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God loves people. That means everyone -- no exceptions. This is why Jesus died, to save all people. But just as a bottle of antibiotics does no good until the pills are ingested, so the salvation Jesus provided on the cross does not take effect in our lives until we embrace Him and take that salvation for our own. Will you take Jesus?
Breakthrough intercession is not primarily about what I do or how good I am at it. It's about Who is with me in it. Jesus is my prayer partner.
To hear God speak, and to set one's face like flint to obey no matter what, to not vacillate or deviate from what He has said -- that takes courage and great trust.
Don't merely do the will of God, but be the will of God in the earth today.
Staying sensitive to Holy Spirit requires keeping our ears and eyes clean. The deeper He takes us, the more He expects us to protect what we let our eyes see, and our ears hear. I mean purity in what we entertain ourselves with, not being careless about it. Even the seemingly small compromises darken our spiritual keenness.
The Law of Gravity and the Law of Prayer are the same: "What goes up must come down." The prayers -- Spirit-led, Heart-of-God prayers -- go up, and the answers must come down.
Elijah announced that it would not rain again until he said so. And it did not rain for 3 1/2 years -- until he said so. How amazing that God would listen to a man like that! But Elijah spent time alone with his almighty Friend, hearing His voice. He did not pray or speak a thing into being merely because he thought it was a good idea. He waited on God to know His heart, then prayed and spoke the things his Master confided to him. God listened to a man, because the man listened to God.
Perhaps the biggest reason Christians do not see God's reality and power operative in their lives is that they continually defile themselves with ungodly entertainment. What goes in the eye and ear gates, if it is unholy and impure, will sap the life and light of Christ right out of us. We must determine to ward off all defiling and distracting influences, if we would have the power and presence of God at work in us.
Wisdom: learning which things God speaks to us are to "pray about" rather than to "say about." Not everything heard is meant to be released.
Vindication. That means God will show everyone who has wronged me that I was right all along ... doesn't it? No, wanting that kind of vindication has an "I want to get even" attitude attached to it. God's brand of vindication means He sees when we do not retaliate against someone's unjust treatment of us, and when the work of humbling ourselves is complete, He pours His honor all over us. When He does so, it may not appear to have anything to do with how we were wronged, and the one who hurt us may never even notice. But by His favor God is saying that He has noticed. This is a better vindication than the mere momentary satisfaction of being proved right.
The biggest people in God's kingdom are those who stay small in their own eyes.
When I have a word from God, and I can't yet see how He can possibly do it, I know that my "How could this be?" is not nearly as big as God's "How can I NOT fulfill it?" God does what He says to the last iota.
...for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of. -- Genesis 28:15
Revolutionary War hero John Paul Jones, with his ship burning and about to sink, was asked by the British commander whether he were ready to surrender. "I have not yet begun to fight!" was his emphatic response. He went on to victory. When our circumstances seem bleak, the prayer answers haven't yet arrived, and the devil is demanding our surrender, we need to respond as Jones did: "I have not yet begun to fight!" Victory is just around the corner, though we seem to be in our darkest hour. Pray on, in Jesus' Name. War on, in Jesus' Name. Our God has not forgotten us. Those who persevere will also prevail.
I find that very little of what Jesus gives me to do is convenient, but just the same, inconvenience for His sake is a pleasure.
For the submitted Christian, pressure from outside sources is rarely a means God uses to guide. I have found that when people are pressuring me to do something, it is either not God's will at all, or it is something which may be God's will, but God's time for it has not yet arrived. If God is leading, there will be an attending joy and peace. Feeling guilty because one feels obligated by other people's opinions and desires is a good indication that God is not in it at this time.
The hand of the intercessor grips the armrest of heaven's throne. Dear Father, keep me wrapped in Your Presence, so close to You that I am never more than hand-reach away from grasping hold.
Salvation without Lordship is a very pathetic salvation indeed. We can come to the cross and ask Jesus to forgive and save us, but if we are not willing to let Him be the master from that point on, we are not really repentant. True salvation requires submission to Jesus' Lordship. Anything less is hypocrisy.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. -- Matthew 7:21
Maybe if we would remember to be more thankful for all the "little" things God does for us, we would see the "big" answers to prayer as well.
God doesn't give revival because we deserve it; He gives it because He is merciful. If we persevere in seeking God for revival, the only thing that will keep us from getting it is to reject the way He chooses to do it, when it finally comes.
Sometimes (many times) God, in His sovereignty, exalts someone into a place of ministry who would not be our choice and who is not to our liking. He knows what He is doing. We must be careful not to despise, resist, or reject God's choice, lest we be found to be fighting Him and His plan. God often picks the most unlikely candidates to be His most effective ministers. It is one of the ways he brings greater glory to Himself.
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence. -- I Corinthians 1:26-29
It's time we take hold of the Scriptures and believe what they say, rather than trying to explain them away to satisfy our own sinful unbelief.
My prayer time alone with the Lord Jesus is more important than any other thing I do each day. There in the secret place, the devil's plans are shattered and God's victories are won, evil is thwarted and blessings are unleashed, sicknesses are overcome and sin is denied its sway over the lives of the weak. Our God is an answering God.
Listening is such a lost art. Countless hurting people are asking only for someone to take the time to hear them and feel with them. We may not have all the answers for them, but we can show them the love of Christ by caring enough to be quiet and let them talk. When we listen first, they will be receptive to hear the counsel we have to give them from the Lord--after they realize they are important to us. We show others that they are loved by listening to them.
It is in the lengthy time of trouble that we learn to lay hold of God. The furnace of affliction is His tool to create a prayer warrior. Although none of us wants to experience the fiery trial, it is there, while pressing in to the heart of the Highest, that we acquire power with God.
Do we really understand, that when we are critical or unforgiving of a brother or sister in Christ, we are hating ourselves? (For we are all members of the one body of Christ.) Do we truly realize that we are stabbing the Lord Jesus Himself when we say or think evil of others? Jesus tells us that if we despise our brother, it is breaking God's commandment, "Thou shalt not kill." (Matthew 5:21-22) Have I murdered anyone in my heart today?
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? -- I John 4:20
The more time we spend in His Presence, the greater assurance we can have that we are praying according to His heart.
Jesus has stood with me through thick and thin. He wants me to do the same for you.
The American church worships its leisure time. It is nearly as difficult for most Christians to yield their time to Lord Jesus, as it is to yield their money to Him. Cast down the leisure time idol! May our emphasis be less time playing and more time praying. We can all find time to pray -- if we want to.
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