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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Words Build or Destroy

Friday, September 26, 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 ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:1.

Reading this verse, seeing the encouragement with the reminder, thought comes, “Constantly telling others how wrong they are defeats & discourages. Talk about the right & good, & encourage the good they do.”

I have been in churches and around Christian people who seem constantly to think they have to harp on all that is being done wrong, like beating the head with a brick. The people hearing it too often come away feeling defeated and frustrated, knowing what they need to do, but not knowing the how. We are called to be light, speaking and showing the how of the right.

Pray today to be encouragers in the truth of the word; to be a people who know how to lift up another with thoughts that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent, and worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8). Pray to be a people who help other to know that they are, because He IS; and that they can because He WILL. Pray to be a lifter of the head of those in your sphere of influence, helping them to look to God in all things.

Psalm 121 ~ “I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not smite you by day, Nor the moon by night. The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in From this time forth and forever.”

Sing My Love – Jesus Culture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6kSRKZ60q4&list=PLfiEjLIYhJ9C1mYoWkn6r-9es3fIF6Ibq&index=3

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: God’s Word, Our Roll – Warn / Alert

Thursday, September 25, 2014

“…let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. …” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11.

As the day of the Lord draws near, we are to be sure to warn the people of things to come, not to bring them to alarm that breeds fear, but to alertness that brings readiness for the day.

Here Paul warns of the signs of the day of the Lord and calls the people to be alert for it and sober of heart. They are not to be found drunk on the wine of those who cry “Peace, all is well” in our day when the signs of His soon return are ever increasing, we are to sit up in alertness, realizing with sober assurance that the time of the Lord is near, therefore the day of salvation is NOW, before it is too late. Our life testimony and need to be dressed in readiness, bearing the testimony of a life of righteousness that sets the example for those in need of the Christ, bearing the image of God that draws others to Him, is vital.

The true warnings that come from God warn so as to bring to alertness, not alarm. And they should always point us to the power of Our God that is available to us, and to our sober responsibility in this time of history. Pray to know how to bring people to alertness for the day, protecting from alarm that produces fear of the night. Pray to know how to call people to sobriety of faith and witness, so we finish strong in the purpose and plan of God for us in our day.

“Since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing” ~ vs. 8-11.

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’s Word, Our Roll – Inform / Comfort

Thursday, September 11, 2014

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. … Therefore comfort one another with these words. ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

We instruct / teach, encourage and remind often in order to make sure the listener is informed of things that comfort our hearts in time of need. God’s word, especially the reminder meant to encourage us, often brings comfort to our hearts. Pray today to have God’s heart to know when and how to give information that will comfort the heart of the hearer.

For today, as we remember the attacks and devastation and death of 9-11, know that God is God. He will be manifest in the earth. He will be exalted among the nations. He sees the evil and knows the evil-doer. No one truly gets away with evil on His Watch. And He is watching. And He will have His way. He uses governments to reward the good and punish evil. Pray for our leaders to be led by the heart of God who has given charge for the reward of good and the punishment of evil. Pray they will take their charge seriously to heart and do what is right in the sight of God.

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’s Word, Our Roll – Remind

Wednesday, August 10, 2014

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 4:11-12.

Here we see Paul reminding the people of things in which he previously gave them instruction. In 2 Peter 1:12-15, Peter expresses the importance of the “reminder”:

“Therefore, I will always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in the truth which is present with you. I consider it right, as long as I am in this earthly dwelling, to stir you up by way of reminder, knowing that the laying aside of my earthly dwelling is imminent, as also our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will also be diligent that at any time after my departure you will be able to call these things to mind.”

Opps! What’s the “therefore” there for? Peter just reminded the people of all that is needed for life and godliness, then in verse 9, he says, “For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. …Therefore I will always be ready to remind you…”.

Peter reminded, not thinking the listener dumb. He said, “You already know and are established” in these things. But Peter knew that a reminder gives us opportunity for self-evaluation, to check to be sure we haven’t forgotten something important.

When we get our back up because of being reminded, our hearts do not have an attitude in which the reminder can do its work. Receiving a reminder allows us to check where we are in that area. If we are doing well and excelling, it encourages us in that area to excel still more and continue the course. If we find within ourselves that we have fallen away to some degree of our accomplishing our best in the area reminded of, we are encouraged by the reminder to get back on track. Pray to not fear giving or receiving reminders, but to let the reminder do its work in a heart open to receiving it.

Peter spoke the reminder in order to “stir up” the hearer. Reminders, when received into fertile soil of hearts prepared for truth and righteousness becomes a rallying cheer or chant that fires us up to press forward and persevere into victory. Pray to receive and to lift up reminders that rally us forward to victory.

The reminder establishes truth and righteousness within us so that, when those who remind us are absent from us, we are prepared to rise up and be the voice of remembrance. Pray to receive the truth of righteousness so as to become the voice of remembrance. This will be most vital as we get deeper into the end times prophesied to come into our reality. When our Bibles are taken from us, we must remember.

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: God’s Word, Our Roll – Encourage

Tuesday, September 9, 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 ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:9-10.

Encouragement sees what is, sees the potential and urges excellence in growing ever stronger. Here, again, I see Paul point out the work of God in the student, encouraging them to realize His teaching and instructing them, and encouraging with urgency for them to excel in the things God is doing in their lives.

We are all given gifts of the Spirit for the work of ministry. You may not feel you possess the gift of the encourager. Our personality temperaments can help or hinder us in being an encourager. But God!

In 1 Corinthians 14, Paul makes it clear that we can seek the Father for gifting needs, calling us to desire the gifts and cultivate them. When God started calling me into leadership rolls, I prayed for the gifting of organization, and He responded mightily. Pray for increased measure of the gift of the encourager. God will equip us to be and do all that is needful in life’s situations so we can help each other to excel still more.

Pray today to work out of your spiritual gifting, cultivating it to become strong in your area of gifting. Also pray for special dispensation, to have and use the gifts of the spirit needed in each situation you face. Especially pray to encourage through your teaching and instructing others, that they may be strengthened and urged on to excellence.

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: God’s Word, Our Roll – Instruction

Monday, September 8, 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.  ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8.

As I read 1 Thessalonians 4-5, I am struck by examples of the work of the prophet-teacher-encourager in the body of Christ. Here in 4:1-8 we see the teacher requesting, exhorting, and instructing the listener. He encourages them first to recall the instruction he previously gave them, the things they are already faithful to do, and calls them to excel in those areas “still more”. Then he goes into an area that I take was a struggle for the church of the day—and it is a struggle in our day as well—that of sexual sin. He instructs them to “know how to possess their own bodies.”

I have seen people beat others up with their areas of struggle, leaving the one beat-down to then struggle with a spirit of rebellion, defeat, self-loathing, and all that is harmful, hindering one from progressing forward in living a godly life. When one is discouraged and defeated of spirit, they cannot fathom being able to do or be what they want. Berating without requesting, exhorting, and instructing is destructive. Are their times when we need to directly address a sin done by another? Yes. But more important is to not just say, “This is wrong.” But to say, “Here is the right way and this is how we do it. You can do it because God is in you, with you and for you.”

Pray today to have a Spirit of instruction, requesting, and exhortation in our dealings with those we minister the word and way of God to. Pray also to always lead to the knowledge of God’s presence with us, helping us to do the things we are instructed in.

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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/

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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

 

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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.

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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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