30 Days of Prayer and Praise–7!

30 Days of Prayer and Praise–7!

Praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD who minister by night in the house of the LORD. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD. May the LORD bless you from Zion, he who is the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 134 NIV

Day Seven

Lord,

As You look upon us today and see our challenges, encourage our hearts O Lord, to keep looking to You, the Author and Finisher of our faith.

As we look to You for direction, feed us O Lord with wisdom from on high--wisdom only You can give and only those filled with Holy Spirit can discern and share with others.

Lord, we are Your children and we know You only give good gifts as any loving Father would do. When Your children are starving, You will not give us stones. When Your children are lost, You will not lead them down paths of destruction. When Your children desire wisdom, You will not give them foolishness. When Your children desire truth, You will not give them lies for we know how much You hate a liar.

Lord, we know and recognize all the attributes You have and when they are present in those who claim to love You.

You, O Lord are as transparent as clear glass and there is nothing hidden about You unless people have chosen to live in darkness and never acknowledge who You are.

You, O Lord are light that dispels the darkness and brings every hidden thing into the light for all to see.

You, O Lord are love and do nothing out of hatred and neither will You encourage Your children to hate.

You, O Lord are the God of peace, not chaos; stability and not unrest; unity and not divisiveness and those who love You, demonstrate who You are in like manner.

You, O Lord are our banner of strength and courage and You give us boldness to keep marching forward, doing all You put on our hearts to do no matter what the enemy does.

You, O Lord are the gift that keeps giving and never allows any of Your children to suffer from lack.

You, O Lord know our thoughts before we ever think them and You speak to our hearts to keep us on the path of righteousness.

You, O Lord have quickened our spirits to always stay in the battle–defending the rights of the poor and needy when they have no voice or strength to fight on their own.

You, O Lord remind us daily that You and You alone are God, You are the only One who has heaven and hell–prepared for those who obey or disobey.

You, O Lord have given us right examples in what our attitude should be in all situations, as Peter and other apostles realized in the face of certain death, “We must obey God rather than human beings.” (Acts 5:29 NIV)

Lord, we pray that everyone who has a heart for You, will remember that obedience to You is better than sacrifice and whatever You have promised when we obey, will be ours.

Lord, we thank You for searing the hearts of all who would attempt to deter and manipulate others from hearing You, out of greed for riches, status, and power. Show them their end if they refuse to hear You.

Lord, we thank You for giving most of us–an ear and heart to hear–both naturally and spiritually–all You are saying and for giving us a mind to please You and no one else.

For all You have done, are doing and will do in the lives of those who love You and obey, we give You praise and glory for You are the only one worthy of it.

Thank You for hearing and answering our prayers this day and always. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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30 Days of Prayer and Praise!

30 Days of Prayer and Praise!

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” Psalm 91 NIV

Day One!

I will be spending the next 30 days in prayer for the sake of our nation and all Americans who truly love The Lord and praising Him–for all I know He’s doing on our behalf–in spite of what appearances may cause us to think. The Lord loves those of us who are diligently serving and obeying Him in whatever capacity that is as He has directed us. I encourage any and all to join me for this dedicated 30 days of prayer and praise of our God! Every daily blog will start with a prayer based upon a Psalm and end with a praise to the Only Wise God!

The Lord is my refuge–the place where I know I am safe.

He is my fortress–with a relationship solidly constructed to protect me against the tricks of the enemy.

I am covered–with the blood of Jesus–the symbol of His love–against which nothing the enemy attempts  to do shall prosper or harm me.

Though I see the faith of some waver and falter in the midst of the storm, I will stand firm on His Word.

Nothing I see or hear shall deter me from serving My God–the creator of all that was ever created and without whom, nothing was created.

When I call upon Him, He shall hear and answer because He knows my love for Him is wider than the widest stretch of land, deeper than the deepest ocean, and my praise for all He has done and will do for those who love Him, rises higher than the highest mountain.

And because of His great love for all who cast all their cares upon Him, He will save us in our hour of need, rescue us from the plots of evil that many may plan, and cause our faith to soar like eagles–seeking higher ground–far away from those who would harm us.

Great is His faithfulness towards us–His Children--and we can have confidence in the knowledge that He will never leave us or forsake! Hallelujah! There is none like Him, no one else who can do what He does that we might know of His love! 

Thank You, Lord for Your love, grace and mercy that accompany us–all the days of our lives!

Vengefulness and Greed!

Vengefulness and Greed!

But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him. John 12:4-11 NIV

Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over. When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.” Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?” Jesus answered, “You have said so.” Matthew 26:14-16, 20, 21,25  NIV (Read all)

When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” “What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.” So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself. The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.” Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price set on him by the people of Israel, and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.” Matthew 27:3-6, 9, 11 NIV

Throughout the history of mankind, some have given into the urges that propel them because of jealousy, vengefulness and greed. This is the account of Judas Iscariot with whom most of us are familiar–his role in betraying Jesus and his demise, already prophesied before Jesus came.

In American History, we have our own Judas--Benedict Arnold–who betrayed America in 1780 by attempting to turn over West Point to the British for 25,000 pounds. Why? He was upset that Congress would not agree to pay him what he thought he was worth. He was not successful, and escaped to England, where though he served for the British, he was never counted a hero. He died from a disease caused by anxiety in 1801. His conscience probably ate him alive.

In the 21st Century, we have a president-elect who openly requested the Russians to hack into American email systems–though he declared it a joke, many are wondering. Considering his vengeful character–and the fact that he hated President Obama’s joking about him in 2011, was he joking? It would appear that his entire plan to become president is a joke since he’s too busy running around thanking people (and bribing them) for an election win that is suspect–for many.

On November 9, 2016–the first two people to congratulate him on his win were David Dukes (KKK) and Putin. The tweet from Dukes reminded him that the south helped him to win (with probable voter suppression). And now–he (PE), thinks the United States and Russia can get along, “famously.” Speculation has been made before about Russia’s involvement with the election results and Julian Assange has admitted he released hacked emails–intentionally on a timeline– to discredit Hillary.

And now, on December 10, 2016–the Intelligence Community is confirming Russia’s involvement and interference with America’s election. With all of the false news and propaganda (also tactics used by Benedict), gullible people believed the lies and promoted them–creating a hatred for Hillary Clinton she did not deserve. And before anyone asks–yes, I am biased in this situation because I hate lies and liars and abhor those who perpetuate destructive propaganda. It’s my nature to promote truth–whether people want to hear or not.

Reminder–PE said, when questioned about a donation to a Florida official, that he gives money to officials to get what he wants. So, is there any reason for us to refute the possibility that he bribed officials during this election to get what he wants? Syllogistically speaking, this is how it would work.

If a man says he will pay off public officials to get what he wants,

                 And said man wants to be president and eventually, wins an election,

                 Then said man, paid off public officials to get what he wanted.

While there will be those who are loyal to a fault to this PE–some may actually begin to stop and think–reflecting upon events of the past few months and put two and two together for themselves and realize–we have a traitor headed for the White House. And when they realize the role of the “chief priests and elders” (modern day church leaders), they will realize how some were willing to sell their souls in order to promote their agenda. I pray their collective consciences will eat them alive and they will repent before their congregations–openly–admitting the falsehoods promoting.

I’m also praying that our Electoral College is paying attention to all the unfolding events and will adjust their plans for voting–so that the true winner–who had no help from an interfering foreign actor will be given the votes she rightfully deserves. As for the PE, I have no idea if he even has a conscience, but I pray it won’t lead him to hanging himself, but he will be alive and well–reminded forever of his role in history in mocking our democratic process with a  heart of vengeance and greed propelling him.

Lord, we need Your help and guidance right now before the enemy can cause any further damage to our nation.