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March 31, 2012

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Leave no soul unturned in 2012!

Exodus 23.4,5

“If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to take it back to him. If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen under its load, do not leave it there; be sure you help him with it.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

Jesus taught that loving our neighbor (including our enemy and those who do not think highly of us) is the earthly demonstration of our love for God. As God’s mighty men, we are compelled to have only one God as the focus of our attention. We are to have His mind, His heart and His spirit. As God has loved us, especially when we were God’s enemy under the influence of sin, so we are charged to love others. There can be no other course of action for us as God’s mighty men. (Are you convicted yet? I am!) Yes, it is truly a challenge when we consider that standing before our enemies may end up being an earthly death sentence. Yet, this is exactly what Jesus lived and died for. To live is Christ, to die is Christlike. So, then, we must consider well the other opportunities to do well to and for our enemies. By doing so, we may yet win more and more of them, even by our sacrifice, to the life of Christ so they may walk by faith, in hope, with love alongside of us.

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For those who will lead God’s people in worship, service and praise this weekend
* For those who are seeking to put an end to human trafficking that their success would be
overwhelming so that the healing may be equally so
* For the violence to stop in Syria and Iraq and the open roads for peace be made so that healing
may begin
* For Israel to have wisdom in deciding to follow God’s leading before military intervention
against Iran as Iran expands the revelation of their nuclear technology
* For protection on Christians around the world and the celebration that all life lived in Christ
will be blessed with life in the Kingdom
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico: as long we allow making drugs to cost anything it
will cost us everything!
* For the mission teams sent out by the Church into all the world that they remain safe as they
intercede and plant the seed of faith, hope and love
* For all our military personnel of the past and present for the service they render and the
sacrifices they have made and are making for the sake of our country and for the benefit of
others around the world
* For Mission Waco, “No Man’s Land” and the people of Myanmar
* For healing for Lisa (heart), safe delivery for Kara

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* God’s planned financial breakthrough
* For His Word on vocational strategy and revelation concerning the future and the infusion of a
positive attitude

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Father, may Your love be strong in us; strong enough to crush the desire for vengeance, payback or ill-will toward those who act and speak against Your people. May our witness of this desire to follow You through live and death into eternity bring glory and honor to Your Name and hope to all your children. AMEN.

March 30, 2012

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Leave no soul unturned in 2012!

Hosea 13. 6-7

“When I [the Lord] fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; when they became proud they forgot Me. So I will come upon them like a lion, like a leopard I will lurk by the path.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

Honest reality check! Mighty men of God must spread the word, God’s mercy endures forever for those who shun pride and embrace the remembrance of God. For those who take the blessings of God for granted, who claim success as their own, who boast of tables full of food as the fruit of their labor, who forget how God had saved them from a life far worse than the one they currently know- God will seem like the enemy of hope and justice will roll down like a thundering wind. The recent round of “mayhem” commercials depict the string of consequences which rise up out of a single action of unpreparedness. Hosea’s word reads a bit like one of those commercials where mayhem started when the people became satisfied with the fact of God’s blessing. In their satisfaction, they lost the hunger for the fullness of life and substituted it for the fullness of their stomach and the stroking of their ego. They did not seek God out for the fullness of their relationship nor did they seek God out to praise and thank Him for all He had done. They gathered the harvest in for the day believing it was for a lifetime and ignored the judgment day that would eventually come. God wants us to be ready for the day of mayhem when judgment will come upon the land and the people who dwell on it. Judgment will come because sin entered the world enabled by the power of lies proposed by Satan to cover his own sinfulness. For those who remember how their blessings came by God’s favor and are sustained day by day by His Spirit in those who still seek Him, mayhem will be but a twinkling of an eye and heaven shall be theirs forever. The same lion that roars mercy for one will growl death for another. The leopard who walks majestically by the side of the faithful will lurk hungrily for those who became faithless. Honest reality check: judgment day does come; you still have the opportunity to decide how God will see you before the judgment seat.

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For those who will lead God’s people in worship, service and praise this weekend
* For those who are seeking to put an end to human trafficking that their success would be
overwhelming so that the healing may be equally so
* For the violence to stop in Syria and Iraq and the open roads for peace be made so that healing
may begin
* For Israel to have wisdom in deciding to follow God’s leading before military intervention
against Iran as Iran expands the revelation of their nuclear technology
* For protection on Christians around the world and the celebration that all life lived in Christ
will be blessed with life in the Kingdom
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico: as long we allow making drugs to cost anything it
will cost us everything!
* For the mission teams sent out by the Church into all the world that they remain safe as they
intercede and plant the seed of faith, hope and love
* For all our military personnel of the past and present for the service they render and the
sacrifices they have made and are making for the sake of our country and for the benefit of
others around the world
* For Mission Waco, “No Man’s Land” and the people of Mozambique
* For healing for Lisa (heart), safe delivery for Kara

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* God’s planned financial breakthrough
* For a successful week of testing
* For His Word on vocational strategy and revelation concerning the future and the infusion of a
positive attitude

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Father, we thank You for the blessing of food, home, family, friends and eternal life in Christ Jesus. We desire the more You have to offer so that we can do more for the sake of Your Name, Your Word and Your people who hunger and thirst for righteousness. AMEN.

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March 29, 2012

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Leave no soul unturned in 2012!

Isaiah 31.1a,3a

“Woe those to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses. The Egyptians are men and not God, their horses are flesh and not spirit.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

Is this a prelude to the apocalypse? Are we getting a glimpse into the four horsemen of the Revelation to John? Obviously Isaiah is aware that there is a powerful difference between things of heaven and things of earth. Isaiah may be using his “horse” sense. Things of this world are images and reflections of what is in Heaven. They are tainted in this world because we glimpse them with a dirty lens of reference. Horses represent power. In the days of ancient Egypt, the armies of Pharaoh were led by charioteers who road behind great horses. Remember the movie “Ben Hur.” That great scene of the chariot race where good and evil and collateral damage were imaged is one for the ages. But, even there is the lesson to not count on the power of earthly devices. As mighty men of God, our best offense and defense is not something raised out of this world except for Jesus Christ who was raised from the dead so that we might have life. He is of the spirit of God housed in the flesh of man. But, His spirit was not born of the world (even though the world was born out of His spirit.) It is the same for mighty men of God today. They must be born again of the Spirit of God and not from the spirit of this world. Their presence in this world is a reminder to all that there is nothing that can defeat the power of God. Even Satan himself bears witness to it as he prowls the earth seeking to turn wounded souls from God. His presence here is a sign of his defeat. Why do we allow such status be given to Satan who is the image of losers? He is not the underdog in the competition for life. He is the disqualified racing behind horses that can draw dust from the earth but not glory from heaven. Who is pulling the chariots of God’s mighty men bound in the army of faith, hope and love? Is it horses of worldly power or horses of the Mighty God?

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For those who are seeking to put an end to human trafficking that their success would be
overwhelming so that the healing may be equally so
* For the violence to stop in Syria and Iraq and the open roads for peace be made so that healing
may begin
* For Israel to have wisdom in deciding to follow God’s leading before military intervention
against Iran as Iran expands the revelation of their nuclear technology
* For protection on Christians around the world and the celebration that all life lived in Christ
will be blessed with life in the Kingdom
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico: as long we allow making drugs to cost anything it
will cost us everything!
* For the mission teams sent out by the Church into all the world that they remain safe as they
intercede and plant the seed of faith, hope and love
* For all our military personnel of the past and present for the service they render and the
sacrifices they have made and are making for the sake of our country and for the benefit of
others around the world
* For Mission Waco, “No Man’s Land” and the people of Morocco
* For healing for Lisa (heart), safe delivery for Kara

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* God’s promise of healing and prosperity for His children
* For His Word on vocational strategy and revelation concerning the future and the infusion of a
positive attitude

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Father, we ride in victory today knowing the enemy has already suffered loss. We will not dwell on fear of the dead. We will ride as conquering heroes before the world proclaiming victory in Jesus which is for all who will believe and call upon His Name. AMEN.

March 28, 2012

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Leave no soul unturned in 2012!

Romans 11.6

“And if [chosen] by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace .”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

I don’t have to imagine what a world without grace would look like because the Bible tells that story. It even shows a world in which grace abounds but people do not accept its reality in their lives and therefore not in their world. And grace abounds in our world today because of the favor of God through His Son Jesus Christ. If it were not for grace, then our rights and prosperity would be based on the world system of earning your place by works. That system is still operating today and many of God’s people are suffering because of it; suffering brutally and fatally. But, the mighty men of God must not be swayed to judge others by their works. They must first approach them with grace and extend mercy to them, even to the enemy. It is a living-giving challenge, a life-surrendering possibility but it is no less a life-saving truth which each mighty man must accept as their own. If it were not for grace, then there would only be mighty men who do good works which pass from generation to generation among the haves creating a wider chasm between them and the have nots. God bridged that gap with Christ Jesus who by grace surrendered His life as an atonement for our sinful lives so that we can be restored to our rightful place before the throne of our Mighty God. We are saved by grace and not by works. Let us live by grace and do God’s work so that we can soon forget what a world without grace looks like because we will be dwelling in the Kingdom of God forever (and that would be Heaven!)

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For single-parent dads who must raise their children on their own
* For those who are seeking to put an end to human trafficking that their success would be
overwhelming so that the healing may be equally so
* For the violence to stop in Syria and Iraq and the open roads for peace be made so that healing
may begin
* For Israel to have wisdom in deciding to follow God’s leading before military intervention
against Iran as Iran expands the revelation of their nuclear technology
* For protection on Christians around the world and the celebration that all life lived in Christ
will be blessed with life in the Kingdom
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico: as long we allow making drugs to cost anything it
will cost us everything!
* For the mission teams sent out by the Church into all the world that they remain safe as they
intercede and plant the seed of faith, hope and love
* For all our military personnel of the past and present for the service they render and the
sacrifices they have made and are making for the sake of our country and for the benefit of
others around the world
* For Mission Waco, “No Man’s Land” and the people of Montserrat
* For healing for Lisa (heart), safe delivery for Kara

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* God’s promise of healing and prosperity for His children
* For His Word on vocational strategy and revelation concerning the future and the infusion of a
positive attitude

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Father, by grace we are saved and by grace we are renewed each day in the midst of Your Word. Thank You for loving us and desiring to share Your Kingdom and all its blessing with us as the fruits of Your labor not based on ours. AMEN.

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March 27, 2012

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Leave no soul unturned in 2012!

Joshua 6.16

“The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the people, ‘Shout! For the Lord has given you the city!.’”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

The defeat of the city of Jericho was an act of worship. God’s law prohibited any work from being done on the Sabbath day and this was the seventh day. The people of Israel marched around the city as they had down from the first day of the week except on the seventh day they march around it seven times. The people shouted with conviction, the priests sounded their myriad trumpets and Joshua preached a mighty word. It was not by their labors that Jericho fell but by their faithful worship of God. As mighty men of God our labor must not be in works which fall in vain but in worship which rise up in the glory of God. We must be convicted of God’s call in our lives, His plan for our lives and His mercy over our lives. We are not saved by works righteousness but by an act of worship so intense and great (in the crucifixion of Jesus the Christ) that even God could not withhold His manifest witness of offering salvation to all those who proclaimed His Son as Savior. We ought not look at worship in the same way again! It is not a call to do less but to do seven times more. It is not just a time to know what God wants us to do but also, and especially, what He does not want us to do (He brings down the walls of sin that keep us from our prosperity and the promised land of spiritual opportunity). It is time of vocal and musical conviction as the veil is rent and we are able to go into worship and enjoy the presence of the Living God unhindered and with a great sense of victory. This is the worship pattern of God’s mighty men!

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For those who are seeking to put an end to human trafficking that their success would be
overwhelming so that the healing may be equally so
* For the violence to stop in Syria and Iraq and the open roads for peace be made so that healing
may begin
* For Israel to have wisdom in deciding to follow God’s leading before military intervention
against Iran as Iran expands the revelation of their nuclear technology
* For protection on Christians around the world and the celebration that all life lived in Christ
will be blessed with life in the Kingdom
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico: as long we allow making drugs to cost anything it
will cost us everything!
* For the mission teams sent out by the Church into all the world that they remain safe as they
intercede and plant the seed of faith, hope and love
* For all our military personnel of the past and present for the service they render and the
sacrifices they have made and are making for the sake of our country and for the benefit of
others around the world
* For Mission Waco, “No Man’s Land” and the people of Montenegro
* For healing for Lisa (heart), safe delivery for Kara

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* Strength for another testing season (day 2 of 2) and thanksgiving for a good team who makes
it easier to go through
* For His Word on vocational strategy and revelation concerning the future and the infusion of a
positive attitude

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Father, hear our voices as we lift up the shout today so that the walls of sin which still stand before us shall come down. Let these mighty men not be afraid to shout to their God today for breakthroughs in Jesus’ name. AMEN.

March 26, 2012

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Leave no soul unturned in 2012!

1 John 2. 22

“Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist- he denies the Father and the Son.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

God’s mighty men must remember that the Holy Spirit dwells with us to bear witness to the truth which God has revealed to us in Jesus the Christ, His Only begotten Son, our Savior. The Holy Spirit does not say anything that is not already the Word of God. The Holy Spirit is not a free-lance writer when it comes to God’s Word. I do believe that the Holy Spirit is an inspired presenter who authors personalized avenues through which God’s Word is communicated. But, the Word itself is God’s alone. Those who remain in His Word have the Holy Spirit in them and they too are instruments through which God will speak to others. But, not everyone has the heart and mind of God, even if they say so. Their proclamation of Christ is in a word alone but their actions speak louder than their words and the truth is borne out. When the world sees this and how it stands against the authentic truth of God, some will be led astray. They will be confused as to how God can be so conflicted. It is not God who is conflicted but the liar who denies the truth in their words and deeds. Their reflection is upon themselves and therein lies the root of the failure. Any word that puts man above God or before Him is a lie. God’s purpose is to bring all His children together to dwell with Him forever. He does not want to choose favorites but shares His favor with all those who heed His truth. Let this truth dwell in your hearts, mind, soul and spirit. Let its authenticity be revealed in the harmony of your words and actions. Where there is a conflict, pray that the Holy Spirit will speak to you of the perfectly designed way for you to be released from that conflict. God’s mighty men are pro-Christ. May the truth be known in all you say and do.

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For healing on the Mississippi State campus after the discovery of a murdered student
* For those who are seeking to put an end to human trafficking that their success would be
overwhelming so that the healing may be equally so
* For the violence to stop in Syria and Iraq and the open roads for peace be made so that healing
may begin
* For Israel to have wisdom in deciding to follow God’s leading before military intervention
against Iran as Iran expands the revelation of their nuclear technology
* For protection on Christians around the world and the celebration that all life lived in Christ
will be blessed with life in the Kingdom
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico: as long we allow making drugs to cost anything it
will cost us everything!
* For the mission teams sent out by the Church into all the world that they remain safe as they
intercede and plant the seed of faith, hope and love
* For all our military personnel of the past and present for the service they render and the
sacrifices they have made and are making for the sake of our country and for the benefit of
others around the world
* For Mission Waco, “No Man’s Land” and the people of Mongolia
* For healing for Lisa, Mack, Tammy; strengthening for Bill, Mike, Olga, Rick and Darla; safe
delivery for Kara

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* Strength for another testing season and thanksgiving for a good team who makes it easier to go
through
* For His Word on vocational strategy and revelation concerning the future and the infusion of a
positive attitude

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Father, You dwell in us and in the midst of us so that Your truth can be known and put into action by faith. Bless the words and actions of these, Your mighty men, so that others may be freed from their conflict and grow in faith, hope and love. AMEN.

March 24, 2012

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Leave no soul unturned in 2012!

Job 42.10

“After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

Do God’s mighty men need an incentive program in order to not only seek righteousness but maintain it? The answer ought to be “no.” It is by faith that we find our righteousness and by faith that righteousness is maintained in our lives. It is by faith that we not only seek to have a relationship with Jesus but once we have it seek to duplicate it with everyone we meet. It is by faith that we are able to endure the attacks of the enemy (which grow stronger in relationship to the strength of righteousness we have in our lives) and see the victory which comes in Christ Jesus alone. But, do God’s mighty men benefit from seeking righteousness? Of course, they do. The wealth of the Spirit which is borne out of the fruit of the Spirit is beyond imagination. Job is that case in point. He did not seek righteousness to profit from it or by it. When all he had was taken away, he did not surrender his faith nor the life of righteousness which was born out of that faith. He maintained his relationship with God even when his circumstances, and his friends, challenged him to do otherwise. And in the end, Job received the bounty of blessing when God put an end to the attack. He did not receive it as a payment for being faithful. He received the blessing that was always his but unable to actualize it because of the attack of the enemy. He was prosperous because he chose to believe in God and follow His ways before, during and after. Yet, I would draw the attention of each mighty man to a lynchpin statement in the story of Job. Today’s verse says “After he prayed for his friends [the very friends who questioned his faithfulness and the justice of God], the Lord then made him prosperous again.” Should this not be the case for each mighty man? Should we not remember that the “secret” to our success comes in our willingness to be like Christ who died praying for others so they might have life? Job received double in this world. Jesus received the fullness of heaven. What shall we receive as we pray for our friends and seek their best in all we say and do? All of this as God delights to give.

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For those who will lead God’s people in worship, praise and service this weekend
* For those who are seeking to put an end to human trafficking that their success would be
overwhelming so that the healing may be equally so
* For the violence to stop in Syria and Iraq and the open roads for peace be made so that healing
may begin
* For Israel to have wisdom in deciding to follow God’s leading before military intervention
against Iran as Iran expands the revelation of their nuclear technology
* For protection on Christians around the world and the celebration that all life lived in Christ
will be blessed with life in the Kingdom
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico: as long we allow making drugs to cost anything it
will cost us everything!
* For the mission teams sent out by the Church into all the world that they remain safe as they
intercede and plant the seed of faith, hope and love
* For all our military personnel of the past and present for the service they render and the
sacrifices they have made and are making for the sake of our country and for the benefit of
others around the world
* For Mission Waco, “No Man’s Land” and the people of Monaco
* For healing for Lisa, Mack, Tammy; strengthening for Bill, Mike, Olga, Rick and Darla; safe
delivery for Kara

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* Strength for another testing season and thanksgiving for a good team who makes it easier to go
through
* For His Word on vocational strategy and revelation concerning the future and the infusion of a
positive attitude

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Father, for the sake of Your Name and for the benefit of others hear our prayers of concern for family and friends. Minister to their needs and bring them into wholeness. We do not ask so that we may receive. We ask so that they may believe. If we must give away all that we have so that others might have this opportunity for blessing and life with You, then make the call and we shall obey in Jesus’ name. AMEN.

March 23, 2012

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Leave no soul unturned in 2012!

Ecclesiates 12.13

“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

As Solomon penned his reflection upon life in this world, called Ecclesiastes, he concluded that life in this world was too difficult to understand, control or avoid. Isn’t it the truth? Throughout the ages of man, men have sought to avoid the inability to make sense of life by trying to control life. But, what they found is that there is such a delicate balance in life that the least bit of push in one direction creates a cascade of unforeseen events in the other. It is like juggling fine china and stemware while standing on a hill of shifting gravel. The more you try to keep your balance the more likely you are to break something. And in the end breakage is unavoidable. Solomon declared “it is meaningless and senseless.” Yet, even that wisdom points out the simplest and most basic truth of all about life. The truth is, which is shared by all of God’s mighty men, is that “man alone cannot make sense of life.” Without God added into the equation, and enacting the purpose of God as a corollary, nothing in this world makes sense beyond the obvious. What is obvious? Death comes to us all. Yet, even this observation is skewed by the fact that such a focus on death blinds the world to the beauty of life which is God. God is not a God of confusion, delusion, or subterfuge. God is a God of order, perfection and balance. He gives meaning and purpose to life but the only way to find it is to follow Him and keep His commandments. While that may not always make sense of seemingly senseless things, it does allow one to know there is a sense to be had that will illuminate the truth so that one day it will.

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For those who will lead God’s people in worship, praise and service this weekend
* Provision in abundance for those who lost possessions and loved ones due to the recent
flooding
* For the end of racial profiling and thoughts led by prejudice; honor all of God’s children with
love
* For the violence to stop in Syria and Iraq and the open roads for peace be made so that healing
may begin
* For Israel to have wisdom in deciding to follow God’s leading before military intervention
against Iran as Iran expands the revelation of their nuclear technology
* For protection on Christians around the world and the celebration that all life lived in Christ
will be blessed with life in the Kingdom
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico: as long we allow making drugs to cost anything it
will cost us everything!
* For the mission teams sent out by the Church into all the world that they remain safe as they
intercede and plant the seed of faith, hope and love
* For all our military personnel of the past and present for the service they render and the
sacrifices they have made and are making for the sake of our country and for the benefit of
others around the world
* For Mission Waco, “No Man’s Land” and the people of Moldova
* For healing for Lisa, Mack, Tammy; strengthening for Bill, Mike, Olga, Rick and Darla; safe
delivery for Kara

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* Strength for another testing season and thanksgiving for a good team who makes it easier to go
through
* For His Word on vocational strategy and revelation concerning the future and the infusion of a
positive attitude

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Father, as confusing as life seems at times, we give thanks for You in our lives and for the hope you share with us that we can have life in eternal abundance and peace. We know that without You life is meaningless and its purpose is ungraspable. AMEN.

March 22, 2012

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Leave no soul unturned in 2012!

Acts 27.25-26

“So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as He told me. Nevertheless, we must run aground on some island.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

God does not promise skies always blue! There are times, as we will know, that the skies are stormy and the promise of disaster looms large. But, what God does promise is that He will keep His Word to us for our safekeeping in this world and in the next. God’s mighty men must continue to remember that we do not live in Eden anymore. It may lie behind some hidden gateway beyond our ability to see. It is surely guarded by a mighty angel whose charge is to prevent our entrance ever again. Until then we live in a world that is filled with such challenges of nature (human and otherwise) we might take the occasion to surrender to the calamity ourselves and give up hope. Take courage, mighty men of God. Trust in His Word which is life for all who will trust and obey. It is not a ticket out of harm’s way; we will still have to endure the hardships of this world. However, by holding fast to the promise of God’s protection and His desire that we prosper in life to serve others, we will endure, overcome and give glory to God. Paul did not give any false hope to those who are on board with him as he was being transported to Rome- they would most definitely run aground. But, he did give them hope- you will live. Isn’t this the message God has given to the world through Jesus Christ? We will suffer hardships, trials and tribulations but we will live with Him forever. This is good news, especially for those whose lives seem to be tempest tossed and near disaster without recovery. But, there is hope just as there is a God whose will shall not be deterred. Take heart. Take courage. Don’t jump ship. Keep the faith. Keep the course steady. Trust in God and know not only His protection and provision but His victory.

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* Provision in abundance for those who lost possessions and loved ones due to the recent
flooding
* For the end of racial profiling and thoughts led by prejudice; honor all of God’s children with
love
* For the violence to stop in Syria and Iraq and the open roads for peace be made so that healing
may begin
* For Israel to have wisdom in deciding to follow God’s leading before military intervention
against Iran as Iran expands the revelation of their nuclear technology
* For protection on Christians around the world and the celebration that all life lived in Christ
will be blessed with life in the Kingdom
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico: as long we allow making drugs to cost anything it
will cost us everything!
* For the mission teams sent out by the Church into all the world that they remain safe as they
intercede and plant the seed of faith, hope and love
* For all our military personnel of the past and present for the service they render and the
sacrifices they have made and are making for the sake of our country and for the benefit of
others around the world
* For Mission Waco, “No Man’s Land” and the people of Mexico
* For healing for Lisa, Mack, Tammy; strengthening for Bill, Mike, Olga, Rick and Darla; safe
delivery for Kara

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* Strength for another testing season
* For His Word on vocational strategy and revelation concerning the future and the infusion of a
positive attitude

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Father, we do trust in You in all things. Sometimes we are wavering like a boat on a stormy sea, but we hold on to you for our lives because You have promised life to us. Grant favor and opportunity to these mighty men of Yours so they can steady the boats of others with the word of Good News and promised delivery. AMEN.

March 21, 2012

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Leave no soul unturned in 2012!

2 Kings 18.35

“Who all of the gods of these countries has been able to save his land from me? How then can the Lord deliver Jerusalem from my hand?”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

As I am rereading the story of King Hezekiah and his battle of wills against Sennacherib, I am reminded of the commandment “You should have no other gods before me.” God never denied the presence of minor gods, lesser gods, inferior gods, gods of destruction or those who believed themselves to be gods. The world is full of these ineffective gods. These gods may be able to shovel dirt but they cannot say to a mountain “be moved from here to there.” What God is adamant about is that in the grand scheme of things there is only one Supreme God just as there can only be one supreme commander. Someone has to be in charge and God, the father of our Lord Jesus, is it. For anyone else to lay claim to the position is blasphemy, a denial of the Holy Spirit which is the unforgivable sin.

So, I have to laugh at those who declare that America is a godless nation filled with godless people simply because religious opinions do not match with theirs. In fact, when communism declared that religion and belief in gods is a detriment to society they were telling a lie at more than one level. They denied the existence of authority of the One True God. The ideology was the establishment of a religion (of the state) with authority given over to little gods. Is there no wonder that communism fails? It does not honor God. It goes against the commandments themselves, the greatest of which is to love God! Yes, America is not a godless country filled with godless people. No, the problem is actually just the opposite. America is a country full of “gods” who are worshipped by people who have put “gods” before God! If that is the case,
God’s mighty men need to lead the God-fearing revolution of enlightenment. We must proclaim the supremacy of the One True God and keep Him first and foremost in all things. If we do not then the future of America will be lost amidst the pantheon of deception.

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* Put an end to slavery in the world; human trafficking denies the rights of everyone
* For the end of racial profiling and thoughts led by prejudice; honor all of God’s children with
love
* For the violence to stop in Syria and Iraq and the open roads for peace be made so that healing
may begin
* For Israel to have wisdom in deciding to follow God’s leading before military intervention
against Iran as Iran expands the revelation of their nuclear technology
* For protection on Christians around the world and the celebration that all life lived in Christ
will be blessed with life in the Kingdom
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico: as long we allow making drugs to cost anything it
will cost us everything!
* For the mission teams sent out by the Church into all the world that they remain safe as they
intercede and plant the seed of faith, hope and love
* For all our military personnel of the past and present for the service they render and the
sacrifices they have made and are making for the sake of our country and for the benefit of
others around the world
* For Mission Waco, “No Man’s Land” and the people of Mayotte

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* Strength for another testing season
* For His Word on vocational strategy and revelation concerning the future and the infusion of a
positive attitude

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Father, bless the nation with mighty men who are willing to proclaim the truth that there is no other god before You. You are it! Praise You, God! AMEN.

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