In the world right now there seems to be turmoil everywhere we look. I felt the Lord leading me to write this book to shine as a beacon of hope for my brothers and sisters in Christ. We have access to God's power through prayer. He is waiting to hear from you. God loves you and He will shower you with blessings when you seek Him.
This is part of the subtitle for the book I am currently working on titled, The Furnace of Affliction. Keep an eye out for it later this year...Lord willing! People look at me crazy when I tell them my stroke was the best thing that ever happened to me apart from my salvation. God used the debilitating stroke to put my focus on Him. Prior to that my focus was on making an income of six-figures and winning awards. I was putting my faith in money rather than God. I still battle with chronic nerve pain as a result of the stroke. However, my pain is a constant reminder of my humanness. It also reminds me that I have a Savior who loves me. I can talk with Him at any time. He reveals Himself to me as I spend time in His Word. My relationship with Christ has never been stronger or more intimate. That does not mean everything is easy, by no means is that the case . Knowing that God is in control, gives me comfort in the midst of my pain. I hope you will join me later this year as I share about the many ways God uses pain for His purpose. In my next book, The Furnace of Affliction.
SIN. Unconfessed and habitual sin prevents God from hearing the prayers of those who know Christ. As a Christian, you have a personal relationship God. However, God is holy and cannot tolerate sin. Yes, your sins have been forgiven and are covered by the blood from the cross. That being said, when you live in habitual and unconfessed sin, God cannot hear your prayers. Go to God with a repentant heart-seeking His will, and He WILL hear your prayers. "Behold, the Lord’s hand is not so short That it cannot save; Nor is His ear so dull That it cannot hear. 2 But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His ]face from you so that He does not hear." (Isaiah 59:1-2)
As Palm Sunday is recognized this weekend, remember all that Jesus has done for you. Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey that day. This was in preparation of the Passover celebration,and preceded the Lord's Supper that Jesus shared with his disciples. He was betrayed by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane.. He was crucified on a cross,and 3 days later He rose again, and is now seated at the right hand of Almighty God. Now, because of His sacrifice, we have access to our Heavenly Father via prayer. Make it a priority to spend time with your Savior. Seek His forgiveness,and thank Him for all He has done and continues to do in your life.
With the tragedies that seem to take place on an almost weekly basis, prayer gives you hope. We may never understand the things that take place in our lives or the ones we care about. However, we must remember that God is in control and He loves you unconditionally . He wants you to come to Him, rely on and put your complete trust in Him. He never promised things would be easy, but never doubt His love for you. Remember the sacrifice He gave on the cross. He is watching over you waiting for you to come and talk with Him. Go to God today and share what's on your heart. Seek Him and you will find. Be well my friend and God bless you.
The " New Year." What does the New Year you mean to you? There are many of us who are ready to turn the page. Maybe you had more lows than highs last year, and you are ready for a fresh start. As you begin this brand-new year, have you talked with God about His plan for you this year? Everything that takes place in your life is all part of God's plan. He was never caught off guard or surprised by what took place last year. It was all part of His perfect plan. He wants you to trust Him. So as you begin setting your goals and making your plans this year, go to God diligently with perseverance. Ask God to give you a word for the New Year to carry with you all year long. This is a powerful way to stay in His will throughout all the trials, tests, and decisions you will face going forward. You will have confidence as you progress through the year knowing that you are in God's will. Seek to glorify Him in all that you do in the New Year! Be well friend and God bless.
Even in your darkest times and through your hardest struggles, God is always near. Tell Him what's on your heart. Embrace what He wants to reveal to you from His holy word. He is waiting to hear from you. The holidays may not always be a time of joy for you or someone you know. Talk with God today. Share with Him the anxiety, fear, pain, sorrow , or hurt that you feel.. He will bring a you comfort and joy that only He can provide... when you seek Him.
As the holiday season is now upon you, it is easy to get pulled and pointed in every direction. This can leave your spirit feeling drained, and some may even feel discouraged during the holidays. As a Christian, there is extraordinary,divine power available to you. You can access this amazing power through prayer. Spending quality time talking with God will invigorate, refresh, and inspire your spirit. It was also draw you closer to Christ as we celebrate His birth this month. Don't let the busyness of the holiday season drain you. Go to God with a humble heart. Ask Him to energize your soul with His transforming power. Talk with Jesus today.
Do you do what seems right in your eyes and then ask God to bless your actions? Or are you immersing yourself in His Word seeking His will? The more quality time you spend meditating on what God has to say to you, your heart begins to desire what He wants. Your thoughts and actions begin to transform and your mind is being renewed. (Romans 12:2) The essence of your prayers begin to change as they become aligned with God's will. When your prayers are aligned with God's will, He hears your prayers. (Psalm 37:4)
Patience is something that is a constant struggle for myself. Patiently waiting for answered prayer can be extremely difficult. However, God asks you to trust Him. He wants what is best for you. You can only see a small part of God's plan. He is working behind the scenes because of His love for you. When you go to God in prayer, ask yourself if your prayers are aligned with His will, He will give you the desires of your heart.(Psalm 37:4) God's love is unconditional and His timing is always perfect.
Once I understood the privilege and the opportunity that I have to talk with God, I speak with Him all the time Talking with God transforms how you live your life. Just like with anyone that you love, when you spend time with them, you want to please them in everything you do. Yes you can go to God with your requests, but He also wants to talk with you. Spend time communing with Him,. Still your heart and listen for what He wants to say to you.As you spend time in God's word, ask Him to show you what He wants to reveal to you. He has a specific plan and purpose for your life..
Prayer allows us to commune with God at any time day or night. You have access to God's amazing power via prayer. I have experienced God's power in my own life. I have gone from my left side being paralyzed from a stroke 7 years ago to an award-winning author. It is only by God's amazing power and undeserved grace that this could have happened.
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