How To Live A Spirit-Led Life? – Rest

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28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

matthew 11:28

Rest is essential to our health. Our mental health, our emotional health, our physical health. When we neglect to refuel, regenerate, reinvigorate our whole beings, we become more receptive to the enemy’s lies.

Such was the case on one faithful day several years ago when my husband and I set out for the mission field. We were ministering in Orlando, Florida during this time and that day was not starting out well for me. In fact, I was ready to throw in the towel. I was done.

Our first meeting was ministry for me. A few steps from our hotel, we met this beautiful family on vacation from Texas. We fellowshipped together, and at the end of our meeting, they gave us a handful of bookmarks. Printed on these bookmarks were scriptures.

They said we needed to make it a daily habit to read these scriptures. But they also stressed the importance of reading them every night as well. The thing that was intriguing to me about the scriptures printed on those bookmarks was that they were the same scriptures that the Lord had given to me down through the years (which He did inform me that I should quote them daily). The same scriptures! But, honestly, I wasn’t as diligent as I could have been in quoting these scriptures daily.

It was a lesson that I would have to learn the hard way because I was not taking the time to declare God’s Word over my life and rest in Him.

It can be challenging indeed, can’t it? The scripture says it this way:

Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said,

hebrews 4:1-3

This New Testament scripture is referring to the Israelites during their wilderness journey. They were experiencing God’s supernatural provision, and His word through the Prophet Moses, yet they refused to believe (and receive), God’s Goodness to them (they murmured and complained instead of trusting the God Who had brought them through the Red Sea on dry ground).

This is like unto anoxymoron that causes us to “come short of it” when we are not tapped into the leading of the Holy Spirit:

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.

hebrews 4:10-11

We are to work in that we may enter in God’s rest. Toiling. Toiling. Toiling. Trying to do something for God (or ourselves) in our own strength gets us down the road to a place of unbelief and discontentment as we continue to go around the same mountain year after year.

What causes us to receive a breakthrough anointing is when we come to the end of ourselves and let go and let God. Truly, it is a good thing to come to the end of onesrself and realize that without Him you can do nothing.

It is then that we are empowered to walk in the grace that He has provided for us to do everything that He has called us to do.

Pushing Past the Pain to Enter Into His Rest

Remember every road that God led you on for those forty years in the wilderness, pushing you to your limits, testing you so that he would know what you were made of, whether you would keep his commandments or not. He put you through hard times. He made you go hungry. Then he fed you with manna, something neither you nor your parents knew anything about, so you would learn that men and women don’t live by bread only; we live by every word that comes from God’s mouth. 

deuteronomy 8:1-5 msg bible

Strength for the Journey

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.

hebrews 4:12

When you decide to walk towards what God has called you to do on the Earth, the enemy is not going to roll out the red carpet for you to do it. No. Quite the contrary. He will do everything that he can to hinder you, discourage you, and try to make you believe that you cannot do it.

What we need to sustain us during wilderness seasons and every other season is God’s Word. Speaking it, declaring it, believing it, and receiving it into our hearts so that we will be strengthened for the journey.

That’s what happened to me that day when I felt like giving up, caving in, and quitting! But God. Can somebody say, “but God”? But God sent His Word to me that day. And it was just what the doctor ordered. From that day to this day, I endeavor to make it my business to speak those scriptures over my life both day and night.

I got so excited thinking about one of those many powerful times that my God has shown up that I wrote a poem about it (well, really, the Lord gave it to me. Can I share it with you?

I felt like I was done
I felt like the enemy had won
I felt like I was wasting away
The enemy had struck by day
And by night
I felt like I had lost the fight

But then,
 The Lord sent me His Word
And told me that I can win

So from that time to this time
I refuse to whine
and complain
about the pain
that the enemy tries to throw in from of me

No.  I just speak these words of truth everyday
and I say
that You are my Shield
to protect me from every fiery dart that the enemy wields
against me

Thank You Father for your loving arms
that always protect me from all hurt and harm
When I seek to obey and speak Your Word everyday



It Is Only A Test

God has prepared a place of rest for His people. When we pass through our wilderness seasons (a place of pain, preparation, purpose, and intimacy with God), we enter into a place of rest, after we have passed the test.

Our wilderness seasons provide many opportunities for intimacy with God and spiritual growth.

When I think back on it now, I realize that that situation was a test to “see what was in my heart.”

I did not know what the day would bring, but I embraced it and went out to fulfill God’s calling on my life. (And the rest, as they say, is history).

I do want to say that that was one long, hard, epic journey. Some may feel as if you have been in a long wilderness season. Please know that He has an appointed time to bring you out into His place of rest.

So don’t fret about it. Seek Him daily, as if your life depended on it, because it does.

I created a video using those scriptures that I told you about. And yes, I still quote them day and night, and I have never once felt as if I did not have the victory over every situation that has come my way. To God be the Glory!

God says that He will bring us through the fire and the flood, and we are not to think that these trials are going to take us out. No, my friend. Declare today in the face of your fiery test that “I shall come forth as pure gold”.

6-9 So it’s paramount that you keep the commandments of God, your God, walk down the roads he shows you and reverently respect him. God is about to bring you into a good land, a land with brooks and rivers, springs and lakes, streams out of the hills and through the valleys. It’s a land of wheat and barley, of vines and figs and pomegranates, of olives, oil, and honey. It’s land where you’ll never go hungry—always food on the table and a roof over your head. It’s a land where you’ll get iron out of rocks and mine copper from the hills.

10 After a meal, satisfied, bless God, your God, for the good land he has given you.

11-16 Make sure you don’t forget God, your God, by not keeping his commandments, his rules and regulations that I command you today. Make sure that when you eat and are satisfied, build pleasant houses and settle in, see your herds and flocks flourish and more and more money come in, watch your standard of living going up and up—make sure you don’t become so full of yourself and your things that you forget God, your God,

deuteronomy 8:6-16

Rest in Him,

Silvana

How To Live A Spirit-Led Life? – Expectation

People are doing more praying today than ever before because they find that it adds to personal efficiency. Prayer helps them to tap forces and to utilize strength not otherwise available.

norman vincent peale, the power of positive thinking

The power of prayer can not be overestimated. In his book, Peale quotes a famous psychologist:

Prayer is the greatest power available to the individual in solving his personal problems. It’s power is astonishing.

Why pray? When you tap into the power of the One who knows the end from the beginning, you will receive your expected end.

But remember, prayer is not just a formality. It is communicating with your Creator as if He is your friend. Because He is. Did you know that you are a friend of God (John 15:13-15)?

Is it that easy? Yes and no. Let us go on a journey to explore how to receive answers to prayer (when we have right thinking).

To do that, we will start with the next letter in our P.R.A.Y.E.R. acrostic:

E – Expectation

If you expect nothing from somebody, you are never disappointed.

the bell jar, sylvia plath

Well, that entirely depends upon where you are placing your expectations. If you are placing your expectation in humanity, you will most likely be disappointed a great deal of the time.

However, if you are placing your expectation in God’s ability to help you regardless of who or what He uses (when you are faithful to do whatever He commands you to do), then you are setting yourself up for success.

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

jeremiah 29:11

Expectation is a force like unto your will. The scripture says that whatever you desire when you pray, believe that you will receive it, and you shall have it (Mark 11:23-25). You have to exercise your willingness to receive, belief system, and, if necessary, to change your mindset.

However, if your attitude is such that you think that God may answer your prayer or He may not, then the Bible says to be sure not to expect anything from Him:

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

james 1:6-8

First Things First

The important thing for us to remember when we are in a wilderness season is first to recognize that we are in a wilderness season. The next thing to discover is why we are there. We may be expecting something from God, but we can rest assured that He expects something from us.

Our wilderness seasons are a training ground to help us learn and grow in our spiritual walk with God and then do His will. When we have prepared ourselves for what God has for us, He will promote us.

When your heart is ready to receive God’s instruction (make sure that you did the last thing that He told you to do; if not, please do it), ask Him what it is that He wants you to do.

Here’s what He absolutely does not want you to do: murmur and complain about your situation. That, my friend, is guaranteed to keep you in that wilderness season indefinitely.

If you are in a wilderness season and you are belly-aching about it, stop! Repent. Recognize and express gratitude for what you do have and embrace the season for what it is because you will come out when you meet the conditions.

The Double-Edged Sword of Expectation

Expecting from God can be like a double-edged sword: on the one hand, it can propel you into purpose, but on the other hand, if you do not exercise patience, it can cause you to feel like life is passing you by, and you are waiting to exhale.

The key to waiting well is recognizing all of the wonderful things that God has already allowed in your life and to continuously express gratitude for those things knowing that this too shall pass.

God does not want us to murmur and complain (that is what caused the exodus generation of Israelites to die in the wilderness). He wants us to trust Him for what He is doing in our lives, so that we may build character. We need to endure hardness as a good soldier and press through the pain. This is the condition for receiving our expected end (I Peter 5:10).

The key is to tap into His grace that He has made available to us when we ask and believe Him for it.

The Power of Expectation – A Testimony

In 2006, our family was “stationed” in El Paso, Texas. There, we had a divine appointment with a young couple whose baby had been in and out of the hospital with a recurring sickness. My husband and eldest son (who first met the wife and prayed with her) later went to the hospital with the husband.

As my husband prayed the prayer of faith, he instructed the father to declare that his child would come out of that hospital tomorrow, and expect that she would go home with him.

They agreed (Matthew 18:19). The baby was released the next day!

Expectation is a powerful force.

Expectation – Conclusion

Expecting the best means that you put your whole heart (i.e. the central essence of your personality) into what you want to accomplish. People are defeated in life not because of lack of ability, but for lack of wholeheartedness. They do not wholeheartedly expect to succeed. Their heart isn’t in it, which is to say they themselves are not fully given. Results do not yield themselves to the person who refuses to give himself to the desired results.

A major key to success in this life, to attaining that which you deeply desire, is to be completely release and throw all there is of yourself into your job or any project in which you are engaged. In other words, whatever you are doing, give it all you’ve got. Give every bit of yourself. Hold nothing back. Life cannot deny itself to the person who gives life his all. But most people, unfortunately, don’t do that. In fact, very few people do, and this is a tragic cause of failure, or, if not failure, it is the reason we only half attain.

norman vincent peale, the power of positive thinking

Sometimes our expectations are met rather quickly as with the young couple and their well baby. Other times, we have to work our way out of our wilderness experience through a process of laying aside our agenda, laying down our idols, our (unrealistic) expectations, other people expectations of us and sooo many things that lead us away from God’s best for us which ultimately leads us to the fulfillment of our expectations.

Your wilderness experiences provide you with two perspectives: a place of pain or a place of purpose. You have to allow your pain to push you into purpose by putting your focus on God’s expectation for you.

For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.

But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

psalm 75:6-7

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Grace and Peace,

Silvana

How To Live a Spirit-Led Life? – Yielding to the Holy Spirit

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

john 10:27

If you have made Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior of your life, that is Him talking to you. He calls us sheep, and for a good reason: we need a whole lot of guidance in this life, and the Good Shepherd has assured us that He will lead and guide us into His care when we hear His voice and follow Him.

The Business of Hearing From God

This leads us into the fourth letter of our P.R.A.Y.E.R. acrostic:

Y – Yielding to the Holy Spirit

Prayer is the key that ignites the switch to living a Spirit-led life. And if we are going to hear from God, it will be through the power of His Spirit. God speaks to us through His Spirit whether He uses an animate vehicle or an inanimate one; the end result is that we know that we heard from Heaven. Or did we?

Hearing God’s voice. Knowing God’s voice. Following God’s voice. It’s pretty serious business and not at all as easy as the statement above that our Lord made it sound. And yet, He said that we could hear and know His voice, so we understand that this mind-blowing feat is possible to all who believe. But to get this right, we have to have some criteria in place-more on that in a moment.

However, dare I say that most Christians seem to be in the dark about what God wants them to do on any given day, let alone how He wants to use them while they are present here on the Earth.

So let’s talk about what it means to yield to the Holy Spirit to have clarity on purpose and destiny that leads to change.

Change Your Mindset

When we refer to the third person of the Godhead: the Holy Spirit, we talk about God’s Spirit, the Spirit of God that manifested in the Earth in the Book of Acts. Jesus promised His disciples that the Holy Spirit would come after He left to lead us into all truth.

He is also known as the Comforter, Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate…

But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.

john 14:26 {AMPC}

So, you see, He holds a pretty high and essential position in our lives and is not some spooky thing that we hide under the rug and act as if He does not exist.

If by our ignorance we fail to acknowledge the existence of this triune being, then we by default, are left to our own devices as to how to navigate the terrain of our Christian experience.

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There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

proverbs 16:25

Ain’t it the truth? When we make decisions based upon our limited knowledge (without the counsel of God factored into the equation), we want to blame God for the outcome. That is ignorant. If the Holy Spirit’s job is to lead us into all truth, then we can expect the results are guaranteed (you can take it to the bank!), and they will lead us to life and peace.

16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:

17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.

romans 14:16-18

Discover Your Mission

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

I corinthians 2:4-10

Manifest Your Destiny

11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.

i corinthians 2:11-16

God has sent His Spirit into the Earth, that those who are His children (who call upon Him), may spiritually discern the things that He has for us (and for us to do), because by His Spirit, we have the mind of Christ.

Yielding to the Holy Spirit – Conclusion

Learning to hear, know and follow God’s voice can first be characterized by three bullet points: (smiling emoji)

  • Does the voice that you hear align with God’s Word (He will never contradict Himself)?
  • Is what the voice saying to you, giving you a sense of peace.
  • Whatever God tells you to do, He will make it possible for you to do it.

Sure, giving God free reign in your life is a terrifying proposition, but it will be one of the best decisions that you have ever made because when the smoke clears, the voice that you obeyed will yield it’s corresponding result. And yielding to the Holy Spirit will yield the right result every time. That is the power behind living a Spirit-led life.

Let’s Pray:

Father, in times like these, we need you more than our hearts can say. Teach me to do your will, for You are my God. Lead me in the way that I should go. Please help me humble myself under your hand that I may rise above mine enemies and do your will in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Grace and Peace,

Silvana

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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I wanted to take a break in the series and wish all of you a blessed New Year season.

Happy New Year to you and your family! May the coming days bring the messages of prosperity, hope, and opportunities to your doorstep! And with each challenge that you face may you endure as a good soldier coming out on the other side stronger and and more joyful in Your Lord Who richly blesses all who trust in Him.

If you are looking to take your spiritual walk to the next level, I want to encourage you to participate in the Daniel Fast (great Daniel Fast recipes!) challenge that will bless your life in ways you thought not. Seriously. Love you. Have a blessed New Year!

Below I have prepared a PDF: Daniel Fast Prayer Journal Planner to help you with your journey.

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How To Live A Spirit-led Life? – Ask

We are in the midst of a 6 part series where we are exploring how to live as unto the Lord, and perhaps learning something that we may need to do that will cause 2022 to be a breakthrough year.

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). When we hear the wisdom of God, the next step is to do what we hear (put action to our faith), and it is faith accompanied by action that moves mountains in our lives.

So without further adieu, the next letter in our P.R.A.Y.E.R acronym is:

A – Ask

Asking is part of the two-way conversation of praying the other part being listening:

I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.

Habakkuk 2:1

When we let our request be made known to the Lord, we must do so without anxiety, believing that we will receive an answer from Him Who is faithful. The Lord will answer when we wait patiently for Him, but we have to be sensitive to His voice.

God answers us in numerous ways (through His Word, through people, a still small voice within) so we have to learn how to be sensitive to Him by creating quiet moments daily in our lives.

When we ask and the Lord answers, it behooves us to write down what He says because God is speaking. We tend to forget what God has said to us and when God seems to be silent, it may be because you did not do the last thing that He asked of you.

Of course, another reason why it may seem like God is “taking too long” to answer is that He is not on our timeline. God works through “seedtime and harvest” or an appointed time.

36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

hebrews 10:36

When we ask according to the will of God we know that we receive of Him. But how do we know what the will of God is? God’s Word is His will. If you are experiencing something that is against God’s Word, then you need to ask Him to rectify the problem. Although the situation you are experiencing may be uncomfortable, it may be His will for this season in your life.

Sometimes your question may come in the form of a thought. Actually, you did not ask the question. The Lord is presenting you with a gift, and it is up to you to ask Him for it and receive it!

God answers us in numerous ways (through His Word, through people, a still small voice within), so we have to learn how to be sensitive to Him by creating quiet moments daily in our lives.

When we ask and the Lord answers, it behooves us to write down what He says because God is speaking. We tend to forget what God has said to us and when God seems to be silent, its may be because you did not do the last thing that He asked of you.

And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

habakkuk 4:2-3

When we ask according to the will of God we know that we receive of Him. But how do we know what the will of God is? God’s Word is His will. If you are experiencing something that is against God’s Word, then you need to ask Him to rectify the problem. Although the situation you are experiencing may be uncomfortable, it may be His will for this season in your life.

Sometimes your question may come in the form of a thought. Actually, you did not ask the question. The Lord is presenting you with a gift, and it is up to you to ask Him for it and receive it!

Ask and Receive

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

luke 11:13

Jesus said that He must go so that the Holy Spirit could come and empower us:

  • To comfort us
  • To lead and guide us
  • To teach us
  • To give us boldness
  • To anoint us for God’s purpose

This is a short list of many things that the Lord has sent the Holy Spirit to do for us, in us and through us. To live an overcoming, victorious life as believer’s we need the presence of the Holy Spirit in us.

And what did Jesus tell his disciples? That they ask the Father that He would send to them the Holy Spirit.

Ask the Father for His Spirit to take up residence within you, and believe that you receive when you pray for His Spirit to dwell within.

And what did Jesus tell his disciples? That they ask the Father (in the name of Jesus), that He would give them the Holy Spirit.

Ask the Father for His Spirit to take up residence within you and believe that. you receive when you pray for His Spirit to dwell within.

According to James, we do not have because we do not ask, and if we do ask, we ask amiss (without wisdom) to consume upon our own lusts.

Inviting the Holy Spirit to dwell within us helps us to ask with the wisdom of God when we yield to Him for direction and instruction. (Ask Him for wisdom in this matter).

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

matthew 7:7-12

Grace and Peace,

Silvana

How To Live A Spirit-Led Life? – Read the Bible

We are in part 2 of our series, “How to Live a Spirit-led Life.” You can find part 1 here.

Using the acronym P.R.A.Y.E.R., we are exploring what it means to live as unto God:

Our next letter is R:

Read the Bible

 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:

deuteronomy 30:19

Because (the Lord goes on to say through His servant Moses) we need to obey His Word and cleave unto to Him for our very life, health and strength. And it is then that we will prosper in all that we do.

The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

deuteronomy 30:29

And it is “those things which are revealed” that we read about in the Bible. Hence, the second letter in our acronym that we are using to learn how to live a Spirit-led life is R:

Read the Bible – As believers, we know that we should read the Bible, but sometimes we lack motivation. Here, I set forth three powerful reasons for reading the Bible. Repentance, Relationship, Restoration.

  • Repentance – when we read the Bible, the Spirit of God will convict us. The Word of God has the power to locate us and bring us to a place of repentance. This is why we should strive to read the Bible daily because repentance is not a one-time event but an ongoing spiritual activity that causes us to be in constant fellowship with our Heavenly Father, which brings me to the next reason as to why we should read the Bible.
  • Relationship – Wow! What can I say? I mean, this is our entire reason for being. That when we “acknowledge Him in all of our ways, He shall direct our paths”, which means that we have absolutely nothing to worry about. Period.
  • Restoration – As we experience the daily onslaught of whatever the world is throwing at us, we must seek the restoration of our mind, our will, our emotions. One of the most “therapeutic” things that I can do in the course of my day is to meditate on God’s Word. We must meditate His Word if we desire to benefit from it. John’s prayer was that we prosper and be in health even as our soul prospers. So our do we experience “soul restoration”? David put it best:

The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me],

I shall not want.

He lets me lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside the still and quiet waters.

He refreshes and restores my soul (life);

He leads me in the paths of righteousness

for His name’s sake. 

Even though I walk through the [sunless] [a]valley of the shadow of death,

I fear no evil, for You are with me;

Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort and console me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

You have anointed and refreshed my head with [b]oil;

My cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life,

And I shall dwell forever [throughout all my days] in the house and in the presence of the Lord.

psalm 23 (AMP)

The footnote for Psalm 23:5 (AMP) states that “The Lord blesses and anoints His believers with the Holy Spirit, Whom oil symbolizes, to prepare them for His service.” We all as the Lord’s disciples have been given an assignment for the upbuilding of His Kingdom to reach out to others and to make Him known with the gifts and calling to which He has called us.

Discover Your Mission

When you read the Bible, you locate yourself. In my book, Cloud by Day, Fire by Night (release date TBA), I chronicle my family’s journey crisscrossing this nation with a mission (Bold As A Lion Outreach Ministries) to share the Good News of Jesus’ Salvation, and the testimony of His faithfulness to those who believe. The endurance that I needed to continue that journey with our “young pride” of children came as a result of reading the story about the Israelites on their journey through the wilderness to the promised land. But I did not just read it, I absorbed it. It became the narrative of my life, and it empowered me to do the work that the Lord had assigned to me. Reading the Bible helped me to start the mission. Reading the Bible helped me to press through and complete that missionary journey. And reading the Bible is taking me into the next phase of ministry and business; to next-level thinking, to next-level living to the full, into overflow (John 10:10 AMP).

Change Your Mindset

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

To walk in the overcoming life that Jesus has offered us in John 10:10, we must renew our minds to the Word of God. It is our only defense against the powerful influences of what the world has to offer us, which can seem very good at times, but its foundation is sinking sand. Do you want to know what the will of God is for your life? Read the Bible. He will speak to you in wonderful ways!

Manifest Your Destiny

24 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

The concept of manifestation did not begin with the philosophy of men. Jesus spoke these words to His disciples after they had marveled at how a fig tree obeyed His voice and dried up. Jesus said to them (and to us who are also His disciples):

23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

mark 11:23

The requirements for manifesting your destiny? a)Speak to your mountain(s); b)Believe that what you are speaking will come to pass. So what are you speaking? What you read in the Bible. Because what God has spoken, He shall surely bring it to pass!

The Just Shall Walk By Faith And Not By Sight

It takes faith to read the Bible and believe what it says. To believe that God is Who He says that He is and that He will do (for you) what He says that He can do. But you what, God is faithful. And you see His faithfulness, not only in Bible stories but in your own life as well. It is the goodness of God that draws man to repentance. Which means that surely He has a track record in your personal circumstances. If you are not seeing God’s goodness in your life, perhaps you should consider keeping a gratitude journal.

The issue is not whether God can do whatever we need done that we cannot do for ourselves, but it is our ability to believe that He can and will do it and give voice to what it is that we believe.

For Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on law [with all its intricate demands] shall live by it. But the righteousness based on faith [which produces a right relationship with Him] says the following: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into Heaven?’ that is, to bring Christ down; or, ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ that is, to bring Christ up from the dead [as if we had to be saved by our own efforts, doing the impossible].”But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”-

romans 10:5-8 (AMP)

The same faith and Word that it took for you to be saved is the same faith and Word of God to provide for you, to heal you, to deliver you and your children. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Your healing is in your mouth. Your deliverance is in your mouth. Your provision is in your mouth. You see, here in this place, you won’t hear me talk about how God might heal you. We only talk about absolutes here. Because God absolutely can heal you everywhere you hurt. Do you know why? Because He already healed you 2000 years ago when Jesus took 39 stripes for your healing, died, and rose again with all power in His hands, you were healed!

It’s not a matter of whether or not God is going to heal someone or in other words He heals some but doesn’t heal others. Are you kidding me? No! That is not the God that I serve. The Lord has freely given to us, but it is up to us to freely receive. How do we receive our healing, deliverance, restoration? We speak what the Word of the Lord says about our healing, and we believe that Word like our lives depends on it (because perhaps it does), and believe me when I tell you that God is not getting any Glory out of you being sick and diseased.

And furthermore, if He wants to teach you something; Do you know how you can avoid being in a car accident because God wanted to teach you something? Read the Bible. Do what it says to do. Let it transform you from the inside out.

What Should I Read?

Suppose you are needing some encouragement in your Bible reading; In that case, a few suggestions to start could include: The Gospels, Psalms, Proverbs, Biblical Stories, or researching a current issue/topic that you are grappling with in this season of your life.

You also might like to try learning the Bible with others with online devotionals, or a 12-month Bible reading plan.

Why Does It Matter?

When we read the Bible, we discover why we are here; and learn how to experience life’s most important relationship. The Bible imparts unto us the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding needed to become the best versions of ourselves in the true sense of the phrase, and empowers us to become a blessing to others.

It’s the Gospel story of how a loving God came to us in person to redeem our sin-infested souls from the hand of an enemy that is hell-bent on our eternal damnation. Have you accepted the free gift of eternal salvation? Jesus paid a dear price for it. And for that reason we should dedicate our lives to learning about this Great Love that has been bestowed upon us.

Read the Bible – Conclusion

Reading the Bible produces great benefits (and results). How we take advantage of those benefits depends upon our willingness to be in right relationship with our Lord and Savior, to repent when the Holy Spirit convicts us, to allow ourselves to be chastised by Him so that we walk in integrity, and we are restored to God’s original design for us.

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.

matthew 7:24-27

Grace and Peace

Silvana

How To Live A Spirit-Led Life? – Purpose

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