October in America, the month of ghosts, goblins, witches and graveyards. We are obsessed with scaring and death, something I do not understand. Most of Halloween is focused on things that are harmful, even candy if we think about it. But that’s not what God wants us to give our attention to. He is the giver of life.
Jesus said in John 14 that he is the way, the truth and the life…He came so we would have abundant life. (John 10:10) He came to give us eternal life. (John 10:28) He came to lay down his life. (John 10:15)
Obviously, God is the giver of life and after Jesus rose from the dead, he sent the Holy Spirit to live in us when we make Jesus the Lord of our lives. In Acts 1 he tells the disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit. In Acts 2 the Holy Spirit arrives and the disciples are filled with him. One of the evidences of his infilling is speaking in tongues. This gave them power and helped them be better witnesses for the Lord.
The Holy Spirit was sent to help us, comfort us, instruct us, guide us, convict us, show us things to come & much more.
It is important for us to listen and spend time with him. Know that he will never tell us anything that is contrary to God’s word. As we read the book of Acts, we see the Holy Spirit’s presence in the disciples’ lives. This is also for us today. He is here to do a work through us. The gifts of the Spirit are still working today. God wants us to be open to his leading to help others walk in healing & wholeness in all areas of life. The Holy Spirit is working God’s good pleasure in us. (Phil. 2:13)
I encourage you to yield yourself to him and get to know him through prayer and bible reading and studying. Your life will never be the same!
God is working in me giving me the desire to obey him
and the power to do what pleases him.
For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him
and the power to do what pleases him. Philippians 2:13
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• Prayer Devotional •
Pray ... pray ... pray ....
Why should we pray? This may be getting monotonous. You might be wondering if there will be any results. I understand how you feel. Sometimes you may wonder why you should continue to pray!!
- ...in obedience to the Lord
- ...in faith, not relying on what you see right now
- ...knowing that your faith will be rewarded if you do not lose heart!
Jesus told a parable about a who did not fear the Lord, neither regarded men, but because a widow woman CAME to him REPEATEDLY to SEEK JUSTICE, he granted her request to get some peace. Jesus tells the parable with this opening statement ..
"ALSO [Jesus] told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not to turn coward (faint, lose heart, and give up)." Luke 18:1 AMP
From the “Bible Sword” App:
- parable - 3846 a symbolic or fictitious narrative of common life conveying a moral.
- ought - 1163 necessary as binding, behoved, be met, needful.
- always - 3842 at all times, always, ever more.
- pray - 4336 to pray to God by supplication, worship, pray earnestly for, make prayer.
- faint - 1573 be bad or be weak, to fail in heart, faint or be weary.
Our sons have started the new year in new schools, and it has been quite an adjustment to get to know each teacher’s requirements, method of teaching and communication style. They have to know what is required so that they can satisfy the requirements to excel in their classes.
Jesus is the Word of God. If we want to know how to succeed in the life we have, we need to refer to the requirements and standards of our Creator.
Jesus knew that there would be opportunities for us to slack off and be discouraged by not seeing the immediate answers that we are seeking, so He tells us not to turn COWARD, or faint, lose heart or give up!
No matter what you are believing God for right now, no matter how high the mountain may seem, no matter how obstinate the obstacle many seem right now, Jesus told us not to turn COWARD, but to push through in our faith, AGREEING WITH HIS WORD!
The word COWARD means a person who lacks the courage to do or endure dangerous or unpleasant things.
- poetic/literary excessively afraid of danger or pain.
- Heraldry (of an animal) depicted with the tail between the hind legs with reference to a frightened animal with its tail between its legs.
Mark and I have felt the pressure to give up, to be excessively afraid of danger and pain (that often never occurs), to have our ‘tail between our legs’, but then we reminisce on the DAILY FAITHFULNESS of the LORD. God is faithful - and is working in the background - even when we are not aware of circumstances changing, hearts changing or even our own attitudes changing. I encourage you to KEEP HOLDING ON ... Don’t give up!! My Granny Maggie prayed for the salvation of people, she passed away before seeing results, yet the joyous moments occurred when the beloved people surrendered their lives to Jesus. PUSH ON!
P - Pray
U - Until
S - Something
H - Happens
The psalmist understood this as he wrote in a prayer to the Lord:
"I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray." Psalms 17:6, NLT
While reading through the book of Isaiah, I came across this scripture :
"The LORD says, “I was ready to respond, but no one asked for help. I was ready to be found, but no one was looking for me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am!’ to a nation that did not call on my name." Isaiah 65:1 NLT
My heart was struck as I thought about the times that I tried to ‘work things out’ on my own, how I have not called on the Lord at times. PLEASE friends, CALL ON THE LORD ... HE IS READY TO RESPOND, LOOK FOR HIM!
Pray in FAITH, believing the HE WHO PROMISED IS FAITHFUL! Victory is HIS!
"I thank you for answering my prayer and giving me victory!" Psalms 118:21 NLT