"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up..." 1 Thess. 5:11
Tough the desert I wonder,
Revive me oh Lord I pray
According to You loving kindness
Revive me oh Lord I pray.
Through the valley I wonder,
Revive me oh Lord I pray.
According to your Word,
revive me oh Lord I pray
Your statutes are my songs;
In the house of my pilgrimage
I have chosen the faithful way
Revive me oh Lord I pray.
written by: April Correia ©
I don't know about you, but I need revive most of the day. I find comfort in knowing that grace abounds and when I'm at my lowest point I can lift my eyes up to Jesus, author and perfector of our faith, and cry out, "Revive me oh Lord, I pray!"
May you have a Christ centered day!
Jesus left us a wonderful example of prayer. At times He even prayed all night (Lk. 6:12). He desires us to follow His example. He left us an example prayer, commonly called the Lord's prayer, see Matt. 6:9-13. What a wonderful example it is. Many people don't know the verses prior, so I've typed it up to keep the passage in context.
"When you pray, you are not to be as the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners, in order to be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you when you pray, go into your inner room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will repay you. And when you are praying do not use meaningless repetition, as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
Pray, then, in this way:
Our Father who art in heaven (worship)
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy kingdom come (allegiance)
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. (Intercession)
And forgive us our debts, (acknowledgment)
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, (dependence)
Deliver us from evil
For Thine is the kingdom and the (worship)
power and the glory forever. Amen.
For if you forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions." ~ Matt. 6:5-15 ~
Worship, allegiance, intercession, acknowledgment, and dependence are the elements of this model prayer:
The prayer begins with Worship of our Sovereign Lord. Then we pledge our Allegiance to Him and His kingdom. Intercession is found in the us, our; we are called to intercede for one another. (Eph. 6:18; Rom. 12:12) Acknowledgment that He is the only on who can forgive us our sin. We Depend upon the Lord to direct our path and rescue us from evil. Once again He is Worshipped for His kingdom, power and glory, which will live on forever.
I encourage you to use these elements during your prayer time. Try reading your Bible (perhaps the Psalms) and pray (using the model prayer as your guide) for one week and see what the Lord will do in your life and the lives of those around you. May it become part of your daily routine if it isn't already. If it is, may He reveal Himself to you in new and exciting ways.
Heavenly Father, You alone are God, You are holy.
May Your will be done hear on earth as You ordained in heaven.
Thank you that you and meet our daily need, Father.
Holy Spirit, fill us with the Father's love and forgiveness that we may forgive. Forgive us our sin, Lord, as we forgive those who've sinned against us. Grant us the grace to persevere in what You see fit to teach us, Guide our path, Father; lead us in the ways of You, not of our selves. We are sojourners here, may we bring You glory, for You are the Way, the Truth and the Life. You are King of kings, and Lord of lords. May You come in Your glory soon. In Jesus Name. Amen.
May the Lord reveal Himself to you in mighty ways as you seek and reach out to Him through the model prayer.
May you have a most joyous day in Jesus!
"(Jesus) died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf...
Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come." ~ 2 Cor. 5:15, 17 ~
Do you ever wonder how some Christians seem to have it all together? They don’t seem to fall into temptation and they handle trials/tragedies/difficulties extremely well. The answer is simple but not always simple to apply. It takes making the choice to believe God no matter what. Believing that whatever comes our way comes to us through hands of love; all must go through the Father before it comes to us. Memorizing some bible scriptures that are applicable to your situation works well; if you use them.
Below are some truths about you; who you are in Christ. These are great to know during times of spiritual warfare; or just know. Print it out and keep it close to where you can get it in time of need.
Who I Am In Christ
I am accepted
John 1:12 ~ I am God's child.
John 15:15 ~ As a disciple, I am a friend of Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:1 ~ I have been justified.
1 Corinthians 6:17 ~ I am united with the Lord, and I am one with Him in spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ~ I have been bought with a price and I belong to God.
1 Corinthians 12:27 ~ I am a member of Christ's body.
Ephesians 1:3-8 ~ I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child.
Colossians 1:13-14 ~ I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.
Colossians 2:9-10 ~ I am complete in Christ.
Hebrews 4:14-16 ~ I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ.
I am secure...
Romans 8:1-2 ~ I am free from condemnation.
Romans 8:28 ~ I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances.
Romans 8:31-39 ~ I am free from any condemnation brought against me and I cannot be separated from the love of God.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 ~ I have been established, anointed and sealed by God.
Colossians 3:1-4 ~ I am hidden with Christ in God.
Philippians 1:6 ~ I am confident that God will complete the good work He started in me.
Philippians 3:20 ~ I am a citizen of heaven.
2 Timothy 1:7 ~ I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.
1 John 5:18 ~ I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.
I am significant...
John 15:5 ~ I am a branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine, and a channel of His life.
John 15:16 ~ I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.
1 Corinthians 3:16 ~ I am God's temple.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 ~ I am a minister of reconciliation for God.
Ephesians 2:6 ~ I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm.
Ephesians 2:10 ~ I am God's workmanship.
Ephesians 3:12 ~ I may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Philippians 4:13 ~ I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
As you come along other promises from God's word jot them down and keep them close, they come in real handy when you're thoughts are being bombarded by untruths. May you have a Christ centered day!
Soli Deo gloria
Thoughts to ponder:
Make time to sit with your LORD and allow Him to wash you with HIS truth. Let Him tell you just how precious you are in His site; did does have your name inscribed on the palm of His hand, and He knows the number of the hairs on your head. Allow Him, through His word, to speak truth to your weary heart. And print out this devo and hang it where you will see it and be reminded of who you REALLY are; a new creation in Christ Jesus! Hallelujah, what a Savior!!
"This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." ~ Psalm 118:24 ~
When God saw Moses had, turned to see the burning bush, He called to him (Ex. 3: 1-6). God does visit us today, but most are to busy with life to turn and see their burning bush; nor do they hear God calling their name. He reveals Himself differently to each individual. Noah heard God’s audible voice; as did Samuel. To the Israelites He was a Pillar of cloud by day and a Pillar of fire by night (Ex. 13:21). Thousands of years later He clothed Himself with flesh and blood, becoming a man, the perfect sacrificial Lamb of God, and bore the cross at Calvary so that we could be reconciled to the Father (2 Cor. 5:18).
Today it can be a simple thought that pops into your mind. During time with Him in prayer it can be as overwhelming as sensing His presence in your room causing you to look to the ground out of reverence. As you read your Bible a verse or passage of scripture stands out on the page. A friend, or someone at church, talks with you and speaks something to you as if the Lord Himself where telling you an answer to a prayer that morning. These are but a few of the numerous ways God speaks to us today.
Hebrew 13:8 says, “Jesus is the same yesterday, and today, and yes forever.” He does not change (Mal. 3:6). Therefore, my beloved sister in Christ, I urge you to take time today to turn and see. He’s calling out your name.
Soli Deo gloria
Questions to ponder:
Are you listening to hear what He has to say to you? Are you eager to Hear what He has to say? What is He speaking to you?
"Sing to the Lord a new song for He has done marvelous things." ~ Psalm 98:1 ~
This verse is one of my life verses for I have seen the Lord do amazing things in my life and of those around me. He truly is faithful and holds us close when we go through the waters and the fire. I am compelled to sing both to and of Him out of a heart of gratitude.
A few years back I developed a weird blood disorder which affected my lungs (like having severe out of control asthma) which went undetected for three - four years; Prednisone (a steroid) is what kept me alive during this time. By the time I received the help I truly needed I was near death. My skin turned grey due to lack of oxygen; the numbers always ranged and stayed just above 88, which is when they put you on full time oxygen, so the only time I could receive the oxygen my body craved was when I would go back in to the EC for more steroid; this I received through the oxygen and it felt good. It took well over a year to get the asthma symptoms under control. It was a long trying time and I found myself at times asking, "Why Lord? Why?" I was totally baffled by it all because my music ministry was bearing fruit. I was leading Woman's Worship and a small acoustic team at our church as well as children's worship; doing outreaches with them in the community. But the Lord graciously reminded me that His ways are not my ways, neither are His thoughts my thoughts. I chose to cling to this word knowing He is love and faithful.
During this affliction the Lord did some amazing things in my heart and my marriage. I was now beginning to see my husband in a whole new light, my fear began to dissipate. No, we weren't having marital problems; I had a fear deep down that one day my husband would no longer desire me and leave - insecurities from my past BC (Before Christ). It was during this time that I grew to trust not only that my husband was committed to our marriage, but how God was the very source of my strength, and He was every breath I took - He was, and is, my everything.
I've just started getting back into "Singing 2 Jesus" within the last couple of years. He has led me down a different path recently; having me share of His faithfulness during that season of my life. A Ladies Tea and then again at a small country church; come Sept. another country church Ladies Tea. People where ministered to and God was glorified - that's what it's all about! And I'm excited to see what He has in store for us to come.
He's the same yesterday, today and forever. (Heb. 13:8) If He's faithful for me (which He is) then He's faithful to you too. Let us cry out with the Psalmist, "Not to us, O LORD, not to us, But to Your name give glory Because of Your loving-kindness, because of Your truth." (Psalm 115:1)
To God be the glory!
The Five Deadly D's January 25, 2011 by April
Do you realize the Lord has a special plan just for you, His beloved? (Jeremiah 29:11) He does, however the enemy of your soul will do anything to stop you from achieving it. The LORD God is the Creator of all, sovereign Ruler of the universe, we must remember this. (Gen. 1:1; Psalm 103:19) I encourage you to learn, along with me, to take "dis"appointments, when they come our way, and turn them into "His" appointments; God uses these times as appointments with Him, to grow us closer to Him and in His ways. As a born again Christian, (John 3:3-7) you need to be prepared for the attacks of the enemy; his mission is to steal, kill and destroy. (John 10:10) Some of you know this already, but it is always good to review and refresh our minds.
All behavior starts with a thought. Jesus warned that in your life you are going to have tribulations in the world, but not to worry for He has overcome the world. (John 16:33)
There are *five deadly "D's" the Christian must be aware of: Disappointment, Discouragement, Dejection, Despair, and Demoralization.
- Disappointment: When things do not turn out as you thought or planned. How you view the situation determines how you will act or react to it. TRUTH: There is a choice to be made. You can either allow the situation to get you down, becoming disappointed, or you can choose to see it from the view of your Sovereign Lord - as His appointment. (Rom. 8:28)
If you don't believe (or can't see) it's from the Lord, then you are set up to become discouraged.
- Discouragement: Being without courage; when you loose the courage to go on. The Lord told Joshua to be strong and courageous... to not stray from His word, to meditate on it day and night. (Josh. 1:7,9) TRUTH: Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and yes, forever (Heb. 13:8). You too, if you desire to live a life of victory, can apply this same truth to your life.
You must know and deeply understand the word of God to embrace His truth with your whole heart. (This is why it is so vital to devote yourself to the study of His word, and daily ready of His word.) The LORD is with you as He was with Joshua, and He will protect you as well. (Matt. 28:20)
If you allow yourself to become discouraged, and do not refocus on the Lord at this time, nor accept your situation as God's appointment for you, then you face becoming dejected.
- Dejection: Is a lowness of spirit. It is when you start to believe the opinions of the world, (the lies of the devil, and the world around us) over what the word of the Lord says. TRUTH: The word of the Lord says that, "The joy of the Lord is your strength" (Nehemiah 8:10 and see Isa. 61:3) If you are here, beloved, choose to bow your knee and believe the Lord.
Dejection causes you to become sad and miserable with your life, and causes you to spiral downward into despair.
- Despair: When you loose your hope. Despair causes you to think the situation is hopeless; you are hopeless. TRUTH: Hope is God's promise to you, in His time. Your hope is knowing that you are heaven bound with Jesus for eternity. The hope of the glory of God is being in His presence forever.
(John 3:16, 36; 6:40; 11:25-26)
The last of the deadly D's is demoralization.
- Demoralization: disorder, chaos, untrustworthy in spiritual matters. Brainwashed by Satan, (God does not love you after this.) weary, you feel you cannot go on. Precious one, even at this point there still is a way out. It will be hard, but you MUST believe what God says in His word. Seek out someone to pray with and for you through this time.
All of the D's can lead to depression, because self has become the focus rather than the Lord. Your eyes have moved from looking unto Jesus to the circumstances around you. But don't lose hope. There is something that can be done to refocus on Jesus.
First, you must come before the Father in prayer. (1 John 1:9) Secondly, choose to gain your thoughts captive, and think on worthy things (2 Cor. 10:3-5; Phil. 4:8) It is always good to seek out someone to pray with and for you during this time, the Father will tell you who to go to, ask Him.
God is at your side at all times just waiting for you to call to Him. Remember you are more than a conqueror through Jesus, and there is absolutely nothing that can separate you from His love for you. (Rom. 8:35-39). Greater is He who is in you, than he who is of the world. (1 John 4:4) May the Lord hide this truth deep in your heart.
Have a triumphant day in Jesus!
*Gleaned from Kay Arthur’s "As Silver Refined"
My Comfort According to Your Promise
December 6, 2010
"May Your unfailing love be my comfort, according to Your promise to Your servant. Let Your compassion come to me that I may live, for Your law is my delight." ~ Psalm 119:76-77 ~
God has wrapped His arms of love around me these last several days, and I have wrapped His promises around me; for I find comfort in them. And it's during times like these, being in His presence, that I find His comfort and strength in ways most people can't imagine. His desire is that we would all cry out, "...Be my comfort according to Your promise..." rather than us turn to a friend, spouse, romance book or a TV program for worldly comfort during difficult times. During times of testing we find out the truth - He will NEVER leave you nor forsake you, He will NEVER let you down, and He will ALWAYS be there with open arms ready to embrace you with the most awesome comfort one can ever imagine; this comfort invades the soul as it rushes over the body like a warm blanket on a cold winter’s night. Yes, precious one, I know this to be true.
Turn to the Lord during your times of need first thing and allow His Spirit to minister to you in ways no human can. He will give you strength to persevere; and peace that surpasses all understanding.
Truly His word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105) Take comfort in His truth, precious one, and know that He is God and that He has a plan for your life. His timing is always best, as are His ways. And during the hard times cry out to Him, "Be my comfort according to Your promise."
May you have a triumphant day in Jesus!
His Promise to be There October 28, 2010 by April
“But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel, ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I have given Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in your place. Since you are precious in My sight, since you are honored and I love you… do not fear, for I am with you… your labor for me is not in vain”
~ Isaiah 43: 1-5; 1 Corinthians 15:58 ~
As I recently read this passage the Lord showed me something exceptional for you, because He loves you and wants you to know how precious and special you are to Him.
This is a letter especially for you.
My dear (place your name here) I, The LORD, your Creator (place your name here) and He who formed you, (your name here), “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters (difficulties), I will be with you; and through the rivers (tribulations), they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire (sufferings), you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; … you are precious in My sight, since you are honored and I love you… do not fear, for I am with you; your labor for me is not in vain.
In trials, tests, and tribulations it is easy to forget that we have an awesome God who is right beside us ready to give us the strength we need to make it through. I am no different and I believe this is why He inspires these letters to you (and me). When it is for me, such as today's, I simply type it up typing my name in the appropriate areas. Then I print it out and put it in a place where I will easily see it. I encourage you to do the same. When times get rough look to His promise to be there.
Have a triumphant day in Jesus!
Note: Egypt is a picture of the world in which we live. So remember, “greater is He who is in (me) than he who is of the world.” We have resurrection power within us to grant us the strength we need to persevere or avoid that which can cause us to fall into temptations.
His Word is valid yesterday, today and forever
October 19, 2010 by April
“The LORD will fulfill His purpose for me…The Lord is my strength and my song.” ~ Psalm 138:8, 118:14 ~
There was a time, not long ago, when I thought that I had failed the Lord. Oh, there are many times I feel this way, but this time was different. I fell into sin – the sin of unbelief. At the time I didn’t realize it was happening. It wasn’t until I became ill, with virus type symptoms that I cried out to the Lord as to why this virus would not go away. As clear as day the thought, “Because of sin”. “Sin of what?” was my response. “Unbelief” That word pierced my soul to the very core, and I knew it was true. You see I had given the position the Lord placed me in to another because they were far more “qualified,” and every chance they got they made sure to show me just how unqualified I was for the position. Shortly after I had stepped aside and let them have the ministry flu like symptoms started; which lasted for well over a week. After my cry to the Lord I realized that what was happening to me was due to my sin. I felt like I had failed my Lord and obstructed His plan in my life. Fortunately His ways are not like April’s ways. He is gracious and saw my repentant heart. Though the Lord forgives the sincere repentant heart, at times there are consequences to the sin. In my case I was not restored to that ministry.
Looking back I see the haughty mindset I had to think I could thwart the plans of God. So, my precious friend be encouraged that no matter what has happened to you or what you have done to cause you to feel as if you’ve failed God remember to cling to what you now know – the Lord WILL fulfill HIS purpose for you. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever – which means His Word is valid today, yesterday and forever.
This is my daily prayer, let it be yours
Have a triumphant day in Jesus!