Fighting GOD’s battles GOD’s way…

We must first understand that whatever you’re facing in life, that the battle belongs to the Lord…

In learning to fight GOD’s battles GOD’s way, we must learn and practice each day casting our cares upon Him, because as our shepherd He cares for us:

1 Peter 5:5-11
The Passion Translation (TPT)

5 In the same way, the younger ones should willingly support the leadership of the elders. In every relationship, each of you must wrap around yourself the apron of a humble servant. Because:

God resists you when you are proud
but multiplies grace and favor when you are humble.

Humility and Faith
6 If you bow low in God’s awesome presence, he will eventually exalt you as you leave the timing in his hands.

7 Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there, for he always tenderly cares for you.

8 Be well balanced and always alert, because your enemy, the devil, roams around incessantly, like a roaring lion looking for its prey to devour.

9 Take a decisive stand against him and resist his every attack with strong, vigorous faith.

For you know that your believing brothers and sisters around the world are experiencing the same kinds of troubles you endure.

10 And then, after your brief suffering, the God of all loving grace, who has called you to share in his eternal glory in Christ, will personally and powerfully restore you and make you stronger than ever.

Yes, he will set you firmly in place and build you up.

11 And he has all the power needed to do this—forever! Amen.
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You see this is the way it works, if we are in the fold of Christ (as a covenant child of GOD) and if Jesus is our Shepherd (á la Psalm 23), then WHATEVER is coming against us MUST first go through our Good Shepherd; and thus the battles we face in life belong to Jesus!

What does the Bible say about the battle belonging to the Lord?

Jesus is our Good Shepherd
Psalm 23 is the best known and most beloved psalm in the collection.

Surprisingly, it casts humanity as sheep—stupid, helpless sheep. But the long-lasting appeal of Psalm 23 is a direct result of that casting because the imagery is both soothing and accessible.

When he was a boy, King David was a shepherd watching his father’s flocks in the hills around Bethlehem.

In those days, too, it was common to refer to kings in the Near East as shepherds; but not all shepherd-kings cared for their sheep.

Though David tried to shepherd his people well, he knew the truth: that the Lord is the true Shepherd.

In John 10:11 Jesus makes a bold claim. He declares that He is the good shepherd.

Immediately His disciples detected the resonance of Psalm 23 in His words. Those of us who follow Jesus today come to know Him as that gentle but strong shepherd who guides us through life if we will follow Him.

Psalm 23:1-6
The Passion Translation (TPT)

The Good Shepherd
1 The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd.
I always have more than enough.

2 He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love.
His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss.

3 That’s where he restores and revives my life.
He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasure
and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness
so that I can bring honor to his name.

4 Lord, even when your path takes me through
the valley of deepest darkness,
fear will never conquer me, for you already have!

You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way.
Your authority is my strength and my peace.

The comfort of your love takes away my fear.
I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.

5 You become my delicious feast
even when my enemies dare to fight.

You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit;
you give me all I can drink of you until my heart overflows.

6 So why would I fear the future?
For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life.

Then afterward, when my life is through,
I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you!
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GOD gives us the power to remove those obstacles that the enemy places in our path, in order to discourage us and cause us to want to quit; but we must have confidence that GOD will do what He says.

To gain this confidence the mettle of our faith must be tested and stretched, and the only way that can happen is by our learning to walk in this GOD given power and peace, as a way of life, through the process of having our life crushed in the crucible of life and our faith tested in the refiners fire.

November 3

Faith Food Devotions

WHAT I SAY
by Kenneth E. Hagin

“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; HE SHALL HAVE WHATSOEVER HE SAITH.”
—Mark 11:23

Let’s examine what Jesus said in today’s text:

“…and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe (that is, believe in his heart) that those things which he saith shall come to pass…”

Those things that you say are your words – your confessions – and those words give you power over demons, disease, and circumstances.

What is it Jesus says you shall have?

What you believe for?

No. Many people think, If I believe strongly enough, it will come to pass. But at the same time, they are talking unbelief, so what they are asking for cannot come to pass!

Jesus did not say, “He shall have whatsoever he BELIEVETH;” He said, “…he shall have whatsoever he SAITH.”

For you do receive what you say. If you’re not satisfied with what you have in life, then check up on what you are saying – what you are confessing.

All you have and all you are today is a result of what you believed and said yesterday!

Confession: I believe in my heart. I believe in my words.

Source: Faith Food Devotions by Kenneth E. Hagin.

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Putting on the Mind of Christ, in this battle for our nation…

America is in a spiritual battle for our very survival…

And so this is why we pray.

“Prayer moves the arm that moves the world.”
— Charles Spurgeon

“God has of his own motion placed himself under the law of prayer, and has obligated himself to answer the prayers of men.

He has ordained prayer as a means whereby he will do things through men as they pray, which he would not otherwise do.

If prayer puts God to work on earth, then, by the same token, prayerlessness rules God out of the world’s affairs, and prevents him from working.

The driving power, the conquering force in God’s cause, is God himself.

‘Call on me and I will answer thee and show thee great and mighty things which though knowest not,’ is God’s challenge to prayer.

Prayer puts God in full force into God’s work.”
— E.M. Bounds

As stated in Amos 3:7, “GOD still today does nothing unless He first speaks through His servants the prophets.”

Also, as the Apostle Paul admonishes us, in
1 Thessalonians 5:19-22:

“Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.”

So with the above Scriptures in mind, please listen to this prophetic word from the Lord, on this upcoming 2020 election:

The issues at hand are light against darkness issues, good against evil (see Isaiah 5:20); as the Bible instructs us, that our fight is NOT against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (see Ephesians 6:12).

These demonic spiritual powers of darkness and wickedness have, over the years, crept in and have established themselves as seats of power and strongholds, within our nation; as Christians have abdicated their GOD given position, as His occupational force in the Earth, to push back against these forces of evil.

This is done through our preaching of the Gospel’s message, which is GOD’s offer of forgiveness and reconciliation, which is being extended to all of the Earth’s inhabitants, and has been bought and paid for through the salvific and propitious work of Jesus Christ, on our behalf, on Calvary’s cross.

Our mission today is to occupy and exercise GOD’s dominion and righteousness, in the Earth, until He returns.

Luke 19:11-13
11 And as they heard these things, he (Jesus) added and spoke a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.

12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, OCCUPY (and carry on business in the Earth) until I come.
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As Watchmen on the Wall intercessors, as per Jesus’ instructions, we are to both WATCH and PRAY!

As Gideon’s 300, we are to keep our eyes on the horizon, watching to see what the enemy is doing; and as the Apostle Paul instructed us, in 2 Corinthians 2:11, “Lest Satan should get an unfair advantage over us, let us not be ignorant of his devices (speaking of the enemy’s strategies and modus operandi).

As we learn God’s rules of engagement in spiritual warfare, this is the kind of mindset we need to have and maintain, that pushes back against these forces of evil.

It’s with our persistent prayers, in Earth, that lines up with GOD’s will in heaven, that the forces of evil in the earth will be overturned.

This is where the battle starts, on our knees, as we learn (as per 2 Chronicles 7:14) to humble ourselves and to pray, seeking God’s face and turning from our wicked ways.

We have to each stand transparent before our GOD, who sees all and knows all anyway, and repent – which means to change the way we think.

This is what I believe God is saying to us today, here in America, as we focus upon and learn the mind and will of GOD:

Isaiah 58:1-14
The Voice (VOICE)

1 Eternal One: Tell My people about their wrongdoing;
shout with a voice like a trumpet;
Hold nothing back: say this people of Jacob’s line and heritage
have failed to do what is right.

2 And yet they look for Me every day.
They pretend to want to learn what I teach,
As if they are indeed a nation good and true,
as if they hadn’t really turned their backs on My directives.

They even ask Me, as though they care,
about what I want them to be and do, as if they really want Me in their lives.

3 People: Why didn’t You notice how diligently we fasted before You?
We humbled ourselves with pious practices and You paid no attention.

Eternal One: I have to tell you, on those fasting days,
all you were really seeking was your own pleasure;

Besides you were busy defrauding people and abusing your workers.

4 Your kind of fasting is pointless, for it only leads to bitter quarrels,
contentious backbiting, and vicious fighting.You are not fasting today because you want Me to hear your voice.

5 What kind of a fast do I choose?

Is a true fast simply
some religious exercise for making a person feel miserable and woeful?Is it about how you bow your head (like a bent reed), how you dress (in sackcloth), and where you sit (in a bed of ashes)? Is this what you call a fast, a day the Eternal One finds good and proper?

6 No, what I want in a fast is this:
to liberate those tied down and held back by injustice, to lighten the load of those heavily burdened, to free the oppressed and shatter every type of oppression.

7 A fast for Me involves sharing your food with people who have none, giving those who are homeless a space in your home, Giving clothes to those who need them, and not neglecting your own family.

8 Then, oh then, your light will break out like the warm, golden rays of a rising sun;
in an instant, you will be healed.

Your rightness will precede and protect you;
the glory of the Eternal will follow and defend you.

9 Then when you do call out, “My God, Where are You?”The Eternal One will answer, “I am here, I am here.”

If you remove the yoke of oppression from the downtrodden among you,
stop accusing others, and do away with mean and inflammatory speech,

10 If you make sure that the hungry and oppressed have all that they need,
then your light will shine in the darkness,
And even your bleakest moments will be bright as a clear day.

11 The Eternal One will never leave you;
He will lead you in the way that you should go.

When you feel dried up and worthless,
God will nourish you and give you strength.

And you will grow like a garden lovingly tended;
you will be like a spring whose water never runs out.

12 You will discover there are people among your own
who can rebuild this broken-down city out of the ancient ruins;

You will firm up its ancient foundations.
And all around, others will call you
“Repairer of Broken Down Walls” and “Rebuilder of Livable Streets.”

13 Eternal One: If because of the Sabbath you set aside your own pursuits and pleasure,
and you honor the Sabbath and sanctify that day by leaving it to and for the Eternal—If you speak of Sabbath-delight but avoid speaking idle words, and refuse to get caught up and busy with your interests and concerns—

14 Then you will discover joy such as only the Eternal can give.
And I will raise you high and make your reach as wide as the earth,And you will live on all that I promised to Jacob, your ancestor, the heart of Israel.

The Eternal One said these very things.
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The weapons of our warfare are not carnal…

GOD’s rules of engagement requires that we learn to fight our battles His way

2 Corinthians 10:4-5
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing EVERY thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”

The battle will be won or loss first in your mind, with regard to your attitude.

The fear you sense may be real, in your circumstances, but the point is you NEVER let your fear control you.

We must learn to face our fears and conquer them, in the power of Christ.

The Word tells us that, “GOD has not given us a spirit of fear, but of POWER, of LOVE and of a SOUND MIND” (2 Timothy 1:7).

We have to put our spiritual armor on every day, in preparation for the battle ahead.
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Ephesians 6:10-18
The Voice (VOICE)

10 Finally, brothers and sisters, draw your strength and might from God. 11 Put on the full armor of God to protect yourselves from the devil and his evil schemes.

12 We’re not waging war against enemies of flesh and blood alone. No, this fight is against tyrants, against authorities, against supernatural powers and demon princes that slither in the darkness of this world, and against wicked spiritual armies that lurk about in heavenly places.

13 And this is why you need to be head-to-toe in the full armor of God: so you can resist during these evil days and be fully prepared to hold your ground.

14 Yes, stand—truth banded around your waist, righteousness as your chest plate,

15 and feet protected in preparation to proclaim the good news of peace.

16 Don’t forget to raise the shield of faith above all else, so you will be able to extinguish flaming spears hurled at you from the wicked one.

17 Take also the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

[Paul knows that the real battles and dangers we face are not against flesh and blood. The enemies we see are real enough, but they are animated by spiritual forces of darkness that stay strategically hidden from view. These powers often reveal themselves in institutional evils—genocide, terror, tyranny, and oppression—but the weapons needed to combat them are not earthly weapons at all. What is needed, Paul advises, is to stand firm in God’s power and to suit up in the full armor of God. Although the devil and his demon armies are destined for destruction, they are serious threats now and must be resisted and beaten back. For Paul, the best offensive weapons we have are the word of God and prayer]

18 Pray always. PRAY IN THE SPIRIT. Pray about everything in every way you know how! And keeping all this in mind, pray on behalf of God’s people. Keep on praying feverishly, and be on the lookout until evil has been stayed.
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The Helmet of Salvation and the Shield of Faith are important because the battle begins in our minds, which necessitates our holding up our Shield of Faith, in order to block the fiery darts the enemy is sending, that are aimed at our mind.

The way we overcome is through the adjustment of our thinking (Not letting our fears control us), but rather we prepare for the battle ahead through REPENTANCE (Greek: Metanoia, which literally means to change the way you think) and the changing of our attitude, as we focus on the reliability and trustworthiness of both GOD and His Word.

Our feet being shod with the Gospel of Peace is important because we must always keep our center of gravity underneath us, during the battle, as the fiery darts from the enemy are intended to keep us off balance.

The time to put our armor on is at the start of each day, in the wee hours of the morning, before our day begins; and then to maintain that connection and communication with God throughout our day.
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October 15, 2020
Worthy Brief

FIGHTING TAKES TRAINING!

1 Chronicles 12:2
“Armed with bows, using both the right hand and the left in hurling stones and shooting arrows with the bow. They were of Benjamin, Saul’s brethren”

Hebrews 11:33-34
“Who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.”

As we continue our study of the men who followed David, another characteristic was their ability to war.

They learned how to battle with both the right hand and the left hand for hurling stones.

If you have ever thrown a ball, you know that you can aim effectively with your dominant hand — but try it with the opposite hand — it’s far more difficult to throw accurately.

But the men that followed David learned to throw with both arms effectively! It must have taken months of training to develop such skill.

We also learn to war, not in the flesh, but in the Spirit. And we too must train to use our spiritual weapons, and to use them accurately.

The word of God is a sharp sword when used with skill and spiritual authority, and the right scripture for a situation can bring tremendous healing and deliverance; but we must know the word and walk in the spirit to be able to use it in warfare.

Furthermore, every serious intercessor knows he must learn to concentrate his mind and will intently for battling in prayer.

For his aim to be accurate and penetrating he must overcome the tendency to wander in his thoughts and lose focus on the issue at hand.

To be effective warriors we need to train our minds and wills to concentrate so that our prayers become like lasers for breaking through in the spirit.

In this day and age, Yeshua (Jesus) is calling us to spiritual battle, and our training is critical for success and victory.

We must know the word and use it skillfully, and we must learn to concentrate in prayer for the spiritual objectives to which we are called.

The Lord will equip us as we ask and seek Him for it, and do our homework. Let’s be inspired by David’s mighty men, training diligently to take aim in our battle with the powers of darkness!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
St. Augustine, Florida
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Don’t ignore GOD’s presence in your life…

Each day GOD both precedes and follows all of His covenant children…

Psalm 139:3-6
The Message (MSG)

A David Psalm
1-6 God, investigate my life;
get all the facts firsthand.

I’m an open book to you;
even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking.

You know when I leave and when I get back;
I’m never out of your sight.

You know everything I’m going to say
before I start the first sentence.

I look behind me and you’re there,
then up ahead and you’re there, too—
your reassuring presence, coming and going.

This is too much, too wonderful—
I can’t take it all in!
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Oct 2, 2020
Quiet, Confident Expectation In Prayer
by Graham Cooke

You have a divine advantage as a new creation in Christ. Your lifestyle of prayer in the New Man is one of quiet, confident expectation.

God knows your story from beginning to end, meaning He has been to all your tomorrows.

As you are traveling and learning, your advantage is you are traveling with Someone who has already been before you.

Not only that, but He is also IN you.

He has prepared EVERYTHING you need and He’s 100% dedicated to helping you find it.

In this context, prayer becomes an incredibly relational place where you abide, listen and receive the provision God has already made for you.

You can approach Him in every circumstance ready to encounter another aspect of His true nature.

There is a confidence that you carry that no matter what you see, God can be Someone for you in that moment that you’ve not yet experienced.
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Let us NOT ignore God’s presence in our life, because if that’s what we’re doing we do so at our own peril.

Matthew 11:25-30
The Message (MSG)

25-26 Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer:

“Thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. You’ve concealed your ways from sophisticates and know-it-alls, but spelled them out clearly to ordinary people. Yes, Father, that’s the way you like to work.”

27 Jesus resumed talking to the people, but now tenderly.

“The Father has given me all these things to do and say. This is a unique Father-Son operation, coming out of Father and Son intimacies and knowledge.

No one knows the Son the way the Father does, nor the Father the way the Son does.

But I’m not keeping it to myself; I’m ready to go over it line by line with anyone willing to listen.

28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion?

Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.

Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it.

Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.

Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
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Let us learn to cooperate, each day, with the Holy Spirit – trusting in Him with all our heart and not leaning on our own understanding – and then when we go out into our day we acknowledge Him in ALL of our ways, by faith, and His promise is that He is then directing our steps (Prov 3:5-6).

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Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus…

In every area, let us follow the example Jesus gave us, in the Bible, in how to conduct GOD’s ministry in the earth and how to live our lives…

Jesus’ disciples ask Him, “who is the greatest in the kingdom?”

The greatest person in the kingdom will of course be Jesus.

After that, ranking the greatest is full of surprises.

Matthew 18:1–5 records, “At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’

[Jesus] called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me’” (see also Mark 9:35–37; Luke 9:46–48).

What are God’s priorities regarding His church?

Jesus speakings to Peter, after Peter had denied him three times:

“When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?’

Peter said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my lambs’.

He said to him a second time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’

Peter said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ He said to him, ‘Tend my sheep.’

Jesus said to Peter the third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’

Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ and he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’

Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep’”
— John 21:15-17
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GOD’s priority and instructions to the elders of the church, is NOT for them to become a CEO of a 501(c)3 corporation (who have, under the articles of their incorporation, made themselves the servant of the state), but rather it is to be a servant unto GOD’s people:

1 Peter 5:1-11
The Voice (VOICE)

1 Now for the elders of the church. I want to encourage you. As you know, I am an elder, too, like you.

I have witnessed firsthand the sufferings of the Anointed One as well as shared in the glories which are soon to be revealed.

2 When you shepherd the flock God has given you, watch over them not because you have to but because you want to.

For this is how God would want it not because you’re being compensated somehow but because you are eager to watch over them.

3 Don’t lead them as if you were a dictator, but lead your flock by example; 4 and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will be crowned with honor that will shine brightly forever.

5 You who are younger in the faith: do as your elders and leaders ask. All of you should treat each other with humility, for as it says in Proverbs,

God opposes the proud
but offers grace to the humble.

6 So bow down under God’s strong hand; then when the time comes, God will lift you up. 7 Since God cares for you, let Him carry all your burdens and worries.

[NOTE: Humility is rarely a virtue that our culture values.

We’re trained from an early age to show our strengths and hide our weaknesses.

This type of thinking also spills over into our models of leadership, as we learn to dictate to others how they should perform.

Peter, however, says that we should be humble in our relationships with one another and not lead as dictators.

In fact, this humility before one another and God is actually the position of the greatest strength.

Our enemy desires to consume us, but we find strength to resist him when we are dependent upon God for His strength.]

8 Most importantly, be disciplined and stay on guard. Your enemy the devil is prowling around outside like a roaring lion, just waiting and hoping for the chance to devour someone.

9 Resist him and be strong in your faith, knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are fellow sufferers with you.

10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of grace who has called you [to His everlasting presence] through Jesus the Anointed will restore you, support you, strengthen you, and ground you. 11 For all power belongs to God, now and forever. Amen.
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What does it mean to follow Jesus…

Learning to live by faith means…

Learning to live GOD’s way (in recognition that following Jesus is the way – see John 14:6), means trusting in Him with ALL our heart and NOT leaning on our own understanding (Prov 3:5-6).

Sept 21
The Spirit Filled Believer

LET DOWN THE NET
by Dick Mills

“Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”
— Luke 5:5

Here is a rhema promise for everyone who has read the manual, followed all the rules and still not attained the desired results.

One leader complained, “I went to a church growth seminar. While I was away some of the folks in the church got discouraged and quit.

When I got back home from learning how to help the church grow, I had fewer people than when I went away. I must be doing something wrong.”

If anyone knew how to fish, it was Peter.

Prior to meeting Jesus, Peter had been a professional fisherman. He knew about fish. He knew their feeding habits, when and where to go looking for them, and how to catch them.

Peter had fished right the evening before. He knew that the fish fed at night up close to the shore, so that’s where he fished for them.

Yet he had caught nothing. Then along comes Jesus, a carpenter, who tells him to do two things, both contrary to all the rules of good fishing practice.

First, He asks him to fish at the brightest time of the day. (Any lake fisherman knows that when the sun is on the water, the fish all go to the bottom of the lake.)

Secondly, Jesus asks Peter to reverse his direction and fish out in the center of the lake rather than along the shore.

Peter knew the habits of fish. But he also knew the power of Jesus’ Word.

His response to these seemingly contradictory directions was, “Master, we have done it right, but have had no results.

However, at Your rhema (Word), we will try it again Your way.”

The Lord’s way worked! His way and His Word will work for us, too!

[Source: The Spirit-Filled Believer’s Daily Devotional by Dick Mills]
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Learning to live by faith is all about taking a risk and jumping into the deep end of the pool; or to put it another way, it means leaving those safe harbors behind and casting your faith out into the deep, because that is where Jesus is.

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Draw nigh unto God…

Draw neigh unto God and He will draw niegh unto you…

The Bible tells us that God has done EVERYTHING needful to bring us home; to forgive our sins and reconcile us back into God’s family; BUT WE ALSO HAVE A PART TO PLAY IN THIS RELATIONSHIP.

Matthew 11:28-30
The Message (MSG)

28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion?

COME To ME. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.

I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it.

Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.

Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

The Bible tells us that Jesus is now seated at the right hand of the Father, meaning He has finished His work.

But in spite of that, we see in the Parable of the Prodigal Son, after having seen His son a far off, the Father comes running to him, indicating that He had been prayerfully watching for his return each and every day.

Luke 15:20-21
The Message (MSG)

20-21 “When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him.

The son started his speech: ‘Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.’
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Sept 18
The Spirit Filled Believer

DRAW ME, LORD
by Dick Mills

“Draw me, we will run after thee…”
— Song of Solomon 1:4

We are told in the New Testament to draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to us (James 4:8).

In this verse, the bride (a symbol of the Church) says to the bridegroom,

“You do the drawing, and we will respond.”

This attitude is one of compliant submission to the actions of the bridegroom as a forerunner.

In Jeremiah 31:3 the Lord expresses His love for us in these words,

“With lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”

In Hosea 11:4, He speaks of His children, saying,

“I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love….”

“Draw me” can be a statement of total dependence upon the Lord.

It implies a looking to God for all our needed help.

David says in Psalm 25:15,

“Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord….” Later he pleads to the Lord, “Send out Your light and Your truth. Let them lead me”
—Psalm. 43:3

Jesus told us that He was going to be lifted up (referring to the crucifixion) and that He would draw all men to Himself (John 12:32).

He also stated that no man could come to Him except His Father drew him (John 6:44).

This prayer in Song of Solomon 1:4 is a good prayer to pray:

“Draw me, Lord, and we will run after You.”

I do believe there is a restlessness expressed in this statement. It comes from a soul that does not want too great a distance between itself and the Lord.

It is the expression of an earnest desire we all should have for closer communion with our Lord.

David said it for each of us in Psalm 73:28,

“It is good for me to draw near to God….”

[Source: The Spirit-Filled Believer’s Daily Devotional by Dick Mills]
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Let us boldly come into GOD’s presence…

GOD never tells us to ask Him for things He doesn’t want us to have…

We need to understand that the Old Testament Believers were looking forward to the cross; and we, as New Testament Believers, are looking back at that same cross.

It’s because of the Cross of Calvary and the precious Blood that Christ (our Messiah) shed there, on our behalf, and also because of the New Covenant — which is better than the Old Covenant — that the Bible tells us that we can now BOLDLY come into God’s presence, with our petitions, just as we see that Jabez did.

Hebrews 4:16
“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

This is GOD’s will for EVERY Believer:

Ephesians 1:15-23
J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

I thank God for you, and pray for you
15-19 Since, then, I heard of this faith of yours in the Lord Jesus and the practical way in which you are expressing it towards fellow-Christians, I thank God continually for you and I never give up praying for you; and this is my prayer.

That God, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ and the all-glorious Father, will give you spiritual wisdom and the insight to know more of him: that you may receive that inner illumination of the spirit which will make you realise how great is the hope to which he is calling you—the magnificence and splendour of the inheritance promised to Christians—and how tremendous is the POWER available to us who believe in God.

20-21 That power is the same divine power which was demonstrated in Christ when he raised him from the dead and gave him the place of supreme honour in Heaven—a place that is infinitely superior to any conceivable command, authority, power or control, and which carries with it a name far beyond any name that could ever be used in this world or the world to come.

22-23 God has placed everything under the power of Christ and has set him up as head of everything for the Church. for the Church is his body, and in that body lives fully the one who fills the whole wide universe.

1 John 5:14-15
Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

14 And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us.

15 And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him.


The word, in both Hebrew and Greek, for PRAYER means to supplicate; and the American Heritage Dictionary defines supplicate as to make “earnest petition,” which means to make a legal demand (petition) requesting a right or benefit in a court of law.

We as Christians, whatever trials and tribulations may be confronting us in the Earth, regardless of any accusations made, by the “Accuser of the Brethren” – who is Satan, we have to learn to make our appeal (our petition) in the Courtroom of Heaven, where Jesus is our Advocate and the Judge is our Abba Father.

So that whatever accusations are brought against us, by the “Accuser of the Brethren,” in GOD’s courtroom, all we need to do is request that the scrolls be opened and when that is done, we have no need to defend ourselves; all we need do is ask that whatever accusations are made that they be placed under the Blood of the Cross, and that one act frees GOD the Father to move on our behalf.

You see the cross of Calvary, and the shed Blood of Jesus there, has taken ALL the leverage that Satan had against us, on account of our sin, away from him.
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Sept 15
God At Eventide
by Two Listeners

BOLD IN PRAYER

My child, there is no arrogance in your assertion when you say,

“I will not let Thee go unless Thou bless me.”
— Gen 32:26b

Have not I ever told you to claim big things. In so doing you obey Me.

You do right to wrestle boldly in prayer. There are times for demanding, for claiming.

Now is the time to claim. You are in no doubt about My Will. Claim its manifestations on earth.

Now unto Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
— Jude 1:24-25
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We are more than conquerors in Christ…

The Bible says that, “We are MORE than conquerors in Christ,” and also that, “We can do ALL things through Christ that strengthen us” (see Rom 8:37 and Php 4:13)…

As Christians, our main objective in life should be to fulfill our destiny and become all that God created us to be; and this can only be done as we learned to live and walk, by faith and obedience, in Christ.

Psalm 139:16
The Message (MSG)

13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!

Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!

You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.

Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,

The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.

Ephesians 1:7-14
The Message (MSG)

7-10 Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.

11-12 It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.

13-14 It’s in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free—signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. This signet from God is the first installment on what’s coming, a reminder that we’ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life.

Romans 8:29-30
The Message (MSG)

29-30 God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son.

The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored.

We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him.

After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name.

After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.

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Jesus our Creator, the author and finisher of our faith, has also told us that,

“I am come that you might have life, and that you might have it more abundantly.”
— John 10:10

If we are to experience that abundant life, which can happen only as we learn to fulfill our God given destiny; and if we are to go where God intends for us to go in life, then we have to learn to trust in Jesus and recognize that NOTHING of any eternal consequence or value can ever be accomplished, except we abide in Christ, as He is the Creator and author of each one of our lives.
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September 3
God At Eventide
by Two Listeners

YOUR FAILURES ARE MINE

Lord I present to Thee my failures. Only Thou couldst . . repair the harm that I have wrought.

Because you are Mine I must identify Myself with all you are.

I play the harmony of which you made such discord. I sound the hope in ears you had no charm of Love to woo from sin and failure.

I lead to happier ways those you misjudged, despised.

I take your failures, and because your desire is towards Me, and you know Me as Lord, these, your failures, it is My sacrificial task to bear, to reclaim.

Step up from your slough of failure into the robe of faith and love I give you.

Be strong to save as you have known salvation, strong in Me, your ever-conquering Lord.

“Now unto Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”
— Jude 1:24-25
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Lastly, we know by faith (based on the scriptures I have already mentioned), that God has a plan for our life, and so it falls to us to trust in His plan; and to do so, by faith, in spite of any and all negative feelings and or circumstances.

We need to understand that God’s power is never cancelled by our negative feelings or circumstances; and that what God promises He is well able to perform and do in our lives.

The test and rub of life, where the rubber meets the road for all of us, is whether or not we can believe?

“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

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Through it all, we learn to trust in Jesus…

Our problems come to make us strong…

God’s Purpose Behind Your Problems
by R Warren

“My troubles turned out all for the best. They forced me to learn from your textbook. Truth from your mouth means more to me than striking it rich in a gold mine.”
— Psalm 119:71-72 (Msg)

Life is a series of problem-solving opportunities. The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you – depending on how you respond to them.

Unfortunately, most people fail to see how God wants to use problems for good in their lives. They react foolishly and resent their problems rather than pausing to consider what benefit they might bring.

Here are five ways God wants to use the problems in your life:

1. God uses problems to DIRECT you – Sometimes God must light a fire under you to get you moving. Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to change. Is God trying to get your attention? “Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways.” Pr. 20:30 (GN)

2. God uses problems to INSPECT you – People are like teabags if you want to know what’s inside them, just drop them into hot water! Has God ever tested your faith with a problem? What do problems reveal about you?

When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience. (James 1:2-3, NCV)

3. God uses problems to CORRECT you – Some lessons we learn only through pain and failure. It’s likely that as a child your parents told you not to touch a hot stove. But you probably learned by being burned. Sometimes we only learn the value of something – health, money, a relationship – by losing it.

It was the best thing that could have happened to me, for it taught me to pay attention to your laws. (Ps. 119:71-72, LB)

4. God uses problems to PROTECT you – A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents you from being harmed by something more serious. Last year a friend of mine was fired for refusing to do something unethical that his boss asked him to do. His unemployment was a problem – but it saved him from being convicted and sent to prison a year later when his boss actions were uncovered.

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good . (Gen. 50:20, NIV)

5. God uses problems to PERFECT you. – Problems, when responded to correctly, are character builders. God is far more interested in your character than your comfort. Your relationship to God and your character are the only two things you’re going to take with you into eternity.

We can rejoice when we run into problems they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady. (Rom. 5:3-4, LB)

Here’s the point: God is at work in your life – even when you do not recognize it or understand it. But it’s much easier and profitable when you cooperate with Him!
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Along with each challenge we face in life, comes an invitation from God to enter into a new experience with Him, in order to give us much needed “on the job training” and real life experience in how to apply God’s POWER, the promises His WORD, and His long-suffering perseverance through every trial that we face in life.

So that we may have, not just intellectual knowledge of God, but more importantly that we may gain experiential knowledge, as we learn to die to our self-will and self-determination (see Matthew 16:24-27), in order that God may channel His power through us (per 2 Corinthians 10:3-5) and remove those seemingly “mountain sized” obstacles Satan places in our path (see Matthew 17:19-20).

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August 26
God Calling

ACCEPT TRIALS
by Two Listeners

Trials and troubles may seem to overwhelm you. They cannot do more than work My Will, and that Will you have said is your Will.

Do you not see that you cannot be destroyed? From now a new Life is opening out before you. Yours to enter into the Kingdom I have prepared for you.

The sunlight of My Presence is on your paths. Trust and go forward unafraid. My Grace is sufficient for all your needs.

“In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.”
— Psalm 56:11

[NOTE: These inspired messages where received from God, in London during WW II, by two ladies (who opted to remain anonymous), who endured the daily bombings of the London Blitzkrieg]
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