7:31 Ministries – thought to consider

Seeking to please man instead of God, our fear of being found out may well be the weapon used against us that is hindering our providing another with the graphic proof of God that will save them the trouble of sin.

As we surrender ourselves fully to God at 7:31 PM tonight, consider your witness, believed. Is it full of religious words and acts the world cannot comprehend? Or are you being real, revealing enough of your experiential understanding of life in the world, contrasted by experience of God, His grace, and the freedom He gives in ways the people of the world can understand and be drawn to believe? Surrender today for God’s use in reaching the lost and struggling with graphic truth that reveals a very real and waiting God of Glory.

For more information, read today’s Ponderings, “The Need of the Graphic”: http://darlenesponderings.com/2014/08/22/the-need-of-the-graphic/

We never outgrow feeling this way when excluded from those we long for.

Call to the Prayer Warriors: Excel Still More


Friday, August 22, 2014


“Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, SO THAT YOU WILL BEHAVE PROPERLY TOWARD OUTSIDERS and not be in any need” ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12.


Join-Us002Man! You know what? When I meet people who truly love the Lord with all they are, it is evident to me, and the love between us is instantaneous because of Christ. The Spirit makes us one together and love comes easy. But we are called to EXCEL-STILL-MORE by loving not only those who are easy for us to love, but those who are not, those who are OUTSIDERS among us.


Jesus said it this way, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:43-48).


One of the greatest travesties to see in any church is groups called “clicks”. Usually it is people who have been friends for a long time, and most, I have found, do not realize they have become a “click”, making newcomers feel there is to place for them to belong and no way to fit in.


I know of one such group that made plans for lunch during Sunday School class. Another classmate sitting there, thinking she

left-out was in on the conversation, said, “See you at such-and-such restaurant for lunch!” To which came the reply, “You weren’t invited!” This type clickish behavior is not love as God desires us to have it. Such behavior has been the cause of many who are looking for a place to belong ending up falling away from the body of Christ. And it is a shame.


An “outsider” is not just those of the world. Anyone who is outside our group looking in while we look back, too often with disdain, is an outsider, and we are called to love.


Let’s each consider our love walk before the Lord today, beloved. How are you doing? Pray as God leads you that you may excel still more, being perfected in love, just as He is.


If we are the Body why aren’t His arms reaching ~ Casting Crowns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_7j1SMuTN0&index=3&list=PLfiEjLIYhJ9D5uO8HPNrboor4Oa8LaJdA



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


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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Our God is!

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.



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/


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


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


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).

Be sure to read the last of the series for understanding of -

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/