The Consecrated Life
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him- Hebrews 11:6
The Dirty thirties was a time of great sorrow and heartbreak in the United States as well as the plains in Canada. Severe drought and improper farming practices created terrible phenomena called the “Dustbowl”. Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced from Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas and the effects of the dust were felt all across the United States. The solution to the dust bowl lied in two factors…improved Farming practices to prevent soil erosion and the discovery of an underground lake called the “Ogallala Aquifer”. This lake is the world’s largest underground body of pristine water and brought life to the parched plains. The waters they were so desperately waiting for didn’t come from the cloudless skies rather the answer was UNDERFOOT the whole time. Once discovered they just had to tap into it.
In John 7:37, Jesus teaches that we have a spiritual aquifer which can be drawn upon which will bless our lives. “Out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water”. If you are thirsty and dry your faith will enable you to draw water out of the wells of salvation (Isa 12:3), the well is in your belly, in the hidden man of the heart (1Peter 3:4), your spirit. Continue reading Faith and Consecration
The Ministry of Prayer
“Much time spent with God is the secret of all successful praying”- EM Bounds
There is a ministry and an activity which needs to be developed and maintained in the life of every believer and is very dear to God…that is the ministry of Prayer.
Anna the prophetess understood this ministry and dedicated her life to it… “And there was one Anna, a prophetess, and she was a widow of about four score and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fasting and prayers night and day” (Luke 2:36-37). The apostles understood the importance of prayer when they appointed others over the practical affairs of the church and gave themselves continually to its practice (Acts 6:4). The Psalmist was committed to a life of prayer. “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up (Psalm 5:3). “Evening, and morning, and at noon will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice” (Psalm 55:17). “I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried; I hoped in thy word (Psalm 119:147). Cornelius was a devout man who feared God and prayed always (Acts 10:2). The Apostle Paul prayed night and day (1Thess 3:10). Daniel prayed three times a day (Dan 6:10). Paul and Silas prayed at midnight in the most difficult situation and were set free (Acts 16:25). At times Jesus would forego sleep in order to pray all night (Luke 6:12). It was the practice of Jesus to minister to the Father in prayer before ministering to others. “And in the morning, rising up a great while before the day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed” (Mark 1:35).
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“By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His Name”- Hebrews 13:15
There’s a great song in the body of Christ which goes, “When I think of His goodness and what He’s done for me I want to dance, dance, dance all night, all night!” There’s just something about being grateful which releases us into His joy and blessing. King David must have been experiencing this sense of gratitude and blessing when he wrote Psalm 5. “But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because you defend them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou LORD will BLESS the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield”.
Have you taken time lately to thank the Lord for what he has done for you…I mean really thanked Him…from the depths of your being? I believe that when we bring the sacrifice of praise, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His Name that we entering into a revelation of faith which establishes us in the blessing of God.
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These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world- John 16:33
We live in challenging times. War in the Middle East, Russia and Ukraine, Ebola epidemic, Syria, Iraq, persecution of Christians, airplanes disappearing or getting shot out of the sky, the rise of militant Islam, terrorism…the headlines are continual reminders that we are living in a world spinning out of control. Add to this the dynamics of life; raising children, paying bills, pressures at work, keeping harmony in your marriage, rising prices, and spiritual ups and downs, and we have a toxic brew for stress and anxiety.
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