A New Year's Prayer


Prayer for Spiritual Power

“For this reason I kneel before the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith.

I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us— to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. • Amen.” 

Ephesians 3:14-21 HCSB

The Word Sets You Free

I am preparing the new blog site to go live. With that, I find myself needing to write the most important things I have written yet. Therefore, I will temporarily be turning my energy away from the study of Hebrews, and towards the new blog project in order to give it my full attention.

This seems like the perfect opportunity to run a repeat of the most popular posts on this blog of all time. This updated post titled The Word Sets You Free was originally published on Friday, October 19, 2012:

I know all too well what it means to not be free. I grew up in an alcoholic home. I went through a divorce while I was pregnant with my only child because my husband was physically abusive.

When my daughter was born I read a story that made me realize how badly I did not want her to grow up the way I did. I asked God to show me how to give her a better life and I dedicated her to His care.

She never met her biological father. I raised her with the belief that God would be her Father. One-step at a time, as I read the Bible, went to church, and read books He showed me the way.

When she was in elementary school, she won the award for being the best student in the Dare to Keep Your Kids off Drugs program.

When she graduated from high school, she received an award chosen by the faculty for the one student out of the class (over 300) who displayed the citizenship, community, and common sense characteristics that make them a quality individual.

She just graduated from college, Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors), a first generation college student. She is a beautiful young woman, full of virtue.

I give all praise to God for her abilities. I could not have raised her to her full potential without His Word, His power, His Spirit working through me. Transforming not just our lives, but our bloodline as well.

This comment from the Spirit Filled Life Student Bible was one of my original inspirations for this blog:

God is a good God, and He has a good plan for us. When we read His Word, we find in it a handbook for life. The Word of God can be heavy and serious; it can convict us of our sins and press us to our limits, but it can also give us hope and reason for rejoicing. As we put God’s Word into practice, we are freed through our obedience to be all God wants us to be (Romans 8:1-8).

Hebrews 4:12 teaches us that ‘the Word of God is living and powerful.’ The Word of God is charged with supernatural energy, because the Spirit works with the Word to inspire faith (Romans 10:17). When it is read and we obey it, it can both heal and cleanse us.

The Bible is a powerful and liberating force that sets people free at every dimension of life when they live by its instruction. As people get the chance to read it and understand what it means through practicing its teachings, they are moved by divine possibilities.

Selah.

Brokenness On The Path To Freedom

I am preparing the new blog site to go live. With that, I find myself needing to write the most important things I have written yet. Therefore, I will temporarily be turning my energy away from the study of Hebrews, and towards the new blog project in order to give it my full attention.

This seems like the perfect opportunity to run a repeat of the most popular posts on this blog of all time. This updated post titled Brokenness On The Path To Freedom was originally published on Thursday, August 16, 2012:

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." Matthew 5:8 ESV

I had been wrestling with the transition from the first to the second Beatitude, but finally realized there is a natural progression. Once we fully recognize our spiritual poverty repentance will follow.

Brokenness seems to be part of the framework for mourning. I found this discussion by Nancy Leigh DeMoss on brokenness that deserves a place in our study. You can find the entire article on her website hereThis is an excerpt of the discussion:

Proud people focus on the failures of others, but broken people are overwhelmed with a sense of their own spiritual need. Proud people are self-righteous. They have a critical, fault-finding spirit. They look at everyone else's faults with a microscope but their own with a telescope, and they look down on others. But broken people are compassionate. They can forgive much because they know how much they have been forgiven. They think the best of others, and they esteem all others better than themselves.

Proud people have an independent, self-sufficient spirit, but broken people have a dependent spirit and recognize their need for others. Proud people have to prove that they're right, but broken people are willing to yield the right to be right. Proud people claim rights and have a demanding spirit, but broken people yield their rights and have a meek spirit. Proud people are self-protective of their time, their rights, and their reputation, but broken people are self-denying.

Proud people desire to be served, but broken people are motivated to serve others. Proud people desire to be a success, but broken people are motivated to be faithful and to make others a success.

Proud people desire for self-advancement, but broken people desire to promote others. Proud people have a drive to be recognized, to be appreciated. They're wounded when others are promoted and they are overlooked. Broken people have a sense of their own unworthiness. They're thrilled that God would use them at all in any ministry. They're eager for others to get the credit, and they rejoice when others are lifted up.

Proud people have a subconscious feeling, 'This ministry is privileged to have me and my gifts.' They think of what they can do for God, but broken people have that heart attitude that says, 'I don't deserve to have any part in this ministry.' They know that they have nothing to offer God except the life of Jesus flowing through their broken lives.

Proud people feel confident in how much they know, but broken people are humbled by how very much they have to learn. Proud people are self-conscious, but broken people are not concerned with self at all.

Proud people keep others at arm’s length, but broken people are willing to risk getting close to others and to take the risks of loving intimately. Proud people are quick to blame others, but broken people accept personal responsibility and can see where they were wrong in the situation.

Selah.


Human Trafficking Enslaves


I am preparing the new blog site to go live. With that, I find myself needing to write the most important things I have written yet. Therefore, I will temporarily be turning my energy away from the study of Hebrews, and towards the new blog project in order to give it my full attention.

This seems like the perfect opportunity to run a repeat of the most popular posts on this blog of all time. This updated post titled Human Trafficking Enslaves was originally published on Thursday, September 5, 2013:




Human trafficking enslaves more than 30 MILLION people every year.
Please do not turn a blind eye.
There are ministries working in difficult and dangerous conditions that need your support.
And most importantly, they all need our prayers.
We can all do something.

Click here for my page with the organizations links



God Delights In Mercy

I am preparing the new blog site to go live. With that, I find myself needing to write the most important things I have written yet. Therefore, I will temporarily be turning my energy away from the study of Hebrews, and towards the new blog project in order to give it my full attention.

This seems like the perfect opportunity to run a repeat of the most popular posts on this blog of all time. This updated post titled God Delights In Mercy was originally published on November 9, 2012:

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7 NKJV

It is a miracle. The liberty issue we were fighting for in the recent election actually won. All the odds were against us. I am amazed, and thankful beyond words.

Looking back, I wish I could say that I always took the high road in the game. I had never been involved in anything political before, and this was a nasty argument. Widely publicized debates, editorials, press conferences, and letters to the editor abounded with each side accusing the other of misrepresentation, lies, and emotionalism.

My husband was in the public eye and was attacked personally in many ways. I was handling it pretty well. However, as the pressure mounted things were spiraling out of control. Then finally, I broke. I wrote a comment to post on a website. I sent it to my husband and he approved it. My heart was racing as I posted the comment, but I did not believe I was unjustified in making it. And I wasn't. 

However…I was not merciful. Even though I did not slander anyone personally, and I was careful to not say anything out of anger, it was not merciful. And it left me sad, and honestly ashamed. I could no longer say that for the most part I acted with complete integrity.

I do not believe that God has asked us to do anything that He will not empower us to do. The things that happen to us that are the most unjust will not be possible for us to forgive in our own strength. And while victory is sweet in an election, there is no greater victory than being in the center of God's will.

The following quote from Barnes Notes on the Bible sheds more light on the divine subject of mercy: 

Nowhere do we imitate God more than in showing mercy. In nothing does God delight more than in the exercise of mercy, Exodus 34:6; Ezekiel 33:11; 1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9.

To us, guilty sinners; to us, wretched, dying, and exposed to eternal woe, He has shown His mercy by giving His Son to die for us; by expressing His willingness to pardon and save us; and by sending His Spirit to renew and sanctify our hearts.

Each day of our life, each hour, and each moment, we partake of His undeserved mercy. All the blessings we enjoy are proofs of His mercy.

If we, then, show mercy to the poor, the wretched, the guilty, it shows that we are like God. We have His Spirit, and shall not lose our reward. And we have abundant opportunity to do it.

Our world is full of guilt and woe, which we may help to relieve; and every day of our lives we have opportunity, by helping the poor and wretched, and by forgiving those who injure us, to show that we are like God.

Selah.