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1617

April 30, 2014

YOUR Will be done in the year to come- 2014

HIS WORD for Today:

Deuteronomy 28.9-10

“The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in obedience to him. Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you.”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

What is God’s will for your life? It is that you choose to pursue righteousness and follow His commands to love one another as you love Him. The consequence of this pursuit is a state of blessing and fulfillment. His will is that you are glad to be called by His Name and be known by no other. For this purpose, His will is to establish you in your true reality as sons (and daughters) of the most High. The true reality is the condition and vocation of holiness. God has a distinct purpose for our lives as His mighty men. While we may be doing other work as our vocations they are to become outlets through which God will pour His blessing on the earth.

Jason Gray sings “God put a million million doors in the world for His love to walk through and one of them is you.” The Old Testament doesn’t use the image of the doors of heaven rather windows through which the blessings of God are poured. Jesus speaks of being the door and the sheepgate. He gives to Peter the keys to the kingdom which would imply a door or gate granting entrance into the kingdom. But, it is the windows of Heaven which allow the blessing to pour out. If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then God’s mighty men must be these holy windows which reveal the true heart of God. He loves us and will provide abundantly for us. He takes care of His own very well with the finest things of Heaven. All He asks is that we seek Him out above all things and love others (including ourselves) as we love Him.

PRAYER CONCERNS: (Needs of God’s mighty men that will be answered out of faith, hope and love)

* For the protection of many as supercell storms heat up over the nation bringing deadly tornadoes to bear down on God’s people with 35 dead so far and millions threatened
* For the cessation of violence in Nigeria and over 100 girls still missing from the school kidnapping be found safe
* For the recovery of the lost in the Korean ferry accident as 48 students are found dead in one room of the sunken ferry
* For the discovery of the Malaysian airliner and the resolution of the mystery of its disappearance; God knows where it is and will those who are searching for it and cause the ocean to give it up like Jonah from the whale
* For our government and budget to become balanced before the Lord; I pray for Jubilee!; and that our President withdraw the current healthcare plan in favor of one that God will provide as what is best for all His people.
* 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 Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, North Korea and the Ukraine and the open roads for peace be made so that healing may begin and peace rules
* 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 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 Mission Waco, “No Man’s Land” and the people of the Falkland Islands
* For deliverance from cancer and tremors in my brother; healing for Lisa’s body, mind and spirit; healing for JoAnn, Debbie and Linda; mending of Dallas’ body and restoration for Katelyn; for Mack to blessed in the direction he has chosen for his life and a trust in God to provide healing of body, mind and soul which leads him to make his life a glory to God; for all the concerns lifted up in LG; for deliverance from financial bondage and for guidance future vocational endeavors; God will balance my body chemistry that seems to be going in two different directions and possible indicators for other concerns

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

* God is giving hope to the trusting; where it leads God only knows still at this moment
* God is manifesting healing in my family and providing wisdom for a challenging decision for each of us (all vocationally-centered) daily

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Father, pour through us Your blessing into the world in which we work and live as Your mighty men. May the world know through us that it is You who have made it possible for us to live in peace with abundance forever because we declare its truth in our own lives. In Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN.

1616

April 29, 2014

YOUR Will be done in the year to come- 2014

HIS WORD for Today:

Deuteronomy 28.8

“The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

You have to hear this blessing over and against the words spoken to Adam and Eve as God was exiting them from the Garden of Eden. God told them that everything they would accumulate would come from hard, physical labor from the womb in bearing children to fields where they would sow their seed and harvest it. In fact, God intimated that it would be painful and a struggle. Whatever the Garden of Eden was like the world was not and so the life associated with it. If today’s Word is not a grace-filled declaration then I am missing something in this leading of the Holy Spirit.

Do not be confused about the introduction of this teaching in the 28th chapter of Deuteronomy. Yes, it declares obedience to the commands of God but no command supercedes “You should love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength; and your neighbor as yourself.” Yes, the covenant of the Law which God delivered to Moses at Mt. Sinai is a foundation to understand our relationship with God. Yet, the Law itself is a testament of what will happen in our lives when we are faithful and obedient to loving God and one another. If we love and strive to love more perfectly then the commandments become a living reality in our lives. There still are times when living in the world tempts us sorely to love self more than others and more than God. It is for that the mighty men of God give thanks for God’s forgiveness in Jesus Christ. It doesn’t mean we have stopped loving God or stopped loving others when we sin. It means our desire to love with priority in faith has been compromised. We still love God, we still love others, but we love ourselves more at some times than we ought. That love is a selfish love that is based on fear and where there is fear, disobedience rises up and our obedience to God’s command becomes an obligation instead of an opportunity. It is in those times that we lose sight of the blessing which God has fashioned just for us. We are so busy holding on to what we think we want that we cannot grasp what God wants to give to us. We might as well be living outside the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve!

But, God promises that in the exchange of love we find our blessing. When we keep God at the top of our list, the blessing flows and peace ensues and the pain is moderated and eliminated replaced by trust and praise. Jesus bore the pain of our sin as well as our death. He has put a life of prosperity into our hands so that everything we touch can be blessed and a blessing. Love God and find the blessed love of God in return.

PRAYER CONCERNS: (Needs of God’s mighty men that will be answered out of faith, hope and love)

* For the protection of many as supercell storms heat up over the nation bringing deadly tornadoes to bear down on God’s people with 28 dead so far and millions threatened
* For the cessation of violence in Nigeria and over 100 girls still missing from the school kidnapping be found safe
* For the recovery of the lost in the Korean ferry accident as 48 students are found dead in one room of the sunken ferry
* For the discovery of the Malaysian airliner and the resolution of the mystery of its disappearance; God knows where it is and will those who are searching for it and cause the ocean to give it up like Jonah from the whale
* For our government and budget to become balanced before the Lord; I pray for Jubilee!; and that our President withdraw the current healthcare plan in favor of one that God will provide as what is best for all His people.
* 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 Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, North Korea and the Ukraine and the open roads for peace be made so that healing may begin and peace rules
* 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 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 Mission Waco, “No Man’s Land” and the people of the Faeroe Islands
* For deliverance from cancer and tremors in my brother; healing for Lisa’s body, mind and spirit; healing for JoAnn, Debbie and Linda; mending of Dallas’ body and restoration for Katelyn; for Mack to blessed in the direction he has chosen for his life and a trust in God to provide healing of body, mind and soul which leads him to make his life a glory to God; for all the concerns lifted up in LG; for deliverance from financial bondage and for guidance future vocational endeavors; God will balance my body chemistry that seems to be going in two different directions and possible indicators for other concerns

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

* God is manifesting healing in my family and providing wisdom for a challenging decision for each of us (all vocationally-centered) daily

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Father, for the bounty of Your love we are thankful and thanks giving so that the blessing we receive can be multiplied and shared with others. In Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN.

1615

April 28, 2014

YOUR Will be done in the year to come- 2014

HIS WORD for Today:

Deuteronomy 28.7

“The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

Whether they will acknowledge it or not, our Mighty God is the Lord of the enemies as well. He hardened Pharoah’s heart by proving His power and existence was far greater than anything Egypt had ever seen. God granted Pharoah’s wish naming the final plague which brought death upon the first born of all Egypt (except Ramses.) God used the passion of Nebuchadnezzar against Israel as a means of proclaiming His judgment of displeasure against them because they turned to trust more in idols, other nations and their own works. God allowed Judas to follow his own heart and be the one who would usher Jesus in to the Sanhedrin where He was tried for blasphemy and treason, found guilty and led to be crucified. God is in control. He allows us to pursue life according to our freewill. He desires that we would choose to follow His Will as did Jesus. He grieves when we do not and thus make ourselves enemies of God. But, in the end God is Lord over all, friend and foe, and His Will shall be done.

Jesus declares that we should love one another as we love God including our enemies. That means we do not put ourselves in God’s place like James and John asking for fire and brimstone to be called down upon the Samaritans who did not Jesus in their town and in their lives. It also means we do not put the enemy in the place of God as if they have final authority over us but we can offer service to them knowing it is well with our soul and perhaps win them by our faithfulness as with Onesimus and Philemon. Yes, God will grant the enemy the desire to act out but His will is our protection. He is our guard, our strong tower, our fortress, our shield, our sword, our protection and will cause the enemy to be defeated and depart in all directions. Imagine the enemy who comes straight against us with one thing in mind but in the presence of God loses their mind and runs away in seven directions. This means their defeat will be complete and undeniable just as His prosperity and protection is complete and undeniable for those who will obey God and put forth their best effort to fulfill His commandments. We know as mighty men of God that we cannot fulfill those commandments. But, that is where we have our advantage over the Hebrew children who heard the Law again in the days of Josiah. They did not have Jesus and we do. We have the fulfillment of the Commandments because we believe in Jesus and accept Him as our Lord and Savior. The defeat of the enemy which is sin, death and ultimately Satan is complete. We dare not deny it. Thanks be to God for our deliverance and our protection.

PRAYER CONCERNS: (Needs of God’s mighty men that will be answered out of faith, hope and love)

* For the protection of many as supercell storms heat up over the nation bringing deadly tornadoes to bear down on God’s people; 18 were killed yesterday in three states
* For the cessation of violence in Nigeria and over 100 girls still missing from the school kidnapping be found safe
* For the recovery of the lost in the Korean ferry accident as 48 students are found dead in one room of the sunken ferry
* For the discovery of the Malaysian airliner and the resolution of the mystery of its disappearance; God knows where it is and will those who are searching for it and cause the ocean to give it up like Jonah from the whale
* For our government and budget to become balanced before the Lord; I pray for Jubilee!; and that our President withdraw the current healthcare plan in favor of one that God will provide as what is best for all His people.
* 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 Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, North Korea and the Ukraine and the open roads for peace be made so that healing may begin and peace rules
* 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 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 Mission Waco, “No Man’s Land” and the people of Ethiopia
* For deliverance from cancer and tremors in my brother; healing for Lisa’s body, mind and spirit; healing for JoAnn, Debbie and Linda; mending of Dallas’ body and restoration for Katelyn; for Mack to blessed in the direction he has chosen for his life and a trust in God to provide healing of body, mind and soul which leads him to make his life a glory to God; for all the concerns lifted up in LG; for deliverance from financial bondage and for guidance future vocational endeavors; God will balance my body chemistry that seems to be going in two different directions and possible indicators for other concerns

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

* God is manifesting healing in my family and providing wisdom for a challenging decision for each of us (all vocationally-centered) daily

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Father, there is no God but You in our lives. Drive the enemy away just as the shadows flee before the sun. So, too, do the shadows of death and wickedness flee before the Son of Man and God who has come into the world. Let His defeat and our joy be complete in You. In Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN.

1614

April 27, 2014

YOUR Will be done in the year to come- 2014

HIS WORD for Today:

Deuteronomy 28.6

“You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

One can assume that, as with the labor focus of this verse, we can embrace rest as a true blessing. After a full day at the office it is good to step in your home, kick your shoes off, take a load off and just relax. After a good night’s rest, then you go back out of your house and face the world again. We do pray for a good night’s rest so that we are refreshed and our mind is ready to meet the taxing needs of our chosen vocations and efforts. But, the Spirit reminded me that we generally come in at night and go out in the morning. This sounds strangely akin to the designation of time used in relaying the story of how God created the world. It was evening and morning, a day had passed. The reflection of that use of time, which seems totally opposite the way we would normally think, is intentional.

We consider that we go out in the morning and then come in at night and that is a full day. For many of us, it most certainly is a full day. But, if you remember that the creation story is related by the voice of priests, then there is a Sabbath perspective being offered. The fourth commandment declares “Honor the Sabbath; keep it holy.” The Hebrew Sabbath started at sundown on Friday and concluded at sundown on Saturday- a full day. From the creation story itself we know the purpose of creation is a day of rest. So, is this admonition a restatement of “honoring the sabbath”? If we truly love God, keep His commandments and bring glory to His name through our desire to be steadfast to His Word, then we would be blessed with a sabbath rest- a full day of no work. We are blessed because we are going to share in the sabbath full of already-prepared meals, the gathering of family, the worship of God through kinesthetic worship in the Word and Psalms (music) and the reality that there would be no work, save for the occasional emergency which was not deemed to be work but a “works.” After a full day of spiritual focus, we should be ready to go back out into the world to fulfill our purpose in it and make a difference in the lives of others.

I dare say if God’s mighty men took on the attitude that whenever and wherever they “went in” it was a time and place for worship they would be blessed and so would all those who shared in that event with them. If they clothed themselves with the attitude that they were in worship knowing “this is the day which the Lord has made, we shall rejoice and be glad in it” when they departed there would be no ‘kicking the dust off their feet in disappointment and disapproval. And sadly, in those times when it would happen that dust would be kicked off your feet it would not be without the effort to bring the worship of God into our service to God.

PRAYER CONCERNS: (Needs of God’s mighty men that will be answered out of faith, hope and love)

* For those who will lead God’s people in worship, praise and service this weekend
* For the cessation of violence in Nigeria and over 100 girls still missing from the school kidnapping be found safe
* For the recovery of the lost in the Korean ferry accident as 48 students are found dead in one room of the sunken ferry
* For the discovery of the Malaysian airliner and the resolution of the mystery of its disappearance; God knows where it is and will those who are searching for it and cause the ocean to give it up like Jonah from the whale
* For our government and budget to become balanced before the Lord; I pray for Jubilee!; and that our President withdraw the current healthcare plan in favor of one that God will provide as what is best for all His people.
* 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 Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, North Korea and the Ukraine and the open roads for peace be made so that healing may begin and peace rules
* 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 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 Mission Waco, “No Man’s Land” and the people of Estonia
* For deliverance from cancer and tremors in my brother; healing for Lisa’s body, mind and spirit; healing for JoAnn, Debbie and Linda; mending of Dallas’ body and restoration for Katelyn; for Mack to blessed in the direction he has chosen for his life and a trust in God to provide healing of body, mind and soul which leads him to make his life a glory to God; for all the concerns lifted up in LG; for deliverance from financial bondage and for guidance future vocational endeavors; God will balance my body chemistry that seems to be going in two different directions and possible indicators for other concerns

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

* We received a word that a messenger would bring good tidings and it was confirmed the next day as I was studying Deuteronomy with a celebration within the family tying the two words together. Praise God!
* God is manifesting healing in my family and providing wisdom for a challenging decision for each of us (all vocationally-centered) daily

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Father, as we prepare to worship with You today reflecting the grand worship service we shall share with You in eternity, our minds are already going into that spiritual realm to dwell with You there. May even our going out today be that time of joy and fulfillment of Your glory. In Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN.

1613

April 26, 2014

YOUR Will be done in the year to come- 2014

HIS WORD for Today:

Deuteronomy 28.6

“You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

I know that commentaries leave this verse to our daily labor and that we will be blessed in our chosen profession, or whatever other work we may be doing. I am glad that God will bless us in our work lives because it is there that our witness can be sorely tested and our character challenged. That means it is in those places that we can truly bring the glory of God to bear in the darkness of the work environment. Yes, we all have dark days at work.

1. Some of those days are of our own making because we have brought our own doubt and despair into the workplace with an anticipation of something that could happen.
2. Some of those days are of our own making because we refuse to put the light of God’s wisdom and healing on whatever situation we may find ourselves in; or with whatever person or people we may have to deal with.
3. Some of those days are of our own making because we have put our faith in God and that really ticks Satan off so he will make an effort to disrupt, if not destroy, our place at work and the work we do.
4. Some of those days just happen and we are left to respond accordingly.

If we are faithful toward God and God’s people (Jesus said we must even love our enemies) then we will be blessed in the workplace. God’s love can heal our attitudes toward work, co-workers and people we may have to deal with. God’s love can leave us prepared for whatever situation arises around us, in us or against us. He will be with us in our going to to work as well as our coming out of work and obviously all times in between. I don’t know about you but I certainly need that reminder. Thank you, Lord.

I also want to thank the Lord for another insight and perspective on the application of this verse which would be appropriate for our Sunday service. See you tomorrow.

PRAYER CONCERNS: (Needs of God’s mighty men that will be answered out of faith, hope and love)

* For those who will lead God’s people in worship, praise and service this weekend
* For the cessation of violence in Nigeria and over 100 girls still missing from the school kidnapping be found safe
* For the recovery of the lost in the Korean ferry accident as 48 students are found dead in one room of the sunken ferry
* For the discovery of the Malaysian airliner and the resolution of the mystery of its disappearance; God knows where it is and will those who are searching for it and cause the ocean to give it up like Jonah from the whale
* For our government and budget to become balanced before the Lord; I pray for Jubilee!; and that our President withdraw the current healthcare plan in favor of one that God will provide as what is best for all His people.
* 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 Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, North Korea and the Ukraine and the open roads for peace be made so that healing may begin and peace rules
* 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 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 Mission Waco, “No Man’s Land” and the people of Eritrea
* For deliverance from cancer and tremors in my brother; healing for Lisa’s body, mind and spirit; healing for JoAnn, Debbie and Linda; mending of Dallas’ body and restoration for Katelyn; for Mack to blessed in the direction he has chosen for his life and a trust in God to provide healing of body, mind and soul which leads him to make his life a glory to God; for all the concerns lifted up in LG; for deliverance from financial bondage and for guidance future vocational endeavors; God will balance my body chemistry that seems to be going in two different directions and possible indicators for other concerns

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

* We received a word that a messenger would bring good tidings and it was confirmed the next day as I was studying Deuteronomy with a celebration within the family tying the two words together. Praise God!
* God is manifesting healing in my family and providing wisdom for a challenging decision for each of us (all vocationally-centered) daily

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Father, bless our work, our workplace, our co-workers and those whom we serve and let that blessing flow through us so that we can be a part of the glory that will make all things right. In Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN.

1612

April 25, 2014

YOUR Will be done in the year to come- 2014

HIS WORD for Today:

Deuteronomy 28.5

“Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

One day, Jesus’ disciples came to Him and asked, “Lord, teach us to pray as John has taught His disciples.” We do not know their intention for asking this question. It begs for an inquiry into its meaning and purpose which we are not given. We do not know if they felt ineffective, excluded or what. Whatever the reason, they knew there was a difference between themselves and the disciples of John. Surely, Jesus, whom John proclaimed as the Lamb of God, was superior and so nothing should be denied them that they had? Jealousy? We know the disciples each had their personality flaws from boasting to cowardice. We know they had great successes when they were sent out in Jesus’ name two by two. But, we see their failure at the foot of the Mount of Transfiguration when the man brought his son whom they could not heal. Regardless of what they may have lacked, Jesus would not let them lack for anything. Nor will He let us lack for anything we need in our own lives.

So, Jesus includes God’s provision promise in His teaching on prayer saying, “Give us this day our daily bread.” As mighty men of God we have been promised daily prosperity. It does not mean we will be Gates or Rockefeller rich, but it means we will be blessed daily for honoring God and seeking to do His will. Even to those in ancient Israel the promise declared “your basket (for gathering for gathering grains) and your kneading trough (where grains were turned into bread dough) will be blessed.” God loved tying things together and we can hear the echo from the wilderness as manna from Heaven fed the freed Hebrew children when their earthly resources ran low. Remember how they had enough for each day including the Sabbath? The Sabbath portion was a double blessing on Friday so that God would not be asking His people to be tempted to break the Sabbath covenant. God is obedient to His own Word.

But, I am reminded to go one step further, mighty men of God. Jesus is the bread of life. We harvest from the field of God’s prosperity by delving into His Word. The psalmist declares the word of God is like honey. We will never lack in our spirit because God has filled our lives up with the true Bread of blessing and the cup of righteousness. Accept His blessing and share it with others. Just as Jesus showed how faith would multiply meager resources into a bounty, so it will happen today in our lives if we do the same. God has promised fullness, He will not ignore it nor deny it.

PRAYER CONCERNS: (Needs of God’s mighty men that will be answered out of faith, hope and love)

* For those who will lead God’s people in worship, praise and service this weekend
* For the cessation of violence in Nigeria and over 100 girls still missing from the school kidnapping be found safe
* For the recovery of the lost in the Korean ferry accident as 48 students are found dead in one room of the sunken ferry
* For the discovery of the Malaysian airliner and the resolution of the mystery of its disappearance; God knows where it is and will those who are searching for it and cause the ocean to give it up like Jonah from the whale
* For our government and budget to become balanced before the Lord; I pray for Jubilee!; and that our President withdraw the current healthcare plan in favor of one that God will provide as what is best for all His people.
* 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 Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, North Korea and the Ukraine and the open roads for peace be made so that healing may begin and peace rules
* 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 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 Mission Waco, “No Man’s Land” and the people of Equitorial Guinea
* For deliverance from cancer and tremors in my brother; healing for Lisa’s body, mind and spirit; healing for JoAnn, Debbie and Linda; mending of Dallas’ body and restoration for Katelyn; for Mack to blessed in the direction he has chosen for his life and a trust in God to provide healing of body, mind and soul which leads him to make his life a glory to God; for all the concerns lifted up in LG; for deliverance from financial bondage and for guidance future vocational endeavors

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

* God is in control and still speaks into our chaos to make sense of our world
* God is manifesting healing in my family and providing wisdom for a challenging decision for each of us (all vocationally-centered) daily

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Father, for His body, the bread of life given to us, and for His blood, the cup of a new covenant made with us, we give thanks and commit ourselves to sharing this blessing with a world that is hungering and thirsting for righteousness. In Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN.

1611

April 24, 2014

YOUR Will be done in the year to come- 2014

HIS WORD for Today:

Deuteronomy 28.4

“The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

Over the past weekend, a plethora of bible-themed movies was presented. It was Easter, after all, and more eyes of the world were focused on stories of faith than at any other time of the year. Several of the movies depicted the Exodus because it includes the story of the first Passover. I still shudder to think that Pharoah actually chose the final plague of the death of all first born. In the hardening of his heart toward Israel he lost sight of all warnings given to him by Moses and even his own advisors. He pushed himself over the limit of right and wrong acting as if he was a god, too- a god superior to Almighty God! I shudder, also, to think of the consequences of his decision. The loss of the first born in all of Egypt would have been an extensive loss of sons, daughters and livestock. Such loss would impact the future of Egypt for generations with families and economies turned from prosperous to pitiful. I have no doubt that many in Egypt, as not all lived in the vicinity of Pharoah’s city, had little idea what was going on between Pharoah and Moses and God. The plagues would have assaulted them and they would have only seen the natural events without the supernatural message. Innocent men, women, children and beasts died because Pharoah’s heart was hardened toward Israel. Then there was his army who chased the Hebrews into the sea and were themselves drowned in the falling waters. If Pharoah survived, Dr. Phil would have asked him, “How is this working for you?”

In one of the movies, however, it showed the nation of Israel departing Egypt and its depiction mirrors today’s Word from God. It was a picture of prosperity. Women nursing their babies, beasts of the field nursing their young, even dogs and cats giving suck to their pups and kittens reinforced the message of God’s providential care and provision for a new day. It is God’s will that those who trust in Him with all things, who honor His name by honoring His people, shall prosper and have great provision. In our own lives as mighty men we must bear this in mind. It is not about the law or the old covenant, it is about cause and effect. The more pure our intentions to serve others, the greater we honor the name and Word of Almighty God. Our nation, and all nations of the world, should bear in mind the plight and place of Israel. They are still God’s chosen even if many are not choosing Him. His favor still rests on them as in the days of Egypt. They must still seek to honor Him or continue to face the same hardships we are suffer. Because the opposite cause and effect is true- those who do not honor God and His people will suffer great hardships. We have the evidence. It is not limited to the story of Passover. It can be found throughout the witness of God’s Word. Even Jesus, who surrendered everything in Heaven and on earth to fulfill God’s will for His life as a means of fulfilling His will for our lives, sits again at the right hand of God restored in full measure and, I would say, even greater affection, if it were possible, from His Father. The choice would seem clear for all God’s mighty men. Be obedient to the will of God and find His way for your life blessed in every way.

PRAYER CONCERNS: (Needs of God’s mighty men that will be answered out of faith, hope and love)

* For those who have not yet heard the word of God’s love through Jesus Christ that eyes may see, ears may hear, hearts may be open and minds believe and receive Him as their Lord and Savior
* For the cessation of violence in Nigeria and over 100 girls still missing from the school kidnapping be found safe
* For the recovery of the lost in the Korean ferry accident
* For the discovery of the Malaysian airliner and the resolution of the mystery of its disappearance; God knows where it is and will those who are searching for it and cause the ocean to give it up like Jonah from the whale
* For our government and budget to become balanced before the Lord; I pray for Jubilee!; and that our President withdraw the current healthcare plan in favor of one that God will provide as what is best for all His people.
* 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 Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, North Korea and the Ukraine and the open roads for peace be made so that healing may begin and peace rules
* 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 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 Mission Waco, “No Man’s Land” and the people of El Salvador
* For deliverance from cancer and tremors in my brother; healing for Lisa’s body, mind and spirit; healing for JoAnn, Debbie and Linda; mending of Dallas’ body and restoration for Katelyn; for Mack to blessed in the direction he has chosen for his life and a trust in God to provide healing of body, mind and soul which leads him to make his life a glory to God; for all the concerns lifted up in LG; for continued renewal of Dallas’s legs and ankles; for deliverance from financial bondage and for guidance future vocational endeavors

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

* Successful surgery for Carrell Dee, cancer was contained
* God is in control and still speaks into our chaos to make sense of our world
* God is manifesting healing in my family and providing wisdom for a challenging decision for each of us (all vocationally-centered) daily

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Father, we are blessed by the promise of prosperity. We are rich in spirit indeed and accept what of the world You will release to us to be shepherd and steward of. In Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN.

1610

April 23, 2014

YOUR Will be done in the year to come- 2014

HIS WORD for Today:

Deuteronomy 28.3

“You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

I would love to know the full meaning of this verse. Wouldn’t it be awesome if it meant we would all have two houses- one where we work and the other where we rest from our labors? We sometimes marvel at those who have multiple houses and realize it is because of their wealth. Of course, as we realize the blessing of our richness such opportunities may be afforded us as well. It is not our intent to seek these “extras” out as use obedience to God as the means. God does know the inner workings of our heart and mind; there are no secrets from God.

It could also be that we will have such a peace about us that we are comfortable, welcome and at home wherever we are. My father knows no strangers. We used to laugh that there wasn’t a town in which he didn’t know at least one person, or didn’t before we left. Wherever Jesus went the people thronged to Him whether He was in a city, by a well or gathered by the seashore. It would speak well of God who dwells in us as well seek to make friends and convert enemies wherever we are. We are called to share our blessings with others. It is true that some will not accept that blessing to which we are to respond with “kicking the dust off of our feet” and walking on. But, one never knows how he may be welcomed when they live by Jesus’ name and who may offer them the blessing of being welcome as if they were a member of their family. In Christ, we are one family anyway.

As mighty men of God, we already know that we are favored with two or more dwelling places. We have the house which is our home. We have a place of worship where the family of God comes to dwell in worship, praise and service. And we shall dwell in the House of the Lord forever as Jesus promised. It wasn’t just the hope of David who declared in the Shepherd’s psalm “and I shall dwell in the House of the Lord forever.” It was the Son of David who declared “I AM going away to prepare a place for you in My Father’s house. If it were not so, I wouldn’t tell you. And if I go, know it is because I will come back when I have completed work on the House so that all of you can dwell with Us forever.” We are truly blessed and truly rich indeed to have such dwelling places for so little labor! How easy it is to then work with gratitude giving thanks to God whose will is that we be blessed in the city and in the country- wherever we are!

PRAYER CONCERNS: (Needs of God’s mighty men that will be answered out of faith, hope and love)

* For those who have not yet heard the word of God’s love through Jesus Christ that eyes may see, ears may hear, hearts may be open and minds believe and receive Him as their Lord and Savior
* For the cessation of violence in Nigeria and over 100 girls still missing from the school kidnapping be found safe
* For the recovery of the lost in the Korean ferry accident
* For the discovery of the Malaysian airliner and the resolution of the mystery of its disappearance; God knows where it is and will those who are searching for it and cause the ocean to give it up like Jonah from the whale
* For our government and budget to become balanced before the Lord; I pray for Jubilee!; and that our President withdraw the current healthcare plan in favor of one that God will provide as what is best for all His people.
* 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 Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, North Korea and the Ukraine and the open roads for peace be made so that healing may begin and peace rules
* 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 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 Mission Waco, “No Man’s Land” and the people of Egypt
* For deliverance from cancer and tremors in my brother; healing for Lisa’s body, mind and spirit; healing for JoAnn, Debbie and Linda; mending of Dallas’ body and restoration for Katelyn; deliverance from cancer in Carrell Dee and a successful surgery; for Mack to blessed in the direction he has chosen for his life and a trust in God to provide healing of body, mind and soul which leads him to make his life a glory to God; for all the concerns lifted up in LG; for continued renewal of Dallas’s legs and ankles; for deliverance from financial bondage and for guidance future vocational endeavors

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

* God is in control and still speaks into our chaos to make sense of our world
* God is manifesting healing in my family and providing wisdom for a challenging decision for each of us (all vocationally-centered) daily

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Father, we are so glad to be able to be “at home” with You and You with us. Come and continue to dwell with us and in us and let Your blessing fall upon our homes and anoint them with life and living. In Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN.

1609

April 22, 2014

YOUR Will be done in the year to come- 2014

HIS WORD for Today:

Deuteronomy 28.1-2

“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God.”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

It would seem that blessings are actually a miracle if they ever happen based on this verse- fully obey God and carefully follow all His commands. Who but Jesus can fulfill all the commands of God? Many preachers today will offer that the Ten Commandments were not given to guide man to righteousness by laying out the road map of obedience. Instead, the Ten Commandments were given to show him that righteousness based on human effort and merit was afar off. We need God. I believe that these commandments are a description of what life in the Kingdom will look like. If we are participating in the Kingdom of God now because we have been saved by Christ, then more of that reality ought to be visible. Indeed it is more visible and the Devil is fighting against it more vehemently than ever. Why is it more likely for the commands of God to be realized today? There can be no other reason that Jesus Christ!

First, He is the ideal role model and mentor of righteousness. He was, is and will forever be without sin. It is because of His death on the cross as the innocent Lamb of God that the penalty of death we each ought to suffer due to our sinning has been forgiven. Jesus shows us that it can be done. Sure, you will say, “But, He was also fully God as well as fully man.” And you are right. But, in Him we are made new creations. We may not be fully realized yet but God’s Spirit is perfecting us through grace and the accountability of mercy. If we are in Christ then we are in God and God is in us. Righteousness exists in us and because it does we are more likely to live in the Ten Commandment reality and know the blessings of God.

Second, it is because of Jesus we can do what God asks of us. Love fulfills the command of God. Jesus on the cross declared that all required of Him had been fulfilled and manifested. He came into the world because of God’s love for us. That love was His love as well. It is through love we find the relationship of Father and children best realized. God is our Father. Jesus Himself prayer, “Abba, Father.” If we have love, God’s love, in us then only Satan can stand against us and he will fall as well. As we have loving relationships then we will want to keep His commands and see the means and purpose of doing so. But, if we do not have love in our heart, mind, soul and spirit then we cannot realize God’s blessing beginning at the cross. Jesus said, “This is my command that I leave with you- love one another.”.

PRAYER CONCERNS: (Needs of God’s mighty men that will be answered out of faith, hope and love)

* For those who have not yet heard the word of God’s love through Jesus Christ that eyes may see, ears may hear, hearts may be open and minds believe and receive Him as their Lord and Savior
* For the cessation of violence in Nigeria and over 100 girls still missing from the school kidnapping be found safe
* For the recovery of the lost in the Korean ferry accident
* For the discovery of the Malaysian airliner and the resolution of the mystery of its disappearance; God knows where it is and will those who are searching for it and cause the ocean to give it up like Jonah from the whale
* For our government and budget to become balanced before the Lord; I pray for Jubilee!; and that our President withdraw the current healthcare plan in favor of one that God will provide as what is best for all His people.
* 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 Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, North Korea and the Ukraine and the open roads for peace be made so that healing may begin and peace rules
* 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 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 Mission Waco, “No Man’s Land” and the people of Ecuador
* For deliverance from cancer and tremors in my brother; healing for Lisa’s body, mind and spirit; healing for JoAnn, Debbie and Linda; mending of Dallas’ body and restoration for Katelyn; deliverance from cancer in Carrell Dee; for Mack to blessed in the direction he has chosen for his life and a trust in God to provide healing of body, mind and soul which leads him to make his life a glory to God; for all the concerns lifted up in LG; for continued renewal of Dallas’s legs and ankles; for deliverance from financial bondage and for guidance future vocational endeavors

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

* God is in control and still speaks into our chaos to make sense of our world
* God is manifesting healing in my family and providing wisdom for a challenging decision for each of us (all vocationally-centered) daily

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Father, we love you. It may not be a perfect love. Our efforts may tire and frustrate You but it does not stop You from loving us and calling us Your own. Pour into all your mighty men a greater measure of love than we have ever experienced before. We ask not so that we might receive greater blessings but that we know more fully the love You have for us today. In Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN.

1608

April 21, 2014

YOUR Will be done in the year to come- 2014

HIS WORD for Today:

Luke 24.49-53

“And Jesus said to them, ‘I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’ When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

If we follow the storyline as Luke portrays it, the first day of the week had an equally unbelievable ending as it did a beginning. We would have to imagine that we had not heard the other gospel stories in order to absorb it all. Our minds, like nature, abhor a vacuum. That vacuum is created by the other gospel renderings that included “the rest of the story” as Paul Harvey might have put it. But, Luke keeps the story simple and easy to follow. He avoids any controversy of other appearances and testimonies of “He appeared to me also.” Luke’s purpose is to tell the story of Church. He has not need to prove with further evidence that Jesus was raised from the dead as prophecy and Jesus had foretold. The evidence came in the Church, the power and authority of those who carried the witness into the world as His apostles. Yes, we can read where Jesus reconciled John by the lake, showed Himself to doubting Thomas a week later and appeared to over five hundred people as well as those who had been released from their graves on the day of His crucifixion. These are wonderful stories. But, what becomes most important is our story as mighty men of God. Like Paul, the main character of Luke’s second volume of the history of the Church, we have an encounter with the resurrected Lord. The veracity of the resurrection is in our own lives. How has He shown Himself to us? How have we received the power of His Holy Spirit to do great works and to spread the gospel throughout the world?

It is that question that is so important to every mighty man of God. On Easter morning, the tomb is empty and the angels tell the women that Jesus would be raised up on the third day. Then they remembered and went straightway to tell the Eleven. But, only one of them left the upper room to investigate the situation and that was Peter who would be the head of the Church movement. What of the other ten? Did they not believe? Were they still afraid of what might happen to them if they dared show themselves? It was on Easter night, the beginning of the fourth day, that Jesus revealed Himself to the disciples and took them out to the vicinity of Bethany and while they worshipped there, He gave them a blessing and strict orders to stay in Jerusalem in order to receive the fullness of that blessing. As He was blessing them, He ascended into Heaven. They a while longer and worshipped joyfully and returned to Jerusalem, staying there and worshipping in the temple until the appointed time we know was Pentecost.

What a day! What a day of rejoicing it had been for us as well. But, now we are confronted with the day after and the weeks to follow. What good news do we have to share as Jesus has revealed Himself to us once again? What is the something new and powerful that has changed and transformed our lives that we need to share with others in word and in actions? Have we cast off fear of being known as one of His followers? Are we moving freely about waiting for someone to ask us so that we dare not deny the truth as Peter had done on the night when Jesus was betrayed? Monday represents the day the Church truly walks out their faith. I pray for your first steps today and rejoice with you always in spirit and in truth.

PRAYER CONCERNS: (Needs of God’s mighty men that will be answered out of faith, hope and love)

* For those who have not yet heard the word of God’s love through Jesus Christ that eyes may see, ears may hear, hearts may be open and minds believe and receive Him as their Lord and Savior
* For the cessation of violence in Nigeria and over 100 girls still missing from the school kidnapping be found safe
* For the recovery of the lost in the Korean ferry accident
* For the discovery of the Malaysian airliner and the resolution of the mystery of its disappearance; God knows where it is and will those who are searching for it and cause the ocean to give it up like Jonah from the whale
* For our government and budget to become balanced before the Lord; I pray for Jubilee!; and that our President withdraw the current healthcare plan in favor of one that God will provide as what is best for all His people.
* 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 Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, North Korea and the Ukraine and the open roads for peace be made so that healing may begin and peace rules
* 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 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 Mission Waco, “No Man’s Land” and the people of Dominican Republic
* For deliverance from cancer and tremors in my brother; healing for Lisa’s body, mind and spirit; healing for JoAnn, Debbie and Linda; mending of Dallas’ body and restoration for Katelyn; deliverance from cancer in Carrell Dee; for Mack to blessed in the direction he has chosen for his life and a trust in God to provide healing of body, mind and soul which leads him to make his life a glory to God; for all the concerns lifted up in LG; for continued renewal of Dallas’s legs and ankles; for deliverance from financial bondage and for guidance future vocational endeavors

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

* God is in control and still speaks into our chaos to make sense of our world
* God is manifesting healing in my family and providing wisdom for a challenging decision for each of us (all vocationally-centered) daily

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Father, reveal Yourself through these mighty men of Yours whom You have blessed with power from on high because they have believed that Jesus is the Christ. Let their witness be powerful and bring change and reconciliation in the lives of others. In Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN.

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