A Cup Each Morning

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In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice, in the morning I lay my request before you and wait expectantly.                              Psalm 5:3-4

The alarm rings. As our minds wake from the fuzziness of slumber, thoughts of the day come rushing in, as we go over what needs to be done. The day ahead may hold some unpleasant tasks; perhaps our to do list is so long it makes us tired before we can even begin. In any case, some mornings, we’d rather stay in bed so we don’t have to face the day at all.

Can you even imagine instead of the same way,  begin your day before your alarm goes off, grab that cup of coffee, tea, or cold drink, get to your comfy place with your Bible and begin your day with a cup of Christ. The words of Beth Moore (founder of Living Proof Ministries) Imagine how different our days would be if we had our cups filled by Christ first thing in the morning. When Christ fills our cups, He gives us His love, joy, peace and patience. We’re able to be kind, good, faithful, gentle. (The fruits of the Spirit which can be found in the book of Galatians 5:22-23) A little self-control might come in handy at an opportune moment as well. 

Invite Jesus into your thoughts by whispering his name, and then suddenly your day brightens and feels more user-friendly. When you speak Jesus’ name in loving trust, you sense His presence and feel yourself drawing closer to him. There is great power in His name: Simply whispering Jesus, can turn a hard day into a good one. By calling on his name frequently, you acknowledge your continual need of him. His very being, Jesus is joyfully responding to your invitation by coming nearer to you.  

Jesus is pleased by your desire to rely on him in ordinary moments as well as in the big events in your life. When you whisper Jesus, Jesus, he respond not only to your neediness but also to your love for him. As you look to him, his face shines upon you in radiant approval brightening your day and helping you feel secure. What a wonderful way to start off each and everyday with a cup full from Christ.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends 

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The Prayer of Jabez

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Then Jabez is mentioned in 1 Chronicles 4:9-10: “Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, ‘I gave birth to him in pain.’ Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, ‘Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.’ And God granted his request.”

The name Jabez means “he causes pain,” so we can assume that something about his birth was exceptionally more painful than the usual birth – either physically or emotionally. In Bible times, a name was very important. A name often defined a person’s future – what they would become. So perhaps Jabez’s mother was predicting her baby’s future.
It seems as if Jabez defied his hopeless name and dysfunctional beginning to become a man who believed fervently in the power of God. He prayed with urgency and vulnerability. He cried out to the Lord with boldness!

In my last post I wrote on how important our prayer life should be as we journey with the Risen Lord, Jesus Christ. Bruce Wilkinson wrote the Prayer of Jabez and well as Beyond Jabez. In these books Bruce speaks on how powerful prayer is, in which prayer changes small dramatic ways, it tells us of God’s presence is alive even today besides in Biblical times. Zabez has said this prayer to God and as well as he said long ago, I myself have ask God to enlarge my own territory to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ as much as I could. By doing this it will lead me and you into the Land of the Unknown, where you may feel overwhelmed and perhaps even incapable of handling opportunities. And if you do feel this way hopefully you as well as myself will pray the prayer of Jabez, for the hand of the Lord to intervene on our behalf. Also when the reality of life leaves you vulnerable to temptation that, if acted on, would hurt the Lord and others and stop the miracles you’ve been experiencing-Bruce’s hope for us is that we will know to ask the Lord to keep evil from us so that we would no cause pain.

You’ll discover that the values you used to hold are not as important anymore, and you’ll begin wanting what God wants. As you give up the life you thought you needed, you’ll find yourself getting more of God Himself. And he will so satisfy your heart that all other passions will be consumed in your longing for Him. This is the journey that I am on today, the more I go deeper in my journey, scriptures and prayer in knowing God the more I want out of it, to me it is like a vacuum, you feel as thro you are being suck right into the middle of it, and you are not alone you are standing right with God. Until all that is left and all that truly matters is Jesus Christ himself. One day you’ll awaken to the fact that you’ve chosen Him as your supreme purpose in life, and you’ll realize that He Himself has been your greatest dream, your longing, your desperate desire all along. Hand over your life and you’ll receive abundant life, which you can enjoy here and now and throughout all eternity. When you are able read the Prayer of Jabez book as well as Beyond Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson and believe me you’ll come to understand the power of prayer.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Trust

Psalm 5.jpgLay your request before God and wait in expectation. Waiting and trusting so closely connected. The more we trust you God, the more we can wait with a positive attitude. Meeting God each morning is a profound demonstration of our trusting him. This practice helps us begin the day with a thankful heart, receiving it as a precious gift from God. Waiting in His presence has beneficial side effects, so we do not need to be overly focused on getting the answers we seek. Your holy light we relate to you as creature to Creator, as clay to Potter. This humbles us and helps us to worship you, as you truly are.

Lord I sit in your presence and the peace that you give to me within my heart calms my soul. I hear the music within my soul and it dances for you and praising your unending love for me as your child. Thank you for your many blessings, at times it just doesn’t seem to be enough for me to say, however I continue to rejoice always in who you are The Great I Am. Continue to guide me in all that I do so that I will bring glory to your name, so that others will come to know you thru me as your servant. Thank you Lord for being in your presence each and every morning and thru out my day.

 

Grace an Peace to You My Friends

In Your Hands Lord

Jeremiah 18.jpgThis is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord. Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message. So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands, so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as the potter does? declares the Lord. Like clay in the hands of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.                                        Jeremiah 18:1-6 NIV

Jeremiah, led an emotionally, tortured life, yet remained steadfastly faithful to God, and the call to deliver his stern message. He spoke to Judah in the last decades before Babylon destroyed the nation.

The life of Jeremiah was never an easy one to say the least, God had called Jeremiah to be a prophet, and I am sure at times he was not thrill with that job at all. However God knew Jeremiah’s heart and he knew he had called the right person for the job he had in mind. If we all can take a moment to realize that God also has a job in mind for each one of us, I am not sure what God is calling you to do in your life, and it may not be an easy one at that.  As God is shaping each one of us into what he is calling us to do, it can be at times very painful, however in the end, it will be a beautiful thing. We all have a passion in our lives, something that God has given to us, and when we do what we love to do it brings us great joy. I have read more than once the book called “You were Born for This” by Rick Warren, and as you read thru this book you will begin to think what God is calling you to do with your own life. Rick Warren talks about the Miracle Life Keys—The master key is an urgent prayer to be sent by God on a miracle mission. Your request alerts Heaven that you are more than just available, you’re committed to respond whenever God nudges you. It’s called the Master Key because your urgent plea opens the door to a life of miracles. The People Key–readies you for the inevitable moments when Heaven’s agenda collides with your own. When you apply this key, you put yourself and Heaven  an notice that you have decided to make God’s heart for people your won. Because you now share His passion, you’ll be prepared to deliver miracles to whomever He ask whenever He asks. The Spirit Key—-prepares you to cooperate with God’s spirit, especially in regard to His supernatural power. The action of this key releases you from any false assumptions about your ability to do a miracle and aligns you with the supernatural power that’s always required to accomplish a miracle outcome. As you learn more about the Spirit works through you, you will come to rely on Him with increasing confidence. The Risk Key—shows you how to intentionally live in such a way that you take risks of faith, relying on God to accomplish what He wants done. You act in dependence on God despite feelings of discomfort or fear, trusting that He will bridge the gap between what you can do and what only He can do through you. When He bridges that gap with a miracle, His power and glory are on display. You see my friends God is the potter and we are His clay, and he will shape our lives into what He has called us to do here on earth, and all we need to do is simply trust in Him.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Frieds