Articles from March 2012



Be Still…

Be stillHe says, “Be still, and know that I am God; Psalm 46:10a

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and  a future.  Jeremiah 29:11

Job writes … I know that my redeemer (Jesus) lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been  destroyed, (you die) yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!  Job 19:25-27

Though you have not seen him, (Jesus, the Lord God) you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.  1 Peter 1:8-9

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts
and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:5-7

AMEN!!!

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Asking The Right Question-Do Daddy Issues Keep You From God

Asking The Right Question-Are Your Daddy Issues Keeping You From God?

Cool Doesn’t Mean Good

A lot of times I’ve heard that there are people in this generation who don’t trust God because of the broken relationship they have with their father, whether he left, was abusive, or just generally didn’t seem to care. They can’t accept that God the Father will never leave or let them down. They don’t believe that He loves them, no matter what. But I see another problem… There seems to be casualness about God. Let me tell you something… God is not a “cool parent.” He is the Maker of the universe. He has the power to give life…and take it away. He’s not your buddy. He doesn’t “let things slide” and He’s not the kind of parent who will let you throw a rager in the basement as long as you promise not to leave the house.

God is too perfect and loves us too much to be that kind of parent. He does not need our approval. He is not insecure in who He is… I mean, who else can respond with “I AM” when someone ask them who they are? Just Him. People who have grown up with “cool dads” have an equally hard time coming to the Father as those who have come from “deadbeat dads”. People with cool dads don’t understand discipline. They think that it is unfair and cruel. They don’t realize it comes from a place of love and correction. See Hebrews 12:5-6 where it says: “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”

God loves us and accepts us as His children! He is the best parent of all, and part of that comes from His willingness to discipline us to keep us from further harm. If there’s no consequence for bad behavior, what’s to stop us from doing it over and over and over again? And if we don’t stop doing all the wrong things, we’ll be forever separated from Him…and that’s not what He wants at all. So to all you children of God, rejoice in His love, even when He’s disciplining you! Remember all the pain and suffering He is keeping you from. And to all you parents and future parents… don’t do your kids the disservice of being a cool parent. Love them enough to show them what’s right, and steer them away from what’s wrong.

Trust in the LORD…

Trust in the LordPraise be to the LORD, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.  Psalm 28:6-8

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.  Psalm 145:13

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit
to him, and he will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5-6

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.  2 Corinthians 1:20

Thank you God!!!

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Five Facts Regarding Loss

Loss Following Hurricane Katrina - image via Wikimedia Commons

Five Truths When You Lose

For no apparent reason, I was missing my folks this past weekend.

That’s despite the fact that it’s been almost six years since my dad died and more than eight years since my mom passed away.

Even though I’m a grown man with a family of my own, the loss of my parents still lingers and seems to sneak up on me in unexpected ways.

And during those past few years, I’ve come to realize a few truths about loss:

1. Loss Happens to Us All

During our lives, each of us will experience the pain and tragedy of loss in some way or form. It’s unavoidable. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich, poor, educated or simpleminded the simple truth is you will lose something that matters to you in this lifetime.

2. Life is Loss

No matter how wonderful your life might be, you will lose some aspect of your life that will diminish its quality. Whether it’s your health, youth, freedom, mobility, relationships, status or sense of security – some aspect of your life will decrease over time.

3. Time Won’t Heal All Wounds

Although this sentiment sounds good in greeting cards and pithy tweets, the idea that time alone heals all wounds is simply false. The only thing that time tends to do is dull the pain, but time in and of itself doesn’t heal the emotional wound of loss.

4. Each of Us Decides Our Response to Loss

Despite the morose tone of this post, I do believe that it’s up to each individual to decide whether they want to be bitter or better in the aftermath of loss. Ultimately you can flounder for the meaning of your life during the season of pain or assign meaning to the pain – much the same way that an expectant mother finds meaning through the pain of childbirth or a marathon runner who finds that completing a race is worth the painful training. Coping with loss requires a conscious decision that doesn’t happen on its own.

5. Faith Helps

Coping with loss is not merely a mental exercise, loss affects your entire being – mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Ignoring that fact only prolongs the pain and slows the healing.

My faith helped me see beyond the immediate confusion and feelings of disorientation I felt that accompanied losing my parents. I don’t understand everything or have answers to every question, but I do know that my faith has helped me help others who have experienced loss.

Ironically, that’s an unintended outcome that loss doesn’t diminish – loss actually affords us the opportunity to  add comfort, support and help to those walking the path of pain.

Question: How has loss touched your life and how did you respond?  

 

We are called the Sons of God

1 John 3:1

Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us,  that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew him not.

We are called sons and daughters of the living God.  What and honor that was bestow on us by Jesus  Christ when he laid his life bare on a cross of wood. Condemn to die not  because He did anything but what we did. Can you picture Him on the cross and the pain He endured so we can live a life like no other? His cry of pain and  loneliness when He said, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?” His Father  couldn’t look upon His Son because of the sin that He carried for us His sons  and daughters of the living God.

We who call Abba Father have a responsibility to our Father  Jesus Christ. We need to run the race and do not think that you can’t. What do I have to share or give? You have nothing to give. But, Jesus Christ has everything to give and he calls us to live in  the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25) The Holy Spirit is  here to teach, train, comfort, and live through us to the dying world that  Jesus came to save.

The Lord has called us to deny ourselves and pick up the cross and follow him. (Matthew  16:24) I know this is hard because I struggle with it myself. I cry out to the  Lord on bended knee in the whys of me. I can’t write. But, that is what’s great  about our relationship because I need him desperately to help me. If I had a  mission that was easy I probably wouldn’t depend on Him so much.  Probably think I know what I need to do and  do it on my own. Thinking that I was doing what God wanted and all the time  doing it in myself. That is what King Saul did and God left him. King David  needed God and David cried out to God. “The God of my rock; in him will I trust:he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my  refuge, my savior; you save me from violence.” (2 Samuel 22:3)

We can learn so much from the men and women in the Bible who  walk with God. The Lord was with them and working through them. Jesus Christ  the same yesterday, and today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) The Holy Spirit is  alive in you and Jesus Christ sent Him to you. He wants to be part of your life  if you will let go of your life you can have His life.

The issue here is control. Let’s let go of the control  button and let’s let the Holy Spirit reign in our life. I do not know about you  but I do not have a learner’s permit to drive the Holy Spirit vehicle. I think  some of you think you do know everything there is to know about the Holy  Spirit. I like a good mystery and I like surprises that happen when you walk  the walk with Jesus Christ at the head. It’s an exciting adventure for all ages  from running a marathon in the rain forests to hang gliding through the  mountains. My ways are scary and costly they take me through the darkest jungles  of the Amazons to the lion pits in Africa and that does not interest me  anymore.

We are called sons of God and that means we can travel first  class with Jesus Christ as our pilot. We think because we did this horrible  thing that Jesus won’t forgive you. He said to the woman at the well. Does  anyone condemn you? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus  said unto her, Neither do I condemn you: go, and sin no more. (John 8:11)

Don’t make the reason for not entering in to what the Lord  has for you be ‘sin’. We all struggle with sin and cry out to God to help us.  With God’s help you can overcome any obstacle in your life. Read the heroes in  the Bible and you will find many sinners there. King David was and adultery and  murderer. Moses was a murderer, too. Some of our great preachers of this day have battle with addictions and sins. ‘Almighty LORD, you made heaven and earth  by your great strength and powerful arm. Nothing  is too hard for you. (Jeremiah 32:17)

Promises

Romans 8:37  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

1John 4:4  You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because  greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Romans 8:31  What shall we then say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Romans 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ  Jesus.

Thank you, Lord for reminding me of answer prayer.  That you are the great I AM who takes care of  me and provides for my everyday needs. Who calls me his daughter and disciplines me in love.

I pray for the my brothers and sisters in the Lord that you awaken the  Holy Spirit in each one of them that they will seek your face and relinquish  their hold on their life to you Lord, Jesus Christ. That they will become more  than conquerors in you and take that step of faith to walk in the light as you  are in the light. So that they will shine like diamonds in the darkest of  nights to a world that does not know you Lord. In Jesus Christ name, I pray.  Amen.

 

 

 

God Knows Everything…

God knows everythingAs for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the LORD (Jesus)? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.  Psalm 18:30-32

Even as he spoke, many believed in him. To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  John 8:30-32

As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the LORD (Jesus)? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.  Psalm 18:30-32

Even as he spoke, many believed in him. To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:30-32

This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God  1 John 3:19-21

But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, (made right with God) and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.  Romans 10:8-10

Thank you GOD for setting our hearts at rest!!!

Fruits of the Holy Spirit and Fruits of evil spirit!

The fruits of the Spirit is the sign of true faith  and true walk with  Christ. Galatians 5:22-23 says that The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Jesus used the example of a good tree and an evil tree. “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit; neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:16-20).The evil spirits are disembodied spirits, who were casted out of heaven with Satan who became his angels. Only when a person distances himself from God by a sinful way of life and plunges into the darkness of disbelief and the passions he is inviting evil spirit in his life.When an evil spirits enter into a person he remains in his sins and is controlled by his sins, there will be all kinds of sickness, diseases, rebellion, stubbornness, troubles etc occurs. When God removes His protective hand, he often turns the person over to Satan for destruction or to an evil spirit for tormenting.The Bible has many names for evil spirits: Deaf and dumb spirit (Mark 9:17-29),Evil spirit (Luke 7:21; Acts 19:12-13),Familiar spirit (I Samuel 28:7),Foul spirit (Mark 9:25),Lying spirit (II Chronicles 18:20-22),Perverse spirit (Isaiah 19:14; Romans 1:17-32),Seducing spirit (I Timothy 4:1),Spirit of an unclean devil (Luke 4:33),Spirit of antichrist (I John 4:3),Spirit of bondage (Romans 8:15),Spirit of death (I Corinthians 10:10, 15:26),Spirit of divination (Acts 16:16), Spirit of error (I John 4:6), Spirit of fear (II Timothy 1:7),Spirit of haughtiness (Proverbs 16:18-19),Spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3),Spirit of infirmity (Luke 13:11-13),Spirit of jealousy (Genesis 4:5-8; Numbers 5:14),Spirit of slumber (Isaiah 29:10, Romans 11:8),Spirit of the world (I Corinthians 2:12),Spirit of whoredoms (Hosea 4:12, 5:4),Unclean spirit (Mark 6:7; Luke 11:24-26).

An evil spirit in a person can be removed in the mighty the name of our Lord Jesus Christ our Lord and savior and by the power of the Holy Spirit and through his Blood. When evil spirit is casted out in a person it’s extremely vital to be filled with Holy Spirit which is to be filled with Christ by walking in the light, as Christ is the light, and the blood of Jesus Christ will cleanse from all unrighteousness. Ephesians 2:2 says wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.

The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin and moves in the life of the believer to equip him or her in the service of God. We repent and take a decision to turn away from our sins and walk towards God bearing a Good fruit and reaping the harvest of righteousness. (James 3:17-18). If the evil spirit is not replaced by the Holy spirit as Matthew 12:45 says then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation. But through Jesus Christ, “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.

Fruits of evil spirit are: The gifts of the Holy Spirit can be imitated by demonic powers because Satan can also perform great miracles since Satan disguise himself as an angel of light.

Many people who profess to be be Christian are led astray by evil spirits and have departed from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.

Fruits of evil spirit are lasciviousness, lust, fornication, excess of wines, murder, stealing, lying, cheating, gossiping, slandering, gluttony, idolatry etc

Conclusion: Ephesians 4:27 says that we must neither give place or a ground to the devil. Resist the devil and he will flee from you! Amen.

Kill the Tobacco habit before it kills you!

For those who are in union with Christ, temptation and addictions are unable to touch us. Tobacco addiction is an addictive poison clearly harmful to our health and that itself makes a sin, hurts our testimony because it controls us which brings death and destruction. The Bible says, Sin when it is finished, brings forth death. Proverbs 5:22 says the evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast. Jesus said that the Devil is a liar, thief, and murderer who only comes to kill, steal, and destroy .Scripture warns us that “If any man defiles the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” -1Corinthians 3:17.

Another big problem is when Parents , families, relatives and friends who get addicted to tobacco are controlled by their evil desires by setting bad examples for their children to follow and there are some other parents who will hide their addiction from their family members and pretend to be Godly and follow the hypocrite carnal path of lying, defending themselves living still a spiritually defeated Christian life and there are some who sit with their children and enjoy tobacco together as a family instead of sitting together for praying and enjoying quality time with family members. As parents we must teach our children not to be controlled by evil desires but to learn to resist and control them. James 4:7 says “Submit yourself therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you”.

Conclusion:God is waiting for you to come to Him .If you are using tobacco in any form, please be strong determined to stop NOW! You owe it to your loved ones, yourself and God to stop. I want to remind you Matthew 5:29-30 says if your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

Prayer:

Father, I come to you, confessing my sin ,repenting for my sins and asking for your forgiveness.

In the Mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I surrender myself completely and I now renounce, break and loose myself and my family from all hereditary curses, and from all demonic bondage placed upon me as the result of sins, transgressions or iniquities through myself, my parents or any of my ancestors. I confess all the sins of my forefathers.

Father, I ask you to forgive me and my ancestors for any sin that has exposed me for this addiction and to live in bondage of sins. I command all evil spirits associated with any addictions to leave me in Jesus name.

In Jesus name I circumcise all my addiction thoughts and remove every pattern of tobacco addiction controlling me.

I now claim by faith that I am under divine protection and I cover myself with the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ to protect me from all addictions and evil desires.

I now confess that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, redeemed, cleansed and sanctified by the blood of Jesus. Therefore, Satan and any addictions has no place in me, and no power over me, through the blood of Jesus Christ. Lord I thank you for the provision of deliverance through the blood of Jesus Christ and the Gift of Life and I glorify your Name, all the days of my life. I thank you Jesus that you are the same God yesterday today and forever .Amen

About An Author:

Shaila D Touchton was born and raised in a well educated family in India and she has completed her Bachelor of Electrical & Electronics Engineering Degree from NMAMIT, India and other various Certifications Courses in Computers & Networking. She had worked for I.T and Engineering companies in the past and now she is a stay Home Mother and Christian writer contributing articles. She has self published three books using print-on-demand called “Christian Living”, “Seek God’s Truth” and “Living a Godly Life”. She has passion for writing Christian articles and has contributed many articles and blogs online. She has an incredible heart to serve the Lord and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through her writings. To contact Shaila, please email her at sdtouchton@gmail.com

Stop Worrying…

Stop WorryingJesus said … Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?  Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  

If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!  Luke 12:25-29

Paul writes … Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:4-7

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12  

AMEN!!!

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Asking The Right Questions- Does God Care

Does God Care About Our Problems?

Watching the 2011-2012 NFL season, there was one player who spiked major debate. People everywhere were focused on Tim Tebow. If you don’t know who he is by now, he’s the Denver Quarterback famous for praying and praising God on and off the field. For a Christian like myself, I was so inspired to watch someone “famous” live out their faith without compromise. I loved that he was a player who my nephews looked up to. But not everyone felt the same way. The better Tebow did, the more questions, and frankly outrage, arose. People wanted to know if God really cared about football. Didn’t He have better things to do? Did God play favorites? I can’t tell you how many articles I came across with authors posing these questions and putting in their two cents. Now that the season is over, America has settled down a little on the Tebow-mania, but these questions still remain, and not just about Tim Tebow. People want to know if God really cares about them, personally, and why bad things are happening and no one is fixing them.

Does God Care About Me?

I read a great book once by Sonia E. Isaacs called “Angry Conversations with God.” In the book she offers up some really raw insights about her relationship with God. Something that has stuck with me, even a year after reading the book, was a line where she also wondered if God cared about her, despite there being other, bigger, important things to worry about.  I think the way she put it was that she had “middle-class white girl problems”…but she was a middle-class white girl. Her problems were relevant to her life. God has formed each one of us individually and He knows everything about us. It says in Psalm 139:13 that God knit us together. If there are any knitters out there, you know how much attention you have to pay to each stitch. That’s how much God pays attention to us, how invested He is in us. So to say that you are just a middle-class white girl, or that you are just a guy who throws a ball for a living, is not saying enough about yourself. You are God’s creation, His beloved. He cares about you and your problems, even the “silly” ones. So the question is not “Does God care about me?” because that is a resounding “YES!” The question is “Do I care about God?”

Do I Care About God?

Sometimes we can look at our problems and think “God, how could You let this happen?” But God isn’t to blame. He is holy and blameless. We are to blame. If you stop and think about it, when was the last time you did something, anything, for someone else? Sometimes, we get so caught up in what God “isn’t” doing, that we don’t realize that we are the ones who are doing nothing. We forget that we are all called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28) to bring light into the darkness. Maybe you can’t cure AIDS, but you can donate to organizations that are helping educate people on how to stop the epidemic from spreading. Maybe you aren’t in the financial position to donate to a cause, but you can start a fundraising page to raise awareness in your community. When we think of the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20, we often think of it as formulaic, but if that were true, God would have just used a “cookie-cutter” to form each of us. We all have a specific purpose in fulfilling God’s purpose. He loved you enough to do His part, do you love Him enough to do yours?

Asking the Right Questions- Introduction

Are You Asking God the Right Questions?

So many times I find myself asking God questions. I ask Him if I’m important, if He has a plan for my life, if I’m living out my purpose. So many of those questions are about myself. It’s important to know that God loves each one of us and knows us better than we know ourselves, but should our focus be merely on ourselves? Is the motivation behind our seeking merely to stroke our egos?

Many times people turn to the verse Jeremiah 29:11 where God tells us that He has good plans for us. We get so encouraged that we often stop reading. We feel like we’ve found the answer to every question we have about ourselves. God says that He has a plan and we know His plans never fail, so we can just relax and keep on living our lives now. Crisis averted… But if we would keep reading, we would see in Jeremiah 29:12-13 that God wants us to seek Him. He wants us to know Him. How sad is it that even when we are seeking His plan for our lives, we stop listening when His answers no longer are about us?

I’ll give you another example. Question: How do you know that God loves you?  Answer: John 3:16. But do you know that this verse also answers the question “What is God’s plan for me?” Probably not. You see, it says that God so loved the world that He
gave His only Son so that none should perish, but all should have everlasting life. Did you see that “so that” part in there? I used to rush right past it, until I started asking God the right questions.

The Bible holds so much truth and wisdom for each of our lives, but we never seem to find it. Sometimes we wonder why God is so elusive and why He won’t just tell us what to do. We don’t see that He has already told us what to do. He wants us to seek Him. When we do that we will find Him, and when we find Him, He will give us the desires of our hearts. That seems impossible. How do we get the desires of our hearts if we can’t find it unless we seek God with all of our hearts? The answer is that God should be the desire of our hearts.

In the coming weeks, I will be writing on some of the biggest questions we ask God. I think it’s important to look not only at what we are asking, but how we are asking and why we are asking. Sometimes we want to blame God for things we aren’t doing ourselves. Sometimes we’re only looking for God to give us the answer we want. Hopefully this will be helpful in your search to know God more, and to see that He doesn’t always show up where we’re expecting Him. If He only did that, we’d never have to seek Him and we’d never truly know how great He is.

Who is like the LORD our God?

Who is like the lordThe heavens praise your wonders, LORD, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones. For who in the skies above can compare with the LORD? Who is like the LORD among the heavenly beings (angels)?  In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared; he is more awesome than all who surround him.  Psalm 89:5-7

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  Jeremiah 29:11-13

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.  1 Peter 5:6-7

Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.  Psalm 105:2-4

AMEN!!!

Credit: NASAESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

Acknowledgment: D. Gouliermis (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg)

Hopeful Hearts and Seasoned Souls

She’s engaged!

Is it your best friend? Your sister? Or is it you? Now that a ring is on your finger, you’re realizing that you’re life is about to change and you can’t wait another second to say “I do.” You think about all you’ve been through and your mind can’t help but go back to the beginning; when you first met the man that would one day become your husband.
So what’s one of the first things you want to do when you suddenly become someone’s fiance? Perhaps it’s safe to say that you want to run and tell your mom! After all of the joy, excitement and maybe even a few tears, a wise woman would ask her mother (if she hadn’t asked already) all that she needs to know before she gets any closer to the alter.
So here’s the burning question: If your mother is divorced, never married, or unhappily married, can she give you what she doesn’t have?
It’s true, some of the best advice comes from people that have gone through pain, fears and disappointments. Even those who haven’t quite reached their goal, they’re still persevering with plenty of lessons under their belt. But what if the perception of your mother toward marriage is deep bitterness and a lack of forgiveness? How will you receive the insight and encouragement from your mother then?
Okay, let’s take a deep breath. Yes, it’s a blessing if one has parents who have a loving, successful marriage that spans decades. But what about the women who don’t? What do they have to look to in order to know what being a husband or wife means?
Family curses are what come into play here. Cycles of bad habits, skewed mentalities and most detrimental, homes lacking the presence of Christ.
It’s truly about getting back to basics. When some little girls are twirling around in their tutus and “playing purse,” their mothers may be teaching them about who God is, if they don’t already know at that toddler age. Throughout their childhood years any lessons a girl’s mom shares is usually remembered if reiterated as she grows older.
“I have to tell you like my mother told me. Be independent, even in marriage-and have your own money,” said Elizabeth. She has been married for over 30 years. Unhappily. She reflects on some of the things she told her daughter when she was growing up regarding men and marriage. “Education first.” She emphasized this throughout her daughter’s life. Elizabeth said that education gives you the freedom to do what you want. To have a more well-rounded life. You realize the more education you get, the more education you want.” So what did she tell her daughter about marriage? That you don’t have to tell men everything. Elizabeth’s reasoning is that as the woman, you believe that marriage is about unity, but the man is all for himself.
This is a mother who has been scarred by her years as an unhappy wife.
From a family of eight, she grew up in a home filled with siblings and two loving parents. She’s the baby, so her parents were well into their forties when she came along. While her mother took Elizabeth and her brothers and sisters to church, she was never consistently taught what having a relationship with Christ is all about.
She remembers the one day when her father went to church with them. After this memory came to her mind, she said that it’s possible that she never really knew what the characteristics of a man with a heart for Lord looked like.
It all comes down to one decision. That one decision to fall in love with Jesus. No matter how much someone else can try to teach and preach, you have to feel and hear God for yourself in order to surrender your life.
Elizabeth’s mother couldn’t do any more than what she did because it was up to Elizabeth all along to seek what the Lord wanted for her and wants for her today. Praying for her husband before he came along- doing the same for her children. Seek God in all of the decisions that you make.
Elizabeth has an experienced soul. She’s experienced a lot of pain from a marriage that was built on the wrong things. She admits that she wants to develop a relationship with Christ. Only then can she possess a forgiving heart.
So what about the hopeful heart? That’s the thing about Jesus—when you know Him before you make choices all on your own, you have the ability to live a life of hope, excitement and fearlessness.
You take a seasoned soul’s lessons and God’s principles and see whether they line up. You can take heed to what an older woman has been through, but don’t let it paralyze you and make you fearful of marriage. God has called you to be fearless!
When you know God, when you have fallen in love with Jesus Christ, when you live a praying life, when you read and practice the Word, not only can you avoid a broken marriage and bitterness, but you can bless another woman with your spirit. Even one who has an experienced soul.

Chateaux-Capri “CC” Sirmans

FROM www.hisbeautymagazine.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

Prayer for Rebellious/Disobedient Children!

Parents should never stop loving children and showing affection no matter how old the children’s are. Parents should never turn their back on them when the childrens are facing any issues. As a Parent it’s our responsibility to train our children and lead them to Christ by Obeying God’s Will. We Parents need to be a good example in our homes before our children.

In Jesus name, I confess that my children are taught by the Lord and are established in holy and righteousness.

Father, I plead the blood of Jesus upon my children and I bind all the spirits of rebellion, stubbornness around all my children in Jesus name.

Please protect my children wherever they are and wherever they go. Protect them from all sickness and diseases , from all harm ,from accidents and breakdowns, from the power of witchcraft and darkness, from all evil spirits and evil men , all strongholds ,from all sins and temptations, from all the attacks of Satan ,from all types of curses that have been spoken over my children, from every demonic spirit, and spiritual wickedness , from the spirit of fear, anxiety, depression, oppression, weariness, doubt, stress, bitterness, jealousy, unforgiveness, failure and poverty and from all calamities and natural disasters.

In Jesus name, I confess that no generational curses, hereditary sickness and diseases shall have any effect upon my children .My children are anointed with the blood of Jesus and are blessed abundantly and they shall bring glory to God and to family in Jesus name.

I confess that No evil will befall on my children nor any plague or terror will come near their dwelling for they are covered with the blood of Jesus.

I place the full armour of God on my children and surrender them to you . I call forth, the Name of Jesus, all of God’s plans and purposes for my children’s life. All this I ask in the mighty name of Jesus Christ Amen.