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The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). ~John 10:10 AMP

Twenty years ago we miscarried a baby at 12 weeks gestation. It was such a difficult loss for our family; we wondered when the grieving would end…

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. ~Psalm 30:5

A year and a half later our youngest son was born. God did not take the life of our unborn baby, but he took our sorrow and replaced it with joy and blessing – He gave us life when life was taken from us.

That’s what he wants to do for you today, my friend. If you have experienced loss, injustice, if something has been stolen from you, or part of your life destroyed, you have a Shepherd who gives life, restores joy, freedom, and anything that has been ripped away by the enemy of your soul, the devil. Allow us to pray for you today…

Father,

We lift up to you every one of our beloved blog readers who are feeling the acute pain of loss today. May they come to see that while they have experienced defeat, you are still there willing and able to offer a fresh start, a vibrant life, a hope that cannot be contained, and joy unspeakable. Please, Father, give them grace to give you all that appears to be left of their lives and the faith to believe that you will take that offering, small as it might seem to be, and make something beautiful of it.

In Jesus’ Name Amen

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…Always pray and never give up. Luke 18:1b

March on with courage, my soul. Judges 5:21b

Followers of Jesus have the ability to suffer long without giving up. We are called to strengthen the inner core of our souls so that we can withstand difficulties.

Are you exhausted from the battle? Keep marching, my friend! You may be moments away from victory, and you will be so glad you persevered when things were tough. Meanwhile, God is strengthening you, honing your character, changing your heart, refining your soul, remodeling your mind, and preparing you for a glorious future. The devil will kick himself for messing with you, because the outcome will be far more glorious than you can imagine.

Father,

I thank you for giving me courage to keep praying, to keep marching, and to keep fighting the good fight of the faith! Good fights are fights I win, and with you with me and in me, I will win over each challenge I face.

I ask for the Holy Spirit’s constant presence in my life today. May His fruit be evident in me, even while under intense pressure. Let love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control be found in me, even when pressed on every side.

Give me grace, encouragement, and unrelenting faith. Thank you!

In Jesus’ Name Amen!

Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

For the Lord delights in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.
Psalm 149:4 NLT

Father,

I ask that you would teach me humility. Give me grace to not simply swallow my pride when I am made aware of it, but rather to repent and receive your forgiveness. Give me a heart that is willing to be known for who I am, strengths and weaknesses, successes and failures.

And, Lord, please grant us leaders that are humble. Provide leaders who are willing to bow to your wisdom, to repent and change, and to seek wisdom from others who have sought after true humility. I ask this in Jesus’ Name.

Amen.

 

 

No, I will not break my covenant;
I will not take back a single word I said.
I have sworn an oath to David,
and in my holiness I cannot lie. (Psalm 89:34.35)

God is not a politician that he should lie. Imagine a world where every word our political candidates spoke could be firmly trusted. Imagine a world where everyone spoke the truth and nothing but the truth.

There is something our omnipotent God cannot do. He cannot lie. He is incapable of speaking falsely, exaggerating, stretching or manipulating words. Everything He utters is pure truth.

There is something our omnipotent God will not do. He will not retract his promises, alter, or amend them in any way. They are 100% unchangeable. 

We live in a world where the truth is relative, contracts are negotiable, a handshake means very little, and our word even less. This is not God’s MO. Let’s pray to be more like Him.

Father,

I have often spoken things I didn’t mean and things that sounded good, but weren’t purely true. Forgive me, Lord. Please give me the tongue of the wise. Give me the conscience to speak the truth without tolerating lies, deceit or even slight exaggeration in my communication. Scripture tells me that my words have power, so help me to bring life with my words. Illuminate my words so they shine with truth. Then, Lord, when I speak of you and your power and your love, those who hear me will know and understand that I am a person of my word, and my words can be trusted.

In Jesus’ Name Amen

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