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Daily Prayer for September 30

Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33, NIV

Dear Father in heaven, in the world we are full of fear; in you we have peace. We pray that your Spirit may give us the joy of your heavenly kingdom and the strength to live in your service. Remember those who suffer pain, who still have to walk paths of fear and distress. Grant them help, to the glory of your name. May we be united in hope and in expectation of what you will give through your great goodness and faithfulness. Amen.

 

TODAY’S DAILY DIG

pickle spiceGod is not a God we’re unable to find. That is what is most amazing. God became man and walked along human highways in order to encounter people. In Christ we find God’s justification. Christ is the God who pardons, the God who justifies. Christ is the God who has come not to condemn but to forgive (John 3:17). Christ is the shepherd who goes out in search of the lost sheep so that they come and join in the joy of his flock of the justified, from which no one is excluded. With what longing he said, “I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold, and they must be brought in” (John 10:16).

Source: The Scandal of Redemption

 

 

Prayer: I Have Rights In God’s Kingdom

Today, Lord, is my day, and I declare that I have rights in God’s Kingdom! It is the day that You have made and I will rejoice and be glad in it.

Thank You, Heavenly Father, for the rights I have as a child, born into Your Kingdom. I seek Your face as I live from day to day to worship, praise and honor You, in my thoughts, words and deeds.

Psalms 91:1-2 – He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord , “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

 

The fruit of Your Word

Almighty God, it is my prayer that the fruit of Your Word be planted and rooted deep within my heart. As I walk with You, Lord, I pray that the legal rights given to me will be manifested.

Health, success, prosperity, peace, happiness and joy are just some of those rights that You have granted through the blood of Your precious Son, Jesus Christ. May the promises of Your Word bring me to the place of glory in Your Kingdom and bring out the best in me.

Isaiah 40:28-31 – Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall.

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

 

I have Rights!

When the devil comes in like a flood, Abba Father, the Spirit of God will lift up a standard against him and I will stand and declare that as a child of the One, True, Living God, I have rights in Your Kingdom!

As I soak in Your presence Lord, saturate my life with Your provision. Crown me with Your loving kindness and tender mercies.

Help me to focus my attention solely on You Father. May I wait patiently for You and be of good courage so You will keep me in perfect peace.

I will be justified by the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart. These mercies I pray, in the beautiful and matchless name of Jesus Christ…SO BE IT…Amen and Amen!

Matthew 6:33-34 – But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

 

 

 

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In a culture focused on “being productive” and “getting things done,” the idea of doing nothing is not one that is particularly supported. “Don’t just sit there. Do something,” is somewhat of a cultural mantra.
On the contrary, it was only after I learned how to do nothing that an unimaginable world opened to me. Through the practice of meditation and quiet, inward listening, I discovered the very treasures that had alluded me with all my busy doings.
It was only after I took off my bull horns that I wore as I ran headlong from one goal to another that I found a real and satisfying direction. Each goal that I pursued up to that point invariably ended up feeling like sand in my hand at some point. Finally, I began to see a pattern so when yet more hopes were dashed that I might find some sense of fulfillment and satisfaction, I decided that because I had repeatedly found myself in this same position, I had no reason to believe that pursuing yet another goal would end differently. I did not know another way and had no clue what to do next–not a comfortable place to be. I concluded that since I didn’t know what to do (apart from continuing to do what I had been doing for years to no avail) the best thing might be to do nothing. This decision changed my life.
Doing nothing in our culture isn’t exactly celebrated. Culture: “Hey Jane! Great to see you! So what have you been doing?” Me: “Nothing.” Culture: “Gasp!” It’s not exactly good party conversation.
I’m in another place where “doing nothing” seems the wisest course (and avoiding party conversation). From this “doing nothing” place, I find that I begin to recharge, empty out, and provide a space for the seeds of new ideas and a new direction to be planted. It’s never what I would call a comfortable place to be but the alternative to me is far less comfortable–just doing for the sake of doing.
So here I sit. Still carrying out daily responsibilities but with a new a new mantra, “Don’t just do something. Sit there.”

Verse of the Day

Inspirational illustration of Philippians 1:9-10

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

I don’t know about you, but my most difficult decisions are not about choosing between good and bad. I usually know what is good and what is bad, especially when bad involves evil. My toughest choices are when I have to choose between good, better, and best. My love for God usually overcomes my weakness and I choose good over bad. But unless I’ve placed myself before God’s word and surrendered my heart to him in prayer, I have a very tough time choosing between good and best. Yet I’m convinced that much of what God would love to do through us today goes lacking because we’ve settled for good when he longs to lead us to best!

My Prayer…

Gracious and Almighty God, teach me your ways and give me your heart as I strive to not only love you, but to know your will and have insight into your ways. Help me to know the best things to do today and use my time in the best way possible to live out your will in my work, with my family, among my friends, and especially before those who do not know Christ as their Savior. In the name of Jesus Christ, my Savior and Lord I pray. Amen.

 

 

 

 

What Jesus Did! ‘Jesus’ Gift of Peace’

[Jesus said,] “I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am.”

Key Thought

The Holy Spirit, our Comforter and Counselor, will bring us peace. This peace is not an absence of difficulties, an end to all strife, or the cessation of all disagreements. We know that those problems will not disappear in our fallen world as we know it now. However, the gift of God’s presence, the gift of Jesus’ guidance, and the blessing of the Holy Spirit mean that we can have peace in our storms, struggles, and fallen world. God is present within us to guide, strengthen, comfort, lead, inspire, motivate, bless, and … We are not alone as we face every challenge of life because God is not only with us, but he is within us! Jesus’ return to heaven is not a loss of peace or his abandonment of us. It is his going away so that he can send us the gift of the Holy Spirit, who brings us God’s peace.

Today’s Prayer

Holy God, give me a deeper appreciation of your abiding presence within me. Lead me by your Spirit to know you more completely. Inspire me by your Spirit to do your work more joyously. Enlighten me by your Spirit to make better decisions each day. Thank you, Jesus, for sending the Holy Spirit to me as your gift of grace, presence, and peace. I pray in your name, dear Savior. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

Passion for Praise: ‘The Earth Trembles’

Illustration of Psalm 104:24, 32 — O LORD, what a variety of things you have made! In wisdom you have made them all. ... The earth trembles at his glance; the mountains smoke at his touch.

 

Spiritual Warfare: ‘God Watches Over and Rescues His People’

God’s Power for Our Battles

But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. He rescues them from death and keeps them alive in times of famineWe put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.

Today’s Prayer

Lord, I love You, and I also fear You. Your great power is amazing and overwhelming, and although I am growing more each day as I learn to grow my love and shrink my fear, I will always be in awe of Your greatness. I confess that part of why I first became a Christian is because I didn’t want You to send me to hell, Lord, and I know You could. Thank You for rescuing me from Satan’s darkness and bringing me into the glorious realm of Your Son. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

A Year with Jesus: ‘Navigating Political Minefields’

Note from Jesus

Dear Precious One,

Each of My disciples is precious to Me. I hate for any of them to have to go through unfair trials and difficulties. Unfortunately, the world in which My disciples live is filled with all sorts of twisted people. These people abuse politics and laws to suit themselves. They try to extort money from the innocent. They make decisions to curry favor rather than to deliver justice.

I remind you that My trial was an awful miscarriage of justice. My execution was government-sponsored murder. The whole situation was politically motivated and not based on truth.

My few believers in influential Jewish circles feared reprisal for their faith, so they remained silent in the face of all the abuses of the law and justice. Notice this fear of rejection among the Jews during the last week before My crucifixion:

Despite all the signs He [Jesus the Anointed] performed, they [the people in the crowd] still did not believe in Him. … Yet many leaders secretly believed in Him but would not declare their faith because the Pharisees continued their threats to expel all His followers from the synagogue; here’s why: they loved to please men more than they desired to glorify God.
(John 12:37John 12:42-43)

Without anyone to insist on a fair trial, the Jewish leaders tried me illegally. They seized Me at night having paid Judas to betray Me. The trial was held at night away from the people. The testimony used against Me was untrue and provided by false witnesses. When the Sanhedrin pronounced Me guilty, they sent Me to Pilate (Matthew 26:47-67Matthew 27:1-2).

Pilate recognized almost immediately that I was innocent, yet tried to gain political leverage by having Me go before Herod. I was pronounced innocent by Pilate, but he appeased the crowd by releasing a hardened criminal named Barabbas rather than releasing Me. Pilate then had Me scourged trying to calm the crowd. When this appeasement didn’t work, Pilate handed Me over to be crucified (Matthew 27:11-26).

So yes, precious disciple, I experienced injustice — a total miscarriage of justice. When under trial, I do want you to remain a person of holy character. I also want you to look for an opportunity to share My good news with influential people even when being treated unjustly. However, I don’t want you to suffer unjustly if you can legally prevent this unfairness from happening.

One of the many reasons that Paul was effective as My apostle to the Gentiles was that he was a Roman citizen. This citizenship gave Paul specific rights that protected him many times during his life of ministry. I want you to notice in the verses below that Paul exercised his legal rights as a Roman citizen to protect himself and his ministry. Another example was Paul using his citizenship to obtain an acknowledgement that he and his associates had been treated unlawfully in Philippi (Acts 16:35-40).

Verses to Live

Today’s verses share some of the intrigue, political maneuvering, and treachery that led Paul to use his legal rights to protect himself and his ministry. Please know that I want you to do the same. Be a person of holy character and faith. Trust in the Holy Spirit to give you words to say but use every legal right to protect yourself and your ministry. I will be at work to redeem your situation (Romans 8:28).

Felix was quite knowledgeable about the Way. He adjourned the preliminary hearing.

Felix:

When Lysias the commandant comes to Caesarea, I will decide your case.

He then ordered the officer to keep Paul in custody, but to permit him some freedom and to allow any of his friends to take care of his needs.

A few days later, Felix sent for Paul and gave him an opportunity to speak about faith in the Anointed One. Felix was accompanied by his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish. As Paul spoke of justice, self-control, and the coming judgment, Felix became fearful.

Felix:

That’s enough for now. When I have time, I will send for you again.

They had a number of conversations of this sort; but Felix actually was hoping that, by having frequent contact with him, Paul might offer him a bribe. As a favor to the Jews, he did nothing to resolve the case and left Paul in prison for two years. Then Felix completed his assignment as governor, and Porcius Festus succeeded him.

Three days after arriving in the province, Festus traveled south from Caesarea to Jerusalem. The chief priests and Jewish leaders still had a plan to kill Paul and gave a report to Festus about their unresolved grievances against Paul. They suggested that as a favor to them, Festus should move Paul to Jerusalem. Of course, this was part of the plan to set an ambush for Paul and kill him en route. Festus instead offered to reopen the case. He would be going back to Caesarea soon.

Festus:

So let your leaders accompany me, and bring your accusations against the man.

Eight or ten days later, Festus returned to Caesarea, and the next day he took his seat in court. He ordered Paul to be brought before him. The Jewish opponents from Jerusalem immediately surrounded Paul and from all directions bombarded him with all sorts of serious charges, none of which could be proven.

Paul (quietly and simply):

In no way have I committed any offense against Jewish law, against the Jewish temple and all it represents, or against the emperor.

Here Festus saw an opportunity to do just the favor Paul’s Jewish opponents had requested.

Festus:

Would you like to have your trial in Jerusalem? I’d be willing to try your case there.

Paul:

If I had committed a capital offense, I would accept my punishment. But I’m sure it’s clear to you that I have done no wrong to the Jews. Since their charges against me are completely empty, it would be wrong to turn me over to them. No, I do not wish to go to Jerusalem. I am appealing to the court of the emperor in Rome.

Festus conferred privately with his council and returned with this decision:

Festus:

You have appealed to the emperor, so to the emperor you will go.

(Acts 24:22-27Acts 25:1-12)

Response in Prayer

O Father in heaven, You are the God of all nations. You hold the power of leaders in Your hands. So please bring an end to the violence, duplicity, injustice, and treachery of those who are leaders. Bring Your justice to our world. Please, O God, have Your kingdom come and have Your will be done in our world today. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

 

 

 

 

Loving God

I  have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. I hold fast to your statutes, O Lord; do not let me be put to shame. I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free. —Psalm 119:30-32

David faced many external enemies, but he also triumphed over a much more formidable foe: his own heart. He knew how to commit his spirit into God’s hands when confronted by his own weakness. This is one of the hardest things to figure out in the Christian walk, but to be people after God’s heart, we must. The glory of the human story is that we can’t exhaust God’s mercy. Our weakness never disqualifies us if we sincerely repent. David discovered that there is a contingency for human weakness, which comes to us by God’s grace. In his times of weakness, he ran toward God instead of away from Him.

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Father, like David, I choose Your truth. My heart desires to know only Your Word. I cling to Your promises and trust Your plans. In the times of my greatest weakness, I will run to You and find Your strength and power.

The glory of the human story is that
we can’t exhaust God’s mercy.

 

By Love Transformed

Worship in Quietness

In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength. —Isaiah 30:15, KJV

There is a much deeper level of worship, one in which we are unable to express ourselves verbally or nonverbally—where we are utterly passive. The highest and most intense worship takes place when we can do nothing but be amazed, when we are rendered helpless and speechless with wonder and gratitude, when we just sit back and watch God work. This is what Isaiah is talking about in this verse.

How many people are utterly frustrated? They have tried everything, and the result has only been fatigue. A minister once said to me, “I had to ask for a sabbatical. I’m burned out.”

When we don’t wait on God and are always trying to do things ourselves, the result is endless turmoil. But if we really want assurance of salvation, God will knock everything out from under us until we trust Him alone.

To rest in God means we leave everything to Him. We leave it to Him to put us in the right place at the right time and with the right people. In so doing, we will not experience fatigue, because we get our approval from the blood of Christ, not from our works, and because we live by the authority of the Spirit of Christ.

The result is that we live and worship in a state of amazement, awe, and admiration: which is the second principle I want us to see from Isaiah 30:15. We have quietness over the most difficult situations and over our deepest fears. For God says, “Leave it to Me.” We lose the desire to get even with those who have hurt us, and we feel little need to prove ourselves.

Real worship is directed toward the One who doesn’t want anything from us for what He has done for us. There are no strings attached. God only wants us to trust Him. He wants us to experience the joy of doing nothing but resting in the fact that He loves us. God wants us just to look to Him and say, “Lord, I don’t know how much I love You. But I know how much You love me.” Rest in that, and let God love you. Then you will stand in awe.

 

Daily Breakthroughs

Call on HIm

Call unto me and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. —Jeremiah 33:3

A prominent theologian stated, “Prayer is doomed,” and “I don’t see that the church of the twentieth century will have any more need of prayer than it does any other form of magic.”

Well, I disagree. The Bible says God hears our prayers, and He will answer them.

I used to just pray for a wife, until I saw some of the candidates that were showing up. When I learned to pray specifically, God brought Joni into my life. Follow these keys to prayer:

•    Decide what you want.

•    Know the will of God.

•    Verbalize your request.

•    Bind doubt and unbelief.

After you have prayed, here is the major key: Give thanks. Rejoice that God has heard and answered your prayer. Because we know He hears us, we have confidence that He has granted our requests.

I thank You, Father, for revealing Your will to me.
I desire to know and trust You with all my heart.
I give You praise for answering my
prayer even before I ask. Amen.

 

 

 

The Booster Rocket
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
September 30, 2018

“After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses My servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them-to the Israelites.” Joshua 1:1-2

A rocket launch is truly an amazing phenomenon to me. Tons of weight is stacked vertically to the sky with thousands of gallons of fuel exploding in a matter of moments. Soon the rocket drops its take-off boosters and uses additional boosters to move the rocket to the next stage of the mission. The first engines have a unique purpose…to get the rocket to the next stage.

Joshua was known for almost 40 years as “Joshua, servant of Moses.” God’s preparation for him required years of selfless service, training in the desert, and tests of faith. Those preparation years were booster rockets designed to move Joshua into each new stage of his development and his ultimate calling.

God allows each of us preparation times to lay a foundation that He plans to build on. Some of those foundation times appear to be laborious and meaningless, yet these varied experiences are what God is using to frame your life for the message He plans to speak through you. Without these foundational experiences, the Jordan River can never be crossed and we cannot enter the Promised Land.

Embrace these times of seeming inactivity from God. They, too, are a rocket booster to your next stage of your walk with God.

Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6).

 

Listening to the Father’s Heart – September 30 
by Os Hillman

Son, my promises to my sons and daughters are trustworthy. A covenant promise is one that will be kept regardless of what the other party does. I will fulfill my covenant promise to you, just as I did with Abraham, no matter what you do. I told Abraham there would be four hundred years during which his people would be enslaved, but that afterwards, I would free them. That is exactly what I did. Abraham was with me in heaven when he saw that covenant promise fulfilled. Some of my promises will be fulfilled long after you are gone, son. Be still and take in the amazing significance of this powerful truth. I have called you to live a life of covenant with me, just as my Son is called to live His covenant promise to love His bride and never forsake her.

I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you. Genesis 28:15

For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:36

 

Deliverance from the Black Hole
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman
September 30, 2018

“As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Joshua 1:5b).

A black hole is a place of total nothingness. It’s a time in our life when God removes the resources and supports that we normally rely on to feel secure – our careers, finances, friends, family, health and so forth. It is a preparation time.

When you find yourself in a black hole experience, don’t just sit and brood. Take stock of your life. Take a look at your relationship with God.

First, ask God if there are any sins, habits, or attitudes that He might be judging in your life. It’s important to discern whether the trial we face is the result of God’s discipline for our sin?or if it is preparing us for a future leadership role.

Second, when you enter a black hole, don’t trust your feelings. Trust God. Your feelings will tell you, “God has rejected you. Abandon hope. He has left you utterly alone.” Feelings change; God never changes. Feelings come and go; God is always with us.

Third, remember that your black hole experience is not only intended to refine and define you; it’s also intended to influence and change the lives of hundreds or even thousands of other people. Our adversity is not just for us, but others in our sphere of influence.

Fourth, don’t try to hurry the black hole process along. Remember, when Joseph was in the depths of the pit, there was nothing he could do about it. He couldn’t climb out, jump out, levitate out, or talk his way out. All he could do was pray and wait upon the Lord.

Fifth, lean on God. Even when you don’t feel like praying, pray. Even when you don’t feel like reading His Word, read. Even when you don’t feel like singing songs of faith, sing. When you pray, don’t just talk; listen. Be silent before Him and listen for His still, quiet voice.

Sixth, be alert to new truths and new perspectives. During a black hole experience, God often leads us to amazing new discoveries. A black hole can be a storehouse of unexpected riches for the soul.

 

 

 

 

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If you will read the last few articles I’ve written on this site you will find a common theme concerning the church that Jesus is building. Holiness, judgement, consecration, readiness and preparation for what is coming have been highlighted. I believe that much of what the Lord is doing today is completely counter to Christian pop culture and the flow that we are seeing in the Western church. It is typical in such times that there will be a counterfeit that runs parallel to the real. There will be an echo arise right alongside the authentic voice. Some of these echoes are very deceptive and hidden from the casual hearer, while others are rather obvious and easy to discern. For instance, there’s a false teaching out there that says we don’t need to repent—that God has forgiven all your past, present and future sins. Yet there’s never been a greater need for repentance than today.

In a recent poll done by ChristianMingle.com, single Christians between the ages of 18-59 were asked if, given the opportunity, they would have sex before marriage. A whopping 63 percent stated that they would. How does that happen? It’s simple. They’ve never repented of their sins and experienced true conversion. A majority of them belong to a church culture that is perhaps trendy and popular but has no interest in fulfilling the demands of Christ. Many of them serve an American Jesus who lets them live as they please, and of course, will never judge them. Amidst all of the frenetic religious activity going on today, we need the ability to recognize the real Jesus, the Lamb of God (refer to my book,The Real Jesus).

In John 1 John the Baptist, who was filled with the spirit and power of Elijah, declared, “Look, the Lamb of God!” (John 1:36b). Then he declared again, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). John’s ministry was for the purpose of exalting the Lamb of God and preparing a people for Him, a Bride for the Bridegroom.

“He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice” (John 3:29).

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Those who are true friends of the Bridegroom hear His voice, not an echo. The voice of His messengers, who are filled with the spirit and power of Elijah, will point people to the Lamb of God, not to their own ministries and agendas.

Today we have imposters in the church who are acting as sort of mediators between God and man, and who are in fact hindering the intimacy of God’s people by stopping the Bridegroom from kissing the Bride and by constantly pointing people to their questionable ministries, skewed doctrines, and strange visions instead of the Lord and His pure unadulterated Word. The false prophetic movement has contributed greatly to this in many ways, as the love of appearance and showmanship is at an all-time high, and accurate prophecies at an all-time low. Man’s flesh and un-sanctified soul has gotten in the way of God.

Long ago when Jesus was crucified and resurrected the veil was rent in two so we could come to God without a human mediator. This is truly a judgment of the heart for people to put their fellowship with God above the traditions of man and the glory of personalities and celebrity. Closing the veil is the spirit of religion that tells us we need to go through a man or a program. This is the same spirit that was always confronting Jesus and the manifestation of His compassion. John the Baptist was a voice crying in the wilderness. The entirety of his ministry was focused on the Lamb and His bride.

If a ministry is not pointing people to the one who was, and is, and is to come it will be judged harshly in this hour. Those who are exalting the Lamb of God have no interest in being seen or heard. They are not looking for a platform to promote themselves. The things that denote ministerial success in our day, such as large buildings, large followings, and popularity are of no interest to the true messengers of the Lamb.

Actually, the Lord is leading ministers right now to do the opposite of what it takes to build a large ministry. He is stripping away human wisdom and all we’ve utilized in our own efforts to build churches and ministries.

The Ephesians 4:11 gifts are to equip the saints for service and to prepare a bride for the Bridegroom, or a wife for the Lamb (Rev. 21:9). Thankfully among today’s many imposters, charlatans and hirelings there are a company of ministers who’ve been proven and prepared to minister in divine authority and whose mission and purpose is to turn hearts back to the Lord and to make a people ready for Him. And in a day when false apostles and prophets are tooting their own horns and such harmful ingredients are being introduced to our spiritual diets, never has the authentic pastoral and teaching ministry been more important to the believer than today to provide sensibility and balance. Holiness unto the Lord should be a major theme touted from our nation’s pulpits, but strangely there’s been a diabolical silence on it in most places.

One of the great emphases of the Lord in this hour is on the preparation of His bride. There must be a distinction made between the general church and the bride of Christ. This is more than a salvation issue. It is more about the Lord possessing our vessels for His eternal purposes.

This is the spirit and power of Elijah that was upon John the Baptist, and would also be a characteristic of those who would minister before His second coming (Mal. 4:5-6). God’s invitation is to everyone, but that invitation demands a dedication and a consecration. Counting the cost and paying the price are no longer terms we hear today in the marketplace of Western Christianity, but this language is found everywhere in the Scriptures.

It is time for the sleeping church to wake up. She can be awakened kindly with a kiss or be shaken with the Lord’s severity. It’s our choice. If we put it off to the future it will demand His shakings, which often come in the form of tests and trials, or a crisis that will expose our pride and crooked ways. Whole-heartedness is what the Lord is after.

“Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready” (Rev 19:7).

Our books and articles are forerunners to the move of God and personal holiness. I hope they are a blessing to you. If so, let us hear from you.

Bert M. Farias, revivalist and founder of Holy Fire Ministries, has authored several books with an emphasis on helping to restore the true spirit of Christianity in the Church today, including his latest book, Passing on The Move of God to The Next Generation. Follow him at Bert Farias and Holy Fire Ministries on Facebook and @Bertfarias1 on Twitter.

 

 

 

In the Line of Fire, by Michael Brown

Christine Blasey Ford prepares to testify during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Christine Blasey Ford prepares to testify during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Tom Williams/Pool via REUTERS)

I do not know whether Christine Blasey Ford or Brett Kavanaugh is telling the truth. But I do know this: Brett Kavanaugh’s impassioned speech, fighting for his life and his family and his reputation and his career, is a wake-up call to us all, especially if we are Christian conservatives. It is high time that we stand up and fight.

Of course, I’m not talking about “fighting” in a worldly, destructive sense. I’m not talking about fighting with hate. Or with intimidation. Or with violence, God forbid.

Rather, it’s time that we stir ourselves out of complacency and take a principled stand for what is right. It’s time that we awaken from our spiritual stupor and get involved in the culture, from our children’s schools to the White House. It’s time that we speak up and speak out and declare Jesus boldly and without shame.

We are beyond the stage of being provoked. We are beyond the stage of being challenged. We are beyond the stage of being opposed. We are beyond the stage of being shamed. To remain silent today is inexcusable.

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Last week, on the evening of Sept. 19, I start mulling over the phrase, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” applying it to the radical pro-abortion movement. That prompted me to write the article, “Prepare for the Wrath of the Pro-Abortion Militants.” The article, which was published the next day, ended with this line: “hell hath no fury like that of the militant pro-abortionists.”

My articles post on a number of different websites, but the morning of September 20, I went to the Stream to see if it had been posted there yet. It was not yet posted, but already, there was a similar, even stronger, article written by Jennifer Hartline, titled, “It’s Not Kavanaugh. It’s Roe.” And Jennifer ended her article with this line: “Hell hath no fury like ‘women’s rights’ scorned.”

How amazing! Two articles published on the same website the same day, written without any collusion or interaction, focused on the same theme, and ending with the identical thought, in part verbatim. Could it be that God is trying to get our attention?

Think back to the day when Brett Kavanaugh was introduced by President Trump. Think back to the smiling husband and father, standing proudly with his wife and kids. Think back to the wholesome image that was presented.

Then consider what he and his family have gone through since then—who could have imagined this?—and you realize why he was like a tiger in this final Senate hearing. He was literally fighting for his life.

No more Mr. Nice Guy. No more quiet answers. No more passivity. It was time to speak with emotion and passion and clarity and force. Anything less than that would be capitulation. Anything less than that would be surrender. Anything less than that would be unacceptable and illogical.

It’s the same for God’s people today. Anything less than passion and clarity and force and dedication and determination and fervor is unacceptable and illogical.

Again, I don’t know who is telling the truth in this case. I found both Prof. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh persuasive. And I only want the best for the Ford family and the Kavanaugh family. May the Lord sort out the details and bring a positive resolution, whether that means repentance and confession or whether that means healing and restoration.

But the all-out assault against Justice Kavanaugh, an assault that began long before any of these allegations had come to light, is an assault against all people of biblical faith. It is the defaming, slandering, denigrating assault that would have come against any conservative nominee, especially the more that candidate held to biblical principles.

Put another way, what we saw in the Kavanaugh hearings is the tip of the iceberg in the battle for conservative moral values. And those who most vehemently oppose us don’t care about fighting fair. Or pursuing justice. Or following the truth.

If they can destroy you with lies, so be it. Whatever it takes to advance the cause.

And make no mistake about it. As Brett Kavanaugh just learned, this vicious attack will hit your children (and grandchildren) directly. And if we fail to speak and act and stand, we fail to protect those we love the most.

To repeat: To remain silent today is inexcusable.

The Kavanaugh hearings made that very clear. Bitingly clear. Strikingly clear. Screechingly clear. We have to be tone-deaf not to hear it.

So, pray as if we served a God who answers prayer. And preach as if people’s lives depended on our message. And get involved in the culture as if it hung precariously in the balance. And vote in the midterms as if nation’s direction were at stake. And, using the godly, non-violent, love-empowered weapons we have in Jesus, stand and fight, fight, fight.

Dr. Michael Brown (www.askdrbrown.org) is the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program. His latest book is Donald Trump Is Not My Savior. Connect with him on Facebook or Twitter, or YouTube.

 

 

 

National Love People Day - September 30

NATIONAL LOVE PEOPLE DAY

On September 30, National Love People Day asks us to lift others up through the profound power of unconditional love.

The human condition is a limited and varied thing.  How and when and where we get to use it is vaguely and oddly defined.  What is certain is a rollercoaster-filled life of celebrations and trials.  National Love People Day tasks us with an understanding that unconditional love requires a dedication that most human beings aren’t given. But, when we wholeheartedly love our neighbors with steadfast devotion, the world is a better place. It is the practical application of, “love your neighbor as yourself.”

The word “unconditional” on its own is quite profound. Look at its synonyms: wholehearted, unqualified, unreserved, unlimited, unrestricted, unmitigated, unquestioning, complete, total, entire, full, absolute, unequivocal. Those words are dedicated, solid and unwavering from their commitment to something. There are no boundaries or limitations with the word “unconditional.”

Add the word love, and the power of the phrase is multiplied.  So, on National Love People Day, offer kindness and care to the people in your community.

HOW TO OBSERVE

From a gentle word to the gift of needed resources, love can be provided in all form to the people in your community.  Use #NationalLovePeopleDay to share on social media.

HISTORY

Lifeline Church out of Chicago, Illinois founded National Love People Day in 2017 to inspire the spirit of unconditional love as a national event to bring us all together and to honor the church’s founders, Pastors Reggie and London Royal.  Through the church, they have impacted the Chicagoland area by showing unconditional and unmerited love for ten years. The pair strongly believes that loving God means loving yourself and loving other people from all walks of life regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To show this love, the Royals have brought their vision to life with strategic acts of kindness through the church’s mission to Reach Up, Reach In, and Reach Out:

  • Give Love On Christmas Day– partnered with Warren Park Elementary School to provide Food, Clothing, and Christmas Gift to a family of six.
  • Car Giveaway – Provided a single mother with a full-paid SUV.
  • Extreme Makeover (Home Edition) – collaborated with independent contractors to remodel a home, inside and out, for a volunteer worker in the church.
  • Love In Action – members went to the pride parade to show love by giving away free hugs and bottled water.
  • Health & Fitness Weekend – parented with the Loyola Ronald McDonald Pediatric Mobile Unit and the National Kidney Foundation to provide FREE exams to those in the community.
  • Gas Giveaway – Gave away $5,000.00 of FREE Gas to residents in the community.
  • Mi Gracia Fest & Cicero Clean Up Day – Past participant of these Town of Cicero events.
  • Town of Cicero – Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration – Has been the keynote speaker for this event on multiple occasions.
  • Share The Warmth Coat Drive – Donated Winter Coats & Accessories to students at Goodwin Elementary School.

For more information and updates about National Love People Day visit our website: www.nationallovepeopleday.com.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nationallovepeopleday
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nationallovepeopleday/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lovepeopleday

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Love People Day to be observed annually on September 30.

 

 

 

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