It’s Me O Lord!

“It’s me, it’s me, it’s me O Lord, standing in the need of prayer.”

This song, learned many years ago, rose in my spirit this morning and it gave me pause to think. I spend a great deal of time praying for others–for situations–in their lives and on personal and global levels. When I started singing this song (in my spirit), I realized that I need prayer, too. So, if you feel the same way I do, this post is dedicated to you, too.

Father, in the name of Jesus,

I wake up each morning with gratitude, thanking You for all You have done.

I study Your Word and listen carefully to hear You speak, before I write one word

To be published, in an effort to teach, share and encourage.

I make sure that others know that I’m praying with and for them,

On a daily basis, and never ignore a request for prayer when I see it.

But Lord, sometimes the burden gets so heavy, that I become weak

In my spirit and know that I have to rely upon You to get through a day,

I count on You at every turn to give me the right words to say,

That will warn, remind, teach, encourage and point others Your Way.

Now, not knowing which way to turn for myself, I look to You to show,

Me how not to become so drained that I forget I must get refueled to know

That I can continue upon this path, into Your Word, and sharing You

Without caving to public opinion and political correctness or even thinking

About how others may interpret or misinterpret what is said, but as I lay

In my bed, pouring my soul out to You, I must know that what I do, matters,

If only to You. So, Lord this day, with Your permission, I take leave to fuel

My soul and put myself in position to hear You clearly without the noise of chatter

From people who do not understand that You are God and not a man

That should lie or keep us in the dark, not knowing what to do,

When in reality, all we have we can count on, is You.

Hear my prayer O Lord, give me strength to stay in the fight against

Injustice, Bigotry, Hate and Sin and with You on my side, I know, We win!

Thank You for listening to my heart, with these words before I depart–Amen!

What The Lord Requires!

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”(Micah 6:8 NIV).

Whenever God is getting ready to do something extraordinary, He finds those who are willing to hear Him and speak what He says. Through the prophets of old and those who “speak” as God speaks to them now, He never does anything without giving us fair warning. The problem is–like those of old who went into captivity–we choose not to hear those God is using to warn us and when calamity hits–we blame God.

Listen to the prophet Micah! God has shown us what is good and acceptable in His sight–those things that we mere mortals can do and what we receive from obedience. What does the Lord require of us? To act justly–without bias due to disagreement, to love mercy–willing to forgive those who have violated a trust or committed a wrong against us, and to walk humbly before God–not thinking we are better than any other human being.

Are we listening? Do we understand what the Lord requires? Based upon my observations–especially on social medias–we have not heard, we are not listening, and we are certainly not doing what the Lord requires. There is such hatred spread in cyberspace for those with whom people disagree–by those who claim to be Christians. The fact that they can hate so openly, exposes them for the liars they are and who their daddy is–Satan. Where is the justice we show to those who disagree with us? Our opinions of them are biased and we allow that bias to grow into disdain and hate. The very words we write and the “cartoons” we use to depict our growing disdain reveals our true inner selves. Where is the mercy? There is little displayed towards those in elected positions–the leaders in authority. Were we not told to pray for those in authority so we might live a peaceful life? Obviously, we are not praying for those in authority because we’re spending too much time, denigrating those in authority–unable to mask the hatred that dwells within in our hearts.

Then we dare to attempt to think ourselves better than others–claiming the name of Jesus, but actually demoralizing who Jesus is with our behavior. Jesus commanded us to “love one another” as He loves us. We cannot love someone and spew hate about them at the same time. Doing so makes us hypocritical and a liar. We cannot serve God and Satan at the same time–we either magnify and honor one or the other with our deeds, but we cannot honor both.

Micah and the rest of the prophets had a great deal to say–warning the people of impending disaster, but people didn’t listen then and they are certainly not listening now. When God was silent for over 400 years, the people were miserable–because they chose not to heed those speaking–and refused to change their behavior.

God is yet warning, yet requiring us to act with justice, mercy and humility. Are we hearing Him? Will we ever do what He says in order to see what He has promised us as a nation or will we just complain and undermine the authority of leaders by promoting hatred? God help us all!

Father, in the name of Jesus, we pray for leadership all over the world. We ask You to speak to their hearts, giving them a word of wisdom and direction so all may live in peace and honor You. Fill them with love overflowing and stop the mouths of those who promote hatred against them. Lord, Your will be done in the lives of all–preparing us to reap what we have sown in the earth. Forgive us for our foolish and rebellious attitudes and help us to see You in Your glory so all we do, magnifies You and not us. Thank You for giving us chance after chance to get it right. Amen!

Wipe-Out!

“I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud, And your sins like a heavy mist. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.”Shout for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has done it!  Shout joyfully, you lower parts of the earth;  Break forth into a shout of joy, you mountains,  O forest, and every tree in it; For the LORD has redeemed Jacob  And in Israel He shows forth His glory.” (Isaiah 44:22-24 NASB)

We have been redeemed–our sins wiped-out–(when we repent)–our broken connection with God restored with the work on the cross by Christ Jesus! God has shown His unfailing, enduring love for us in all that He has done for us. What are we doing to show Him our love for Him?

We must forgive as we have been forgiven. We must love as we have been loved. We are not loved because we are so perfect, but because of our imperfections and need of a Savior.

As the Lord has wiped out those things we have done–we have to wipe-out those things that others have done to us--forgive and move on, understanding that all of us are in need of improvement and restoration so we learn to please God, not man.

All of the heavens and earth understand the move of God in our lives to restore us to a right relationship with Him. Why are we waiting? Our Redeemer lives and has wiped out our transgressions with one swoop of humility on the cross–that’s love and we should receive it and enjoy the everlasting love of God and do all we can to bring others into the knowledge of God so they too–can be restored.

Lord Jesus, help us to see beyond the faults of others just as You saw beyond our faults, loved us any way, and wiped out our sins, bringing us back into right relationship with the Father.

No Need To Fear!

“Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life” (Isaiah 43:4 NIV).

The promise of God spoken through Isaiah–those who have been redeemed (purchased by the blood of Jesus) have no need to fear anything that appears to be devastating on the earth. God will save us in the midst of the turmoil and chaos. He will gather our children to a safe place where they will not be harmed.

When we learn to receive the Word of God into our hearts as a word spoken directly to us–we know we do not need to fear the events unfolding in the society in which we live. All things that are coming to the forefront were foretold in the past so we would have hope and have no need to be fearful. What God has accomplished in the past, He will continue to do now and in the future. If we teach our children to have reverence for The Lord and obey His Word, we have no need to fear for their futures. If we encourage all we know to come and partake of the Living Water–we get them into a secure place where they will not be harmed.

God is saying right now–though it appears that many have forsaken Him, He has yet numbered those who truly love Him and He calls us “precious in His sight” and because He loves us–He will protect us from the insolence and stupidity that seems to reign in our land.

“Call on The Lord” with a heart to hear and respond to Him and see if He will not save. For He has said, “who ever calls upon His name shall be saved.” But those who call upon Him, in mockery and insincerity will have to deal the consequences and they have every reason to fear the calamities that will come upon them.

Because of our obedience to Him, God is willing to exchange nations for us. In other words, He will remove us from those who are doomed in order for us to be saved.

O God–help us to see You in all Your glory and praise You for being such an awesome God that You are not willing for any to perish, but for all to have safe passage into Your kingdom. Help us to magnify who You are by our conduct before others so they too shall receive the benefits of Your love. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen!

Are You a Peculiar Person?

“Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:14).

In light of specific, recent events perpetuated by those who proclaim they were called to preach the Gospel, this passage of scripture brings to mind exactly who it is that made the ultimate sacrifice for us.  Unfortunately, those who promote and support sin because they’re either afraid to lose members of their congregation, or are fearful of not being politically correct or even tempted to justify their own behavior simply make a mockery of the blood shed for our redemption (bringing us back into right relationship with God).

Jesus hung on the cross because He loves us.  We are redeemed from purposely and deliberately being enslaved to sin by the blood He shed for us.  Once we repent of sin, He has the cleansing power to keep us, when we turn away from all things that keep us from receiving His best in our lives.  We are supposed to be “different” from the myriad groups of people who profess being Christians or believers, but there is no evidence of such.  We are supposed to be dedicated to doing good works, but many are slothful, deceitful, and liars–revealing who it is who influences their behavior.

God intends for us to be more concerned with pleasing Him, than pleasing people.  Some have forgotten that.  Some have made a mockery of the Gospel of Jesus Christ because they are more interested in promoting self than Jesus. Some are lying about biblical truths and promoting the lies the enemy has instilled in them. Some are just too fearful to go against the ever-swelling tide of people who have believed a lie and they would rather go along, to get along.

Peculiar people, called of God, will stand firm on the truth of God’s Word.  We will not back down and perpetuate a lie to please people.  Perhaps, this is why God has said there will only be a remnant saved–a few who have not bowed to societal pressure to accept lies as truth and truth as a lie. Where do you stand? Are you peculiar enough to take a stand for truth or will you fold and capitulate to the cries of the crowd–promoting, supporting, and participating in sin?  Remember the one who capitulated to the crowds’ cries to “crucify him” rather than stand for justice.

It is time for those of us who know the Truth to stand up and say so–pleasing God, not man or this rebellious society who will soon cease to exist. Over the next few days, I am promoting and encouraging those who do understand what The Word has said and its intent, to proclaim it, loud and clearly.  If I stand alone, I stand alone–knowing this one thing–God will be pleased with my effort, whether people attempt to refute it or not.

 

God, give us all strength to be the peculiar people You desire to use for Your glory and not our own.  Open hearts and minds to receive truth and refute lies that do not align with Your Word and give us the courage to withstand all the enemy attempts to throw our way. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!