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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Spiritual Sacrifice 1 – Living Stones

Monday, October 20, 2014

“And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” ~ 1 Peter 2:4-5.

Many altars were put in place by the people of God in Old Testament days. There were altars of remembrance, made of stone, and put in place as a reminder and an opportunity to tell the story of what the stones were there to remind the people. The altars for the sacrifices required by God were made of stone – burnt offerings made on altars for everything from thanksgiving for things done by God for the people, to sin and guilt offerings. Jesus is the Living Stone, upon which the final sacrifice for all sin of every human in the world was achieved. He is the Living Stone Altar upon which we lay all our sin with faith and hope of the full payment that has already been made by His sacrifice on our behalf.

Once we are covered by His sacrifice, this scripture tells us that we too are being built up as living stones, altars of remembrance and service, for spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God. We are a living testament to the Living Stone we know as Jesus. Our lives are to profess Him and to show the world His work of grace that is active and effective in us. Thus it says:

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for GOD’s own possession, SO THAT YOU MAY PROCLAIM THE EXCELLENCIES OF HIM WHO HAS CALLED YOU OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of GOD; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” ~ Vs. 9-10.

If you have not recognized and surrendered to the LIVING STONE, Jesus, I invite you to do so today. All it takes is to realize that “All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory.” And realization that we cannot be good enough to win eternity with Him for ourselves, because His thoughts and ways are higher than ours, we cannot fully comprehend what good is in His estimation of it, so there is no way to be good enough. We have need of His grace to cover our inability to fully comprehend His goodness and His desires and motives, and His Spirit to teach us how to know Him that we may know His ways. We cannot do it ourselves. We must have Him. And He has provided the way, the truth and the life through what Jesus did for us. He gave us an example to follow, showing us our need of God, and He died the cruel death that was our suffer, covering the sin of the whole world. But we have to realize, recognize, believe and receive these truths to possess the gift. So simply bow in faith, believing, and ask the Father to apply this healing balm of Jesus’ blood to your life of sin, and grant You His Spirit for a life that pleases Him. Be sure to share these things you do today with a friend you know to be real and alive in Christ. They will help you begin your path to freedom and to life as His living stones.

For those who do know Jesus and have already professed and received Him, get with Holy Spirit today and evaluate these things that make us His living stones. Prayerfully consider your ways and make any needed adjustments to come into alignment with His desire and plan for you.

RECOMMENDED READING: Prayerfully consider the teachings of 1 Peter as you have time today, especially the rest of chapter 2-3.

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Surrounded, Dismayed, Perplexed.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

“But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near. Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those who are in the midst of the city must leave, and those who are in the country must not enter the city; because these are days of vengeance, SO THAT ALL THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN WILL BE FULFILLED.

“Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days; for there will be great distress upon the land and wrath to this people; and they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the Gentiles UNTIL THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES ARE FULFILLED.

“There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. THEN THEY WILL SEE THE SON OF MAN COMING IN A CLOUD WITH POWER AND GREAT GLORY.

“BUT WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN TO TAKE PLACE, STRAIGHTEN UP AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS, BECAUSE YOUR REDEMPTION IS DRAWING NEAR” ~ Luke 21:20-28, NASB.

Straighten up – make sure of our stance before God and our walking with Him, that we are on track with Him. Selah – Pause and calmly think of that.

Lift up your heads – It is the picture of one taking courage, standing tall, and pressing forward to do and live what we know to do and live. Selah – Pause and calmly think of that.

Whether these are the end days or birthing pangs, we can face these days with courage and hope as long as we keep our eyes on God and keep being and doing His will in His way. So consider your ways and the next step you take. Weigh your words and the next breath you receive. These days count and it is up to us to live surrendered to Him so as to possess each moment for His glory and accomplish His will and way as we own the day He has given.

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: Betrayed, Hated, Despised.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

“You will be delivered up and betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and [some] of you they will put to death. And you will be hated (despised) by everyone because [you bear] My name and for its sake. But not a hair of your head shall perish. By your steadfastness and patient endurance you shall win the true life of your souls” ~ Luke 21:16-19, AMP.

Great betrayals and persecution because of the name of Christ are already being seen in the world; and our Brethren in lands that do not tolerate Christians are imprisoned and killed because of their faith every day. This is only the beginning. This will spread and be worldwide. It will come to us. Are we ready? Do we truly believe that “to live is Christ and to die is gain”?

This says, “Not a hair of your head shall perish.” Steadfastness and patient endurance will win as we remember that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. We do not have to fear for our lives, because our lives are eternal with God. Our lives are God’s. No one can take what is His alone to keep.

We can face all that comes to us as we trust Him to whom we belong. Pray for those experiencing this horror now. Pray to be found faithful when it comes to us.

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: Sights of Terror

Friday, October 17, 2014

“There will be mighty and violent earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences (plagues: malignant and contagious or infectious epidemic diseases which are deadly and devastating); and there will be sights of terror and great signs from heaven. But previous to all this, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, turning you over to the Storm02synagogues and prisons, and you will be led away before kings and governors for My name’s sake. This will be a time (an opportunity) for you to bear testimony….” ~ Luke 21:11-15, AMP.

Are these days filled with things that bring trembling to weary souls? Yes. Are we to give ourselves to the fear? No. Fear is enemy to faith, so we are to look to and trust God who gives us peace with courage to face the days.

Does evil in the world and toward us challenge our love and ability to give it? Yes. Are we to stop loving and acting out of a heart driven by it? No. We are to love still more, not holding their sin against them, but reaching out with a love that reveals God to the recipient.

street-preachersDifficult times in these last days that unfold before us bring for us opportunity to bear testimony. And God promises to give us a voice for His name’s sake. Whether sickness, famine, disaster, or persecution, each gives a unique opportunity to make God known to those suffering with us.

“…Resolve and settle it in your minds not to meditate and prepare beforehand how you are to make your defense and how you will answer. For I [Myself] will give you a mouth and such utterance and wisdom that all of your foes combined will be unable to stand against or refute” ~ Luke 21:11-15, AMP.

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Lawlessness is Increased

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

“Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved” ~ Matthew 24:13-14, NASB.

Endures what? Lawlessness? No. The endurance we must possess is to persevere against the assault to one’s love-walk that lawlessness produces.

Love is key to our survival in these days. As lawlessness increases, giving love can be challenged by frustration with those who sin against us; defeated by a spirit of discouragement toward those we see as never changing from the evil that ensnares them. Key to our love-walk in such times of difficulty is the fact that God loves because He IS LOVE: and we are to BE as HE IS. Grab this key, beloved and meditate on it today as you deal with those who stress and strain love.

As you meditate on being love as God is love, consider the article on Darlene’s Ponderings that takes us a step further in this thought – Propitiation Love: http://darlenesponderings.com/2014/10/14/propitiation-love/

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

All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.

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7:31 PM Ministry Thought for Prayer

“Don’t divide your life into things you can do by yourself and things that require God’s help. Learn to rely on Him fully, even when you feel adequate for the task. This discipline will enable you to enjoy life more and to face each day confidently.” (Adapted from Sarah Young’s Devotional from “Jesus Calling” for October 10)

“My God will liberally supply and fill to the full your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” ~ Philippians 4:19, AMP.

As we bow tonight at 7:31 PM in remembrance and in honor of God’s sovereignty in all things, evaluate whether we do so as fully vested vessels that work in all things, taking the present opportunity with faith to “Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light And your judgment as the noonday” ~ Psalm 37:3-6, NASB.

Read more in the article, “Fully Vested” on Darlene’s Ponderings: http://darlenesponderings.com/2014/10/13/fully-vested/

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Wars and Rumors of Wars

Monday, October 13, 2014

“You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs” ~ Matthew 24:6-8, NASB.

Birth pangs intensify all around us. We see word of it every day on the news. And with the focal point being in the lands of Bible days, we wonder if the time is upon us. What does Jesus tell us? “See that you are not frightened.” These things are birthing pangs, and they are getting stronger as the time draws near for the new things God is doing.

Pray today to keep eyes on the Father and faith firmly rooted in Him as we see things unfold before us.

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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