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In all the business of life and ministry, Psalm 27:4 brings us back to the one thing we must never neglect, but rather continually search out, desire, and strive for; that is to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His Temple.
In a world full of trouble, trials and negativity, it’s vital to take time in prayer to look into the face of Jesus Christ, beholding His beauty and delightfulness. To inquire is a multi-faceted experience, for it means to plough, to break forth, to inspect, admire, care for, consider, and seek out.
In light of this let us pray:
Lord, help us to plough up, break up the fallow ground of our hearts so You can come and rain righteousness upon us.
Let us plough, in the Spirit, the hard soil of the fields in which we labor for the harvest, so that souls will be prepared to receive the saving Word of God.
In Jesus name, let us pray, casting all our burdens on Him who cares for us until we break forth in joy. Let the joy of the Lord be our strength to carry on in His will.
Let us take time in His presence not only to allow Him to inspect us and search us, but also that we admire Him and delight in Him.
Lord Jesus, in your presence let us receive divine love, causing us to care for You and for the things that are important to You.
Help us Lord to consider our ways and to allow You to mold us into Your image as we behold Your beauty.
Local Prayer Coordinator
Apostolic Life Center
(From wnop Newsletter)
“And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou” (Genesis 3:9)?
This is such a poignant question. Obviously, God knew where Adam was. The question was did Adam know where he was?
“Where are you” triggered several ideas in my mind. “Where are you” connotes your location. This could be asking where are you positionally, physically, emotionally, and even on where are you on commitment. It also speaks to where you are on a particular point of view. Where do you stand on that issue? Where are you in relations to your family life? Where are you spiritually? Where are you psychologically?
By this, hopefully, you can see where I am taking this thought process. I’m asking you today to examine yourself and see where are you on God’s agenda? When He comes, what will your response be when He asks, where are you on what I have given you to do? Will your response mirror that of the stewards who were given talents to invest?
Are you a five-talent responder? Are you a two-talent responder? Or are you a one-talent responder (See Mathew 25)?
The Second Adam, in the person of Jesus Christ, at age 12, had to respond to that same question, Jesus, where are you? Jesus had the correct response. He said, I am about my Father’s business (Luke 2:48-49).
So what would your response be when you’re asked, where are you? You are the only one that can honestly answer that question. So let us all take inventory, and make the appropriate adjustments so we to can respond like the second Adam.
Let’s pray these verses as David did in Psalm 139:23-24:
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
see if there be any wicked way in me,
lead me in the way everlasting.”
District Prayer Coordinator
New York Metro District
Author of “The 5 Principles of Powerful Prayer”
(From wnop Newsletter)
The Kindness of His Gentle Rebuke by Cindy Meadows.
While in the prayer room the Lord spoke to me suddenly. I was delighted to hear His voice, though the message was a tad embarrassing. What were they – His specially selected words that day? “Shut up.”
Normally that wouldn’t sound like the Lord nor be tremendously uplifting, and yet after His command I felt a sense of relief in my spirit. A smile actually crossed my face. God had me. I had been arguing my case in my mind (with drama) like Job in his dilemma. I had actually been reading the book of Job right then. My defenses and reasonings seemed valid enough to me, but shut up proved I was off track. My thoughts were full of my highly valued opinions, my wisdom or lack thereof, and a very real sense of frustration. Ever been there – worked up in the flesh, and not tuned in to the Spirit? Honestly I know now that God was little impressed.
I was reading Job 42. It’s that breathtaking passage where Job had exhausted himself with his justifications, when God boldly appeared with some pungent questions of His own. The confrontation became the source of swift arrows to my heart:
“You asked, ‘Who is this muddying the water, second-guessing My purposes?’ I (Job) admit it. I was the one. I babbled on about things far beyond me, made small talk about wonders way over my head. You told me, ‘Listen, and let Me do the talking . . . Let Me ask the questions, you give the answers'” (Job 42: 3-4, The Message).
I was surprised by His voice in my spirit and this was our conversation while I read:
“Who is this muddying the water?” (I felt: “It’s me, worried and frenzied in spirit, like an elephant thrashing the waters.”)
“Second guessing My purposes.” (I felt: “I’m second guessing what’s going on with my confidence and arrogant opinions.”)
“Listen and let Me do the talking.” (I heard: “Shut up.”)
We may agree that God is a gentleman, and be tempted to think He wouldn’t talk that way. Let me assure you He does. And it’s done in kindness. I was thrilled when He broke through my fog, caught my attention, and proceeded to bring laughter to my heart. I saw myself so clearly in those verses – often trying to figure things out on my own and pursuing explanations for things way over my head. I fail to just be still and let Him whisper into my heart the true heart of the matter.
It reminds me of that line in an old song, “When you’ve tried everything and everything has failed, try Jesus.” Why not try Jesus first? Learning to be still and “let God” is a forever lesson for me. Taming my racing heart, slowing my running feet, and hushing my analytical mind seems too hard, so I just attack the problem with my frail reasoning. But the reasoning of the mind is no comparison to the whispers of His Spirit. One’s often empty, the other full of peace.
This incident reminded me of a time years ago when I had received a letter that brought upsetting news. I was hurt and distraught. I ran quickly over to the church and poured my soul out at the altar. While weeping and wailing, the Lord simply whispered, “Be still.” I calmed and settled myself down, abandoning the panic. He was then able to comfort me. He wouldn’t have gotten through if I hadn’t brought that worked-up flesh under control. That was the core of this present encounter too. In times of frustration, quiet down, listen, and trust. Though no small order, He will come through.
I laugh now when I go back to Job 42. The verses are well marked in my Bible and gracefully reveal a lesson learned in the heat of a battle: Listen and let Him do the talking. If I practice the assignment I may well save myself the embarrassment (and kindness) of another gentle rebuke.
(From: PURE Newsletter – UPCI Ladies Ministries)
Change Your Perspective…Choose Joy
By Shannon Trzcinski
My nine-year-old son, Isaiah, loves music. I mean really loves it. We are a very musical family, so he comes by it honestly. He also loves to get on the iPad. One app starts with a song when he turns it on. He loves that song. He will start the app, listen to the song, close it, and open it again – just to listen to that song over and over again.
One day, after listening to that song multiple times, I thought, “Just play the game.” I wasn’t annoyed by it, but I did take notice. Some people, however, would be really annoyed. In a split second, I thought, “Isaiah should be deaf, but he’s not! He hears this music!” You see, Isaiah was a micro preemie, born at twenty-two weeks. We were told as a result of being born so early, he would be deaf. As if that’s not enough, at one point during his hospitalization, he was on a Lasix IV. A side effect of that much Lasix is hearing loss.
So, let’s take another look at Isaiah, with his iPad, playing the same song, over and over and over. Something that could be so annoying, that could drive somebody crazy, now, I think, “Yes! Play that song!” You know why? Because my boy hears! Now, when I hear that song playing, it literally brings a smile to my face, and my heart overflows with thankfulness.
What annoys you? What drives you crazy? A spouse who chews too loudly? A son who walks around dribbling a ball all the time? A coworker drumming his fingers on his desk? Traffic? What if you chose to look at it differently and turned that annoyance into a joy? When you hear your spouse chewing, that’s a reminder he/she is alive and with you. The ball bouncing is a reminder your son is healthy and strong. Your loud coworker shows you have a job. Because you have a car, you have the privilege to drive in that traffic.
When we change how we look at things, change our perspective, that annoyance becomes a source of joy.
Even if we are not typically a positive person, we can choose it. Even if we do not feel it, we can choose it.
The Bible tells us to:
Rejoice in the Lord (Philippians 4:4).
Always be joyful (I Thessalonians 5:16).
Offer sacrifices of joy (Psalm 27:6).
Here’s the amazing thing, when we choose joy, it will change our whole day. When we choose joy, our emotions will follow, and we will begin to feel it. That annoyance, that frustration will become a source of joy, bringing a smile to our face, even when we’ve heard the same song for the hundredth time in one day
Make up your mind today that you will choose joy.
(From: UPCI – Ladies Prayer International Newsletter)
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