How To Live A Spirit-Led Life, Part 1

To live an overcoming and victorious life is to live a Spirit-led life. A Spirit-led life follows the Spirit of God much like the Israelites followed the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night.

And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land: for they have heard that thou Lord art among this people, that thou Lord art seen face to face, and that thy cloud standeth over them, and that thou goest before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night.

numbers 14:14

Jesus told His disciples that He must leave them so that the Holy Spirit could come:

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

john 14:16-17;26

As believers, we are taught of the Lord, and His Spirit leads and guides us in the way we should go.

As we come to the close of another year, may we reflect on our spiritual walk and how we have grown in grace to reflect the nature of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in our lives.

We (the Holy Spirit and me) are starting a series entitled “How To Live A Spirit-led life” in the next four weeks of this year. We will explore how to make a more in-depth connection to our faith using the acrostic P.R.A.Y.E.R.

Prayer is essential to living a Spirit-led life. To commune with our Heavenly Father is the key to living an overcoming, victorious life as a believer.

Let’s take our prayer life to the next level so that we crush our goals in the New Year for His Glory! Amen?!

We begin with the first letter – P.

Purpose – What is the purpose of prayer? In what we call the Lord’s Prayer, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ gave us a model for prayer. In it, we can find the purpose of prayer: our relationship with Him and others, His will for our lives and this planet, faith in His ability to provide for us, and to deliver us from our enemies because He is the supreme ruler over all.

Some argue that others use prayer so that they can ask God for things, make Him do what they want Him to do, and manipulate His word for their own personal gain.

Do you find yourself only praying to God when you are in trouble? Or you figure that if you put in your time with God, He will give you a blessing? Or perhaps you need God to do something for you that you cannot do for yourself and you utter something like “God if you get me out of this…” but you don’t keep your end of the “deal”?

Well, let me tell you, my friend, that the Lord truly is so much than a “present help in the time of trouble.” He truly wants to have a loving relationship with you where the two of you commune together about anything and everything that concerns you physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, financially, in your relationships, and more.

If you are having difficulty in this area of seeing God as your Heavenly Father, I suggest that you simply ask Him to reveal Himself to you in this way.

Examine Your Own Heart

At the heart of one’s prayer life should be that all-important relationship in our lives. Not of course just asking God for things, (and, yet of course, He does invite us to ask Him for things. For He tells us to “acknowledge Him in all of our ways.” If we are not asking for permission, asking for direction and instruction, asking for things believing that if He gives us the green light to get that thing, it won’t harm or kill us or someone else in the future, we should consistently ask God for things because the Alpha and Omega knows whether or not we should have that thing, and when we go to Him in prayer, we can be assured that He will lead us to do what is best for us).

I am not talking about religion as some parts of the body of Christ seem to speak about when they say that you are trying to manipulate God when you utilize His Word and His Power in the earth. (I am completely baffled as to how one can manipulate God?)

No. What I am referring to is relationship. When you are in a relationship with your Heavenly Father, He invites you to ask what you will. But as I read the post of another Christian blog, where the writer talked about using God for one’s personal gain (this is known as transactional religion where we say since/if God does something for us, we do something for Him or vice versa), I believe I began to see what the problem is concerning the differences of opinion in this matter.

Making repentance a daily part of your prayer-life as well as committing to making God’s Word your final authority in your life will help you to continually to examine your own heart, and clear up any confusion about whether or not you are participating in transactional religion.

We love him, because he first loved us.

I john 4:19

Examine your own heart. Do you reciprocate God’s love? He said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” To love the Lord is to walk in obedience to Him, but it is also to walk in fellowship with Him by acknowledging Him in all of our ways.

“What Should I Pray About?”

The most important thing about learning to pray is establishing a time of prayer. After you establish a routine (preferably in the mornings because this causes you to prosper in your day exponentially), coming up with topics to pray about will not be a problem.

The Holy Spirit will begin to instruct you about things that you need to pray about. He will talk to you about your spiritual walk, your family, someone else. Just make sure to take notes and do what He is telling you to do. (He especially loves to speak into your spirit as soon as you awake).

Your first prayer could be to ask the Lord to help you establish a morning routine that creates an atmosphere for you to meet with Him.

Hindrances To Prayer

Realizing that believers do not always receive answers to prayer and the frustration that can occur as a result of unanswered prayer, I wanted to list these possible reasons for unanswered prayer:

Major hindrances to prayer are—

Sin: If we humble ourselves, seek God, and turn from sin,God will forgive us and hear our prayers (2 Chron. 7:14).

Fear: Fear blocks our prayers by undermining our faith.We must accept God’s forgiveness and the new spirit He has given us—one of power, love, and a sound mind.

Guilt: To be free from feelings of condemnation, we must realize that God not only has forgiven us, but has also forgotten our sins; therefore, we can pray with a clean conscience and with assurance.

Feelings of Inferiority: As God’s beloved children, we are not beggars in prayer. We can pray confidently based on God’s Word, Jesus’ testimony, and the Spirit’s advocacy.

Doubt: Doubt hinders our prayers because we don’t truly believe what we are saying. We show our trust in God by making arrangements for the fulfillment of our requests.

Wrong Motives: When we have our priorities right—putting God’s kingdom and honor above all else—He will hear our prayers and meet our daily needs.

Bitterness: God will not hear our prayers if we are holding onto iniquity in our hearts, such as jealousy. We need to maintain transparent, pure hearts before God and man.

Unforgiveness: Unforgiveness hinders our prayers by blocking our relationships with God and others. Ephesians 4:26–27 says, “Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”

Broken Family Relationships: God will not answer our prayers if we violate His purposes by failing to demonstrate His love and grace to our family members. We must reconcile broken relationships as soon as we can.

Idols: We need to examine our priorities. Anything we value more than God is an idol and will hinder our prayers. God deserves our highest love and respect.

Stinginess: Proverbs 21:13 says,“If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.” If we are stingy, we won’t be heard, but if we are compassionate and generous, our prayers will be answered.

understanding the purpose and power of prayer/christiandiet.com – by myles monroe

These are real issues (translate evil spirits) that can block God’s blessings in our lives. We must renounce these evil spirits in our lives so that we can live the overcoming, victorious life that Jesus came to give us.

Let’s pray: Father, in the name of Jesus, as Your Word says, we do not battle against flesh and blood, but spiritual wickedness, I ask You to help me to renounce every spirit that exalts itself against the knowledge of God in my life. I realize that these sin issues prevent me from experiencing your best for me in every area of my life, and I want to be free! Amen.

The Purpose of Prayer – Conclusion

The purpose of prayer is to commune with our Heavenly Father. It involves us listening as well as speaking so that we will know the will of God for our lives and God’s will on the earth.

Every action taken by God in the earth realm required the involvement of a human being. To rescue humanity in the Flood, He needed Noah. For the creation of a nation, He needed Abraham. To lead the nation of Israel, He needed Moses. To bring back Israel from captivity, He needed Daniel. To defeat Jericho, He needed Joshua. For the preservation of the Hebrews, He needed Esther. For the salvation of mankind, He needed to become a man.

As John Wesley once said, “God does nothing but in answer to prayer.”1*

Prayer is therefore not an option for mankind but a necessity. If we don’t pray, heaven cannot interfere in earth’s affairs. It is imperative that we take responsibility for the earth and determine what happens here by our prayer lives.

I invite you to discover your power, authority, and rights in the earth and to position yourself to become a faith channel for heavenly influence in earth’s affairs. Heaven depends on you, and earth needs you. Without you, heaven will not—and without heaven, earth cannot.

understanding the purpose and power of prayer/christiandiet.com-by myles monroe

Grace and Peace

Silvana

Happy Thanksgiving!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace. 

numbers 6:24-26

Grace and Peace,

Silvana

How To Connect My Thinking To The Truth of God’s Word

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And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

romans 12:2

Knowing the will of God, getting clarity about our lives, and trusting God to get us from point A to point B are some of the toughest struggles that we face as believers.

But as I explained to my daughters this morning, it’s not so much about trying to figure out the big question like “God, what do you want me to do with my life?”

I talked to them about how I when I was their age was also feeling anxiety about my future. Surely, I have to do something with this degree that I had just received, and I needed to make more money. So, as I sought to make “important” plans to move to Atlanta and study to become a paralegal (couldn’t figure out what to do with that Economics degree), I honestly can not tell you what happened next.

Only that a transformation began to occur in my life when I simply had a question (about the Godhead), and I asked the Lord about it, and He showed me the answer in His Word. That communication triggered a series of events that would lead me into God’s ordained plan for my life.

So, the first step to transformation in the biblical sense is to renew our mind to the Word of God. The reason that we have “renew” our minds is God’s way of thinking and doing things is completely foreign to us. Before, we tapped into Kingdom principles, we were going in the opposite direction of God’s way.

And so at some point, we have to make a choice as to whether or not we are going to “acknowledge Him in all of our ways” or are we going to continue to go about establishing our own ways.

Well, it is no secret that if we choose the latter, we also choose the consequences that goes along with that choice:

Getting Clarity and Direction

So, how do get intentional about our relationship with God to the point that we are transformed and walking in God’s perfect will for our lives? One day at a time. One thought at a time. One act at a time.

Change Your Mindset. Discover Your Mission. Manifest Your Destiny.

The path to rewiring your thought processes to think like God thinks begins with

Praise – But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel (Psalm 22:3). When we offer up praises unto the Lord, we are acknowledging Him, drawing near unto Him, and inviting Him into our space. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty!

Reading the Bible – The Word of God is sharper than a two edged sword piercing the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). The Word of God is to our soul what marrow is to our bodies. Marrow keeps keeps our bodies from incurring infectious diseases. Likewise, the Word of God (the wisdom that we need for spiritual self-care), keeps us focused and from being infected with the ways of the world and the wiles (a trick or stratagem intended to ensnare or deceive-Merriam-Webster) of the devil.

Asking for direction – Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you (John 15:16). When we walk according to God’s plan for our lives, we bear fruit. Hence, as we pray His Word back to Him, we receive the answer to our prayers.

Yielding to the Holy Spirit – Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4). Living a Spirit-led life means knowing what the Word of God says and making it first place in your life.

Eternally-minded – r he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. The thing of God are spiritually-discerned and when we walk in the Spirit (we do this by putting God’s Word first place in our lives), He leads us into all Truth which causes us to continually overcome life’s challenges and frees us from the oppression and bondage of Satan.

Resting in the Lord – There remained therefore a rest to the people of God.

10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

As we press through the pain in the difficult times of our lives, we find ourselves being transformed when we seek God in P.R.A.Y.E.R. Yes, it does take consistency, discipline, and an attitude of gratitude, but that’s why the scripture says that we have to work at it continually, which produces spiritual maturity and leads us to that place rest and spiritual freedom.

And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].

God Always Has A Ram In The Bush

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“God always has a ram in the bush”. When I was a child my mom use to say that saying. Have you ever heard it being said?. I could not figure out what in the world she was talking about. As an adult, I learned that it is scriptural:

And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

Genesis 22:13

Abraham had been summons by God to take his promised son to a mountain and sacrifice him there. It was a test of Abraham’s faith and loyalty to God.

Many of you remember years ago when there was a test of the emergency broadcasting system. They’d say, “This a test of the emergency broadcasting system. Don’t you’d wish that you could get that warning in life when something hits you unexpectedly and throws you for a loop? If you realize that it was just a test, then you’d probably respond a little differently. Apparently, Abraham, the father of faith, was aware that this was only a test, because the scripture says:

And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.

genesis 22:5

Did you see that? He told his servants to remain while Abraham and his son, Isaac went forward to the mountain. Then he said, we’ll be back. Abraham was fully persuaded that whatever God had in mind on that mountain, that he was going to return with his son in tact even if it meant that He would have to bring him back to life.

And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.

10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

11 And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

genesis 22:9-12

There’s a Christian song whose lyrics says “He gives and takes away”. I realize that that is a popular notion, and that even Job himself said it, but Job also said that the worst thing that he feared had come upon him. And if you fear a thing (fear trumps faith), you will draw that very thing that you fear to you.

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. You see, fear is a spirit, and what you have to do with evil spirits is renounce them and cast them out. Otherwise, they will cause negative consequences in your life that were allowed because you chose to walk in fear of what the devil can do instead of walking in faith of what God can and will do when you decide to trust and believe Him.

19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

20 That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

genesis 30:19-20

We choose whether we walk in fear or faith:

16 In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.

17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;

deuteronomy 30:16-17

God is a jealous God. He requires from us total obedience, reverence, worship and faith. And this is exactly what Abraham possessed in his life, and therefore when his testing time came, he passed the test.

We have to be prayerful that we are not reverencing, worshiping other things (and we know this when we ask Him if we are doing it or not), or putting them equal to God in our lives. Because when we do, we open ourselves up to demonic attack, and the enemy will execute his plan if we are not allowing God’s Word to rule and reign in our lives.

So whether we are being tested as in the case of Abraham, or a full-blown attack as in the case of Job, the answer is the same. We are to walk in faith fully persuaded that God is Who He says that He is and He is well able to deliver us out of the hand of the enemy.

So, when we say that God is in control, that means that He only allows the devil to go but so far according to what our confession is (fear or faith), and He is faithful to cause everything that the enemy worked against us to work for us (Romans 8:28).

Walking in faith means believing that He always has a ram in the bush because He absolutely does!

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

I corinthians 10:13

There Is An Expiration Date On Your Situation

There are times when we are so caught up in our situation, that we fail to see (or ask for) God’s ram in the bush. That was the case when my Mac went out, and the only thing that I could see was pain. I did not see my daughter’s Mac that she had stored right in my desk cabinet. It took me two weeks to see it! During that time I was just focused on how I could fix it myself, waiting for the tool in the mail to accomplish the task, and dreading having to take it to a technician (who could not help me) once I discovered that there is nothing that I could do.

Does God Care About Me?

Not only does the Lord love you with an everlasting love, but He also gives you great consolation in your sorrow; He can create beauty from your ashes, and we are to hope in His promises (II Thessalonians 2:16Isaiah 61:3).  “Hope is commonly used to mean a wish. Its strength is the strength of the person’s desire. But in the Bible, hope is the confident expectation of what God has promised, and its strength is in His faithfulness” (online library.wiley.com).

The Lord demonstrated His loving care for us when He sent His Son to die for us (John 3:16) and to keep us in that loving care all the way to our final resting place. It is through the power of His Spirit and His Word that we ultimately draw near unto our Heavenly Father and receive His promises into our lives as we read, speak and pray His word daily.

Pray this prayer daily for the strength to read the Bible and begin to believe God for the promises in His Word:

O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together. Father, I thank you for being Jehovah-Jireh, the God Who always provides everything I need according to your riches in Glory by Christ Jesus. Help me to always walk in faith, believing You Who has begun a good work in me will perform it until the end.

These days I am happily pecking away on my daughter’s laptop (my ram in the bush, as I prepare to replace the battery on mine-I finally diagnosed the problem)!

And you know what? The Lord has a ram in the bush for you. It does not matter what your situation is: Jehovah-Nissi has scheduled your victory because every problem has an expiration date on it when you hold up your shield of faith and trust God for His promises to you!

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Grace and Peace,

Silvana

Turn Your Pain Into Purpose

Do you find that inspirational quotes are, well, inspirational (such as the one in the the photo’s text)? I was motivated by such a quote after my Mac went into a coma. I tried to doctor on it myself and later took it to the technician only to be informed there was no hope. No hope? No hope? I felt like I was under attack, and I was not going out like that!

But the truth is that I struggled with what I was going to do. This blog was, after all, a part of a ministry that God had given me, that had been silenced. After several days of contemplative prayer, light shone into my darkness. I decided that I would come out of this situation better than when I went into it.

Pain Can Move You Into Action

And so, I have spent the last few months building this online ministry. Atlas, I went into creation mode and started developing the projects that the Lord had been speaking to me about. Yet, I had not gotten around to completing any of them. After I decided that I would refused to be defeated, I looked up and I saw the light. I didn’t see it before (I was too devastated), but my daughter’s Mac was literally stuffed in a small drawer of my desk where she had left it for the summer. Hallelujah! I was back in business. And I had a lot of work to do. What happened next was nothing short of amazing.

After a few weeks of rolling up my sleeves and getting down to business, I am excited to announce the launching of my new blog home, the grand opening of my inspirational printable store-Poetic Printables, our new Youtube ministry channel: Bold As A Lion Outreach Ministries, and my new author website.

I invite you to take a tour and browse around. I pray that you too will get inspired to kick the procrastination habit-move beyond the distractions, stay the course, and finish what you have started for the Lord.

And if you are in a season of your life where you don’t know what you are suppose to be doing, and you are trying to get clarity from God, I invite you to download my cheat sheet guide “What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do”. Subscribe below.

Cheat Sheet Guide

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO?

This Checklist Guide is aimed at helping you learn how to hear from God so that you can focus on His Will for your life.

So grateful to be back! Grace and Peace.

Silvana

I’d love to hear some testimonials of how you turned your pain into purpose.

What Are You Fighting For?

In times like these, we need a firm foundation on which to stand. When we trust the government, job security, manufactured entities, we are standing on sinking sand.

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Pressing Through Troubling Times

We know that a life lived as unto the Lord does not mean that we do not face challenges, but neither does taking up our cross to follow Jesus mean that we have to suffer endlessly under the oppression of darkness. Jesus has already suffered for us (Isaiah 53). However, it does mean that we are to be good soldiers fighting the good fight of faith, trusting God and believing that we receive the promise of His Word to heal, deliver, and restore us. That Word that was made flesh (John 1:1-3, 14) and is ever interceding for us to help us, to strengthen us, to encourage us to go on and see what the end is going to be!

Ultimately, it always comes down to relationship, doesn’t it? For whatever reason, when our relationship with our Lord and Savior is hindered, and we lose our way (like a lost sheep), it feels like we have been abandoned in some way. Of course, we know that that is the furthest thing from the truth because our Heavenly Father assures us that He will never leave or forsake us. But in those dark times, the enemies’ lies are magnified, and we can get delusional in our thinking (I call it “stinkin’ thinkin'”).

It is doing those times that we have to dig in our heels and refuse to be “dogged” by demonic imps. Take a step forward, and move in faith because anything that the enemy has against us has already been nailed to the cross. Draw near unto God and He will draw near unto you. That is His promise.

What Are You Fighting For?

Even when God has given us a clear directive, we sometimes get side-tracked and forget purpose. Such was the case with Jesus’ disciples. You know the story: Jesus told them that He would meet up with them on the other side of the lake, and as they set out to accomplish the directive, they came upon a dark situation. They forgot what Jesus said. “Meet me on the other side.” If God tells you to do something, then you can rest assured that He’s got you covered so that you can fulfill His request. This is the power of purpose! When we endeavor to live a purpose-driven life; a Spirit-led life, this truly is a life that is worth fighting for.

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

ISAIAH 26:3

Should we fight for the cause of Christ, His will, His purpose, His assignment on our lives, we shall surely win and claim the victory that He shall surely give to those who trust and obey Him.

Grace and Peace to you,

Silvana

The Heart of A Father + Free Father’s Day Printable!

Growing up, the start of June signified the end of the school year, the first day of summer, my dad’s birthday, and Father’s Day.

I was especially fond of my father; even though he and my mother did not remain married, he took special effort to take care of me. Some of my best childhood memories were spent with him eating TV dinners, playing Atari, and eating strawberry sundaes and banana splits from Mr. Smiles Ice Cream Truck. That was the most popular ice cream truck I’d ever seen. We could see him when he turned onto the block “way down yonder place,” and by the time he reached us, it was almost dark! Good times. Good times.

Neither of my parents grew up in a Christian home, nor did they raise me to be a Christian. However, the Lord called me at the age of 17. When I married (at the age of 25) and moved South (I’m from the midwest) with my husband, I would write letters to my dad about having a relationship with the Creator of the Universe. After he had passed, I attended the funeral, and my uncle let me know that he had read those letters (since he was now in possession of my father’s stuff), and he made fun of me (I am praying for him). But as the Lord would have it, someone at the funeral informed me that my father had bowed his knee and made Jesus the Lord of his life before he went to be with Him.

Both my husband and I had the honor of leading our dads to our Heavenly Father. Ain’t He Good? All the time!

He’s A Good Good Father


The other day as I was taking my morning prayer walk, I noticed three sunflowers growing in the alleyway. I marveled as I stood there staring at one of my favorite flowers blooming in my backyard! (so to speak). The thing about it, though, was that the flowers were turned around the other way. So, I prayed: “Father, if they are not enjoying those flowers over there, can you turned them around?” My daughter Chastity walks out, and I point the flowers out to her, and I tell her about my prayer. She says, “Cool!”.
The next day as I am showing the flowers to my daughter, Christian, guess what? Those beautiful sunflowers were facing our house, and He had added more to the bunch! I call out to Chastity that the Lord had answered my prayer and turned the flowers around, and she says, “No way!”

I must say that a day or so later, I noticed that the flowers had turned somewhat towards the side. As I stood there observing this, I realized that I had not noticed them the day before (I remembered that I was in deep thought that morning), .and there they stood as if to say I had ignored them, and they decided to turn their beautiful gaze elsewhere. Lord, help us to keep our gaze on our children; to help them turn their gaze towards You.

I can tell you that our Heavenly Father cares about everything that we care about, and He only wants the best for His children as we seek to do His will.

I wanted to take this opportunity to encourage fathers during this season because although your children may not be walking following God’s will for their lives, they still need you to stand in the gap for them. Even if you did not do everything right (who has?), what you do now still can and will impact your children. (To err is human; to forgive, divine. Give space to forgive yourself as well as others).

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger [do not exasperate them to the point of resentment with demands that are trivial or unreasonable or humiliating or abusive; nor by showing favoritism or indifference to any of them], but bring them up [tenderly, with lovingkindness] in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

EPHESIANS 6:4 AMP

The Heart of A Father


You possess the power to cause your children to stand tall (like a sunflower). Do not withhold that from them. They need that part of you that God has given you as a father to direct them in the way that they should go. And if it does not seem as if they are not listening…that is the beauty of being a father; you’ll be right there when they get it right.
So, continue to give them fatherly advice, lead them with strong hands(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffBG7JAvBiw), and let God do the rest.

Free Father’s Day Printable
One of my favorite things is wall art. Printables, to be exact. This Father’s Day Printable is the first of many that I will be sharing on this site because I believe that printables are a great way to help us to remember the good things about life. This month, we celebrate fathers. May you all be encouraged and strengthened to be all that God has called you to be. And like the Heavenly Father may you to be A Good Good Father. This printable is inspired by Chris Tomlin’s mega song , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqybaIesbuA: Good Good Father. May it be a constant reminder that He is there to help you every step of the way. Enjoy!

Happy Father’s Day Printable

Click here: https://silvanawilliamsbooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Youre-A-Good-Good-Father-Printable.pdf


Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers, and remember, our Heavenly Father is a Good Good Father, and He has given you the heart of a father.

Grace and Peace to you,
Silvana

God’s Plan For You is Success, Abundance, Victory!

Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day.

My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof.

My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.

PSALMS 71:8,15,23

Choose Faith Over Fear and Give God Praise

Did you know that praising God brings confusion to our spiritual enemies?

In the Book of Chronicles, we find a story about a king whose name is Jehoshaphat.  A messenger brings him an evil report that three nations are about to descend upon him and make war with him.  The king sets himself to seek the Lord, and this is the message that God sent to him:

And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

Tomorrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.

Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.  II Chronicles 20:15-17

When the king’s army went out to battle, God’s instruction was to send out the “praise team” first:

When they began singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were struck down [in defeat].   II Chronicles 20:22 AMP

When we praise the Lord, He sends out His ‘messengers” to ambush the Enemy on our behalf, and they are defeated.  Hallelujah!

Conclusion

Refuse to dwell on negative thoughts. Instead, when negativity comes your way, cast it down with your praise, and make a declaration that “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth!”

God has called you and me to His Kingdom for such a time as this.  He wants us to utilized our gifts, callings, positions to advance His Kingdom.  When we make His purpose our priority, He will move heaven and earth to see His purpose, His plan, and His people prevail.  

The Lord has given us the keys to the Kingdom, and we are favored of Him. Give Him praise and glory!

Grace and Peace to you!

Silvana

Pray For Our Nation

 God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

 That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.

Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.

 O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah (Pause and think about that).

 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.

Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.

 God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.   Psalm 67


As we press through troubling times, personally and globally;  Let us make a daily habit of seeking His face (while He may be found).  We need to ask the Lord to forsake our way, and to embrace His way.  His way of doing things is right and it will yield the results that only He can give.

Let us also remember to pray for the salvation and well-being of those across the nations.  The Lord has promised us that the word that He sends out (to bless us), will not return unto Him empty, but that it will accomplish what He has sent it out to do.  "For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace." (Isaiah 55:5-12)

Affirmation:  I will bless the Lord at all times.  His praise shall continually be in my mouth!

Excerpted from Peace Be Still: Releasing the Peace of God Into Your World by Silvana Williams


Grace and Peace to you,
Silvana

How to Have Faith for the Battle

If we are going to do anything for God, we are going to go through a wilderness experience. Well, really, as part of the human race, we are all going through the valleys of life anyway. However, It is how we handle those situations that determined whether or not we will receive an anointing of God as a result of the experience.

Last week, we talked about Psalm 23. In Psalm 23, David poetically expresses how the Lord leads us into green pastures, still waters which paints a pleasant picture. However, in the next verse, David says that “He restores our soul”. Something happened in between verses one and two.

All hell broke loose!

The Israelites went through the wilderness, Jesus went through the wilderness and so must we.

It is when we are in the wilderness, that our faith is tested.

If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

PROVERBS 24:10

If we stand in the face of whatever the devil has thrown at us and we “fear no evil”, but trust that the Lord will sustain us, then He will surly prepare a table before us in the presence of our enemies.

How Do We Stand?

Paul the Apostle tells us how to stand in the day of evil. If we are going to overcome in the battle for our minds, then we must take heed to what he saying to us. I have never heard of so much talk about the breakdown of mental health. Do you know why? If one refuses to call upon the name of the Lord in the day of evil, then there is no other result for them to experience then to fall into the hands of the one who is causing the adversity in their lives.

Fear not!

In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might. 11 Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places13 Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious]. 14 So stand firm and hold your ground, having [b]tightened the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) around your waist and having put on the breastplate of righteousness (an upright heart), 15 and having [c]strapped on your feet the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news]. 16 Above all, lift up the [protective] [d]shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.

18 With all prayer and petition pray [with specific requests] at all times [on every occasion and in every season] in the Spirit, and with this in view, stay alert with all perseverance and petition [interceding in prayer] for all [e]God’s people. 

EPHESIANS 6:10-18

And pray for me. Know that I am praying for you.

Jesus. That name that is above every name. And at that name, every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord!

Grace and Peace,

Silvana