Holding Victory

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“He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,” Proverbs 2:7 NIV

There have been times in ministry that I knew something was off. I knew that it was time to pull back and sit with God. Refocus. Recalibrate. Restore, Refresh. Renew. During those times the outpouring of God’s love has been immense.  Truly an incredible comfort.  I love how He reads my heart.  He knows just how to touch it for healing, restoration, and transformation.  What a Mighty God!

As I was meditating on this scripture during one of those respites, I noticed that my prayers had become weak.  I was not coming directly to God with my requests.  They had become passive.  As I started to visualize Him as my shield with a face set like flint in pursuit of victory on my behalf, it made me more bold.  My prayer shifted.  I began to ask for what I wanted very specifically:

Father give me Your eyes to see all things. Give me Your ears to hear.  And give me Your heart to love in all things so that I may be a demonstration of Your love and glory on this earth.  Father You promise me that You hold victory in store for the upright and that You are a shield for the blameless.  I claim that promise.  I declare and decree that promise in Jesus Name, Amen.

1 Corinthians 1:19, 1 Corinthians 1:30, Colossians 2:2-3, Psalm 16:11

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Go Boldly

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”  2 Timothy 1:7

I can’t help it.  “Go Boldly” sends me into StarTrek references. As I walk in faith, there are days that I do feel like I am in uncharted territories. I really have to work at quieting my own voice so that I can hear God’s.  Instead of rushing ahead I have to be quiet and wait.  Sometimes that is a bold move.  Sometimes being obedient is a bold move.  Sometimes standing firm is a bold move.  Sometimes letting go of all that you know that is familiar to you is a bold move.  Sometimes loving and forgiving is a bold move.  Boldness in faith takes on a different look and feel.  It is not brash or self-serving.  Regardless, it is still boldly going where I may not have gone before!

Father, keep me wrapped in righteousness and help me be bold as a lion. No holding anything back from you!

I Corinthians 13, Ephesians 3:17-18, Proverbs 28:1

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Requests Of The Heart

“Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.” 1 Chronicles 4:10 NIV

Jabez was trustworthy in the eyes of the Lord.  He knew God’s ways. He knew to rely on God to transform his circumstances so that God would be glorified.  And God did. I had to ask myself, am I trustworthy of God’s blessings?  If we tune into God’s Word and His voice, He will teach us.  God will teach us to walk with Him, dance with Him and wait for Him.  He will teach us to pray and watch for Him.  We will learn to wait for Him.  As our hearts become molded into His, we will find favor.  As we honor His heart, He will honor ours.  Two hearts operating as one.  No worry, no pity, no pride or grumbling.  Just work, prayer, humility and gratitude. Gratitude for His faithfulness to meet our every need. He grants our requests.

Father God, I want to learn to walk with You, dance with You and wait for You.  Help me learn to ask You for all things and be trustworthy to receive.

Exodus 33:13, Psalm 20:4, 37:4; Philippians 4:5-7

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How God Reigns

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“1 The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty; the Lord is robed, He has girded Himself with strength and power; the world also is established, that it cannot be moved.Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting.The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up the roaring of their waves. The Lord on high is mightier and more glorious than the noise of many waters, yes, than the mighty breakers and waves of the sea. Your testimonies are very sure; holiness [apparent in separation from sin, with simple trust and hearty obedience] is becoming to Your house, O Lord, forever.” Psalm 93 AMP

As I read this scripture today, I could imagine the Hallelujah chorus playing and bursting into the part that says “The Lord God Omnipotent reigneth!” These words are so powerful!  I loved all the ways this passage describes how God reigns:  gloriously, powerfully, eternally, triumphantly and in truth and holiness.  It reminded me that if God is with us, who can come against us? His love endures forever!

Dearest Father, thank you for Your enduring love! Thank you for the infinite characteristics of Your omnipotent care.

Romans 8:31, Psalm 107:1, 118:1, 136

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Speculation

Speculation

“We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,” 2 Corinthians 10:5 NASB

Sometimes our minds can get the best of us.  When I am struggling with my own reasoning and logic, I look at Paul.  Paul was an incredible figure in the New Testament. He was well educated and very versed in the scripture.  Acts chapters 21-30 are full of his adventures.  Here is what resonates with me about him:  First of all, he demonstrated superhuman faith.  Faith like his broke bondage in the natural world as well as the spiritual.  Imagine a prison break designed by God through praise and worship!

Second, he knew the voice of God and was obedient.  No questions asked.  He knew how to take every thought captive and step into obedience.  Even when everything around him screamed differently, he maintained his faith.  In prison. On a ship in stormy seas. In the face of angry spiritual leaders.  In front of high-ranking political authorities. He had a story to tell and he stayed true and obedient to it…No matter what things looked like.

God, give me supernatural faith to move large obstacles to glorify You.

Philippians 4:4-6, Job 6:24, 2 Timothy 2:25-26

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Laugh At Days To Come

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She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. Proverbs 31:25 NIV

As I read this, it conjures up a picture of a super hero.  But no! It’s a Proverbs 31 woman. This woman is a dynamo.  She’s up early. She is a savvy business woman and manages the best of care for her family.  I aspire to be like the Proverbs 31 woman.

This is an aspect of her that I have not thought much about.  In strength and dignity, she can LAUGH at the days to come.  Ha! Ha! Ha!

In order to laugh, there are a few things that she cannot be burdened with: worry, fear, doubt, confusion, anxiety, stress, uncertainty, gossip, comparison, insecurity.  And I’m sure there are more.

This lighter burden and purified heart unleash this confident strength and dignity. It is confidence in a power much greater than herself. With that, she can laugh at days to come…

Lord, deposit laughter and joy deep into my heart!

Proverbs 17:22, Matthew 11:28-30, Matthew 12:13-14, 2 Corinthians 13:5

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Run!

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“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, Godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” 1 Timothy 6:11 NIV

Flee: To run away, as from danger or pursuers; take flight. To move swiftly; fly; speed.

Pursue: To follow in order to overtake, capture, kill; chase. To strive to gain; seek to gain or accomplish.

As I looked at these definitions, a comic strip started to form in my mind.  It looked a little like the old Tom and Jerry cartoons.  The pursuit was always heated!

So I picture Timothy fleeing from “all this.” What is my “all this”? What should I be fleeing from? A few years ago for me, it was a rat race in a dog-eat-dog environment. Today, it is letting go of circumstances and not permitting them to govern me. It occurs to me that growth always involves leaving something behind.  It might be an old pattern or perception. It might be something more material.

But it always requires that we pursue — chase, overtake, capture —  a different direction in some way. Grabbing hold of something new. A new learning. A new habit. A new life.

It is not possible to flee the “all this” and carry a lot of baggage in our new pursuit. It involves making choices; traveling light. The lighter yoke that only Jesus Christ can give us.

Lord, help me leave my “all this” behind to pursue righteousness, Godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

Acts 17:28, Colossians 2:6-7

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