Choose Joy  0

For even if the fig tree doesn’t blossom,
and no fruit is on the vines,
even if the olive tree fails to produce,
and the fields yield no food at all,
even if the sheep vanish from the sheep
pen,
and there are no cows in the stalls;
18 still, I will rejoice in ADONAI,
I will take joy in the God of my
salvation.
19 ELOHIM Adonai is my strength!
He makes me swift and sure-footed as
a deer
and enables me to stride over my high
places.

Habakkuk 3:17-19 (CJB)

The situation is bleak, there is gloom and doom all around. Loss, failure, barrenness and defeat. It seems so hopeless and the natural tendency is to get offended at God, asking “Why me?” “How could You let this happen to me, after all I have done for you?”

What was Habakkuk’s response? He made a choice to rekindle his joy (rejoice) in the Lord, and to give a victory shout to the God of his salvation!

This proves that our reactions in life are not totally dependent on what we experience on the outside, but on how we choose to respond to it.

Choice is a function of the will not emotions. Your emotions can be all over the place, yet you can engage your will to bless the Lord at all times.

Prayer:

Lord, You are good and do only good. I know Your thoughts towards me are for good and not for evil, to give me a future and a hope. You are faithful to Your Word, You are reliable and trustworthy. Your track record speaks for itself.

I choose to bless You at all times, Your praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in You, the humble shall hear thereof and be glad.

No matter what does or does not happen, in my life, I choose to judge You faithful. I choose to praise You, even in the night.

Take No Thought Saying  0

O my soul, why are you so overwrought?
Why are you so disturbed?
Why can’t I just hope in God?
Despite all my emotions, I will hope in God again.
I will believe and praise the One
who saves me and is my life,
My Savior and my God

Psalm 43:5 (VOICE)

Overwrought: in a state of nervous excitement and anxiety, agitated, high strung, hysterical.

Disturbed: having or showing evidence of a mental or emotional illness, worried, unhappy.

The Psalmist starts off distraught to the point of hysteria, there is seemingly a loss of control, hence the question “Why can’t I just hope in God?’ however by the middle of the verse, the tone changes, maybe he/she remembered the fact that we have the God-given right and ability to choose our thoughts.

Not every thought that flashes through our mind is ours. Yes, the devil tries to convince us it is, but we know he’s a liar. His specialty is bringing foul, unbelieving, evil thoughts to us and first off trying to convince us they originated from us, then condemning us for them.

No, a thought does not become ours until we take it by saying it and thinking continually on it.

Jesus said in Matthew 6:31 “Take no thought saying . . .” and Paul admonishes

Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].
Philippians 4:8 AMP

Prayer:

Lord You said, You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you. You have given me authority over my thoughts and I exercise that right now.

I thank You for the weapons of my warfare which are not carnal but mighty in You for pulling down strongholds, I cast down arguments and every high thing in my heart and mind that exalts itself against the knowledge of You.

I bring every thought of mine into captivity to the obedience of Christ (the Anointed One and His anointing).

Despite all my emotions, I will hope in You again, I choose to rekindle my joy and trust in You.

You are my strength when I am weak
You are the treasure that I seek
You are my all in all
I’m seeking You like a precious jewel
Lord, to give up I’d be a fool
You are my all in all
(Dennis Jernigan – You Are My All In All)

I Will Hope In Him Again  0

Who is among you who [reverently] fears the Lord, who obeys the voice of His Servant, yet who walks in darkness and deep trouble and has no shining splendor [in his heart]? Let him rely on, trust in, and be confident in the name of the Lord, and let him lean upon and be supported by his God. Isaiah 50:10 (AMPC)

This doesn’t add up, I thought the Word says “if ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.” Here is someone who fears the Lord and obeys Him, yet walks in darkness and deep trouble, how is this possible?

In the body of Christ we have erroneously given people the impression that Christianity is a bed of roses. We say things like “Come to Jesus and all your troubles will be over.” We give the impression that this new life is one of endless ease, no challenges, no stress.

How many have been saved long enough to know this is false? I have both hands and feet up in the air.
Yes, Jesus came that we might have and enjoy life, to the full until it overflows, but we must never forget that He began that scripture by saying the thief comes to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10). We must enforce what Jesus has already done.

One of the ways of doing this is by having faith in God and what He has said concerning the issue. Faith is a choice. It is making a decision to believe something said/promised, which is not currently discernible with our physical senses.

Prayer:

Father, I thank You for life, I do not take it for granted that I am still here. I appreciate all You have done for me, most especially those things that I am not even conscious of. Thank You for the things You provided even before I knew I would have the need.

There are things going on in my life that are contrary to Your Word, I refuse to allow this to remain so. Your Word declares that (speak the scriptures that cover your case), I come into agreement with this Word and command the situation to conform to it.

You are not a man that You should lie, neither the son of man that You should repent, have You said and shall You not do? Have You spoken and shall You not make it good?

I make a quality decision to take You at Your Word, every negative thing I see, hear, feel or am experiencing right now is subject to change, but Your Word is eternal.

Thank You for the victory!!

The Lord’s Prayer  0

Father God we bless You this day. Thank You for Your mercy, thank You for Your grace and favor over us and all that belong to us.

We appreciate You not only for what You do but for Who You are. Your love is a blessed assurance, Your long suffering preserves us, Your integrity stabilizes us, Your continual presence comforts us, Your unwavering belief in us causes us to get back up again.

Thank You for a reason to wake up each day and to keep pressing on.

Lord, how may we be co-laborers with You today? What is that thing You want us to agree with You on and speak into the earth? What is our part in Your plan for today?

Spirit of the Living God, I yield my tongue to You as the pen of a ready writer, You know the mind of the Father, lead me in prayer in accordance with His will (pray in the spirit and afterwards ask for the interpretation).

Lord, You are our only source, everything else is a channel. Your Word declares (speak the scriptures that cover your requests). I ask for the grace to get from where I am now to my desired result (this Word becoming flesh).

Father I forgive (so and so), I get rid of the offense and I release them, they owe me nothing, not even an apology. I pray for them that they will realize their error and get right with You so they can deliver themselves from the enemy’s snare. Be merciful to them Lord.

Lord, I confess (such and such) as sin. I take ownership and responsibility for my thoughts, words and actions that are contrary to You. I renounce and lay aside every pet sin. By faith I receive Your forgiveness and cleansing and resist guilt and condemnation.

There is (name the issue) that is putting so much pressure on me. There is a pull to do what I know is wrong. There is (name the thing) that I’ve been believing for and has gotten worse. Lord, You promised me that nothing comes against me that is beyond human resistance and there is always a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13). You also told me to ask for wisdom and You will supply (James 1:2-5). I ask for the grace to persevere until my change comes, I ask for wisdom to discern the way out and the boldness to take it.

Lord I thank You for hearing and granting my petitions, supplications and intercessions this day. I give You the praise in advance. You alone are God and worthy of all praise

Thank You for life.

Be A Doer of The Word  0

Train yourself
a) to say what the Word says in every situation
b) to meditate – think on the Word
c) to do the Word

The results
i) YOU (not God or any man) will make your own way prosperous
ii) you will deal wisely and have good success.

Memorize Joshua 1:8.

This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good [a]success.

Lord, Teach Us To Pray  1

The disciples of Jesus asked Him to teach them how to pray and He gave them what we now call the Lord’s prayer.

Our Father:
Not my Father. The word “Our” reminds us that this is not just about me, but God and His family. Yes I have my rights but I must remain conscious of the rights of other members of the family, and there are times when I have to lay mine down for the greater good.

The Merriam Webster online dictionary defines Father as “one that originates or institutes, a man who has begotten a child.” God is our source, in Him we live and move and have our very existence, He is our loving Father.

Which art in heaven:
He is seated in heaven, far above the circle of the earth. He created time for us but is neither limited by time nor space.

Hallowed be Thy name:
God alone is worthy of all our praise and adoration. His name is above all names, His name is a strong tower, the righteous run into it and they are safe.

Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done:
Our first request should be one of “Lord How may I serve You? What is on Your heart for right now that I can pray about?. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you in prayer about it.

Give us this day our daily bread:
Pray for your needs and those of others.

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us:
Forgive every offence against you and release the perpetrators. Confess your sins to God, and ask Him for mercy for other people.

Lead us not into temptation:
Commit to follow the leading of the Spirit. God has promised a way out of every temptation, ask for wisdom to discern it and the grace to take it.

Deliver us from evil:
Break the hold of every bondage in your life and that of others.

For thine is the Kingdom:
It is all about God’s plans, purposes and pursuits, everything we think, say or do must be with a Kingdom mindset.

The power:
He is the Almighty, the One with Whom nothing shall be impossible.

The glory:
He alone deserves all the glory, for it is in Him we live and move and have our being. It is not of him that wills or of him that runs but of God Who shows mercy.

Forever and ever:
He is the God without either beginning or ending. The one Who was, and is, and is to come.

Amen :
So be it.

Stretch Forth Your Hand  0

Right after John the Baptist was beheaded, God’s response was an onslaught against the works of the enemy. Jesus had compassion on the people and healed their sick, and there was a manifestation of the working of miracles in the feeding of the 5,000+.

Pray for an outpouring of the Spirit of God over the land.

Command the removal of that with which the devil has blinded the minds of men.

Command the removal of every burden from their shoulders and every yoke from their necks, by reason of the anointing.

Pray over the hearts of the people. Plough up the fallow ground and every hardened heart.

Ask for the rain of mercy

Ask for the souls of men

Ask for an outpouring of the Spirit of God

Ask for healings, creative miracles, deliverances

Pray for the laborers on the vineyard, especially those who preach the gospel amongst those given to the devil.

Pray that the Word of the Lord may have free course and be glorified.

Pray that that as we proclaim the gospel, we will be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men

Pray that the Lord will establish us and keep us from evil

Ask the Lord for the boldness to speak His word

Ask Him to stretch forth His hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of His Holy Child Jesus.

Thank Him for the harvest of souls

Thank Him for He is good and His mercy endures forever!

Sing The Lord’s Song in A Strange Land  4

Do you remember the song “By The Rivers of Babylon”
by Boney M.?

“By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat
down
Ye-eah we wept, when we remembered Zion
When the wicked
Carried us away in captivity
Required from us a song
Now how shall we sing the Lord’s song in
a strange land?
Let the words of our mouth and the
meditation of our hearts
Be acceptable in thy sight here tonight
By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat
down
Yeah we wept, when we remembered Zion”

Have you ever been, or are you
currently by the Rivers of Babylon?
Are you weeping over loss or
disappointment? Are you bound by a
habit or condition? Are you being
mocked by reason of your affliction?
Have men labelled you by it like
they did in Bible times – blind
Bartimaeus, the one called barren,
the woman with the issue of blood,
the demoniac etc?

What do you do when you have cried
till you can cry no more? You’ve
prayed, fasted, done Jericho marches,
fasted, sown seed, bound, loosed,
cast out, anointed with oil etc,
and yet the problem persists?

This song by Boney M. was composed
from Psalm 137:1-4 and Psalm 19:14.
In Psalm 137, the Israelites were
being mocked by their captors and
taunted to sing a song of joy,
their response was to hang up
their harps and give up on praise.
They did not realize that a strange
land was the very place where they
needed to sing the Lord’s song.
Why? The Lord inhabits the praises
of His people and they desperately
needed His revealed presence and
intervention.

Train yourself to praise God in the
night, extol His greatness and magnify
Him when it seems like He is silent.
Like Paul and Silas, pray and sing
to God in the midst of your pain
and watch Him step in.

Follow The Plan  2

He makes my feet like hinds’ feet [able
to stand firmly or make progress on
the dangerous heights of testing and
trouble]; He sets me securely upon my
high places.

Psalm 18:33 (AMPC)

Following God’s plan makes us swift,
agile, sure-footed (unlikely to stumble
or slip). We will not be moved by
either the winds of adversity or the
storms of persecution.

We make progress, increase and grow
even in the midst of tests and trouble.
God causes all things to work together
for our good and to His glory.

He sets us securely on our high places,
where there is safety, refuge, victory
and divine purpose.

You Have A Force Field of Goodness & Mercy  1

Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.
Psalm 23:6 (AMPC)

What do you see following you? Gloom and doom? Sorrow and calamity? Failure and loss? Goodness, mercy and unfailing love are meant to follow you.

In Deuteronomy 28:2 God says these blessings will come upon you and overtake you. It is like standing at the seashore with your back to the water, a huge wave comes ashore and engulfs you from behind and you are completely submerged in it.

As you follow the Good Shepherd in His plan for your life, you’re surrounded by a force field of His goodness, mercy and unfailing love!