SWC Life

Why do we ask others to pray for us and our concerns?

Why do we ask others to pray for us and our concerns?  Doesn’t God hear my prayer?  Does having more people praying give me a better chance of an answer?  Good questions.  What does the Word tell us?
Matt.18:19&20 (Message) “Take this most seriously: A yes on earth is yes I heaven, a no on earth is no in heaven.  What you say to one another is eternal.  I mean this, when two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action.  And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.”

Psalm 133:l (KJ)  Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

Ephesians 4 (Message) “In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do.  While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master,  I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel.  I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands, I don’t want anyone strolling off down some path that goes nowhere.  And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.  You were all call to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly, you have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all.  Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.  But that doesn’t mean you should all look and speak and act the same.  Out of the generosity of Christ, each of us is given his own gift.”

As I prayed I felt like the Lord said “It’s not the much speaking (praying) that gets Father’s attention It’s the unity and agreeing in prayer.”  It seems unity is a precious commodity to the Lord.  Prayer is an exercise in growth and maturity that develops, sensitivity, unity, the art of asking, believing and receiving.  It develops personal fellowship,  “That they may be one; as thou, Father, are in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us;  that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”(John 17:21)
We don’t have to know anything beyond what has been asked.  We agree and invest our love, faith and expectations.  Sometimes we make prayer too difficult.  It’s just fellowship with the one who knows and loves us the most.

Happy Praying

RS

What Do You Think of God?

What you think of God is the most important subject to ponder for your life.  Who is He for you right now!  Each situation that confronts you is an opportunity to discover another facet of Father’s Love and provision.

When my son passed away I discovered a whole new treasure of Heavenly comfort and strength to sustain me.  Even to a point several times a feeling like a warm blanket, a heavenly hug.  You can have as much of His comfort as you need and are willing to accept and embrace.  There is no limit to what you can draw from heavens resources.  The more you believe the more you are enveloped in His presence and can draw all you need to satisfy a hurting heart.  The key is to be able to let go of what is in your hand, mind and emotions and embrace what He is offering.  He will never force His way but is always willing and ready to answer any cry of an open receptive heart.  I can’t understand why it’s so hard sometimes to empty my hand of my own “stuff” to makes room for His majestic, wise provision.  He truly is ”More than Enough”!

Father I pray  your anointing on each of those reading this, Help us to open our spiritual eyes and ears to embrace all that you have in your perfect plan for our day.. As I praise and rejoice I find it is easier to open my heart to conceive the truth of your love and acceptance in the Beloved, Royal Family and the Eternal Kingdom of our Lord and our God.

Roberta

Hang On

The last thing you need is one more person telling you to “hang in there”.  When I saw this on a greeting card I thought of several people that I knew would appreciate it.  When you open the card it said “So I’ll just ask God to remind you how Secure His hold is! Psalm 18:16 (NLT) He reached down from heaven and rescued me. 

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This is encouraging but it gives me the impression that He is far away and the truth is, He is living in me, a friend closer than a brother.  His presence is with us always, (in all ways).  Learning to turn inward instead of upward, acknowledging His residence.  We currently live in His eternity.  It started with Father saying” let there be” and became mine when I opened the door of my heart and became part of the heavenly family and resident of His glorious Kingdom. Thank your Lord, for all that you provide to educate us in the truth of who we really are and who you really are to us and for us; Your Word (Jesus, his life and Love) Your Spirit (resident friend and teacher) the Scripture (your training manual and love letter)  Your gifted servants Pastors, teachers and trusted friends.

Oh, Abba Father, you are the one who loves us, in spite of our faults and fears.  The one who knows us from our inception and every heart beat since.  How can you be so wonderful, so precious, so trustworthy, so intimately involved in every thought and action in my life and the lives of all your loved ones and still orchestrate the movements of the universe as well as continue to create and be all that you are.  Wow!  Loving, Powerful, Majestic God, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Master of all that you have created and Lover of my soul, You are so worthy of our worship and honor and praise. Thank you, thank you, thank you Jesus.  You came down from heaven and rescued us.  Abiding in the One who created us and living in us, is His very secure hold. (Abiding in John 15:4 Message is “Make your home in me”  Sure beats just hanging on, right?

Roberta

Encased in Praise

In the Red Sea Rules, Robert J. Morgan writes, “If wisdom…is seeing things from God’s point of view, praise is the natural reaction to that viewpoint….praise and worship are the sand and cement that hold the bricks in place along life’s daily pathway.  Every segment of our day should be encased in praise.”  What a great challenge….As believers, we are exhorted to “take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).  I find that some days are better than others and I struggle to “live it out.”

Colossians 3:1-3 says, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on things on the earth.  For you died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

Our thoughts matter.  The direction of our thoughts has a huge impact on the direction of our lives.  Having a renewed mind is a daily choice for all of us, and offering praise to the Lord is a powerful, sustaining part of that work.  Our Father makes it possible through His Word and Spirit.

–JH

Showing Up…

I was reading an article by Reuben Morgan a few weeks ago, and in it, he expressed the following thought about God being present in our weekly worship services:

“God’s presence is robust.  He’s not nervous or timid, and He is always present, never failing, never out of time or out of action….It’s not a matter of asking did God show up to our meeting. The question to wrestle with is this:  did we show up to meet with God?”

I’ve experienced both kinds of Sundays over the years of belonging to Him…the days that I “show up” for worship and meeting Him, and the days I struggle…The great news is that God’s grace is big enough for both of those “days”…He will lift us from where we are to where He is, if we’re willing.

SWC, let’s “show up” to meet Him. See you Sunday…

–JH

What’s your testimony?

What’s your testimony?

Years ago in our Sunday Evening Church they had a testimony time where people shared how they come to know the Lord.  So I thought that my testimony was how I got saved.  But, now I have come to know that my testimony is my journey in the Lord, my everyday life.   I also believed “witnessing” was asking someone if they were saved but really, we are living witnesses.   As God works His wondrous love and wisdom into the fabric of our lives we have the opportunity to share it in a way that will help and encourage those around us.

What would it be like if we greeted one another with “What’s the Lord showing you today”?  Wow, that’s intimidating.   Maybe,  but would we have anything to share?  If this happened a few times maybe we would be more attentive to remembering how Father has been blessing an exhorting us and how to put it into words.  I know I love sharing the blessings but not so quick to share how He is helping me see and work on the areas for change and growth.

The thing is, none of us are unique,  we all are working on “stuff” in our lives.  The “stuff” you worked thru last week may be what I need to encourage me this week.  It seems we’re all made of the same “stuff”.  The scripture says “we are fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139; 14).  We’re just in the process of getting it all together.   Thank you Lord, for your patience and long suffering .  Please, Holy Spirit help us to continue to grow into all you have in your heart for us  and be willing to be open and vulnerable to our Brothers and Sisters. (that really will be the Holy Spirit).

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