Hello! Happy Monday! Or not. There is a ton of heaviness and angst many are carrying right now due to the world's current state of affairs.
In early March, just five days before everything got shut down in my state of New York, I was at a Christian women's conference. Jennie Allen was last speaker and she had us do a listening prayer exercise. We were to ask God a question, what is a key for my faith this year? What came to me was "trust". At that time I was in a good place in terms of trusting God, so I wondered what that meant.
We each experienced our own levels of anxiety and upset and upheaval since the pandemic changed our lives. Some have experienced loss in terms of a job, a family member, perspective on life. We are a nation in turmoil.. Our daily lives scrambled. One day we hear "x", the next day it is changed to "y". What should have been settled on November 3rd is not done; with conflict that only seems to be intensifying. Another shut down in progress? Yes or no? Depends who you ask! Truly our foundations are being shaken. We are forced to examine if our faith is built on solid rock or sand.
God IS calling us to deeper levels of trust. Trust in His Sovereignty. Trust in His Word to feed our soul. Trust in the day-to-day and let go.
"Who of you can add a single hour to your life?" Matthew 6:27
Jesus is calling us to live hour-by- hour, moment-by-moment, not to forecast. We must let go of false notion that we have control over anything. "Trust ME."
We are in a wilderness experience body of Christ. We are walking in territory that requires clinging to Jesus.
So how are you doing with that? Is His WORD feeding your soul so that you get up from His presence satisfied? King David's wilderness words of "When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.
Psalm 63 reveals King David was up through the night. Not ruminating on certain doom, but meditating on the faithfulness of God. He was clinging to the LORD. His soul following closely behind Him. He envisioned following behind God. His Good Shepherd in front of him. God's right hand of power upholding him.
Into the Waters resources offer you ways to cling to God. To visualize His hand holding yours. To rest beneath the shadow of His wings, offering interactive exercises to reflect on the faithfulness of God. We've had online prayer and meditation sessions; and the testimonies that come out are always irrefutable of His presence and comfort and power touching participants! We have a Monday-Friday daily podcast that is growing in daily listens, and producing similar praise of God's presence and power. People say they weep in His presence. They are connecting with Him, being fed and nurtured in the secret place with Him. So I invite you to listen to the podcast for the first time, or again as we launch a new format that starts today!
This week we are introducing the podcast in theme format with repeatable spiritual disciplines to practice on the same day every day of the week. Here is how it will break out:
Today's podcast is a breath prayer of "Lord Jesus, have mercy on me." You'll hear a brief background on breath prayer and then be led into the exercise. Gentle instrumentals end the session so that you can practice on your own and end in your own timing. You can find Peace Be Still Daily Prayer Podcast on all major podcast providers. Try it out! Would love to hear your feedback after!
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Below is content from today's podcast. It is part of a series on spiritual weapons of warfare. If asked about weapons of warfare, some people give a blank stare, some say it is making reference to the armor of God. However, the armor is not the weapons, it's the armor. Some say our weapon is the WORD of God which is true, but more so on terms of where all the weapons are found. It's plural, not one weapon, but weapons with an "s".
God has given us a powerful arsenal of weaponry. All without blood and gore. The blood has already been let by Him. No He has other weapons we are to use and they lead to life, power, healing, and intimacy with Him. In 2 Chronicles chapter 20 alone, I found 30 weapons of warfare!
Do you think you could name 10 weapons of warfare off the top of your head? Stop right now and try to name 10 spiritual weapons of warfare that are mighty in God for the destruction of strongholds, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.
Talking of spiritual weapons of warfare and destruction of strongholds can feel very elusive or like a high-minded philosophical discussion on spiritual matters far beyond our understanding. But this is not to be the case. If you take the time to understand what the LORD is saying, you'll find very practical insights to apply within that lead to freedom and deep healing. Of course this is not to be done alone, but with the help of and in the presence of our safe and Holy friend, Jesus. His friendship is a powerful weapon of warfare to destroy fortified places within us...
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PODCAST EPISODE 150- SPIRITUAL WEAPON #6- FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD
Today we are meditating upon the friendship of God. It’s weapon #6 in this series on praying for
victory over fears and negative counsel of the soul. Why is friendship a weapon? The language of
weapon comes from 2 Corinthians 10:4-5. These supernatural weapons have power to bring down
strongholds. Some strongholds require outside forces. And friendship with God is a magnificent
weapon on these terms.
But first, what is a stronghold? Do you have strongholds? Strongholds are fortified places of safety,
arguments and reasonings on which you rely to stay safe. Is this good or bad? Both, but in terms of
being weapons of warfare to bring down strongholds, they are places that must be torn down. These
negative strongholds are set up in the mind, affecting how you present yourself to others and attempt to control outcomes. It is a state of mind where in conscious and unconscious ways you fortify your soul in ways contrary to God.
Here are some examples:
It takes a lot of energy to hold your ground in these fortified spaces within. You alone are the one fighting to keep others out, and it is a long and lonely battle. It’s a battle you are losing at the expense of peace and power and healing God promises.
But we are stubborn and resistant in holding our ground! And we think we can compartmentalize these spaces in such a way that doesn’t affect us. For the most part, if we keep people at safe distances, they know little about our strongholds. Yet they do make up subtle nuances of our personality, only becoming blatantly obvious when anyone gets too close. If anyone does get too close, then look out, because you know how to keep people out. And these are places and spaces and thoughts and feelings that God’s word says that are strongholds. “I’m holding on to my shame.” “I won’t let myself get hurt again”. And “I cannot forgive” is completely contrary to God. These are places that must be destroyed.
And He is the friend, the safe place, the gentle Savior who we can trust to tear down all our arguments and have an open concept design within, a place without walls and barriers within our hearts. He becomes our stronghold and we are set free!
Friendship with God as a weapon is referenced through scripture. But since we are meditating upon 2
Chronicles 20 in this series, related to weapons of warfare, friendship with God is mentioned in verse 7 and is today's weapon.
In verse 7, the king reminds God of the covenant he made with Abraham, whom God called his friend. We see this language of Abraham being God's friend in verse 7. And we too have that privilege of being a friend of God! Jesus says in John 15:15, “I have called you friends, for everything I learned from my Father, I make known to you.” As our friend, Jesus shares his secrets with us! Psalm 25:14 says that the secret friendship of the LORD is with those who fear him. It says the Lord confides in those who fear him, he makes his covenant known to them.
The LORD confiding in you and making his covenant known in the deepest recesses of your soul will set you free from strongholds. He will tear down those walls of shame, fear, anger, unforgiveness,
He wants to confide in you! He wants to reveal the riches of His covenant in ways that set you free,
heal, redeems, makes new. I was with a friend this week who recounted a recent time that God spoke one word to her that transformed her whole perspective. It was about a stronghold of control. As she continued to share, out came a supernatural outpouring of wisdom and holy counsel of all she learned just from that one word from her holy friend Jesus! I said, “Wow, you got all of that from just one word from Jesus?” “Yes!” We laughed and marveled at the goodness and power that comes from just one word Jesus speaks to our soul!
So today, do not resist our Holy friend. Consider how your strongholds manifest today. What are you
compartmentalizing? How are you keeping him out, choosing instead to fortify your position? By
arguing with God or others? Are you stuffing your feelings by numbing them say with food, by over-eating? Do you have passive aggressive tendencies? Are you withdrawing or hiding from those closest to you? Jesus can be trusted.
He is safe. You won’t know the truth until you surrender and trust Him. And the simplest way to start is to talk openly and honestly with Him as friend. “Jesus, every time I feel vulnerable or anxious, I am
reaching for food.” “Jesus, I don’t think anyone will ever really love me. So I am keeping busy to avoid intimacy. Or I am reading romance novels to get what I need or I am watching “x” to feel what I long for. I’m keeping you out of these places.”
Confide. It’s powerful. Life changing. It will destroy the arguments draining you of life, of power.
Use this quiet time to ask Jesus to tear down strongholds within. “Jesus tear down my strongholds. Ask Jesus, what are my strongholds? Set me free.”
(Note in the podcast, a gentle instrumental plays at the end for a short, but quiet time to pray that prayer above and enjoy His friendship.)
Jesus said in John 14:25, we would be reminded of His promises because He would send the Holy Spirit to remind us. Then He says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
He has left his peace with his believers. We must respond. We must bring ourselves into His presence for peace.
I woke this morning very troubled. I confess many of the things going on in this nation have me carrying burdens that cause me concern. It's stealing my peace. I instinctively know that when I am restless in this way, I need Jesus to calm me. This morning I read Psalm 94 verse 18 and it expressed what I was feeling. I felt as though I was slipping. The psalmist captured what I couldn't put words to. My emotions were feeling like they were in a continual state of slipping. Typically slipping only lasts a split second and then you are either on the ground or you've stabilized. But to have a lingering feeling of being in the state of slipping is very uncomfortable. I needed to bring myself into His presence for him to make that uncomfortable feeling go away. I needed His peace.
Jesus is always concerned about any state of heart trouble we are in. He cares about your anxieties and wants to allay our fears. He has always known and still knows that the message of the world will steal our peace, creating anxiety and trouble within. So He has sent His helper, the Advocate, to calm, soothe, and still us, to remind us of the supernatural peace that Christ gives.
Today let’s work with the Holy Spirit and pray into the peace Christ has left us.
Let's pray... GO THROUGH EACH BULLET POINT SLOWLY. DON'T RUSH YOURSELF. (note- if you want to be led in an audio version of this, please go to the Podcast tab above and listen to episode 135- Agreeing with Jesus' promise for peace)
After you are done, share this exercise with a friend!
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When I pray with people, very often they release a deep sigh. It's indicative of a heavy burden being released through the prayer time. I bring it to their attention so they can connect with what may have triggered the sigh, to consider what was said in the prayer that helped release some tension. This gives them insight and helps them connect with the relief they are experiencing.
This same type of "deep sigh" is one of the benefits of spending extended time with God in prayer. His rest doesn't just give us soul rest, it gives us physical rest. When God ministers to our soul, it releases the tension we carry in our body. Our feelings and thoughts do affect our physical state. When we are unburdened, it ministers to our body. But when burdened, we feel it as a loss of strength.
Proverbs 17:22- A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.
So this encouragement is to schedule a time to linger with God for at least an hour, to experience the rest and renewal He promises. The event happening on 8/22 at 9am EST is based upon Psalm 23! You can listen to today's podcast for more encouragement, which includes a 4 minute prayer over you at the end, for you to rest with God. (If you want to listen to the podcast on Apple podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or Spreaker, simply search for "Peace Be Still Daily prayer download" on those providers!)
On average, over 50% of past participants of Into the Waters events, when surveyed, say that God gave them wisdom, insight, and revelation for relationships and circumstances in the sessions. He ministers sweetly and deeply for a sigh of relief that brings rest! After all, God is Wonderful Counselor! His help is our way to REST!
When your soul is at rest, the entirety of you rests. Yet we rarely experience these benefits with 5 minutes of prayer here and there. Just the same way a 5 minute massage is not nearly enough time to warm up the body, work on the pressure points, and loosen the knots, neither are quick “hi-bye“ exchanges with God.
We need extended time with God to settle in, open up, breathe deeply, unburden, be renewed by His Spirit.
So do you need this? Do you need to be relieved of burden, for your body to relax, your breath to deepen and soften, internal pressure to be relieved, restful sleep, for the Spirit of God to energize you with supernatural hope and life and peace? If so, please join Saturday 8/22 at 9am EST for a 1 hour session to rest with God!
You will be blessed to spend extended time with God to settle in, open up, breathe deeply, unburden, and be renewed by His Spirit. You can sign up for Saturday 8/22 via links on the home page. It will be about an hour of being gently led through some simple prayer exercises for soul rest. He rewards those who earnestly seek Him! He rewards with deep soul rest for mind, body, spirit, heart restoration. If you have any questions about the upcoming session, please let me know!
AUGUST EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT! JOIN AS WE PRAY INTO PSALM 23 TO EXPERIENCE SOUL REST! What is preventing soul rest? Jesus as Good Shepherd knows there are 4 things that prevent his people from resting within. 1) Circumstantial fears 2) Relational upset 3) Troubling thoughts 4) Spiritual hunger and thirst. He leads us in a way to experience supernatural rest, to restore our soul! Listen in to today’s podcast (episode 89) to hear some testimony from prior participants, an overview of the prayer session, and to receive prayer at the end! I am praying you sign up for one of the two times offered! Visit the home page to sign up! Blessings!
My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.—Psa. 63:8
I want deliberately to encourage this mighty longing after God. The lack of it has brought us to our present low estate. The stiff and wooden quality about our religious lives is a result of our lack of holy desire. Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people. He waits to be wanted. Too bad that with many of us He waits so long, so very long, in vain. - AW Tozer, “The Pursuit of God”
We need to wake up. All is not yet over in this uncomfortable season that we are in. As AW Tozer wrote over 50 years ago, God is waiting to be wanted. In this season, is He waiting for us in vain?
What are we waiting for? For things to go back to normal? For routine? Eating out? Socializing? Entertaining? Attending events? Traveling? Shopping? All life activities that are normal, but in no means necessary. Have you replaced some of that time with a fresh pursuit of God?
What if our pursuit of God played critical part of transforming brokenness into God's glory?
2 Chronicles 7:14- if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land
Humbling ourselves. Taking initiative. Our soul following HARD after him...
Yesterday I started the day uploading a podcast I had recorded the day before. Then after, I went for a walk using it to spur me on for the day. I spent 45 minutes listening to God’s word, proclaiming God’s word, praying God’s word for myself and others. Before you think I am patting myself on the back, wait for what happened next.
I went home and ate breakfast. I changed clothes, and headed out for a simple task to get my vehicle inspected because it was due. Yes, I waited to the last day of the month. However, my check engine light had been on for weeks and I was hoping it would go off. When I had gotten into the Jeep that morning it was off! So just in time! Just in time for a spiritual test...
What I thought was going to be an easy task, ate up my whole day. For the first place I went, 3 bays were opened with cars in line. I was one of them. After about 15 minutes, I noticed a bay on the end, the only one that had a BIGGGGG banner across it that said "NY state inspections". Since it was an oil change place, I figured that they had that special bay just for inspections... so as to not interrupt efficient flow of getting cars in and out for oil changes. So I moved from my position; and went partially into that bay to ask. No sooner do I do this, and a man with a stern look comes into the bay and starts waving his arms in upset for me to leave the bay. I open my window and attempt to tell him I just needed an inspection and he barks out, “Get in line with everyone else.” I told him that I was in line before; but since there was a sign on this bay for inspections… He talks over me, cuts me off and says “unless I own the building, I should not be driving into the bay without first being ushered in”. I was shocked. Clearly he took great offense at what I had done, and refused to listen to my reasoning. He stayed intense, and began motioning with his arms, using airplane controller type movements to silence me and get me to back out of the partial entry I made into the bay.
Well. I could not believe how rude he was! So I thought, “Forget you. I’m leaving.” I didn’t want to be serviced there. I took offense at him taking offense. So off I went to find another place and the next places required appointments. So much for trying to stay close to home. I decided to go to my normal place 20 minutes away. Upon arriving, same backlog of cars for bays. I was told it would be a wait of a couple of hours. Okay.
Long story short, 3 hours pass, during which time I leave and walk across to Wegmans. I come back when its finished, only to check out to be wrongly charged for something they were to do (tire rotation), but didn’t do, but said they did. I see my paperwork on the seat, read that they didn’t do it, bring back my receipt for a refund and the confusion ensues for an additional 10 minutes. In the confusion I find myself short-tempered with them for arguing with me when they themselves typed the note into the system of not completing the work, which is also clearly on my paperwork.
The manager admits he forgot it, which I do believe was sincere. But then they couldn’t figure out how to refund the money. At this point of the day, I have lost my patience and let them know I cannot continue to stay, to please figure it out and call me when it is done.
Why am I detailing all of this? Because this was a wake-up call to me. I spent a good portion of the previous night in a 1 hour prayer walking session, then an hour interceding for the nation later on, then waking up to another prayer walk for an hour. I was very disturbed with lack of Spirit led response.
I knew that I did not extend grace to the manager who was being kind to me, but he was just overwhelmed with how busy they were. He was clearly the one trying to help, apologizing for the mistake, and even though he couldn’t figure out how to refund me, was indeed trying to resolve it. Plus, I knew that at the time I was leaving they had about 10-12 cars lined up in 3 bays all waiting for hours. He was under tremendous pressure, and I knew it was like this for them all day.
So I dealt with myself. I had a good talking to myself and with God. I was not a jerk to them, but I was impatient and had let the earlier situation get me stewing and upset. I had opportunity to speak and act in a way to reveal Jesus; but didn’t.
Just as soon as I was finishing up talking to God about this and evaluating myself, the manager calls and says he worked it out reversing the incorrect charge. I had a much different frame of mind after repentance and was kinder, and expressed empathy. He ended the call by adding he would not charge me for the inspection either because he felt badly about the inconvenience and time. And invited me to come back another time, so he could look at my tires for free, and figure out how to get the stuck lug nuts off and complete the work.
Again, why do I tell you all of this? Because folks we are in different times. And people are easily set off; and as a Christian we must have a spirit of self-control and a grace and mercy that stands out. If I am in prayer all that time, yet letting the fact that things happened that ate up my whole day, and then snuffing out my light, how great of a witness am I? This is not a time to be stewing within. It's not a time to be demanding. We may have to take some hits. We may have to be like Jesus right now. Yes. It's time. Let's be like Jesus, no offense. I am saying that to myself and praying for the Spirit's work in me.
He answers. More time in prayer, more time with God makes us much more self-aware. Why? The Spirit is answering our prayers to make us more like Jesus. If you want a "less of me, more of you" exercise, try episode #84 podcast from last week. Found at this link, just scroll down to the episode.
Anybody who would have observed me yesterday might say, “What’s the big deal? Anyone would have been annoyed.” That’s not the point. The point is revival within. I'm not to be anybody. I am to be a reflection of Christ. And it is so desperately needed in me, it is so desperately needed in you. It is a time to walk with the peace of Christ and reveal Him.
As we approach the elections, you can be sure more chaos is around the corner. Chaos and anarchy have not yet subsided really. It is still abounding in some cities. Murder rates are rising at alarming rates in New York, Chicago and other areas. Lawlessness is breaking out. 30 million people just had their unemployment benefits end. People are on edge and easily perturbed like I experienced at my first stop yesterday.
We need a wake up call to the times still. Would you say Christians are awake? Are we in revival mode? Or are we just in a mode of frustration or complacency wanting for things to go back to normal? It’s not going back to normal. And in it all, God is waiting to be wanted. He is waiting for a fire in our belly to burn for Him.
He can intervene. He can heal. He can turn things around. He can revive us. But it begins with you. It begins with me. Non-essential activity vs essential activity. Strip down to essentials…
“If we would find God amid all the religious externals we must first determine to find Him, and then proceed in the way of simplicity. Now as always God discovers Himself to "babes" and hides Himself in thick darkness from the wise and the prudent. We must simplify our approach to Him. We must strip down to essentials (and they will be found to be blessedly few). We must put away all effort to impress, and come with the guileless candor of childhood. If we do this, without doubt God will quickly respond.” AW Tozer- The Pursuit of God
Give yourself a wake up call. Assess if you are in a mode of revival or not. Is the Spirit thriving in you? Are you in hot pursuit? Is God enough?
If you want to go further in reading AW Tozer and the spiritual challenges he brings to bear, it might help in your wake-up call. You can find it offered FREE from the Gutenburg project at this link- https://www.gutenberg.org/files/25141/25141-h/25141-h.htm
I highly recommend it. I am re-reading it myself.
Otherwise, I have continued to release podcasts Monday-Friday. I will highlight yesterday’s. It is a 10 minute proclamation of blessing that you agree and proclaim. Try using it while walking! Listen to it more than once. Let the truth of God’s blessings penetrate, take ownership of them! Wake the sleeping giant within! He’s waiting to be wanted!
Yesterday was part 1 of a podcast series on Hannah, a Hebrew hero of the faith who lived in 11th century BC. She endured years of persecution and shame, yet never lost faith in God. Her prayers were earnest and her vows holy. Next week, the series will end looking at her warrior song which foretold of the coming Messiah!
Hannah was a woman after God’s own heart. She is distinguished as one of the great women God chose to bear a son to lead his people as a prophet of renown. Her heart is one I marvel at, one who returned her miracle back to God! Her account is found in 1 Samuel 1 and 2.
She was not a woman of offense. She respected authority, even when they were wrong about her.
What would your response be if you went to church, were in the midst of passionately praying to the LORD when a pastor approaches you and accuses you of being drunk. This is how Eli the priest treated Hannah. Scripture says she was praying in her heart and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli had been watching her lips move; but no words coming out. He approaches and says “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.”
In our day of offense, how quickly might we rise up with attitude and tell everyone about it after? "He thought I was drunk!" Yet Hannah is respectful in reply, “Not so, my lord I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”
Eli backs down and answers , “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”
Hannah was humble and considered herself merely a maidservant.
In a world of #metoo, does Hannah offend you? Do you see her as weak or strong?
She humbly says goodbye to Eli without offense, “May your maidservant find favor in your eyes.”
Scripture then says, she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast. Early the next morning she and her husband arise and worship one more time before the Lord before going back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her. So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.”
She prioritized worship and gave God everything, including her miracle!
Another season comes to go up and worship the LORD. Hannah remembers her vow and tells her husband that after she finishes weaning Samuel she will take him so that he may appear before the LORD and remain there forever.
Think about that. I have never given birth so cannot really know how selfless and painful that would have been to give your only child into the service of God. He was so little besides! Ancient Hebrew women would wean their children from the breast at around 3 years old. What can a 3 year old do in the temple? Well, it turns out that provision was made for males 3 years old and older, for those who served in the temple. This is referenced in 2 Chronicles 31:16. In our world though, it seems unthinkable to bring a 3 year old into God’s house for him to start serving. Not to be catered to; but to start serving God!
As you may be considering returning to your house of worship in this pandemic, is your heart in a position to serve or be served?
Hannah released her miracle... her promise into God’s hands for the service of God’s house!
This is awesome.
Releasing a promise into God’s hands for service in God’s house.
Releasing a promise into God’s hands for service in his house.
I may not have a child to give. You may not have a child to give. But we have been given the Son of God and so have promises that God has given us through His miracle of life within us. We can return these things into God’s hands for service that brings glory to His name.
God calls us to be living sacrifices. We are the little Samuel’s. We are to give ourselves into His service. And to do so with joy and thankfulness! Hannah returned with her whole heart, bringing not just Samuel but bringing 3 bulls, one ephah of flour, and a skin of wine. She brought sin offerings, thank offerings, and a drink offering which was an aroma pleasing to the LORD. She returned not withholding anything; but giving God everything as gift!
Am I withholding anything? Are you withholding anything from God? Your children? Your time? Your plans? Your finances? Your will? Your spiritual gifts? Ask Him to help you release all things into His hands. God blessed Hannah. Scripture says He visited her after, so that she conceived and bore three sons and two daughters after Samuel! He multiplied the miracle! We can't out-give God! Meanwhile the child Samuel grew before the LORD.
Consider what you might have. Even if merely broken pieces of bread, a few fish, even if just a widow’s mite. What it is doesn’t matter. The percentage of you of being all in for God does. Hannah gave 100%. The widow gave 100%. 100% for Him. 100% invested in His house and kingdom. 100% worship. Let Hannah’s heart inspire you into greater reliance and relationship with Jesus.
Let me pray for you. Agree with me as I pray-
"Lord you are 100% for us. Thank you Lord for visiting with this one. Let Hannah’s example rest in their mind and heart, may it cleanse and purify their desires. Renew them LORD, inspire them to return as living sacrifice, for your glory and kingdom. Help them realign any area of their life and prioritize you above all things. Bless and allow this one to miraculously conceive and supernaturally bear fruit for your glory! Returning to the house of the LORD with hands full of thankfulness, worship, service! May they return the miracle of life you have deposited within them to the praise and honor of your Name! Amen!"
Hello and Happy Friday, this is Gina from Into the Waters. And today is a day to pray for you! (Note: You can read the content below or you can listen to it in today's podcast found on our podcast tab above. Or search for it on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or Spreaker!)
Earlier today in the Peace Be Still's Private Group Facebook page, opened a prayer room through Facebook’s new “room” option. Prayed for a few folks! Prayed for some others in different settings as well, through church and also friends. I’ve missed praying for people in person; but certainly, there is no poverty of options when it comes to connecting to pray for someone AND sharing it with them!
After I pray for you, I hope you will take time to pray for another! Write it out, text it over, post it to their wall, send a recording of you praying from them. Maybe surprise a Christian friend, a leader from your church, some faithful servant of God who would be greatly encouraged to receive a message from you of God’s love and mercy in the form of prayer!
I pray for a fresh expression of the light of Christ to be shed abroad in your heart, filling you with a new measure of love and eternal hope, given by the Holy Spirit who is in you from God. (Romans 5:5)
I pray that you would abound in comfort from Christ. That you would know God as the Father of compassion and God of all comfort, who will comfort you in all your troubles, so you that can comfort others. ( 2 Cor 1:3-5)
I pray for you to experience the Shalom of God, peace that leads to wholeness, completeness, and soundness of mind. Be blessed with His peace which surpasses understanding, guarding your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7).
I pray for you to receive strength from on high, that he would make your feet like the deer, enabling you to tread upon spiritual heights, reaching high places to the glory of God. (Habakkuk 3:19)
I pray for you to experience the love of Christ though it is too great to understand fully, that you would be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God, made complete by all the life and power that comes from God. (Ephesians 3:19)
I pray for your consolation in any mourning, for you to carry your ashes of disappointment, failure, broken dreams to God to receive a crown of beauty, the oil of His joy, instead of a spirit of despair. (Isaiah 61:3)
I pray for you to have knowledge of His will through all wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, that you would live a life worthy of God, pleasing Him in every way, growing in the knowledge of God and being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great patience and endurance. (Colossians 1:9-11)
I pray for you to be humble in heart, so that in due time Christ will exalt you. (James 4:10)
I pray for the Spirit of the LORD to be upon you, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, that your delight should always be in a holy and reverent fear of the LORD. (Isaiah 11:2-3)
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PRAYER REFLECTION- HE RESTORES MY SOUL- (The text below is the script from today's podcast. You can find it on the "Podcast" tab. Please consider sharing with a friend!)
Did you know you do not have a soul, but that you are a soul? By God’s definition your soul makes up you as an ENTIRE living being. It includes you as a person, your mind, your heart, your body, your will, your desires, your appetites. So when King David wrote that the LORD restored his soul, he was talking about the entirety of his needs, whether body, mind, will, or spirit.
There is a book called “A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23” by a pastor named Philip Keller. In his book he details little known backstory behind Psalm 23 that he says is rich in shepherd language and imagery. For example, in Psalm 23, verse 3 says, “He restores my soul.” According to Keller, the word restore is a shepherd’s term. It is not uncommon for one in the flock to fall over when traveling in certain terrain. They can land with all 4 legs sticking straight up into the air (see pic below). Sheep are top heavy, so their skinny little legs cannot keep them upright at times. Therefore, when they fall over, they do not have the strength to right themselves. The official shepherding term is to be cast down. You see this shepherd language in Psalm 42 and 43, “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me?”
When a shepherd sees a sheep “cast down”, it must rush to restore the sheep to its feet. If left on its back too long, the weight of the sheep’s internal organs crush the lungs. Sheep cannot breathe on their back and can die within minutes. A good shepherd has a keen eye on the state of each sheep, running to their rescue to lift them up and place them on all 4’s once again. Rescuing them involves holding on to them for many minutes, rubbing their legs to get the blood flow back into their legs, calming them from their state of EXTREME distress, and letting them know they are okay and not alone. This is what it means for God to restore a soul. This is what King David was trying to convey.
Restoring on God’s terms is rescuing. Restoring is holding. Restoring is ministering to bodily need. Restoring is staying close to let us know all is okay because He is with us. His eye is on the sparrow. He sees you in distress. You are not alone. He will rush to your side. But there is a need you have to respond to His invitation. To come to him with the weights you are carrying, with the things crushing you within and taking your breath away. Go to him and let him minister to your every need and restore your soul. With the LORD as your Shepherd, you shall lack nothing.
So I pray that ministers to you as you read the first 3 verses of Psalm 23 again. Take time to envision your current state. Are you cast down in any way? Take a couple minutes of quiet time to see the entirety of you. Where do you need to be restored? Talk to God about it and wait in His presence for restoration.
“The LORD is my Shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul.”
Are you carrying the heart of God? Are you hearing the voice of the LORD for this season? Are you discerning what is happening in the Spirit? Do you see His hand in this worldwide shaking? Are you standing in the gap for the injustices? Are you asking him for his heart to penetrate nations, cities, neighborhoods, families, your heart? Do you believe in His Sovereignty? Among the things I hear Him saying is, "Disconnect." Disconnect from the scrolling. Disconnect from the emotional stewing. Disconnect from the fluff. That we are to align with his heart, and seek first the Kingdom, to return to the greatest commandment... loving God above all else with our everything.
Here is a scripture He has put on my heart- Why do the nations conspire
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
3 “Let us break their chains
and throw off their shackles.”
4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
5 He rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
6 “I have installed my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”
I sense emphasis on "The One enthroned in heaven laughs". Do you believe God is a God of "suddenlies"? Can you hear the sound of the Spirit rising up reformers for the kingdom? Not for the world; but for the kingdom? Can you hear the sound of a birthing, a new move of his Spirit? Do you sense you are being called higher, to ascend and rise up in the power of the Spirit, to a higher a level of faith? Are you awake or asleep? Are you anticipating a GREAT AWAKENING? Are you hot, cold, or lukewarm water? Are you feeling love or hate? Are you blessing or cursing?
I believe God's glory is coming. The divine justice of God is coming to silence the wickedness of the world. HIS WORD. HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS. HIS GOSPEL. HIS LOVE. HIS PRESENCE. HIS POWER. HIS GLORY IS COMING.
Did you know the Greek word for "glory" in the New Testament means opinion, judgment, view? If someone asked you what it meant would you have included those words?
Whereas in the Old Testament, the glory of the LORD is defined in Hebrew as weightiness, a heaviness of honor, abundance, splendor, dignity, reputation, reverence.
Going back to glory in Greek, it also means majesty, excellence, pre-eminence.
So there is a opinion of man; and then there is the opinion of God. There is a judgment of man; and then there is a judgment of God. There are views of men; and then there are the views of God. God is not seeking the glory of man. He is seeking the glory of the Son of Man, our great High priest, the KING OF Kings, LORD of Lords, HOLY SPIRIT.
His glory is his reputation, His splendor, His WORD, His opinion, His views, the weightiness of His presence. Are you crying out for that release of glory? Because the One is Heaven is laughing right now with anticipation... to release Himself in a fresh move of His Spirit that reveals His glory.
He will exalt the humble. He always resists the proud. He is coming as a demonstration through those really seeking. For those mourning. Are you being moved to tears, mourning over the darkness? He is with those blessing and not cursing. For those loving. For those tuned to his heart. For those who have attempted to walk in the Spirit for SO LONG within the Body of Christ only to be silenced and rebuked.
God has a government to establish in his church. His Name will be exalted among the nations. Chains of injustice that have held you back from your destiny are being broken. The healing power of God is coming. Do you hear the sounds of revival?
Wake up from your slumber. The time is near.
Let go of unforgiveness. Let go of bitterness. Clear accounts so that your heart is positioned, cleansed as a holy vessel through whom His Spirit will pour out and loose chains that bind.
Cry out for the sins of this nation. For the worldiness, selfish ambition, and pride within the church.
Position to hear the heart of God. Quiet yourself in His presence. Draw close to receive, to pray, to proclaim. Cry out for divine counsel and the GLORY OF GOD.
"Bride of Christ, stand in the gap. Now is the time of favor. I will brood over them with my Spirit", says the Lord God Almighty (2 Corinthians 4:6, Genesis 1:2).
For the ones earnestly seeking- "I see you. Keep calling for more. Faint not. Witness. Be bold. Front runner. Don't fear. Love your neighbor. Loose the chains that bind. I AM COMING."
I pray you sit with this message, pray through it. Let it stir you and move you to desire and long for the justice of God, the Glory of God, the Spirit of God in our time. He is FAITHFUL. Do not be weary in your fight of faith.. He is with you "jar of clay", to fill you with His all surpassing power, 2 Corinthians 4:7.
2 Corinthians 4:6-7 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and NOT FROM US.
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