Monday, April 29, 2013

His Divine Power

Standing in the kitchen overwhelmed I thought to myself, "I can't do this.  I don't have what it takes to be a wife, a Mom of three boys, a Pastor's wife, a home schooling teacher, a chef and a maid..."

Immediately the Holy Spirit reminded me of 2 Peter 1:3, "According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue"

The Holy Spirit so sweetly spoke to my heart to remind me that I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13).  He reminded me that His Power has given me all I need to live life...and not just life but a godly life.

This power of God is given to us through knowledge of Him.  "A living participation in the truth".  Accessing the Word of God and the promises of God and applying them to our lives.

How do we obtain the knowledge of God?  By reading the Bible, memorizing Scripture, going to church, reading books to help us understand the Bible.

2 Peter 1:4 says, "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."

We partake of the divine nature through His precious promises.  When we say, "I can't." God says, "You can."  When we say, "I'm alone."  God says, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."

2 Corinthians 3:18, " But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord."
   
Access God's power this week through clinging to His precious promises.  Say them out loud.  Faith comes by hearing, hearing the Word of God.   

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Armor of God

The armor of God is found in Ephesians 6:10-18. 
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Wiles is defined as a systematic, methodical plan.  The devil has a systematic, methodical plan to destroy your life.  Don't be scared, be sober.  God gave us what we need to wage this unseen war.  The devil appears as an angel of light to lie, deceive and entice us.

1 Peter 5:8 says, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour"

Job 1:7 says, "And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and."  

But we are given armor to protect us.  We don't have to be devoured.  We can stand and fight.

2 Corinthians 6:7 says, "By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left" 

2 Corinthians 10:4, "(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
 
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;

A lot of the battle takes place in the mind.  Catch your thought and cast it out if it is not TRUE and replace it with TRUTH.

Eph. 6:12, 13, 14
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Remember that your fight is not with your spouse, your child, your coworker or your friend....it is with the unseen enemy.
 
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

The breastplate of righteousness will guard your heart.

Proverbs 4:23, "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life".

Eph. 6:15, "And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace"

"How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace"

Ephesians 6:16, "Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked."

1 John 5:4 says, "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith."

Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God.  The armor all works together and is centered around truth.

Ephesians 6:17, "And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:"

The more of the Bible you know and memorize the easier it is to recall Scripture to fight off the devil.

Hebrews 4:12 "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." 

Ephesians 6:18, "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints"

We must pray for each other.  We are all in a battle.  When you are strong, others may be weak and need your prayers.  When you are weak you will need the prayers of others.  Persevere.  Fight the good fight of faith.  The Victory is won! 

  

 
 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Worship and Intercession

"Worship and intercession must go together.  One is impossible without the other."  (My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers)  

Worship is defined as worthiness, respect, reverence to God, extravagant respect or admiration or devotion, the expression of such reverence, to idolize.

It's easy to see what people idolize because they express it.  They hang it on their wall, buy it, wear it, talk about it, drive it, clean it, etc.  What do you idolize?  What would other people say you idolize?  How much do you idolize Jesus?  How do you outwardly express your worship to Jesus?  Do you sing, dance, smile, meditate, lift holy hands?

Intercession is defined as prayer, petition, mediation.  Oswald Chambers defines it as "raising ourselves up to the point of getting the mind of Christ regarding the person for whom we're praying."  Philippians 2:5 says, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus."  When we worship God, it gets our mind on God and we can pray with the right perspective.

1 Corinthians 14:15 says, "What is it then?  I will pray with the spirit, and will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also"

Isaiah 59:16 asks the question, "Where are the intercessors?"  Let us become the intercessors!  Ephesians 6:18 says, "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints..."

Has there ever been a time in your life when you felt called to intercede for a specific person?  How did you respond to that call to prayer?  Sometimes I say yes to God and pray....but other times I say yes to sleep or I get distracted with other things.  We need each others prayers.  Sometimes maybe you don't pray because you don't know how.  

One way to intercede is to pray Scripture.  Read the following verses out loud as a prayer for someone.  Ephesians 3:14-21 and Colossians 1:9-14.  It is powerful!!

Another way to intercede is to use lists.  List your family members and friends and their prayer requests.

Psalm 55:17 says, "Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud:and he shall hear my voice."

We should intercede because Christ set us an example.  Read Romans 8:34, 8:27 and Hebrews 7:25.

Intercession is so important that Christ ever lives to intercede for us.  Make it your goal to have a daily time of worship and prayer, even if its just for a few minutes.  The devil will try to distract you and discourage you because he knows prayer is powerful.  Remain steadfast and you will see changes, answered prayers and increased faith and intimacy with Christ.

Monday, April 1, 2013

What does God want you to do?

Our goal for this year is to be intentional about discipleship.  So, I started a ladies bible study at the house.  Who are you going to disciple? (2 Timothy 2:2).  Who is discipling you?  There's always someone who knows more than you and someone who knows less than you!  Jesus said, "Go and make disciples of all nations.."  Jesus had disciples, who had disciples...

We must be a disciple of God's Word.  We are ALL to read His Word.  Some are preachers, some are teachers, but we all have a spiritual gift and a purpose.  If you don't know what your motivational gift is, do a Bible Study on it (ask me for this study if you need it).  Chip Ingram has great teachings on motivational gifts also.  What do you think your gift is? 

Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17.  God's Word is so good and useful for so many different things like this verse states.  It teaches us doctrine.  If I read my Bible to learn doctrine then I can more effectively lead people to Christ and answer their questions.  It is used for reproof, meaning "to find fault".  His Word shows us our sins.  And then it corrects us.  This has happened in my life numerous times!  The Bible gives us instructions in righteousness.  The BIBLE acronym stands for "Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth".  The Bible tells us how to live!  How awesome is that!  I need this:)  Some examples of this are Ephesians 4:32, "Be kind.." and Ephesians 5, "walk in love."  Etc.
The Bible does all this so we will be "perfect and thoroughly furnished unto good works..."

A house with no furniture in it can't do a whole lotta good.  You can't have someone over to sit down and eat because there is no table or chair.  We are the temple of God and God desires that we are furnished spiritually to serve others in the ministry that He he has called us to do. 

God's Word will teach you so you will be equipped to do good works...to do what He has called you to do.  Read Ephesians 2:10.  However, you must be in tune with Him and be reading His Word faithfully to hear His sweet voice speak to you.  Jesus has so much to tell you, don't miss out.

Do you know what God wants you to do?  Has He told you?  What do you think you are created for?  Are you doing it?  Read Ephesians 4:1-16.