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God’s Protection by Jane Fortaleza 2 No ratings yet.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

One thing our family would do every time we’d ride in our vehicles was to ask God to protect us as we went about in our daily business.

One day, after church, I drove all kids home and had lunch. Then Jessica, my twelve-year-old daughter, asked to pick up some things at the store for school. As usual that day, we prayed for protection as my daughter and I left home. On our way, not far from our home, I saw that prayer answered in a very real way.

As I was about to turn right on a busy street, I pressed the brake but there was no resistance.  Our vehicle sped up and our steering wheel becomes loose. Instead of turning right, our van passed straight across two busy lanes and hit a tree. Both airbags inflated and smoke came from somewhere. God must have cleared the way for us because no cars were coming in either direction. Had I turned right on a busy street, I might have collided with other cars. We could have ended up in the hospital, seriously injured others, or even caused a death. Kindhearted bystanders rushed to help us, and my husband came. Paramedics and police came and the lane was closed momentarily. I was so thankful that God had spared my daughter and me from a serious accident.

I had no idea of the danger that would confront us that day, but prayer works. God knew well in advance and protected us in our time of need. What peace there is in knowing that God is always looking after us. If He sees the dangers we are not aware of, then surely He also sees the ones that concern us, and He will help with those too.

Psalm 34:7 tells us that “the angel of the Lord encamps round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.” This verse is a promise that brings rest and assurance to the hearts of God-fearing people. God notices the little sparrow’s fall, and His Word assures us, “Ye are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31).

My heart is full of thanksgiving that God’s protection and mercy follow us each day. What a privilege it is to serve a God who looks after us each day and delivers us from unknown dangers. He watches over us each day and delivers us from harm and danger. Trust in His promise and remember to thank Him for the protection we may not always see.

Note: Jane Fortaleza is a pastor’s wife and mother of three children. Her family lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she served as a Ladies President in Central Canadian District. Her great passion is to serve and live for God.

(Information from: UPCI Ladies Prayer International Newsletter)

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Our Greatest Accomplishment by Mary Loudermilk 1 No ratings yet.

Each day we live, we write another chapter of who we are for the world to read. At life’s end, these chapters are condensed down to just a few words on stone – or sometimes just two dates with a dash.

Walk the paths of an old cemetery, and the epitaphs written on its tombstones offer a glimpse into the life of someone we may never have met. Some are sentimental or humorous; others reveal the character of the person. For example, a grave in Lemmington, England, is carved with these words: “Here lies a miser who lived for himself, who cared for nothing but gathering wealth. Now where he is and how he fares; nobody knows and nobody cares.”

The marker for Sitting Bull reads only, “Chief of the Hunkpapa Sioux.” We learn nothing of his character, only his position in life. The monument of Marshall Field, who rose from clerk to department store owner, reads “Equity-Integrity.” Even if we knew nothing about him before, we would feel he was an honorable man.

The Bible tells of a man with no grave to mark. No words carved in stone commemorated Enoch’s life for he did not die. Only a few verses in Scripture even mention him. Tracing the generations from Adam we learn he was the great-grandfather of Noah (Genesis 5:21-29). Verse 24 summarizes his life in just a few words: “And Enoch walked with God; and he was not; for God took him.” This leads us to believe that Enoch maintained a deep relationship with God-a consistent, dedicated walk.

The Bible remains silent on many facets of Enoch’s life. We do not know the size of his house, if he held a prestigious job, or his level of education. We don’t know if he belonged to any exclusive clubs or rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous of his day. All of the things by which we judge success today are left out of his story.

While the Bible provides few details of Enoch’s life, we find him listed among those heroes of faith in Hebrews 11. Verse 5 states why. “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death . . . for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” What greater words could be spoken of a person?

What kind of testimony will we leave behind? If we, like Enoch, have learned to really walk with God and stay in fellowship with Him, our epitaph may read, “She pleased God.” Can there be any greater accomplishment than this?
(From: PURE Newsletter – UPCI Ladies Ministries)

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Love the Lord… 2 No ratings yet.

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We remember what Peter said… 1 5/5 (1)

Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall…
( 2 Peter 1: 1-10 King James Version, KJV)

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Christ is Risen. 2 5/5 (1)

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It’s In Jesus. 2 5/5 (1)

I have found a love that pardons
I have found some stripes that heal
I have found strength for my weakness
I have found grace to cover all my sins

It’s in Jesus
Only Jesus
It’s in Jesus
He’s the One

Rock of salvation
A strong foundation
It’s in Jesus
He is the One

Rock of salvation
A firm foundation
It’s in Jesus
He is the One

Hallelujah
He is the One

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The New York Metro District WNOP Regional Summons 1 No ratings yet.

The New York Metro District WNOP Regional Summons convened on March 30 – April 1, 2017, in the New York Metro District, where Bishop Devon Dawson is district superintendent and at New Life Tabernacle, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, where Bishop Micheal Mitchell is pastor. The Summons theme was “RELEASE”! This event was a great SUCCESS! The overall attendance was approximately 1,150, including around 110 in the Kids Summons that transpired on Friday night, in which 7 received the gift of the Holy Ghost! There were 57 confirmed miraculous healings!

As orchestrated by God, a sweeping thunderous move of corporate intercession occurred unlike we had ever experienced, and lives were transformed and supernatural kingdom exploits were done! A great spirit of unity prevailed as both the ministry and laity wept and rejoiced!  A prophetic word came forth that “because of this, great revival, harvest, miracles, and blessings would manifest!”

Some other major highlights of the Summons included:

Great moves of God: God wrought phenomenal things in the Spirit from the preaching, worship, divine impartation, intercession, miracles, healings, educating and equipping.
Dynamic speakers: Devon Dawson, Micheal Mitchell, Art Wilson, Ric and Vicki Gonzalez, Margaret Banks (NYMD Prayer Coordinator), Joshua Herring (Evening Evangelist), Flo Shaw (Keynote), Lisa Marshall (Prayer), and Colleen Clabaugh (Kids Ministry).
NYMD choir & singers/musicians: Anointed worship led by New Life Tabernacle, Oneness Rehoboth Apostolic Church, the McKains and Vicki Gonzalez.
Participation of neighboring district superintendents: Jay Stirnemann (MA/RI) and John Hanson (CT) led in powerful prayers and exhortations.
Pre-service/Summons prayer: Led by anointed prayer coordinators, ministers and intercessors.
WNOP honorees: Special UN guests/city official honored for their exemplary contributions to society.
Reach Out America presentation (Disaster relief/Humanitarian aid ministry): Larry Williamson, President. Instrumental in impacting NYMD after Hurricane Sandy.
Warrior Cry: The youth drama team from Oneness Rehoboth Apostolic Church marched in with military attire, moved in formation, and quoted the Word of God sporadically from memory. It was amazing!
Plowing Before The Planter focus: Further equipped attendees in prayer evangelism.
Special awardee: Margaret Banks awarded with a plaque in recognition of successfully completing her full four-year tenure as PBTP coordinator.
Event live-streaming: More than a 1,000 people joined the conference, via live-stream. Many onsite and offsite reported this was the greatest prayer conference ever! People were released, renewed, and delivered by the power of God!
Many people entered into new dimensions of prayer and the Spirit. The most common words to best relay the impact of the NYMD WNOP Regional Summons overall expressed by both leadership and laity was that…”It was a life changing experience!”

On behalf of WNOP, we would like to personally thank all who worked and participated in this Summons to contribute in it being a great success! Eternity has yet to reveal all that was truly accomplished! The photos and quotes below display only a “small” part of what we experienced from a ‘big” RELEASE…and our lives will never be the same again!

Flo Shaw
Director
World Network of Prayer
(From: wnop Newsletter)

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Jesus “You Are Great.” 2 5/5 (1)

You deserve the glory and the honor,
I lift my hands in worship and I bless Your Holy name.

You deserve the glory and the honor,
I lift my hands in worship and I bless Your Holy name.

You are great, You do miracles.
So great, there is no one else like You,
there is no one else like You.

You are great, You do miracles.
So great, there is no one else like You,
there is no one else.

There is no one else like You.

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Jesus the ROCK… 2 5/5 (1)

Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
1. Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee;
let the water and the blood,
from thy wounded side which flowed,
be of sin the double cure;
save from wrath and make me pure.

2. Not the labors of my hands
can fulfill thy law’s commands;
could my zeal no respite know,
could my tears forever flow,
all for sin could not atone;
thou must save, and thou alone.

3. Nothing in my hand I bring,
simply to the cross I cling;
naked, come to thee for dress;
helpless, look to thee for grace;
foul, I to the fountain fly;
wash me, Savior, or I die.

4. While I draw this fleeting breath,
when mine eyes shall close in death,
when I soar to worlds unknown,
see thee on thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee.

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“…And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven…” and more. 3 No ratings yet.

When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
(Matthew 16:13-19 King James Version, KJV)

AND

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
(John 15:1-5 King James Version, KJV)

PLUS

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
(Ephesians 1:1-23 King James Version, KJV)

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Triumphant Through the Power of Prayer by Tanya Harrod 3 No ratings yet.

“Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy”.  Psalm 64:1

I was blessed to be raised in a home that sought-after God, knowing prayer, faith, and trust. Growing up we saw many things come to pass through the power of prayer.

When I was eight years old, I was in a race with my sisters and the neighbor kids. We ran around the neighborhood seeing who was the fastest. I remember thinking, “Yes, I´m going to win”.  It was at that moment that I came crashing to the ground, splitting my knee open to the bone!  We were home missionaries and had no insurance, my mom didn’t know anything else to do other than to pray and wrap a large bandage around my knee. Within an hour I was back to running around. My knee was totally healed, except a tiny bruise that I still have as a reminder of God answering prayer.

Many times, we can seem to get busy in life and don’t see spiritual attacks that come against us.A few weeks ago, as I was tucking Alaina, our eight year old into bed, she started acting nervous. I shrugged it off, prayed over her, and put her to bed. The next three nights her daddy and I got frustrated as she seemed to be stalling at bedtime and not wanting to sleep alone. Finally, on the fourth morning while praying the thought came to me that it was a spirit of fear, not just the normal little “scared thing” that kids go through.

I sat Alaina down and asked why she had been dreading bedtime. She broke down crying, telling me how scared she was of being alone, of being in the dark, and having it too quiet around her. I knew then that she was being attacked by a spirit of fear. We began to pray with her and bind fear, bind the lies of Satan, and loose peace over her. We called our pastor who prayed over her mind and together we taught her how to pray the Word of God and use His promises.It took three more nights of praying before it left her completely, but through prayer we were triumphant.

Alaina has now learned personally that she can be triumphant through the power of prayer, because God has given her peace and she sleeps soundly every night. No matter what may come against our families, the answer is found in prayer.

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24).

Note: Tanya Harrod is married to missionary Nathan Harrod and blessed to be the mother of Alaina and Lincoln. The Harrods have served in the country of Spain for the past thirteen years and pastor three churches in the Catalonian Region. They are working to start more.  She homeschools her two children and tries to be involved in any area needed including music, youth, and teaching.

(From: Ladies Prayer Intl April 2017 Newsletter)

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Triumphant over Distractions in Prayer by Liane Grant 2 No ratings yet.

Our desire to be triumphant in prayer is sometimes thwarted because we have difficulty dealing with things that distract us before and during our prayer time. To triumph means to be victorious or successful. We can be victorious over time pressure by setting aside time to pray each day. Then, we can be successful in overcoming distractions by keeping our focus on God during that special time.

Ironically, sometimes the distractions come from the very children we love and for whom we pray. After the birth of each of my three sons, I ached for time alone with God. “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee” (Psalm 63:1). But it seemed that no matter how early I got up, the baby would awaken while I was praying. What a blessing when my husband offered to block off an hour each day to be with the kids and give me time for private devotions. It was in his best interests to have a praying wife, after all.

Susanna, mother of the famous preachers John and Charles Wesley, had a unique solution to uninterrupted prayer time. Although she was raising ten children and her husband was often absent, Susanna was committed to two hours of prayer each day. She trained her kids that whenever she covered her head with her apron, she was praying and should not be disturbed.

If we really want to triumph in prayer, we will find a way somehow. Nowadays, in addition to children, we have email, text messages, Facebook notifications, and Twitter clamouring to interrupt our prayer time. We can turn off these electronic distractions to focus in prayer, but sometimes it is hard to silence our own distracting thoughts.

In the early years of marriage, I received some great advice from my pastor’s wife about dealing with distractions during prayer. She suggested that we keep a notebook close by to write down any task or information that came to mind while we were praying. II Corinthians 10:5 talks about “bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” By quickly writing a note, we could return to prayer without thinking constantly, “Oh, I need to remember to do this after prayer.”

So, triumph in prayer begins when we conquer the things that hinder us from starting to pray. We continue to triumph when we overcome distractions during our prayer time. Then, we will truly be in a position to be triumphant through prayer. “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ” (II Corinthians 2:14).

Note: Liane and her husband Scott are career church planters in Montreal, Quebec under the UPCI Metro Missions program. Liane serves as the Quebec Ladies Ministries president and is the founder and overseer of The King’s Translators, a group of volunteers dedicated to providing apostolic resources in French. She is currently doing her doctoral research with this translation group.

(From: Ladies Prayer Intl April 2017 Newsletter)

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Triumphant Through Prayer by Wanda Fielder 2 No ratings yet.

Being raised in the church from birth, I always believed the Word of God to be true but often leaned on the prayers and faith of my parents to carry me through. There is merit to this blind faith; however there comes a time in everyone’s life that he must seek to find a personalization and ownership of that same faith. Often it takes a time of crisis for us to diligently pursue a very personal relationship with the Lord.

My pursuit of faith became more focused when I became a parent, as I then had responsibility for someone other than myself. The knowledge of accountability for others can be overwhelming, but I knew the perfect source of strength and chose to seek Him for direction. Because of my faithful quest for guidance, I did not expect the curve in the road ahead.

When raising children in the fear of the Lord from day one, we expect nothing less than complete surrender of their lives to Him. When our oldest son began to stray from the Lord, it took us by total shock and grieved our hearts to the fullest. As he began to experiment in things of the world and to veer from the path we had taught him to follow, we wept before the Lord. Surely this couldn’t be happening in our God-fearing home. It was time to put our faith to the test.

I began to focus on the Word of God, applying it in a very personal way to our situation. I John 5:14, 15 promises, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” I knew that it was the will of God for our son to serve the Lord, so I began to pray and claim that scripture. I Peter 5:7 has always been a source of strength to me, and I obeyed its command: “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

Increasing our faith, my husband and I began to pray and plead the blood of Jesus over our son.
I well remember laying on the floor underneath one of the pews in our sanctuary declaring that Satan was not going to have our son. Pleading the blood of Jesus, I claimed him for the Lord and refused to let go of God’s promises. Through much prayer and fasting, we received our answer from the Lord. He turned our son around and made his life new in Him.

This situation took place over seventeen years ago. It thrills me to say that our son is serving the Lord faithfully since that turnaround. God has blessed him with a wife and children who also live for the Lord. We are grateful beyond measure.

You can be triumphant through prayer. Never give up.

Note: Wanda Fielder, founder and editor of the web site and newsletter, Tealightful Inspirations, currently serves as Connections Director for the UPCI Ladies Ministries. She is married to James Fielder, and they have pastored in Portage, IN for the past 37 years. She is the happy mother of two sons, Brent and Bryan, and Nana to Maddi and Lincoln.

(From: Ladies Prayer Intl April 2017 Newsletter)

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Trust in the Lord. 2 5/5 (1)

The most important aspect in maintaining sanity in a world seemingly out of control is our relationship with God. The Bible is filled with promises that never fail. Those promises are ours to claim, regardless of circumstances of life.

When the future seems blotted out by the storms, it is time to cling to the Rock. The answers may not be visible, but the promises of the Word of God are. “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:3-5).

When it is difficult to know which way to turn, God will direct. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6). “For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me” (Psalm 31:3).

When fear tries to overwhelm, the Scriptures give directive. “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” (Psalm 118:6).”What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee” (Psalm 56:3).

God will be strength in weak times (II Corinthians 12:9), help in trouble (Psalm 46:1), counselor in perplexing situations (Psalm 73:24), and provision in times of need (Philippians 4:19). He will save you out of trouble (Psalm 50:15), carry your burden (Psalm 55:22), bind up your broken hear (Isaiah 61:1), deliver you from afflictions (Psalm 34:19), and give you a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3).

(Excerpted from the book This Is Life … And I Need Answers, published by Ladies Ministries, UPCI.)
From: Newsletter – SISTERS sisters@upci.org)

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