Energy! Whew, where does it come from??
Today I worked on 2 pending correspondences. One, of which, was pending for 2 weeks!! Between moving and work I couldn't find the time or energy to even want to do it. Have you ever been there?
Last night I made a prayer that I often do when I just don't "WANT" to do something. It's like those energy bars or drinks that you take once in a while when you have to push hard and don't have the strength.
"Lord, give me your energy, I have none left. I am depleted and need You more. Help me to WANT to do the things that I need to do...You are faithful to meet me where I fall short..do it again, Lord. Amen"
This morning I was a little more creative, a little more WILLING, a little more ready to face the challenges of the Day.
It's High energy Thursday, friends! Press on! Stay focused, stay the course.
“Through all the chaos and noise in the world, God can still hear the whispered prayer of His child.” –unknown
"Mom, do you know why I pray with my hands folded together?" asked my daughter, Xaris, who went on to explain to me that her prayers go into her hands and as she releases her hands the prayers fly up to the heavens and into God's heart. Micah, my youngest went on to explain that his prayers are between his hands like a laser! As he prays his prayers shoot out like the Laser in the Light Saber from Star Wars! Kids have a wonderful imagination that empowers them to believe!
Prayer is a Wonder and Intercession is the Ministry of Jesus Himself and we are called to join Him in it.
To Intercede means to: intervene on behalf of another, to mediate, to negotiate, to commit to praying for another. I too have a wild imagination like my kids and God has let me use it, so allow me to give you a picture of what Intercession is. I see intercessors as the Spiritual Police or Law-enforcers of the spirit realm. They stand in the gap with “Sword” in hand like Micah’s Light Saber, weapons of praise and worship drawn, ready to fight in the spirit, on their Knees!
I heard someone say once that, when a Prayer Warrior gets on his or her knees the battle is not over, it’s only just begun.
I believe Intercession is the responsibility of all of God’s children. We are all called to pray and pray for everything and everyone. But is everyone ready or able to engage in Spiritual Warfare?
Like Xaris’ intimate interpretation of her prayers that were released from her hands to God’s heart, we are also, invited into a loving, heart-to-heart, relationship with God as Father and friend. Our Journey to intercession begins here. God loves to commune with us because He loves us and we are His children and as a bonus for spending time with Him we are renewed. He desires that our mind is renewed and transformed into the image of His son Jesus Christ so that we become Re-presenters of Him here on earth and the spirit realm where we go into war. Communion with Him is a pathway to renewal and effective service.
Intercession begins with Intimacy and we should be motivated by love.
1. God wants our friendship more than he wants our good works. In Mark 16 we read how Jesus appeared to the Disciples first before He gave them instruction to “go and preach the good news to everyone”.
Intimacy, spent in prayer and reading scripture is a place of impartation where God imparts his love for others into us. As we become His friend we then become his partners in ministry. He invites us to share in some secrets. He let’s us in on some things- Discernment becomes stronger.
2. Before we can engage in Spiritual warfare we need to get to know God’s heart. And we can only know Him in a place of intimacy. It is there that he can purify us and sanctify us so that we can become, first, His Friends, then His messengers, vessels, and intercessors. (How can we declare and decree if we don’t know the heart of the Father?)
3. Friendship with our Father makes us powerful over comers. As we are sanctified we are empowered. Holiness is for Power. But we are made holy (set-apart, changed, transformed), as we become Friends of God. Intimacy is everything!
4.Intimacy with God will cause your intercession to defeat the Giants of your life and the life of others.
2 Cor. 10:5 …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,
In a time of prayer early in my walk with God, I had a vision as I asked God to help me submit my own emotions and thoughts to Him. I saw a Tornado and instantly I knew that the Tornado was my emotions and that I have been a tornado of emotions and thoughts destroying everything in the way. I began to cry and I saw a lasso being tossed around the neck of the Tornado. I felt the Lord lead me to pray that my thoughts and emotions are to submit to the authority of Christ like a bull submits to the lasso of a cowboy. He was taming them as I gave in to His mind and His heart. As I released my heart to Him, He in turn released boldness and assistance as I took captive my thoughts and emotions. 2 Corinthians 10:5 became alive before my eyes that day and changed my life in prayer.
I began to thank the Lord for the sensitivity He was awakening me to in times of intimacy with Him. That day He taught me an effective prayer that heals and delivers. He was my Father, my Friend and Partner in ministry all at once, but it started with my own repentance and submission to Him.
When we begin there, our heart softens and gets filled with the Love of God so that we can intercede with Love and Humility and not suspicion, anger, bitterness or from a place of pride or arrogance.
If we come to the Lord with a heart ready to encounter Him first in that place of prayer and intercession, He promises to hear us from Heaven and Heal our Land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Reflecting on the series of event this past week leading up to this Sunday, I can’t help but to remember a story told in Acts 5:1-11. A story of a couple who drops dead after lying to the Apostles about how much they actually sold their property for. But I’m not thinking about them as much as I’m thinking about the group of young men that were assigned to “remove the dead bodies out of the temple”.
This week I witnessed how God used and ordered the steps of a group of young adults at RED to “remove” some dead things out of our church. The Lord graciously activated their gifts. Some dreamed, while others Saw in the Spirit and some Sensed and quickly discerned and others just plain out had encounters with the “dead” things. But they all responded in Spiritual Warfare! They heard the call of God to step into the Gap and travail in prayer and worship. They quickly responded with their eyes on Jesus and walked and moved in the authority of God.
Our team has tremendous maturity and they continue to grow. I am proud of them. They removed some dead things in the spirit this week. There was not only a cleaning of the Building in the natural, but we witnessed a cleaning in the spiritual. What a blessing and honor to have experienced God’s quick response to our prayers and declarations as a group!
Matthew 18:18-20 came to life right before our eyes!!
“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
There is Power in fervent Intercessory Prayer!
Luke 9: 23 and 29 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me... "Now it came to pass, about eight days after these sayings, that He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray."
Last night Xaris asked me, "Mom do you know why I pray with my hands folded together?" She explained to me that her prayers go into her hands and as she releases her hands the prayers fly up to the heavens and into God's heart. Micah went on to explain that his prayers are between his hands like a laser! As he prays his prayers shoot out like the Laser in the Light Saber from Star Wars! Kids have a wonderful imagination that empowers them to believe!
God's ultimate Goal for us is that our mind is Renewed, transformed into the image of His son Jesus Christ. Did you ever wonder what that might look like? I believe Jesus wanted us to have a visual of a Renewed Mind.
In Luke 9 we read about the Transfiguration of Jesus. about 8 days before the account of the Transfiguration, Jesus talks to His disciples about "Taking up your cross daily and following Him". On the Mount as Jesus prayed the appearance of His face was altered and His robes became white and glistened! (Lk. 9:29)
Could it be that Jesus was showing Peter, James and John what a Renewed Mind looks like in the Spirit?
It is a daily occurrence, a picking up of the cross that happens as we pray and meditate on the Word of God; a transformation happens that cleanses from the inside out. our countenance changes, our attitude changes and we become the Re-presenters of Christ here on Earth; that is we present Christ again. God said, "Here is my Son, Hear Him!" When we represent Christ on Earth renewed and transformed we become Sons and Daughters and God says to the world before us, "Here is my Son/Daughter, Hear them!"
The world can recognize the God in us, if we are renewed, transformed, transfigured! We will shine with glistening white robes and our face (attitude) will change.
May you find the exuberant Joy of the Lord today as you commune with Him.
Let's Make it a Great Day!
Show me who I am to you
Show me what you want me to do
Show me where you want me to go
I will follow you til the end on the road
Your heart is what I want to know
Face to face I will know, what you show
In your presence I see clearly
In your presence I see deeply
It’s in you I find the meaning
of all things lingering
in my mind fighting for my attention
contending for my worship
who should I let sit on the throne of my mind?
who should I listen to you or my heart?
“Let me in”, you gently whisper,
let me show you, let me lead you
“Show me who I am to you!”, I whisper
Show me ME, and show me YOU. -BrisyO
Luke 10: 41-42
Daily Bible reading is an act of worship that God cherishes. We pull aside, make time, sit quietly and read. This speaks volumes to God saying, “Here I am. Teach me. I want to get to know you better. I want to hear what You have to say to me. I want to change and adjust myself to Your way.”
Sister Mary in the Gospels unplugged herself from the preparations and sat at Jesus’ feet to hear the words of her Teacher. She was later commended for her good choice.
Many years of daily Bible reading is a sound investment of our time. The payoff is the wisdom that we gain from having a biblical perspective. In later years, our own hearts will commend us and we will know with deep satisfaction that we chose the one thing that can never be taken away.
When you are in the dark, listen and God will give you a very precious message. -Oswald Chambers
When I think about making a covenant with the Lord, I remember two scriptures that tell us what God wants from us. Micah 6:8 which says, "But he's already made it plain how to live, what to do,
what God is looking for in men and women.
It's quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love,
And don't take yourself too seriously—
take God seriously" and the great commission, Love God and Love your neighbor. Along with these instructions from God i'm also reminded of Repentance and Forgiveness which are also essential to a good covenant relationship with GOD.
In the book of Romans we also read that offering up our bodies as a living sacrifice is our REASONABLE service.
My covenant to God is as follows:
Lord, I promise to serve you all the days of my life. I dedicate my hands, my feet, my mouth, my eyes, my ears and my entire life for your service. (Romans 12:1)
I promise to walk humbly, love mercy and seek justice. (Micah6:8)
I promise to live a life of repentance; always being careful to search my heart when things don’t go my way. (2Chronicles 7:14)
I promise to be quick to forgive, not allowing offenses to fester in my heart.
I promise to read your word daily.
I promise to pray daily and without ceasing as you instructed us in your word.
I promise to tell the truth.
I promise to be faithful, that is, be full of Faith, to believe, and hope even when I can’t see in the fogginess of circumstances because it is my Faith that pleases you.
Lord, I promise to Love you and love my neighbor even those who are unloveable.
I promise to take time out to rest in you because you said I should strive to find rest.
I promise to worship you and only you because you are the only and Holy God who saves.
My Sisters and Brothers will you make a covenant with God today? -brisyo
While soaking on God's presence last year around this time, I began to write what I was feeling and this poem was formed:
There is a sound rising up in my heart coming forth from the east toward the west
bubbling up inside me like a river it circles and pools in my heart,
like a whirlpool it swirls and swirls.
I see white-water bubbling in it’s rage;
But it’s joy! It’s joy and freedom! Wild and free to flow!
Holding nothing back, I give it to you the waters of my heart, the flow within.
No one's going to hold me back any more.
No more fear, no more shame, no more accusations, no more lies, no more distractions,
no more confusion! Only peace, only joy. Let it rise God let it rise!
Nothing else matters in God’s presence, some get lost in fantasies to escape realities, I escape fantasies to get lost in His reality. God’s presence is more real than the real I see.
I can’t see Him but I breathe Him! Every breath brings life!
With every breath I take in, I close my eyes and I feel His face touch mine
Some day I will open my eyes and see Him there! -by BrisyO