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A Psalm and a Prayer

 

Solar Eclipse. The moon moving in front of the sun. Illustration

Matthew 24:3 “Now as He (Jesus) sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, “I am the Christ, and will deceive many.  And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.  See that you are trouble, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various place.  And these are the beginning of sorrows.

Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.  But as the days of Noah were so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

Luke 21:11 And there will be great earthquake in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.

 

This week we have seen great sights in the heavens.  People all over US were gazing up to see the wonders of our great universe.  Such sights were not random.  I am so glad there is a creator, God Almighty, the one and only true God.  A God we cannot in our finite minds understand.  He is three persons but one essence.  Three in one, triune God created the heavens and the earth.

As I considered the solar eclipse and all the hoop-la for a 2 minute show, I wondered how many of us are watching, keeping our eyes on the sky for the coming of our Savior?  He has told us to watch and be ready.  Are we taking care of what He has ask us to do? Are we working to tell the lost of His coming and how to escape the eternal separation from God, family and friends?

One day the sky will open!  We will be gathered together those who are dead in the Lord and those who are alive and remain to be caught up in the air.

I pray we will watch and pray for His coming.  Pray for the lost who are being deceived.  Pray for those who have lost their way and are in danger of losing the rewards they have gathered.

 

Waiting for His return with angst and anticipation

Freda Reynolds

Climbing the Ladder of Success

 


https://youtu.be/jJ_Ly6-jcEA  Climbing Higher by David Krienke

Jesus has twelve men He had called to follow Him.  Two were especially anxious to advance to positions of importance and their Mom even got into the conversation.  There is NOTHING new under heaven!  Let’s look into Matthew’s gospel and see what the desire was.

climbing the ladder of success

We read in Matthew  4:19  “Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.”  Two brothers, former fishermen Jesus had told He will make “fishers of men.”  (Matthew 4:19)

Now, approaching the end of His ministry, we discover what these two are after.

“Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him. 21 And He said to her, “What do you wish?” She said to Him, “Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom.” (Matthew 20:20-22)

 Mom wants positions of authority for her two boys.  Mark, the gospel writer, sheds a bit more light on this encounter:

“ Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask.” 36 And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?”37 They said to Him, “Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory.”

It would seem the mother of these two disciples has had a conversation with her sons and all three approach Jesus to ask for a “favor.”  They desire, and Mom concurs, positions of right and left hand man are appropriate and they want to be first in line to make the request before these other ten men do.  You know, “the early bird gets the worm.”  Right?  Well, NOT in this case.

Jesus is quick to point out, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”  (Mark 10:38)

Jesus is pointing out His cup is filled with wrath and His baptism is with sweat and blood–His own.  His cup is not a cup of sweet wine and His baptism is not a dip in the Jordan River.  That was the past.  The future will be far different.  He will be broken and poured out.  They would need the attitude of Paul when he wrote to the Philippians, “But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.”  (Philippians 2:17)

What puzzles me is these disciples are all on their way to Jerusalem with Jesus and they are afraid and are surprised by Jesus intentionality and determination in going to Jerusalem where they KNOW Jesus is a wanted man.  They fear for their lives, but they are jockeying for position.  Jesus tells them He will die a humiliating death.  (Mark 10:32-34)

The kingdom they are speaking of is the earthly kingdom of Christ, not His heavenly kingdom.  The Jews were looking for a Savior from the Romans not from sin.  They were willing to help Him set up a government to overthrow the Romans who were oppressing them but not die to save the souls of men.  At least not yet!  But Jesus tells them, “You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized; 40 but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared.”  (Mark 10:39-40)

 This is when the contention, Luke calls it a dispute, among the disciples get heated.  Mark continues to paint a picture of all that is taking place:

“And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John. 42 But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. 44 And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”  (Mark 10:41-45, Luke 22:24-26)

Like the tender teacher that He is, He calls them to gather round and He tells them all “you will get to be a servant just like He is.  Servant not ruler.  Bummer!  Jesus said, following and knowing Him would not win them popularity or prestige or position.  Following Him would cost them everything, their very lives.

I love how Jesus did not get angry as these men did what came naturally to their flesh.  This was a temptation of the pride of life.  I love He did not scold a mother for desiring the best for her children:  In Him there is no condemnation.  (Romans 8:1)  The enemy used those He loved to tempt Jesus with setting up His earthly kingdom.  The first attempt in the wilderness did not work, so he came back to try a different tactic.  (Luke 4:13)

Can we be like Jesus and put service before the accolades of man?  Can we serve others rather than ask them to serve us?  Can we stoop low so others can see over us to catch a glimpse of the Master?

I am thankful we got to meet the parents of James and John!  They left their father fishing.  Mom tagged along with the boys and Jesus–helicopter parenting is not new.  Mom’s influence in their lives was profound.  The more we dig into the Scriptures the more we can see the life Jesus led on almost a daily basis.  He was tempted in all ways like we are but without sin.  He dealt with families, squabbles among the team, harassment by the establishment, and all the daily hassles we face.

Lord, Father in Heaven,

Holy is Your name.  You are too wonderful for words.  You see our weaknesses and are filled with compassion and mercy.   Take these lessons and bury this truth in our hearts; we too can live the life of the Savior if we keep our eyes on YOU!  May we come into Your Presence not only to seek what You can do for us, but to worship You in Spirit and in truth.   Father, help us discern evil, give wisdom, and lead us one step at a time toward our divine purpose.  Father, we are worthy of love and belonging,  because we were created in Your image for communion and chosen by You.  Father, we cannot fully comprehend why You sent Your one and only Son to pay our ransom from slavery and You set us free to serve others as we have been served.  Thank You for giving us a place at Your table.  How we praise You for this most precious gift for it cost You everything!!  We lift this heartfelt desire in the name of the one and only Jesus the Christ our Savior and Lord.

Amen

Treading in His Service,

 

A Psalm and a Prayer

Psalm 34:1-3

 

Heavenly Father,
Help me today to use my mouth for good and not evil.  I want to praise you for the marvelous
things you have done.  I thank you for your goodness and your mercy towards us.
We exalt your name for your name is above all other names.   I will tell of your greatness so
those who are downtrodden will hear and be glad.
Open the eyes of those blinded by the enemy that they might see your good works and praise
you.  Bring those that do not know you to yourself that they may see the wonderful plans you
have for them.
In Jesus name we pray,

 

A Psalm and a Prayer

A Psalm and a Prayer for today

 

Good morning Father God, Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit Counselor,

Today we come before your throne with our hearts bowed to you.  You are worthy of all praise. Glory and majesty are yours.  You have provided salvation for your people.  Day after day you call us to come to you.  We declare your glory among the nations and your marvelous deeds among all people.

We praise you for you are worthy of praise.  We ask you to help us, friend, counselor, Holy Spirit, to honor you today.

You are the God of all nations; all other gods are idols. Many nations have their gods but all are idols  but you made the heavens.  Splendor and majesty are always before you; strength and glory are in your sanctuary.

Jesus, we lift up our brothers and sisters that are in nations that do not allow freedom to worship you, the one and only true God.  Many are suffering at the hands the evil one.  We pray you will give them grace to endure as your Word promises.  I pray they can be strong and have courage to stand on your promises.  May their testimony bring you glory.  Jesus in John 17, your prayer as you were leaving to return to your Father, was that those who were in you would be “kept through your name that they may be as one as we (you and Father)  are one.” I pray that you would keep through your name those who are experiencing suffering because of their faith in you. Jesus you prayed that we should not be taken out of the world but that we would be kept from the evil one.  I trust in your promises for they are all “yes and amen.”  We believe and pray for your protection and deliverance from the evil one.

Give us strength, courage and grace for today.

We pray in Jesus name thanking you for our many, many blessings.

Sisters sharing and treading on!

Healing power of prayer

 

 

 

He Hears Us

“Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone happy? He should sing songs of thanks to God.  Is anyone among you sick? He should send for the church leaders and they should pray for him. They should pour oil on him in the name of the Lord.  The prayer given in faith will heal the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.  Tell your sins to each other. And pray for each other so you may be healed. The prayer from the heart of a man right with God has much power.”  James 5:13-16

After learning that my son, Jacob, had a severe head injury, we continued to get bad news.  We learned that he had five bleeds in his brain and Diffuse Axonal Injury, which means widespread damage.  Doctors told us that Jacob needed to wake up within a 48 hour window and if he didn’t, the odds were not in his favor.

Anyone who knows Jacob, knows he doesn’t do anything the easy way.  We stood over his bed for two days praying over him, talking to him, playing his favorite songs, and still nothing.

We played Aaron Keyes song, “Sovereign Over Us” night after night at Jacob’s bed.  I hung on to the words, “You are working in our waiting,” and Your plans are still to prosper, You have not forgotten us, You’re with us in the fire and the flood.”  So in the 47th and a half hour, I started screaming and shouting at him to wake up.  I had worked myself up into the biggest panic of my life.  As I walked out to the waiting room, my jaw dropped and I lost it.  The waiting room was filled with friends, students, and family.

https://youtu.be/VPkMbhydU9I Sovereign over us by Aaron Keyes

 

I don’t know how many were there, but it blew my mind.  Some were gathered in circles praying. Friends showed me on social media all of the schools that were praying before school, football teams wearing blue ribbons, and people wearing his football button.

Blue Ribbons Everywhere

 

Psalm 30:2 “LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.

Psalm 107:19-21 “Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them. he rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.”

 

Psalms 41:2-3 “The LORD protects and preserves them-they are counted among the blessed in the land-he does not give them over to the desire of their foes. The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.”

 

Jeremiah 17:14 “Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next phase was so slow.  We were so blessed to have two nurses in the family, Justin and Nikki, with us for the first two weeks nonstop.  They asked the hard questions and questions that I did not even know to ask.  I started keeping a notebook and a journal to keep track of things.  When Justin and Nikki had to return to work, my husband, Nicky, and son, Nick, tried to fill their roles.  Two weeks went by, and Jacob still had not awakened from his coma.  Doctors came in and out every day with the same routine.  They pinched and twisted on Jacob’s chest hoping to see what they call “purposeful movements.”

Surrounding communities were praying for Jacob. Matthew 9:35 “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times.”

I was floored when I saw Jacob respond by twisting his arms inward and then pulling up.  My excited emotions quickly faded as doctors explained that what Jacob was doing was considered “posturing” and not purposeful movements.  Jacob’s posturing indicated severe brain injury and that he might not wake up.

One afternoon, in walks my cousin, Craig, with his Bible in hand and another one for us,  He talked about James 5 and the healing power of prayer.  He discussed with us the specifics of James 5 and asked us if we wanted to pray, confess our sins, and anoint Jacob with oil.  The next few moments are something that really can’t be put into words.  I had never witnessed anything that compares to it.  Craig read James 5, we did all that it said to do, and then Craig anointed Jacob with oil. Of course I had read James 5 before, but never thought of putting it into action in my life.  I know God sent Craig that day and I know that we were not in the hospital room alone.

This was the turning point for our family and this is what our next few days looked like:  Twitching of the eyes, then, eyes slightly peeking through, left leg moving, facial expressions, following commands (holding up fingers, sticking tongue out), fever down, oxygen levels improved, our first thumbs up, and then the word “stable” was said.  On day 13, his breathing tube came out.  I couldn’t watch because we were told if he didn’t start breathing on his own, the tube would go back in and we would be looking at a trach.  As I stood looking out of the window praying, my husband, Nicky, had turned around to watch the tube being taken out.  I felt Nicky take a deep breath and then put his arm around me.  Then Dr. Rutledge excitedly said, “He’s breathing mama!”  Another mountain moved for Jacob. All I could think was what a blessing this is and how thankful I am for a praying family, praying friends, and praying communities.

 

 

If you are still “Praying for Jacob Browder,” we are so thankful that you are.  My other favorite part of Aaron Keyes song is:

“Even what the enemy means for evil, You turn it for our good. You turn it for our good and for your glory.  Even in the valley You are faithful.  You’re working for our good. You’re working for our good and for your glory!”

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” – Corrie ten Boom

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. – Mark 11:24


Power Of Prayer – How do I tap into it?
The power of prayer is not the result of the person praying. Rather, the power resides in the God who is being prayed to. 1 John 5:14-15 tells us, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.”  No matter the person praying, the passion behind the prayer, or the purpose of the prayer – God answers prayers that are in agreement with His will.  His answers are not always yes, but are always in our best interest. When our desires line up with His will, we will come to understand that in time. When we pray passionately and purposefully, according to God’s will, God responds powerfully!  http://www.allaboutprayer.org/power-of-prayer.htm

Counting My Blessings,
Susan Browder

Crown of Righteousness

 

 

 

2 Timothy 4:8

Finally the crown of righteousness is reserved for me. The Lord, the righteous Judge, will award it to me in that day – and not to me only, but also to all who have set their affection on his appearing.

 

How many today are longing for Jesus to return?  Why do we want Him to return?

I’m not sure that a lot of people today are longing, waiting expectantly for Christ to return. We long to be trouble-free, and free of many other things in this life. Suffering, debt, bad situations in which we have got ourselves, situations not of our making into which we have been caught up in. Yes, sometimes we just want an escape.  But that is NOT the longing of which Paul speaks here in 2 Timothy.

Where is the desire to pursue God?  Where is the longing to know Him.  The Old Testament speaks of men and women who really seem to have an intimate close relationship with God.

Adam and Eve walked with Him in the cool of the evening….naked and unashamed.

Enoch walked with God and God took him .. never to experience the curse of the garden. Death.

Abraham believed that even if he obeyed God and sacrificed his son on an altar that God would raise him up. He knew God’s character and trusted Him.

Samuel ,Hannah, David ,Jeremiah,Daniel, Elijah, Elisha, Hosea.. Many many others knew God and pursued Him as a man pursues a trusted friend.

Moses in Exodus 33 “Show me thy will that I may know you-that I may find grace in your sight..Show me your glory.”

The crown of righteousness is given for a life that desires to know Him, Jesus Christ, God’s only Son.  In Psalms 42 the psalmist says,’ As the deer pants after the waterbrooks, so my soul longs after you.”  Our heart’s should cry out to know Him, to walk with Him in the cool of the evening, to see his glory, and see Him at His next appearing to gather the saints to rule and reign with Him forever.  AMEN!    If that is your longing then you have waiting for you a crown of righteousness awaiting you in heaven one day.

To be sure it will not be our righteousness on which we stand.  We will stand in the righteousness of Christ who exchanged our filthy righteous rags for His perfect, complete, wonderful righteousness at Calvary. (2 Corinthians 5:20-21)

This prayer is from A.W. Tozer, a man of prayer which I believe made him the man of God he was.  One can read in his words the longing and the expectation he sought to pursue God with his whole heart and life.

O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need of further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, that so I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, ‘Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.’ Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

http://www.faithbiblechurchnh.org/tozer_following.htm

My this be our prayer today!

Treading on,

Freda

https://youtu.be/8vNPcmLzlvI

by Micah Stampley  Holiness is what I long for

Let’s Make a Deal

LET’S MAKE A DEAL

#dailydevotions  #keystothekingdom  #prayer #InJesusName

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Heaven’s door, the throne room of God.  The place we are instructed by Jesus, through the apostle Paul, to enter in this way:  “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  (Hebrews 4:16)

Having access to heaven’s wealth is not like the game show Let’s Make a Deal where the contestant gets to choose the “prize” he could not see for it was hidden behind door #1, door #2, or door #3.    Jesus is the only way to open the door.   Jesus is the key!   This key must be used in conjunction with all the other keys.  At the bank, I have a safety deposit box with important papers, some treasures, and some silver coins.  To get into my box, it requires two keys:  one provided by me–the user key, and one kept by the bank–the guard key.  Jesus is the guard key and each believer is a user key.  We cannot unlock any of the riches of heaven without our guard key!  The guard key opens heaven’s door and then opens the riches contained there.

So how do we get in?  It certainly is not on my holiness!  My holiness is as filthy rags! (Isaiah 64:6) So how do I unlock the door?  He said, “Let US (that is plural.)  Meaning I have to take someone with me: Jesus!  I go in behind Jesus so Jesus is all the Father sees. (Colossians 3:3)  Jesus is holding the keys but He is a key!    Jesus has direct access to the Father because He is sitting on His Right Hand!  (Feb 1 and Feb 3, 2016 posts)  I never saw this before.  Until now I always understood Paul writing, “Let us,” meaning believers and I think this is still true.  However, Paul was writing under the leadership of the Holy Spirit and this means Jesus is speaking to each believer.  So, when I read Jesus saying, “Let us” I see the us as He and ME. Not general but very personal.  Scripture tells us: “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” ( I John 2:27)

When Jesus said, “I am” He was telling the world He is God.  Anything you put behind “I am,” is powerful.  He said, “I am THE WAY.”   He said, “I am the TRUTH.”   And He said, “I am the LIFE.”  Then He laid down the criteria for using His way, His truth, and His life.  He said, “NO MAN comes to the Father except I come too!”   And He instructed, “ Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.”  (John 16:23)

Are my requests not being received because Jesus, my Guard Key, was not with me because I had no right to ask?  Because I failed to use His name? (John 14:13)   Angels guard the throne of God to insure Holy God has only holiness around him.  (Revelation 4:6-8, Ezekiel 28:14)  I can in no way enter the Holy of Holies without the covering of the blood of Christ and recognizing this leads to humility!  When we see our sin as Jesus saw it as He gave His life to pay our debt, our pride evaporates.  There is no good thing in me.  (Romans 7:18)  Jesus alone is my righteousness.  (I Cor 1:30, Phil 3:9)

Prayer I recently learned is an acronym.  (Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer)
P prayer
R releases
A ALL
Y your
E eternal
R resources
Prayer is a user key and the user key only works in conjunction with the guard key–Jesus.    To invoke His name is to exercise our inheritance as a co-heir with Christ.  (Romans 8:17)  His name represents all Jesus IS.   (Philippians 2:9)  Prayer is taking our needs to the Father who “owns the cattle on a thousand hills.” (Psalm 50:10) This is an archaic way of saying He is “loaded.”  He has all I need!

Only those whose names are on the “books” at the bank have access to my safety deposit box and the treasure it contains.  Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Revelation 21:27) have access to the throne of God and the riches of heaven, for they have trusted Christ to be their “guard” key.   Have you been issued your user key?  Your “guard key” is ready and waiting to release all your eternal resources now.

https://youtu.be/fp23aNeCgrM

Keys to the Kingdom by Group 1 Crew  (the best RAP I ever heard!  Listen to these lyrics)