Are You Listening or “INDEPENDENTLY” Gliding through Life?

Spending quiet time with God is a way of finding out what He is speaking into our life. Every word received from heaven is not meant for someone else. Some are direct revelations, so that we personally will know where to go, what to do, how to think and what to say. Through avenues, such as blog’s, podcasts, video’s, for example, we have been given a platform by which we are able to share; but, let’s also find ourselves, better yet, let me find myself hearing what God specifically has for me and not independently gliding through life. Lord, speak to me. I have an ear to hear and a heart to receive. Show me what You want me to learn through this journey. Change me first, O God, so that I may show others the way […]

God is speaking to all of us, all the time. The question is not, to whom does God talk? The question is, who listens?

NEALE DONALD WALSH, AUTHOR

Spending quiet time with God is a way of finding out what He is speaking into our life. Every word received from heaven is not meant for someone else. Some are direct revelations, so that we personally will know where to go, what to do, how to think and what to say.

Through avenues, such as blog’s, podcasts, video’s, for example, we have been given a platform by which we are able to share; but, let’s also find ourselves, better yet, let me find myself hearing what God specifically has for me and not independently gliding through life.

Lord, speak to me. I have an ear to hear and a heart to receive. Show me what You want me to learn through this journey. Change me first, O God, so that I may show others the way.

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Disconnected? Make Some Adjustments and Get Your Focus Back

Have you ever been in a room full of people, excitement happening all around you, laughter ensuing, joy appearing to be on everyone’s face, but yet, you feel so disconnected, possibly even lost? When this happens in my life, and it occasionally does, recognizing these unwanted guests of emotions, which show up uninvited, allows room for God’s healing to take place in those areas within my life. It allows for honest assessment of the adjustments that may still need to take place, so that I may continuously walk in the Victory that is already mine through Christ Jesus. How do I handle this? I separate myself for a bit, make some adjustments, and get my focus back […]

Have you ever been in a room full of people, excitement happening all around you, laughter ensuing, joy appearing to be on everyone’s face, but yet, you feel disconnected, possibly even lost?

When this happens in my life, which it occasionally does, recognizing these unwanted guests of emotions, which show up uninvited, allows room for God’s healing to take place in those areas within my life. It allows for honest assessment of the adjustments that may still need to take place, so that I may continuously walk in the Victory that is already mine through Christ Jesus.

How do I handle this? I separate myself for a bit, make some adjustments, and get my focus back.

Unfortunately, no matter how you or I may feel one day, the next day has the possibility of getting the better of us when we lose sight of who we are. It does not make you less of a Christian, as this is simply the way of life due to our sinful nature. When sin entered the world through Adam and Eve’s disobedience, it took away the perfect life on earth that God intended. This is why we must always keep heaven in our view, knowing that this life and its struggles are not here to stay.

From time-to-time, a short disconnect from the things that try to bring us down is necessary so that we are able to, without distraction and interruption, look to the One who can provide clarity and reassurance of who we are in Him. We must turn our attention to the One who comes to bridge the gap between our thoughts and emotions and learn to look to His truth about who we are. We must look to God’s Word and allow Him to do an identity check. We are to permit God to scan our heart and verify who He made us to be.

That may mean needing a quick refresher of sorts, within our memory banks, concerning the truth of God’s Word. Perhaps we must pick up that Bible and dust it off and do a little research to fill our souls with what actually is, versus looking through the filter of our emotions, which simply cannot be trusted.

I am God’s child. You are God’s child.

1 John 3:1a (NLT) says,
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!

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First Things First

(Intentional Prayer)
Pray the Scriptures: Lord, I have nothing to worry about and nothing to fear as long as I put things in the right order, by putting first things first. Jesus directly tells me what I am supposed to do. I am not to worry about everyday life—whether I have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and my body more than clothing? Everything is in Your great care and under Your mighty authority; therefore, these are things that I am able to entrust to You. These worries and cares of life I place them in Your hands […]

(Intentional Prayer)

Pray the Scriptures – My Prayer:

Lord, I have nothing to worry about and nothing to fear as long as I put things in the right order, by putting first things first. Jesus directly tells me what I am supposed to do. I am not to worry about everyday life—whether I have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and my body more than clothing? Everything is in Your great care and under Your mighty authority; therefore, these are things that I am able to entrust to You.

These worries and cares of life I place them in Your hands.

Lord, in lieu of concerning myself with what You have already prearranged, I will seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and You will give me everything I need.

Thank You Lord for order, and for allowing me to see myself and the area’s that You are telling me to hand over to You. The things that I cannot fix, I must give those back to You and let You do what only El Shaddai, God Almighty can do. My assignment is to seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness and all these things, the desires of my heart, will be given to me, according to Your will and faithfulness towards me.

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Right Where I Am

(Intentional Prayer)
Pray the Scriptures: Lord, in this maze called life, You have placed me, at the proper times, right where I needed to be. Every opportune moment that You have prepared for me will not be missed, because where I am, is where You want me to be. My unique destinations that have been ordained for me will lead me to where Your glory resides. My steps have been outlined at creation, by You, Elohim, God, Mighty Creator […]

(Intentional Prayer)

Pray the Scriptures – My Prayer:

Lord, in this maze called life, You have placed me, at the proper times, right where I needed to be. Every opportune moment that You have prepared for me will not be missed, because where I am, is where You want me to be. My unique destinations that have been ordained for me will lead me to where Your glory resides. My steps have been outlined at creation, by You, Elohim, God, Mighty Creator.

Lord, my God, You will greatly bless me in the land You are giving to me as a special possession. You have determined my territory, where I am able to share my faith in You. When I walk in obedience, Lord, I will receive this blessing if I will be careful to obey all the commands that You have given to me. 

This day and for the days to come, speak God, and I will hear Your voice. Give me an ear to hear and an obedient spirit to act upon Your Word.

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Yahweh Rophe: The Lord Who Heals

Today I would like us to journey alongside with Yahweh Rophe, The Lord Who Heals. Our God, the one and true living God, is Yahweh Rophe, The Lord Who Heals. When we think of healing, our minds tend to turn directly to physical healing. However, God cannot and should not be limited. Healing can come in many different forms. Yes, God does heal our bodies, not just here on earth while we are able to see the results first hand, but also He heals when someone is freed from their suffering and pain. It does not always come about according to our preferred plan, but God undeniably is a healer; He is Yahweh Rophe, The Lord Who Heals […]

Yahweh Rophe: The Lord Who Heals

INTRODUCTION

As we continue to deepen our relationship with God, it is imperative that we truly know who He is. We know that He is our everything, Yes, but I would like to invite you to go on a little journey with me. The goal is to end this exploration with a better understanding and knowledge of who God is, through the study of some of the names of God.

It is my continued endeavor to grow in my faith in God and who He is, day by day. It is in the simple knowledge of who God is that my trust in Him will increase.

Today I would like us to journey alongside with Yahweh Rophe, The Lord Who Heals.

DEVOTION

Our God, the one and true living God, is Yahweh Rophe, The Lord Who Heals. When we think of healing, our minds tend to turn directly to physical healing. However, God cannot and should not be limited. Healing can come in many different forms. Yes, God does heal our bodies, not just here on earth while we are able to see the results first hand, but also He heals when someone is freed from their suffering and pain. It does not always come about according to our preferred plan, but God undeniably is a healer; He is Yahweh Rophe, The Lord Who Heals.

But how about this? God sent His Son, Jesus, who came to save those who are lost, which at one point was each and every one of us; but, in His coming, Jesus also followed the plan of His Heavenly Father so that we might be made whole while we are here to do the Father’s will. This wholeness is not just for our physical bodies, but also for our souls, which consists of our will, our heart, and our emotions. He came to heal our minds and our broken hearts. He came to heal us from our disappointment and every discouraging moment that we have endured. He came to heal us from those things that try to keep us bound.

Christ came to heal EVERY sickness and disease.

A sickness and disease can be anything that Satan has attempted to overpower us with that is not in the will of God. Anything that clouds our understanding of who God is supposed to be in our lives, is something that we need to be healed from. Some things are visibly easy to recognize within ourselves or others. But some things are kept hidden; however, they can never be hidden from God. He sees all and knows all and has provided a way to heal all.

There is healing for our sin-filled natures.

I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.

ROMANS 7:21 NLT

That is why we need to know and call on Yahweh Rophe, The Lord Who Heals. He brings restoration and is the only One who can make us whole.

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Falling Apart

Things are just falling apart! Words we have all uttered, perhaps, or heard spoken by someone close to us. There are many times when parts of our lives should be condemned or demolished because they do not fall within the will and plan of God, but we continue to fight to hold on to what never should have been allowed in our lives in the first place. There are instances where it is possible that we need to stop trying to keep it all together and let the broken pieces fall. After that, we will be in a position to allow God to work through us to rebuild the shattered fragments […]

Things are just falling apart!

Words we have all uttered, perhaps, or heard spoken by someone close to us.

When things appear to be caving in around us, we tend to want to do something, anything to salvage what we deem important and necessary to us. Often, we do not even pray and ask questions like,

“God, are You trying to change something in my life? What are You trying to show me, Lord?”

There are many times when parts of our lives should be condemned or demolished because they do not fall within the will and plan of God, but we continue to fight to hold on to what never should have been allowed in our lives in the first place. There are instances where it is possible that we need to stop trying to keep it all together and let the broken pieces fall. After that, we will be in a position to allow God to work through us to rebuild the shattered fragments.

Let us take an excursion with Nehemiah for a bit.

Nehemiah 1:3-4 (NLT) says,
3 They said to me, “Things are not going well for those who returned to the province of Judah. They are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.” 4 When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven.

Nehemiah hears a discouraging report and turns to God in prayer.

Nehemiah learns that the wall of Jerusalem has been torn down and the gates have been destroyed by fire. When he was informed of this, he sat down and wept. In fact, for days, he mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven. He did not just go running in to the situation trying to resolve things on his own. He grieved over the chaos that had been allowed because of the sin and eventual exile of God’s people.

Nehemiah did what we should do when things have fallen apart. He sought the direction of God.

That needs to be my first response when I hear discouraging news. I must go to God in prayer.

The reason for the destruction of the wall was because of the Israelites continued disobedience. They were taken captive by the Babylonians and were in exile for 70 years. This happened during the time of the prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah was to bring God’s words to nations and kingdoms (“to build and to plant”). His work was to warn not only the Jews but all the nations of the world about God’s judgment for sin.

To make a long story short, God’s people would not take heed to the warnings that God spoke through Jeremiah. As a result, there were some things that the people had to go through. When we fail to take heed to the warnings that God sends our way through His Word, the Bible, or through messages or sermons we may hear or read, we are in for some tough times ahead.

But God! He promises restoration when we repent and turn back to Him.

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A Love Like This

(Intentional Prayer)
Pray the Scriptures: Lord, thank You for loving me with an everlasting love that draws me to You. With loving-kindness, You have brought me out of a sin-filled life in order to get me back to what You intended for me. Your great love would not allow me to stay in that horrible pit. Your grace and mercy located me and changed the direction of my life […]

(Intentional Prayer)

Pray the Scriptures – My Prayer:

Lord, thank You for loving me with an everlasting love that draws me to You. With loving-kindness, You have brought me out of a sin-filled life in order to get me back to what You intended for me. Your great love would not allow me to stay in that horrible pit. Your grace and mercy located me and changed the direction of my life. Thank You, El Shaddai, for being an Almighty, THE Almighty God.

God Almighty, You have been wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient with me, even during my times of impatience with You.

Yes, Lord, this means everything to me!

Thank You for never giving up on me. Thank You for wanting me to be delivered from my old nature so that I could become a new creation in You. Because I belong to Christ I have become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

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Great Reward

(Intentional Prayer)
Pray the Scriptures: Lord, I love You. I love you even though I have never seen you. Though I do not see you now, Lord, I trust You. I rejoice with glorious, inexpressible joy. I am excited about this, God, because Your Word tells me that the reward for trusting You will be the salvation of my soul. OH, WHAT GREAT REWARD!

(Intentional Prayer)

Pray the Scriptures – My Prayer:

Lord, I love You. I love you even though I have never seen you. Though I do not see you now, Lord, I trust You. I rejoice with glorious, inexpressible joy. I am excited about this, God, because Your Word tells me that the reward for trusting You will be the salvation of my soul.

OH, WHAT GREAT REWARD!

Even during the times when I may not feel joy in the incidents of my day, I can yet be joyful in having a personal relationship with the keeper of my soul. God, Your Word says that You, The Lord himself watches over me! You, Lord stand beside me as my protective shade. I sincerely want to thank You Lord because without Your watchful hand of protection, I would surely drown.

Thank You for teaching me how to keep my focus on You! I will not be overcome by the tests and trials of this life, because You have it all under control. For You are the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for You? No, of course not! In Your great power, all things are possible.

I BELIEVE!

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Just to Know Him

(Intentional Prayer)
Pray the Scriptures: Lord, as I come to You today with a spirit of thanksgiving, realizing the tremendous gifts that you have given to me, I want to take this opportunity to thank you that I am a part of the everyone, from the least to the greatest, who has the opportunity to know you for myself. Through the power of the resurrected Savior, Jesus Christ, I can boldly come to you. I can bring all of my issues, desires, wants, needs, and questions to You […]

(Intentional Prayer)

Pray the Scriptures – My Prayer:

Lord, as I come to You today with a spirit of thanksgiving, realizing the tremendous gifts that you have given to me, I want to take this opportunity to thank you that I am a part of the everyone, from the least to the greatest, who has the opportunity to know you for myself. Through the power of the resurrected Savior, Jesus Christ, I can boldly come to you. I can bring all of my issues, desires, wants, needs, and questions to You.

God, I realize that without You, I could do nothing. It is not of my own strength or intellect that I am able to move about in this world. God, I know you and understand that you are the Lord who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and you, oh Lord, delight in these things. Thank You Lord for always looking out for me and for ordering and directing my steps. In those times that I wanted to go my own way, thank You God for your unfailing love that intersected my will and brought me back to Your will.

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It’s In the Breaking

The process of being broken is utilized by God to mold us into the person that He wants us to be. We find in Isaiah 64:8 that He is the potter and we are the clay. It is by His great hand that we are changed into who He desires us to be, for His greater purpose and His glory.

Isaiah 64:8 (NLT) says,
And yet, O Lord, you are our Father.
   We are the clay, and you are the potter.
   We all are formed by your hand.

This process of being formed by the hand of God can often feel brutal. There is so much that we do not understand. We can feel so lost and confused. It can become unsettling and fear will attempt to sneak in to try to cause us to stop trusting in the process and in the God who is working it all together for good.

God, in his loving manner, works to bring about the good that He has for us. He kneads, breaks, caresses, and remolds to get us to the place that He has for us. You see, this Overwhelming Victory that is ours comes about through growth. Growth is often a painful experience, as when a young person is going through growth spurts. Sometimes their bodies ache. They don’t feel like themselves. There can be some pain involved, but it is so that they can continue to grow and mature into who they are destined to be.

God uses the circumstances that he arranges in our lives, His providential will, as well as our own detours off God’s original plan for us, to break us so that we can be rebuilt for His kingdom.

Jeremiah 18:6 (NLT) says,
“O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.

If I am going to continue to grow in the things of God and be able to be that living testimony for Him, then I need to cooperate and let God be God. I need Him to work out in me the things that are necessary to draw me closer to Him.

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Good Plans from God

(Intentional Prayer)
Pray the Scriptures: Lord, Your Word says in Jeremiah 29:11-13, that you know the plans that you have for me. Thank you Lord that I don’t have to figure things out for myself. God Your Word says that these plans that you have for me are to prosper me and not to harm me. These plans are to give me hope and a future […]

(Intentional Prayer)

Pray the Scriptures – My Prayer:

Lord, Your Word says in Jeremiah 29:11-13, that you know the plans that you have for me. Thank you Lord that I don’t have to figure things out for myself. God Your Word says that these plans that you have for me are to prosper me and not to harm me. These plans are to give me hope and a future.

Lord, I put all of my hope in you. I cannot make this journey without you. I must keep my eyes on Jesus, every step of the way. Then I can move forward with confidence knowing that Christ is leading the way to my Overwhelming Victory.

God, Your Word goes on to say that when I call on you and come and pray to You, that You will listen to me. When I seek you, I will find you as long as when I seek you I do it with all my heart. God, I give you my whole heart. I want to know you more and have the ability to apply this knowledge to my daily life. Help me to help those within my level of influence to draw closer to you.

As I pray these prayers of faith, Lord, I know that You are listening and that You hear every word. You care about me God.

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