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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Possess Your Own Vessel

Thursday, August 21, 2014

“Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to HOW YOU OUGHT TO WALK AND PLEASE GOD (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more. For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. For THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD, your sanctification; that is, that you ABSTAIN FROM SEXUAL IMMORALITY; that each of you KNOW HOW TO POSSESS HIS OWN VESSEL in sanctification and honor, NOT IN LUSTFUL PASSION, like the Gentiles WHO DO NOT KNOW GOD; And That No Man Transgress And Defraud His Brother In The Matter Because The Lord Is The Avenger In All These Things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification. So, HE WHO REJECTS THIS IS NOT REJECTING MAN BUT THE GOD who gives His Holy Spirit to you” ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8.

Jesus-Bride006Sexual sin is rampant in the world today. Give focus today and pray as God leads you for yourself, those you love, and all God brings to your heart today. Pray for the body of Christ to be sanctified and set apart in purity, delivered from perversion, and to know how to possess their own body in obedience to the Father. Pray for those hurt by such sin, that they may forgive for their own sake, so that they may be healed.

For more on this subject, read the article posted to Ponderings at: http://darlenesponderings.com/2014/08/21/possess-your-own-body/

The Stand ~ Hillsong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kV5iZBTNYrk&list=PLfiEjLIYhJ9BycuYe34CTDe-q9HZzszNs&index=4

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Wisdom for Relationships

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

“Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us” ~ 1 Thessalonians 2:8.

Jenn'sBunch01 03Relationships are vital in the body of Christ. Here we see Paul and those with him giving their very lives for those of the body in Thessalonica. I see two things that were needful for these to give themselves so fully to these people: Love for them and trust in them.

When we love as God loves, we will readily give ourselves on behalf of those we love to meet them at their point of need. Love often will transcend our inability to trust those we give ourselves to, but when those we pour our lives into prove to be trustworthy, caring for us in return, not using us unrighteously, we find it easier to give all we are to them.

Pray today first for yourself, to be a person who loves as God loves and who is trustworthy in all things as He is. Pray for those you love to be faithful, true and trustworthy, loving in reply. Pray especially for those who prove unfaithful toward you, seeming to take advantage. Pray for the third thing I see that is necessary for good relations: wisdom to know how to love and how far to go in giving oneself to others.

This is How We Know ~ Matt Redman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K67jH43tpjo&index=4&list=PLfiEjLIYhJ9C1mYoWkn6r-9es3fIF6Ibq

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Yes! Our God is all He says He is; therefore we can BE all He says we are. This thought and song inspires me today as I cry out to BE all God proclaims so.

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Sanctified – Set Apart

Friday, August 08, 2014

“By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked” ~ 1 John 2:3-6.

The Word that comes to heart for us to grab hold of and possess for our lives in this season of history that is unfolding before us is this: it is vital that we remember and live as the SANCTIFIED AND SET APART people of Jehovah-God in the likeness of the Christ we follow. We cannot fully obey God as God without this vital attitude of heart driving us to that obedience.

With this thought, I am reminded of Colossians 3-4 and one of my “life goal” verses found there:

“IF THEN you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. And SET YOUR MINDS AND KEEP THEM SET ON WHAT IS ABOVE (THE HIGHER THINGS), not on the things that are on the earth. For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in [the splendor of His] glory” ~ Colossians 3:1-4, AMP.

Today I call the body to prayerful consideration of their life of sanctification. Are we setting our minds and keeping them set on the Higher Things of God and His Kingdom? Do these higher thoughts and ideals dictate and direct our life choices now as citizens first of His eternal Kingdom, set on assignment as citizens of the earth charged with affected this world for the benefit of the Kingdom we represent? To make through these days that are upon us, we must know where we stand as the sanctified, set apart to Him and for His purposes, people of God and his Kingdom.

Read more in today’s Ponderings post – Word of Life: Sanctified – Set Apart. http://darlenesponderings.com/2014/08/08/word-of-life-sanctified-set-apart/

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Relying Upon THE FAITHFUL

Thursday, August 07, 2014

“If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is FAITHFUL and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us” 1 John 1:8-10.

Isaiah pointed out that even our greatest attempts at being good is seen as filthy rags in the sight of our Holy God. We can practice goodness all we want, but if one vital ingredient is missing in our acts of good works, it is useless and spoiled. That one thing is RELIANCE UPON GOD WITH ABSOLUTE TRUST IN HIS FAITHFULNESS.

“For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; and all of us wither like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. There is no one who calls on Your name, who arouses himself to take hold of You; for You have hidden Your face from us and have delivered us into the power of our iniquities” ~ Isaiah 64:6-7.

Prayerfully read todays rather long “Word of Life” blog on Ponderings as we continue to prepare ourselves as His people, being made ready to face the coming storm we are warned to prepare for: http://darlenesponderings.com/2014/08/07/word-of-life-faithful-our-reliable-advocate/

PrayingWhen faith is in God and we are fully relying upon Him, “impossible” is removed from our vocabulary. Even when the storms of life threaten to buckle our knees, they just put us in the best position to hear His thoughts, learn His purpose, and receive instruction that gets us up and moving again. This is the faith that stands the test of time, faith to rely upon Him for all the good we do ~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NreUhPk9s9Y&list=PLfiEjLIYhJ9CFzn1RFD_r8-iMylRSpc66&index=9

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Word of Life – Actively Abide

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

“This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin” ~ 1 John 1:5-7.

If we are weather the coming storms with strength, that will mean we must actively abide in Him who is our Strength and He in us; and in His Light. Read today’s ponderings and prayerfully consider your stance and steps in these days coming upon us: http://darlenesponderings.com/2014/08/06/word-of-life-activly-abide/

“As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father” ~ 1 John 2:24.

Sound shofar every day that God leads you to do so: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t38UINaExeQ&list=PLTgpTgKDYWUKLo8IZe-fo1SSUsfaGQmIN

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: God is God!

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

God is God! Beloved, it is vital in these days that we remember God is, God is God, He is for us and not against us; He is doing a good thing in the earth; and He will be with us in the storm. With eyes on Him, we will come through to His glory.

Read the Ponderings posted yesterday and pray as God leads you for the days to come.

Word of Life: Prophetic Alert and Series Introduction: http://darlenesponderings.com/2014/08/04/word-of-life-prophetic-alert-and-series-introduction/

You are God! ~ Katinas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE-IdstEdTI&index=2&list=PLfiEjLIYhJ9D1tHHJ_Ep1m340430xSaMe

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: In the Hearing of the Lord – Firestorm!

Friday, August 01, 2014

Focal passage this week: “Now the people became like those who complain of adversity in the hearing of the Lord; and when the Lord heard it, His anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. The people therefore cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the Lord and the fire died out. So the name of that place was called Taberah, because the fire of the Lord burned among them” ~ Numbers 11:1-3, NASB.

Firestorm! In our focal passage, God sent a firestorm to surround His people who were giving themselves to enemy activity through grumbling, complaining, ingratitude, and a sundry of other ungodly, emotionally wrought attitudes and actions. It had their hearts turning back to Egypt, old ways, and old gods.

Our God does good things for us, but we too easily have a tendency to let our focus fall to the negative and neglect to realize or remember the good He does. We have a tendency to look at things and long for things from our fleshly, worldly, and even demonic mindset and false wisdom. We too easily fail to see things from God’s perspective and understand His purpose and plan. In those seasons, we put ourselves and those with us in danger of the firestorms of God’s discipline.

Consider your ways today, beloved. In each situation of life and in all things that seem not to be going the way you want, where is your heart? Seek the Father for His true wisdom and His perspective in each situation. He promises those who seek Him will find Him and He will give trust wisdom to those who believe. And for those who seek after and follow Him and His wisdom, we are promised that “the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 1:2-8; James 3:13-18).

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The reasons God sent the firestorm: In the Hearing of the Lord – Firestorm! Pt. 1: http://darlenesponderings.com/2014/03/29/in-the-hearing-of-the-lord-firestorm-part-1/

The purpose and fruit He had at heart to work through the use of a firestorm: In the Hearing of the Lord – Firestorm! Pt. 2: http://darlenesponderings.com/2014/03/31/in-the-hearing-of-the-lord-firestorm-part-2/

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: In the Hearing of the Lord, Day 4 Prayer Thoughts

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Focal passage this week: “Now the people became like those who complain of adversity in the hearing of the Lord; and when the Lord heard it, His anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. The people therefore cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the Lord and the fire died out. So the name of that place was called Taberah, because the fire of the Lord burned among them” ~ Numbers 11:1-3, NASB.

In the storms of life, especially in the hurricanes and in the firestorms, God always has the purpose of something He wants us to learn, something we need to know with comprehensive, experiential understanding. Therefore it is vital that we learn to quickly begin to seek the Lord wholeheartedly for discernment. One of the main things God is always out for us to discern with greater depth of comprehension is:

“Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth!” ~ Psalm 46:10.

As you look at the storms touching your life in this season and forming the hurricane around the eye where God is waiting, seek His face today for this discernment of heart, to learn and grow in the knowledge of God and His ways. Perhaps the devotional this stems from will help your evaluation and thoughts for prayer:

In the Hearing of the Lord: the Eye of Calm Waters Pt. 3 – http://darlenesponderings.com/2014/03/28/in-the-hearing-of-the-lord-the-eye-of-calm-waters-part-3/

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: In the Hearing of the Lord, Day 3 Prayer Thoughts

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

“Now the people became like those who complain of adversity in the hearing of the Lord; and when the Lord heard it, His anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. The people therefore cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the Lord and the fire died out. So the name of that place was called Taberah, because the fire of the Lord burned among them” ~ Numbers 11:1-3, NASB.

Reading the next excerpt of In the Hearing of the Lord, spurred by the above scripture, in “The Eye of Calm Waters, Pt. 2”, I am reminded of several areas of need in weathering a God-breathed or God-allowed storm in life. I encourage you to read the post at http://darlenesponderings.com/2014/03/27/in-the-hearing-of-the-lord-the-eye-of-calm-waters-part-2/ . As you do, here are the thoughts for prayer for oneself and others when weathering any life situation that comes on like a hurricane.

Seek Father for God-breathed prayer thoughts with faith to trust Him for the things He reveals are needed in the situation. Letting His Spirit lead in prayer and focusing on remaining at rest otherwise prevents falling into fretting or the fix-it malady that often does more harm than good.

Pray to discern whether consequences in a situation are your own and in need of your attention, or whether they belong to another. If they belong to you, come in alignment with God in facing the consequences. If they belong to another and you are just in the winds of their storm, seek Father for His will for you there: are you there for a purpose of His own? If so, what instruction is He giving you? What lesson does He have for you? If you are there because of fretting and trying to fix things when God is not giving you instruction to do so, reread the Intro and Part 1 of this study and get with God in the eye, out of the way of the winds of another’s storm.

“For thus the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said, ‘In repentance and rest you will be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength.’ BUT YOU WERE NOT WILLING.”

God will not force His will on you. Pray over Your willingness to repent where needed, and to enter His rest and practice quiet trust that will strengthen you in this season.

Sounding shofar is a prayer of surrender to God in all things. Sound shofar every day that God leads you to do so. The following link is to a playlist of shofar that begins with training on what each of the shofar blasts is saying to our hearts and to God’s: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t38UINaExeQ&list=PLTgpTgKDYWUKLo8IZe-fo1SSUsfaGQmIN