Days of Noah

Read Genesis chapters 6-8

In the days of Noah God saw that man had become truly wicked throughout the Earth. He was so displeased with man that He had regretted creating him. God had felt that He should destroy all men and even all the creatures because of the wickedness that was covering the Earth by the sins of mankind. But God looked at Noah and Noah had favor in God’s sight so God came up with a different plan. God chose Noah and Noah’s family to build an ark. Not only were they to build an arc, they were to gather the animals throughout the land. God had given Noah warning saying that when the rains would come that he and his family would enter into the ark. And that the ark would carry them safely throughout the storm. The rains came and the Earth flooded. After 40 days of rain the waters did not immediately subside. I’m not quite sure how long it took exactly but one day a dove did return to Noah with a twig from an olive tree. Then Noah and his family and all the creatures within the ark exited.

God is the place of protection we are to seek in the storms in our lives. Listen to His instructions. He is our protector and shelter in the storm. If we abide in Him, He will abide with us. He will never fail you or me.

Agree to Disagree / A thought for the moment, Oct. 28, 2020

Agree to Disagree / A thought for the moment, Oct. 28, 2020

With all that is going on in our world, there is much hatred and fighting that nothing is really getting done. I am thinking about 1 Corinthians 13, the chapter of ‘Love’, and how one of the things listed on love, is that Love does not demand it’s own way.

There is a lot of yelling and screaming but nothing is being heard because of all of the noise. I see a world filled with a bunch of children throwing temper tantrums. Basically saying I want what I want, and you are going to give it to me! A good parent would not reward their child by giving into their child’s tantrums. They would discipline their child. Wrong behavior should not be rewarded. Just because you do not agree with the other does not mean that you can bully your way into getting what you want.

There is no true winner in any fight. Both parties get hurt one way or another. Listen to what each other is saying even if you do not agree on what is being said. I can hear a person yelling at me, but that does not mean that I am going to listen to what they have to say because they have screamed their demands at me. I am sorry I am not a soldier and you are not my drill sergeant where I have to do what you yell at me. I am a person who has free will to think for myself and just because I do not agree with you does not give you the right to yell or scream your demands at me. There is a saying you attract more flies with honey than vinegar. You have the right to have your own thoughts and desires, but you nor I have the right to make you think or do as I do. Fighting will never accomplish anything. Sometimes you have to agree to disagree.

I can respect you without having to agree with you. Respect does not mean I even have to like you. It does mean I can exist without doing you harm. I can listen to what you have to say without being offended and raising my voice and slandering you for what you have to say. I should not demand that you agree with me, but show you the respect that will hopefully have you show me the same respect. Instead of getting angry because I do not like what you have said, understand that is your point of view and that I do not have to cuss at you or call you names. Doing that will never get you to listen to me if I did, it would just lead to more fighting.

Jesus taught us to love our enemies. That does not mean we agree with them, but that we give them the love that He gave to us before we even knew Him. A love that none of us deserved. He gave His life to save us while we were His enemy. Through His sacrifice we were given grace, mercy, and salvation. Yet we withhold this grace and mercy from anyone we do not agree with. Forgetting that none of us are truly righteous and that we all sin and are far from perfect. Remember our ways, are not His, and our thoughts are not His thoughts. It is not our way of doing things that we should be seeking but His. He has so much better for us if we would only stop fighting, but listen to Him and love each other as Jesus has told us we should.

Well these are just my thoughts for the moment and you do not have to agree with me or even listen to me, but I pray that you open your hearts and ears to Him and listen to what He is saying.

God bless and keep you in His peace.

Call To Prayer / Prayers For Growing In Christ

Call To Prayer / Prayers For Growing In Christ

I once heard someone say if you are not growing, you are dying. This has stuck with me. Especially in my walk with Jesus. I had written a post on bread and water and it relates to this subject.

I have been told by friends that I can grow anything. My response is that it is one of the gifts God has given to me and also that not everything I plant grows. A few years ago I was able to attend a Feast of Passover with a group that I have grown to love. These brothers and sisters in Christ join together from different states across the United States. One who had come from Florida had brought some grapefruits from the tree they had growing at home. I saved some seeds from the fruit that had been given to me. I did not know if they would grow and planted one of the seeds in one of my pots not knowing if it would grow. I was so amazed when I first saw it sprout. It continued to grow. It became a little to big to keep in my apartment and had planted it in my flower bed outside of my apartment and watched it grow even more.

I know winter is coming around the corner and I will have to cover it in plastic so that it will be able to survive to cold season. I have been caring and watching this tree grow and the lessons God has taught me using this tree grown from a seed. I have recently saved a seed from a plum, which I had to break open to get to the seed from it’s hard shell. I have planted it in a small pot and was so happy to see it sprout. I water it and keep next to my kitchen window. It is only about an inch now, but it is still growing.

Right now I look at both of these and think about how my prayer life has grown. I have learned much about prayer but I have still so much to learn and share. These trees are not yet at the stage in their life that they can bear fruit, but with time and care they will get there. Just because I have yet to see the fruits of some of my prayers does not mean that the answer or the fruits will not come. I just have to wait. Letting the roots grow deep as the trees grow reaching upward. Just as my prayers lift up those whom I pray for. As my prayers grow, I grow closer to my Savior and to my Heavenly Father and His Holy Spirit.

Recently I have felt weak and felt like I have gone into a dark place, but looking at the seed I have recently planted and seeing the tree that had been grown from another seed, I am reminded that the seed had to go into the ground (soil in a pot in this case) before it could grow into the light. So just because I cannot see the light right now does not mean it is not there shining down on me as I am rooted and growing just beneath the soil. For I am planted in the good soil and His fruits will be produced in my life.

Heavenly Father,

I pray to grow deep and closer to You, and know that you are with me even when darkness surrounds me, Your light is shining upon me with Your favor, and that you are growing me to bear Your good fruits that will be shared with others. That Your purpose for my life is to live for You.

In Jesus name, Amen.

Call To Prayer / Giving thanks for our daily bread

Call To Prayer / Giving thanks for our daily bread

When the disciples had asked Jesus how to pray, one of the things He included was asking the Father for our daily bread. This bread is not bread alone but our daily needs. Food, clothing, shelter, etc… Unfortunately in this world there are many who go hungry, who have no place to call home, and lack so many needs. Then there are those who have everything in this world that they need but are starving spiritually and do not even know this.

Jesus said when tempted after fasting for forty days, that man does not live on bread alone but by every Word of God. Jesus is also known as the Bread of Life, and the Word of God.

Our Heavenly Father, cares and provides for both our physical and spiritual needs. I thank God for all of His provisions. He is my shelter, my shield and strong tower. He is more than God to me, but my Abba Father, my Daddy. He never leaves me or turns me away. He is patient with me and is patient when I am frustrated and impatient. His love is the love that I need, and He loves me without limits. I thank Him for this love. A love that I do not deserve but receive with a grateful heart. I thank Him For Jesus, the Bread of Life.

Matthew 6:9-13 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

John 6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.

Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”

Call To Prayer / Praying for peace, when you cannot find it.

Call To Prayer / Praying for peace, when you cannot find it.

In the world today the subject of peace seems to be a foreign concept, that people cry out for, but fight against. Riots and violent protests, are happening so frequently, and at the same time these protests seem to be anything closely related to peaceful. I live in a rural community and protests even made it to a local town square. A group of bikers, stood guard and kept violence from breaking out, without interfering with the protests. A local church even prayed with some of the protestors. A small business was even threatened by ANTIFA. Thankfully do to community protection no harm came to the business owner. Who had been confused why she had been targeted. You will hear at some of these protests people yelling, ‘No justice, no peace’. Our land is filled with hatred and violence. Too many seem to care only for themselves, and do not care if anyone gets hurt. They make demands, but give nothing in return. It is like our nation is being held hostage by fear and hate. Peace seems to not exist here.

Psalm 35:20 For they do not speak peace, but they devise deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land.

Jeremiah 8:11 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

Romans 3:17 And the path of peace they have not known.”

Only in Christ Jesus will we find true peace. The Ho;y Spirit is our Comforter and our Helper. We need to repent and return to God as a nation, so that He can heal and bring peace to this land and its people. Let us pray together for the Peace of our Lord Jesus to flow through out our nation.

John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 4:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Let the love and peace of God flow freely from us all.

PRAY FOR PEACE WITHOUT CEASING!

Call To Prayer / Is It The Least We Can Do?

Call To Prayer / Is It The Least We Can Do?

Many times in the past has my body been laid up because of injury. I finally learned that just because I could not move and do normal daily activities, there was one thing I could still do, and that was pray. It may seem like it is not much, especially to someone who has little to nothing that they can do. Think about the parable of the widow and the two mites.

Luke 21:1-4 And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites.So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”

There were those who judged her, but Jesus sees that she has given all she had. Prayer is important, and right now I have been reminded that my body has it’s current limitations, and I am not able to to the simplest chores and even having difficulty feeding myself, but I can pray. I am not to think less of myself because I cannot labor in the physical, but in the spirit I can do all. Praying not just for my own needs, but for others through out the world and all of the needs of the people in this world.

Now for those who can do more than pray, I pray that you do all that you can, but please do not look down on those who have only prayer to give.

Call To Prayer / Who are you listening to?

Call To Prayer / Who are you listening to?

We pray to God, and we make our requests, petitions for provision, protection, healing, and the list goes on. Then we wait to hear His answer. Yet, are we listening to God, when it comes to the answer? Do we hear His answer and because we do not like it, so we go to a friend, a minister, a teacher, etc… looking for the answer we want to hear? Maybe we grow impatient because the answer does not come through in our timing and someone comes with an answer but it is not from God, but it sounds nice so we believe it is.

It feels like my life has been nothing but a battlefield at times. I have heard people tell me all the wrong I must be doing for God to be punishing me, and that my faith must be weak because if it was stronger I would have been healed already, etc… These are just a couple of examples of voices I had listened to in the past. Well meaning people who thought they were helping, but were not. Listening to them I doubted myself and I doubted God, and this kept the embers of anger burning within me. Angry with the world, and angry with myself, and even angry with God. I learned with time that God was not punishing me, and the He forgave me and loves me. He was not the author of my pain and suffering. My faith had not been weak but actually growing stronger with each trial I faced, because I did not walk away but clung to Him with all of my life. I may stumble but I get back up, and what ever I have done in my past is in the past, He does not hold it against me, but it can be used to teach others of His amazing love.

Recently a friend and I prayed over my current situation, and including the request for a new job that would be better than my current one, from which I am on leave because of a workplace injury, which has limited my use of my right arm. The very next morning I received a call, which I thought was to confirm my Dr. appointment, but was for a job interview. I was so happy to get called for an interview, I thought it had been an answer to prayer. The door to that job was immediately shut, which before would have depressed me, but this time I felt peace. I heard Him tell me that He has better in store for me, and that right now I need to just rest and be healed. When I told my friend that I did not get the job she had been so sure the enemy had stolen it from me. God then gave me this to share with her, ‘Not everything that looks like a blessing is a blessing or even from Him. Curses can be disguised as a blessing, just like some blessings do not look like a blessing at first. I could have been discouraged when the door to this job closed, but the peace He gave me let me know that it was for my best. So the answer was no to it, but it was also that He has better, I just need to wait and recover from my recent injury.

We may not always like what He has to say to us. If we are stubborn and dismiss what He is saying we will not have peace. He will always do right by you, and never do anything to harm you, nor will he give you anything that will harm you. We do have to choose to listen to Him if we want to receive what He has for us.

God bless and protect you, in Jesus name, amen.

Call To Prayer / Waging War

Prayer is not just a time to make requests from God. It is also a time to make a stand against the enemy. To say enough is enough, the enemy can’t take anymore from you, your loved ones etc… Stand in the gap when no one else will. Asking God to send us His warring angels to fight for us, and with us. Taking back what has been stolen, fighting for those who are unable to fight for themselves. It is time to wage some war.

Ezekiel 22:29-30 The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have oppressed the poor and needy and have exploited the foreign resident without justice. 30I searched for a man among them to repair the wall and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, so that I should not destroy it. But I found no one.

Isaiah 59:16
And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.

Ezekiel 13:5
Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD.

Jeremiah 29:7 And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have

Numbers 12:13 Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “O God, heal her, I pray!”

Luke 22:32 but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

Numbers 20:15-16 how our fathers went down to Egypt, where we lived many years. The Egyptians mistreated us and our fathers, 16and when we cried out to the LORD, He heard our voice, sent an angel, and brought us out of Egypt. Now look, we are in Kadesh, a city on the edge of your territory.

Acts 12:4-7 When he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out before the people. 5So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God.

Call To Prayer / Praying for those who are persecuted and imprisoned for their faith

Call To Prayer / Praying for those who are persecuted and imprisoned for their faith

I thank God that I live where I can freely believe and publicly profess my faith in Jesus Christ. There are many believers through out this world who cannot do so without risk of violence, imprisonment, and even death. One ministry that supports these brothers and sisters in Christ is Voice of the Martyrs.

Here is a link to the prisoner alert for those who are imprisoned for their faith;

https://www.prisoneralert.com/vompw_prisoners.html

https://www.persecution.com/

https://www.icommittopray.com/

Take a moment and pray for these men and women are being persecuted and imprisoned for not denying Jesus. Also remember to give thanks that we have the freedom to choose our religion.

Call To Prayer / Go boldly to the throne

Call To Prayer / Go boldly to the throne

One thing that has broken my heart many times is while serving on my church’s prayer team, when it came time for prayer our alter would be empty except for our prayer team. This actually did not start as my own heart break but God’s. While standing at the alter waiting to pray with anyone who wanted to pray with another. We stood there through a couple of songs, and no one came. This grief came over me, and I heard Him say, ‘They don’t realize that you all need prayer, and that I Am waiting for you all to come to me. My alter is empty and yet there are so many in need. They let pride and fear keep them from coming to my throne, afraid to look needy, or weak. Thinking they are fine without My help. Forgetting about there loved ones, neighbors, coworkers, friends, and even their enemies. They are missing out on so much. There is nor request, no need, or anything that is to big or small for Me. Bring me all of your cares and burdens, and i will take care of you.’ I stood there looking out at the congregations and wondered how they could not hear what I was hearing. We closed the service in prayer, and the feeling of the need for prayer never left me. So as I continue writing and sharing other bloggers posts on prayer I hope prayer becomes more contagious than the virus epidemic the world is currently dealing with. So let us pray together for each other until this earth is covered in prayer and every need has been brought to His throne.

Hebrew 4:15-16…(15)For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who was tempted in every way that we are, yet was without sin. (16)Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

God bless, prosper and protect you and your loved ones, in Jesus Name!

P.S. If your church has a time for prayer/alter call, please don’t let anything keep you from making it to that alter and lift up your needs and the needs of the others in your life. He is waiting to see you there.