Prayers For Finances  0

We will be praying over our finances.

Meditate on the following scriptures (let them paint pictures on your heart) and use them in prayer.

Isaiah 48:17 (Amplified Bible)
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way that you should go.

Prayer:
Thank God for teaching you to profit

Pray you will follow in the way He leads

Proverbs 3: 9-10
Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine

Prayer:
Pray for consistency in honoring the Lord with your wealth

Speak increase to your finances

Proverbs 21:17, 20
Those who love pleasure become poor; those who love wine and luxury will never be rich. The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.

Prayer:
Ask for wisdom in managing your finances

Ask for wisdom to save and invest

Prayers For Business  0

We will be praying over our businesses.

Meditate on the following scriptures (let them paint pictures on your heart) and use them in prayer.

Psalm 90:17 (Amplified Bible)
And let the beauty and delightfulness and favor of the Lord our God be upon us; confirm and establish the work of our hands–yes, the work of our hands, confirm and establish it.

Prayer:
Ask God to confirm and establish your business – the work of your hands

Nehemiah 4:6 (The Message)
We kept at it, repairing and rebuilding the wall. The whole wall was soon joined together and halfway to its intended height because the people had a heart for the work.

Prayer:
Ask God for employees with a heart for the work

Ask God for like-minded employees who will buy into the vision and run with it.

Isaiah 65:22 (New International Version)
No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the works of their hands.

Prayer:
Pray no one will succeed in stealing your ideas or sabotaging your business

Pray that you will long enjoy the works of your hands

Pray your business will be generational, it will not die with you.

Nehemiah 6:9 (Amplified Bible)
For they all wanted to frighten us, thinking, Their hands will be so weak that the work will not be done. But now strengthen my hands!

Bind every spirit of fear and intimidation against you and your business

Ask God to strengthen your hands and those of your employees to accomplish every project

Prayers for Career  0

We will be praying over our careers.

Meditate on the following scriptures (let them paint pictures on your heart) and use them in prayer.

Mark 13:34 (New Century Version)
It is like a man who goes on a trip. He leaves his house and lets his servants take care of it, giving each one a special job to do. The man tells the servant guarding the door always to be watchful.

Romans 11:29
For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn

Prayer:

Pray you will discover and develop in the gifts/graces God has given you

Pray you will fulfill God’s assignment for your life

John 4:34 (New Century Version)
Jesus said, “My food is to do what the One who sent me wants me to do and to finish his work.

Prayer:
Ask God to help you discover His assignment for you

Ask Him to give you a desire for His assignment for you

Ask Him for the grace to complete it

John 9:4 (New Century Version)
While it is daytime, we must continue doing the work of the One who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.

John 17:4 (Amplified Bible)
I have glorified You down here on the earth by completing the work that You gave Me to do

Prayer:
Ask God to help you continue and not give up

Ask Him to help you maintain focus & do things in a timely manner

Ask God to help you glorify Him by completing the work He has assigned to you.

Exodus 20:9-10a (New Century Version)
Work and get everything done during six days each week,10 but the seventh day is a day of rest to honor the Lord your God.

Prayer:
Ask God for a job that will give you time for rest

Ask Him for wisdom to complete your tasks quickly so you can rest

Turn back and calm down  0

15 The holy Lord God of Israel
had told all of you,
“I will keep you safe
if you turn back to me
and calm down.
I will make you strong
if you quietly trust me.”
Then you stubbornly 16 said, “No! We will safely escape on speedy horses.”
But those who chase you will be even faster.

Isaiah 30:15-16 (CEV)

As the hymn says “The arm of flesh will fail you, you dare not trust your own.” We must come to the realization that God is our only sure help, all other ground is sinking sand.

Notice God expects us to turn back to Him and calm down, then He will save us, He is not going to chase us all over the place, trying to deliver and save us.

The Waters Are Flowing  0

Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed.
9 And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes.
10 It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many.
Ezekiel 47: 8-10

From verse 1 we see a progression first ankle deep, then knee deep, then waist deep, then too deep for one’s feet to touch the ground, without being completely submerged.

The Glory of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. It will be incremental, there will be levels and each individual will have the ability and opportunity to go as far as they desire

Verse 8 states that the waters bring healing to every living thing it touches. There will be healings and creative miracles popping up all over the place.

Verse 20 states that the fishermen will have places to spread their nets, exceedingly many fish. There will be a tremendous harvest of souls, God will provide opportunities and the resources to bring in the global end-time harvest.

Be expectant, yield to the leading of God’s Spirit, launch out into the deep, throw down your net to catch a draught.

No More Stigma  1

For too long mental disease has been one of the “stigmas” in the Body of Christ, the elephant in the room.

We need to recognize the fact that mental disorders, like any other sickness or disease, affect the soul (mind, will and emotions) and body, but its life source is spiritual.

However just as in the area of physical sickness and disease, God has given wisdom on procedures and treatments, He has done the same with regards to dealing with illness of the mind and emotions.

It is no more a sin to go to a psychologist or psychiatrist, than it is to go to a dentist to get a tooth pulled, or to undergo surgery to remove a tumor, or to take an analgesic for a headache.

Yes, believers need to be taught how to deal with the forces behind these things, in the spirit realm, and how to take charge of their thought life and cast down imaginations. But they must also know to reach out for help without a feeling of shame or inferiority.

The US Army rehabilitates soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The Army of the Lord must do no less, we need to arise, embrace our wounded soldiers, and rehabilitate them.

The Buck Stops Here  0

Behold [says the prophet, listen to the voice of] the cry of the daughter of my people [for help] because of those who dwell in a far country: Is not the Lord in Zion? Is not her King in her? [But the Lord answers] Why have they provoked Me to anger with their carved images and with foreign idols?
Jeremiah 8:19 AMP

As we seek for the operations of the Lord in our situations and circumstances. As we hold on to His promises, we must never forget that there are conditions to be met. It will be a tragedy to go through all the motions with no results. We must not have a form of godliness while denying the power thereof.

What has God asked us to get rid of that we’re still holding on to? Which idols are we serving, at which altars are we bowing down? Mammon (god of money)? Covetousness? Stubbornness? Lust? Pride? Deception?

In 1 Samuel 15, God gave Saul specific instructions with regards to the Amalekites, He even gave the reasons for His decision. Saul modified his orders and God was greatly displeased, He sent Samuel the prophet to him.

“Now the word of the LORD came to Samuel, saying, 11 “I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments.” And it grieved Samuel, and he cried out to the LORD all night. 12 So when Samuel rose early in the morning to meet Saul, it was told Samuel, saying, “Saul went to Carmel, and indeed, he set up a monument for himself; and he has gone on around, passed by, and gone down to Gilgal.” 13 Then Samuel went to Saul, and Saul said to him, “Blessed are you of the LORD! I have performed the commandment of the LORD.”
14 But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?”
15 And Saul said, “They have brought them from the Amalekites; for the people spared the best of the sheep and the oxen, to sacrifice to the LORD your God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.”

1 Samuel 15:1-15 NKJV

Verse 13 is very telling, Saul greeted Samuel with the words “I have performed the commandment of the Lord.” Did he really believe that? Was he feeling guilty and tried to pretend he didn’t know? Did he really believe he could deceive the Lord?

Even after Samuel confronted him with his lie, he did not own up to it, it was “the people.” Who’s in charge here? I thought he was king and commander-in-chief of the armed forces (wish President Harry Truman was there to tell him “The buck stops here!”).

Do we pay close attention to God’s Word and do it all, or do we pick and choose?

Do we practice situational ethics – nothing is wrong in of itself, it depends on the circumstances?

Do we own up to our mistakes, or is it always someone else’s fault?

He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
Proverbs 28:13 NKJV

I Hear “Mingling” II  0

For they provoked [Moses’] spirit, so that he spoke unadvisedly with his lips.
34 They did not destroy the [heathen] nations as the Lord commanded them,
35 But mingled themselves with the [idolatrous] nations and learned their ways and works
36 And served their idols, which were a snare to them.

Psalm 106:33-36 (AMP)

And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, and put incense on it, and offered strange and unholy fire before the Lord, as He had not commanded them.
2 And there came forth fire from before the Lord and killed them, and they died before the Lord.
3 Then Moses said to Aaron, This is what the Lord meant when He said, I [a][and My will, not their own] will be acknowledged as hallowed by those who come near Me, and before all the people I will be honored. And Aaron said nothing.

Leviticus 10:1-3 (AMP)

One of the major manifestations of mingling is modifying God’s Word/orders. It is not that we refuse outright, but we do it on our own terms – our time, our way, with whomever we choose. We try to please God our way instead of His.

It is a manifestation of pride to believe we are smarter than God and our plan is better than His, what arrogance! In Psalm 106, they disobeyed the Lord’s command to destroy the heathen nations, those nations in turn seduced them away from God.

In Leviticus 8, God instructed Moses to ordain Aaron and his sons into the priesthood, this ended with a 7-day retreat with the Lord. Chapter 9 ended on a high note with the glory of God appearing to the people and His fire consuming the sacrifice.

In the beginning of Leviticus 10, Nadab & Abihu (Aaron’s sons) offered strange, unholy, unauthorized fire before the Lord as He had not commanded them. Why? Were they trying to prove they were anointed too and didn’t have to wait for directives from their father, the High Priest? Were they looking for the praise of men? Did they want to ascribe God’s glory unto themselves? We really don’t know why they did this, but it was unacceptable to the Lord and His response was immediate.

“Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord meant when he said, ‘I will show myself holy among those who approach me, and I will be glorified before all the people.’” And Aaron was speechless” (Leviticus 10:3 TLB)

God is God, yes He is our Father, and yes He loves us but He is still God and deserves our utmost reverence and obedience. We are soldiers in His army, a good soldier does not rewrite his orders, but carries out the orders received from his commanding officer.

Jesus when He was on the earth said “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself [of His own accord], unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever things the Father does, the Son [in His turn] also does in the same way. (John 5:19 AMP)

Jesus is our example, we are to walk in His steps, since He fully obeyed the Father we must do no less.

I Hear “Mingling”  1

Behold [says the prophet, listen to the voice of] the cry of the daughter of my people [for help] because of those who dwell in a far country: Is not the Lord in Zion? Is not her King in her? [But the Lord answers] Why have they provoked Me to anger with their carved images and with foreign idols?

20 The harvest is past, the summer has ended and the gathering of fruit is over, yet we are not saved! [comes again the voice of the people.]

21 For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I [Jeremiah] hurt; I go around mourning; dismay has taken hold on me.

22 Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people restored? [Because Zion no longer enjoyed the presence of the Great Physician!]
Jeremiah 8:19-22 AMP

Verse 19 states “[But the Lord answers] Why have they provoked Me to anger with their carved images and with foreign idols?” God had given His people time and time again, opportunity to repent but they would not do so; therefore judgment had to fall.

Verse 20 states the opportunity of salvation from Babylon is past, the winter of judgment is here and we are not delivered.

Verse 22 indicates that Judah was past mercy; there was no remedy for the apostasy; so judgment had to come and that without fail.

The book of Jeremiah paints the portrait of a God Who reaches out time and time again to the backslider, He gives chance after chance for repentance until time runs out and judgment falls.

I hear mingling in my spirit. What does this mean?

Mingle
: to turn into a single mass or entity that is more or less the same throughout : to merge

Merge
: to cause (two or more things, such as two companies) to come together and become one thing : to join or unite (one thing) with another : to become joined or united : to change into or become part of something else in a very gradual way

One of the definitions of the word ‘merge,’ is “to change into or become part of something else in a very gradual way.” Herein lies the danger, the change is gradual not rapid hence is often undetected.

When we examine our lives, how have we mingled with the world? Which of its ways and customs have we imbibed?

Just Drops?  0

A friend sent the write-up Just Drops? to me yesterday, it really blessed me and I share it below together with some lessons I gleaned from it

Just Drops? – Author Unknown

Recently, when I was going to bed after using my bathroom, I started hearing a sound of drops of water from the tap in slow successions, but since it was dropping into an empty bucket, I decided to let it be.

But, alas! When I woke up the next morning, around 5am, the bucket was almost full! I was surprised that just drops even in such slow successions could produce that much. I couldn’t help it, ‘Just drops?!’ I questioned rhetorically.

But the following night, I made sure that the tap in my bathroom was locked completely and I checked the bucket and saw that it was empty, though wet. Then I went to sleep.

I guess you already know what I saw the next morning. The bucket was not wet as I had left it, but it was now dry!

Then I realized the importance of a drop and how much difference it can make in all ramifications of one’s life compared to a dry tap.

Imagine letting the drops be for a year, I would be scooping with drums at the end of the year!

So, how about that drop of savings?

How about a drop of reading useful books today and every day?

How about that drop of a verse of the scripture today and every day?

How about that drop of prayer today and every day?

How about that drop of a soul won for Christ today and every day?

How about a drop of worship today and every day?

How about a drop of step towards your God-given dream today and every day?

How about a drop of giving into your heavenly account?

What virtue and discipline will you start today in little drops?

Never neglect the importance of a drop, for when the harvest time comes, you would have made a big difference.”

 

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