Are You Homesick?  2

We speak about the good old days, were they really that good? Or are we looking back through rose-colored glasses?

Remember the Israelites right after they left Egypt? God had just brought them out with a mighty display of His power and completely eliminated any future threats from Egypt. Egypt was devastated economically, politically (Pharaoh had drowned), emotionally (loss of the first born), and in defense (the army, chariots and horses had drowned).

The Israelites had been slaves in Egypt, they were property with no income, no rights, and no privileges, yet when they ran into difficulties in the wilderness they spoke longingly of their life in Egypt and wanted to return. Talk about being delusional!

But aren’t we like that when we talk about the good old days; “the fun I had before I became a believer,” “the relationships I had,” “the parties,” and the list goes on.

Are we seriously saying that what the devil has to offer is superior to what God has provided? That our past life of promiscuity, over indulgence, godlessness and hopelessness is something to be homesick for?

We must quit looking back, you cannot successfully drive forward constantly looking into the rear view mirror, you will be an accident waiting to happen.

Paul the apostle said this about those listed in the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11

Now those people who talk as they did show plainly that they are in search of a fatherland (their own country).
15 If they had been thinking with [homesick] remembrance of that country from which they were emigrants, they would have found constant opportunity to return to it.
16 But the truth is that they were yearning for and aspiring to a better and more desirable country, that is, a heavenly [one]. For that reason God is not ashamed to be called their God [even to be surnamed their God—the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob], for He has prepared a city for them.

Hebrews 11:14-16 (AMPC)

Contrast this with Lot’s wife

When morning dawned, the angels urged Lot [to hurry], saying, “Get up! Take your wife and two daughters who are here [and go], or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city.” 16 But Lot hesitated and lingered. The men took hold of his hand and the hand of his wife and the hands of his two daughters, because the LORD was merciful to him [for Abraham’s sake]; and they brought him out, and left him outside the city [with his family]. 17 When they had brought them outside, one [of the angels] said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you, or stop anywhere in the entire valley; escape to the mountains [of Moab], or you will be consumed and swept away.”
23 The sun had risen over the earth when Lot came to Zoar. 24 Then the LORD rained down brimstone (flaming sulfur) and fire on Sodom and on Gomorrah from the LORD out of heaven, 25 and He overthrew (demolished, ended) those cities, and the entire valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and whatever grew on the ground. 26 But Lot’s wife, from behind him, [foolishly, longingly] looked [back toward Sodom in an act of disobedience], and she [d]became a pillar of salt.

Genesis 19:15-17, 23-16 AMP

The Elders in the faith kept their eyes on the prize, they did not waste their thought lives on nostalgic reflections of their past because they knew if they did, they would have gone back. Lot’s wife on the other hand looked longingly back and was destroyed.

How many times have we looked back longingly at that person, habit, sin or thing we had been delivered from until one day we looked up and realized we were right back where we started?

To be successful in our race as believers, we must forget those things which are behind and press on. We must keep our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith

We have set our hands to the plough and will not look back. We are not of those that draw back unto perdition but of those that believe to the saving of our souls.

Remember Lot’s wife!

Prayers For Single Mothers  0

Pray these scriptures over every single
mother you know.
If you are a single mother pray them over yourself.

 

You shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child.
23If you afflict them in any way and they cry at all to Me,
I will surely hear their cry;

Exodus 22:22-23

Prayers:
• Cry out to God concerning any injustice against you or
your children

 

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is
God in his holy dwelling.

Psalm 68:5

Prayers:
• Ask God to be a father to your children

• Ask God to defend you

 

When God heard the boy crying, the angel of God called
out to Hagar from heaven and said, “Hagar, why are you
worried? Don’t be afraid. I have heard your son crying.

Genesis 21:17

Prayers:
• Pray your child will cry out to God for help when in trouble

• Ask God to hear your child’s cry in his/her present situation

• Resist and reject worry

• Bind the spirit of fear

• Thank God for being at work in your child’s life

 

Prayers For Your Children  0

Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old he will not depart from it
Proverbs 22:6

Prayers:
• Ask God to reveal to you His assignment for your child

• Ask Him to show you your child’s gifts and how to develop them

• Ask for wisdom to train your child aright

 

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.
Ephesians 6:4

Prayers:
• Pray you will not be harsh to your child

• Ask for wisdom to train and discipline in love

• Pray for restoration of any fractured relationship between you and your child

 

Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble
Proverbs 13:20

Prayers:
• Pray for wisdom for your child

• Pray your children will associate with wise people

• Come against any association with folly

 

I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts
Psalm 119:63

Prayers:
• Pray your child will fear God

• Pray your child will obey God

• Pray your child will have friends that fear and obey God

 

Prayers For The Fruit Of The Womb  0

“Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you,
26 and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.”

Exodus 23:25-26 NIV

Prayers:
• Thank God for His blessing upon you and your spouse

• Thank Him for blessing everything required to nourish and sustain you

• Thank Him for removing every sickness, disease or condition that could prevent conception, a healty pregnancy and safe delivery

• Reject barreness

• Declare neither you nor your spouse will be barren

• Reject miscarriage in any pregnancy

• Declare you will live long to raise your children, no one will replace you in their lives

 

He gives children to the woman who has none and makes her a happy mother. Praise the Lord!
Psalm 113:9 NCV

Prayers:
• Thank God that children come from Him

• Thank Him for your children

• Thank God for children that will cause joy and give peace

• Thank God for making you or your wife (if you are the husband) a happy mother

 

3-5 Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift?
the fruit of the womb his generous legacy?
Like a warrior’s fistful of arrows
are the children of a vigorous youth.
Oh, how blessed are you parents,
with your quivers full of children!
Your enemies don’t stand a chance against you;
you’ll sweep them right off your doorstep.

Psalm 127:3-5 MSG

Prayers:
• Thank God for the gift of your children

• Praise Him for His generous legacy through you

• Thank Him for the honor and privilege of becoming a parent

• Declare God fills your quiver with children

• Thank Him that your children will be mighty on the earth

Towards Success In Life And Ministry  0

A few days ago, I got into a discussion with some friends about ways to ensure we finish well and finish strong in our walk and call as believers. After the discussion, I sat down to compile our contributions and ended up expanding it, it just grew and grew.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but designed to get you thinking along such lines. Jot down any additional thoughts that come to you and keep at hand as a reminder.

 

• Be a student of God’s Word – don’t just skim through or study only in order to preach/teach, but commune with the Spirit of God in the Word, let Him teach you and guide you into all truth.

• Be prayerful – we all know the saying “a prayer-less Christian is a powerless Christian.”

• Follow the leading of God’s Spirit – the Spirit of God knows the entirety of God’s plan for your life, it behooves you to follow Him closely.

• Walk in love – this cannot be overemphasized.

• Remain focused on Jesus our perfect example and run the race set before you, pressing towards the mark.

• To whom much is given, much is required.

• “Others may, you cannot.” – Our wrong choices have consequences which become magnified in correlation to the magnitude of the call (this doesn’t mean church size).

• Remain vigilant – let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he falls.

• Stay in your lane – getting off assignment makes us a prey.

• Take care of your temple- eat right, rest, exercise, and get regular medical checkups.

• Avoid pride- it is the humble that receive grace, the proud are resisted. Have accountability partners and people who can speak truth into your life.

• Resist fear – don’t fear death (loss), the devil or men.

• Be extremely vigilant when it comes to God’s glory – God does NOT share his glory, never take credit for what He does through and for you.

• Do not touch the gold – be on your guard concerning God’s money, ensure there are checks and balances and provide complete transparency.

• Watch out for sex – be extremely sensitive in the spirit, use common sense, set clear boundaries, err on the side of caution, let there be no appearance of evil, be accountable.

• Be quick to forgive – don’t permit offenses to fester leading to bitterness which defiles.

• Be quick to repent – don’t play games and pretend you don’t know better. Don’t make excuses, admit it, confess it, and end it (A.C.E).

 

May the Lord continually help us as we run the race apportioned to us, may His grace make up the difference, may we finish well and finish strong and may we pass on the baton to the next generation.

Prayers For Marriages  0

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall become united and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.(A)
25And the man and his wife were both naked and were not embarrassed or ashamed in each other’s presence.
Genesis 2:24-25

Prayers:
• Pray for unity and oneness in your marriage

• Pray you and your spouse will not permit a third party in your union

• Ask God to help you be vulnerable to and transparent with each other

• Pray that you will respect each other’s differences and create a safe environment to discuss and deal with your individual weaknesses

 

Wives, understand and support your husbands in ways that show your support for Christ. The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to his church, not by domineering but by cherishing. So just as the church submits to Christ as he exercises such leadership, wives should likewise submit to their husbands. Ephesians 5:22-24

Prayers:
Wife pray for yourself, husband pray for your wife
• Pray you will understand and support your husband in ways that show your support for Christ

Husband pray for yourself, wife pray for your husband
• Pray for wisdom to provide leadership to your wife the way Christ does the Church
• Pray you will cherish and not dominate your wife

 

Drink water from your own well— share your love only with your wife.[a] Why spill the water of your springs in the streets, having sex with just anyone?[b] You should reserve it for yourselves. Never share it with strangers. Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. Rejoice in the wife of your youth. She is a loving deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts satisfy you always. May you always be captivated by her love. Prov. 5:15-23

Prayers:
• Ask God to help you be faithful to your spouse

• Ask God for joy in one another

• Pray for sexual fulfillment

• If you have broken your marriage vows repent before God and ask for wisdom to make things right with your spouse. Determine to stop and ask for God’s help and wisdom. Pray for God’s grace to heal your spouse’s heart and enable him/her to forgive you.

• If your spouse has broken faith with you ask God to heal your heart, ask for grace for him/her to repent and desist, ask for God’s help to forgive. Pray for restoration

 

Save Our Seed Global Prayer Teleconference  0

As the 2016/2017 school year commences a global community of parents, grandparents & caregivers, gathered to intercede for our seed.

The Word declares “But there is [a vital force and] a spirit [of intelligence] in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding” Job 32:8 AMP

Pray along.

Join Save Our Seed Global Prayer Teleconference Tomorrow  0

Save Our Seed Global Prayer Teleconference for Parents< Grandparents and Caregivers

As the 2016/2017 school year commences, it’s time to position our seed for greatness

The Word declares “But there is [a vital force and] a spirit [of intelligence] in man,
And the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding”
Job 32:8 AMP

Join a Global Community of Parents, Grandparents & Caregivers, to intercede for our seed.

Date
Saturday September 10, 2016

Time:
6:00 am – 6:30 am EDT
5:00 am – 5:30 am CT
10:00 am – 10:30am GMT
11:00 am – 11:30 am WAT

 

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/958870797

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States : +1 (646) 749-3117
Access Code: 958-870-797

 

Visit http://www.heritageofthelord.net for more details

I Believe Your Promise  0

Just as I am, without one plea – Charlotte Elliot

Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Because Your promise I believe. Why do you come to God in prayer? Why are you expectant of His intervention in your circumstances?

Because of a promise He made, not just because of a need. You go where you know a need will be met, you neither go to buy gas at a furniture store nor do you go to buy clothing at the bank. The fact that you pray and expect an answer is evidence that you have either read or heard a promise, or seen one manifested and you believe to see it in your life.

God’s promises are Yes and Amen (so be it) in Christ Jesus. Begin to tell the Lord “I come to You because I believe Your promise”

Do you need healing? Tell Him “I believe Your promise that I am healed by the stripes of Jesus therefore I come to receive my healing”

Do you need salvation? Tell Him “I believe Your promise so I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe with my heart that You raised Him from the dead, therefore I am saved”

Do you need a spouse? Tell Him “I believe Your promise that it is not good for man to be alone, I will make Him a help suitable for him therefore I ask for a wife (husband)”

Do you need peace? Tell Him “I believe Your promise that You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is focused on You therefore I take my focus off the problem and fix it on You, Lord I receive Your peace”

Do you need children? Tell Him “I believe Your promise that there shall be none barren, neither male nor female based on this neither me nor my spouse shall be barren, we are fruitful and we multiply”

Do you need forgiveness? Tell Him “I believe Your promise therefore I confess my sins and You are faithful and just to forgive me of all my sins and to cleanse me of all unrighteousness

Do you need deliverance from addictions and bad habits? Tell Him “I believe Your promise that the burden is lifted off my shoulder and the yoke from off my neck and the yoke is rendered useless in the presence of the anointing”

Do you need protection? Tell Him “I believe Your promise that no evil shall befall me neither shall any plague or calamity come near my home”

Do you need direction? Tell Him “I believe Your promise that You will instruct me and lead me in the way that I should go therefore I will know what to do, how to do it and when to do it”

Do you need restoration in your marriage? Tell Him “I believe Your promise that you joined us together therefore I decree oneness into my marriage and pull up every root of bitterness”

Do you need peace between parent and child? Tell Him “I believe Your promise that You turn the hearts of the children to their parents and of the parents to their young”

Do you need finances? Tell Him “I believe Your promise that You give me the power to get wealth”

Do you need wisdom? Tell Him “I believe Your promise that Christ has been made unto me wisdom”

We can rest assured that God will bring to pass that which He has promised because He is not a man that He should lie, neither the son of man that He should repent. Has He said and shall He not do? Has He spoken and shall He not make it good?

Because Your promise I believe, O Lamb of God I come, I come!

Is This The Hill You Want To Die On?  0

“Is this the hill you want to die on?” is a military expression referring to an issue one wants to address, but realizes it will be a tough, possibly drawn out battle.

First off it would be suicidal given the forces arrayed against one, and then this particular hill isn’t so crucial that you should give your life for it, so the best option is retreat.

In life we are confronted with various, multi-faceted issues, not every one of which is a deal breaker. We must become skillful in determining when to stick to our guns or when to back down.

Examine your life, especially your relationships, how necessary are the battles you fight on a daily basis?

Be led by the Spirit of God.

Pick your battles, be very strategic.

Maintain focus on the big picture, don’t win the battle to lose the war.


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