need your kindness right away! Grant me your grace, hear my prayer, and set me free! Psalms 4:1 TPT
This is BG saying to you my reader, Have a wonderful and blessed day! Always Pray First!
Do you trust in the Lord? Is he your mainstay? He is the peace giver. He gives rest to the weary. Our God keeps us by his might and banishes fear. Allow his peace and love to flow in your spirit. Be confident in his promises.
“But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.” Psalm 3:3-6 ESV.
Have you ever wondered why you do the things you do? Be honest! I know that I have. I sometimes feel like Paul that after doing the work of God that I would be cast away! But, I think it is probably healthy to consider all things pertaining to faithful ministry. After all, we are to examine ourselves to see whether we are walking in the faith or not.
Hopefully the following scriptures will encourage each one of us. They are probably nothing you have not heard already. I hope they will refresh each one of us. Followers of Christ we are!!!
What is it then that causes us to desire to continue working for the Lord? We pray his kingdom come, his will be done!
“For it is Christ’s love that fuels our passion and holds us tightly, because we are convinced that he has given his life for all of us. This means all died with him.” 2 Corinthians 5:14 TPT.
Why do we keep on keeping on pressing forward? Is it because we desire to please God with our lives? We have hope of a better life after doing the will of God! A better place than this world offers!
“Whatever you do, work at it with your whole being, for the Lord and not for men, because you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as your reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24 BSB.
And just how do we accomplish this goal? It is the power of the Lord working in and through us! So, be encouraged today!
“Therefore take up the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand your ground, and having done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness arrayed, and with your feet fitted with the readiness of the gospel of peace.
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition. To this end, stay alert with all perseverance in your prayers for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:13-18 BSB.
We definitely need to pray in the Spirit for all saints! Pray for our families! Our friends! Our world! Salvation is here! May those who need it today receive Jesus as Lord and Savior! Evangelist Oliver B Greene used to say in his close of prayer, “God save that one that is nearest hell.” Maybe we should pray that also.
The Bible, the story of God, it’s all about redemption and salvation! Amen!
The Bible is the story of God revealed from Genesis to Revelation. It’s ultimate theme is Salvation! The only mention of religion that’s pure and undefiled is found in the James 1:27. And religion is also mentioned in another scripture: “If someone believes they have a relationship with God but fails to guard his words then his heart is drifting away and his religion is shallow and empty.” James (Jacob) 1:26 TPT.
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:27 ESV. *You can’t leave out the latter part of this verse that says “unstained from the world.”
Please don’t choose to live life in the slum of sin! And, don’t treat God and His word, His story like it’s ho-hum! A former pastor called that sloppy agape. You can have your moral relativity, make up the rules as you go! You can even tear out scripture from the Bible. That is an option! However, it is still the Word of God!!!
To the sinner and wayward child: It might all seem like a mismash (a confused mess; hodgepodge; jumble) to you. This serving God thing! I have only one answer for you from a Christian point of view! “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.” 1 John 4:14 KJV
“This Jesus is the stone which was despised and rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief Cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among people by which we must be saved [for God has provided the world no alternative for salvation].” Acts 4:11-12 AMP.
Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” 1 John 4:12-16 ESV.
Here is the remedy to go to heaven! It is found in the story of Nicodemus. “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 KJV. Listen to the song, There Is A Remedy!
Born again believers, as followers of Christ and the Bible, they trust His words! “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 ESV
Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Can you meet God on good terms? Do you feel lukewarm or unsure? Seek the Lord while he may be found! Call upon him while he is near! The Bible is God’s story of redemption! The message is still the same as it always was, Be Ye Ready!
Can we ever be grateful enough for God’s magnificent grace and mercy to us? I think not! I am so thankful that I know Jesus as my Lord and Savior. He is all sufficient as the Son of God. Because of him I do not have to face the wrath of God! Eye has not seen nor ear heard of all the splendor we shall behold.
Oh the glory of the Lord! One day we shall see him as he really is! And he is blessing us now day by day! We can not fathom all the beauty he has in store for his saints! Wow! Just wow! I can not adequately describe his goodness to me! You???
“Serve and worship the awe-inspiring God. Recognize his greatness and bow before him, trembling with reverence in his presence. Fall facedown before him and kiss the Son before his anger is roused against you. Remember that his wrath can be quickly kindled! But many blessings are waiting for all who turn aside to hide themselves in him!” Psalms 2:11-12 TPT
Strong’s: From H1197; properly food (as consumed); that is (be extension) of cattle brutishness; (concretely) stupid: – brutish (person) foolish.
So, I do gather something from the latter portion of the definition in Strong’s 1198. It stems from 1197 and it relates being brutish to food; and refers to a cow. It also implies concretely a foolish or stupid person!
The definition of 1197 implies it as being consumed by something to the point of being barbarous. (I have heard it said of certain folk that they are ate up with stupidity). The result is people’s hearts are dull (against God and fellow human beings) making them unreceptive (intolerable; especially, to the Christian views of the Bible). Just for the record, this is from the Bible and referenced from Strong’s Concordance. I am just being a messenger, not the author of the scripture that I have used. But, I do have a major question:
Does this sound like our world today? Better pray! That’s the reverse of being foolish! It is the wise thing to do!
Analytical: If you feed a person stupid ideas, it will produce stupid actions! They will become foolish in thought and action. Input! Output!
Remember the Sunday school song? Be careful little mouth what you speak! Be careful little hands what you touch! Be careful little feet where you go! And last, but not least: Be careful little ears what you hear!
We live in an age of so called spirituality. There are many voices in the land. Several of those voices are not godly but stem from carnal minds of evil and wicked people. It is of utmost importance for born again Christians to exercise discernment! In other words > Be careful little ears what you hear!
The following scripture is cause for personal reflection. Do I have hope? Am I a fountain of hope to others? Is unfathomable joy exuding from me? Does joy overflow from me like radiant sunshine? Can others sense the greatness of God’s peace in my life? Would I be found as one who makes peace? Will others see the majesty of God who fills my every longing? Do I make them thirsty for Jesus as their Savior?
Does the power of the Holy Spirit radiate hope to my family? My friends? My community? My church? My world?
If you are having serious doubts about your walk with God, I suggest you make this verse become a personal prayer! I have included such a prayer at the end of this blog for your help!!!
“Now may God, the fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with his super-abundance until you radiate with hope!” Romans 15:13 TPT
Pray This Prayer:
Father God, you are the fountain of hope. I worship and adore you. I ask that you fill me to overflowing with your joy. May it eminate from me to all I come into contact with. I ask that your Shalom, perfect peace, be the rule of my life. I trust (fully rely, commit) myself to you. Holy Spirit continually fill me and let others see the abundant supply of God’s grace. Let my life radiate this hope which is Christ in me. Let them have an encounter with Jesus as Lord and Savior! Amen!