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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Made Alive!

Monday, January 26, 2015

“When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him” ~ Colossians 2:13-15.

God’s provision of grace through Jesus Christ is for all. Through Jesus’ sacrifice, He disarmed the rulers and authorities, which I see as the flesh, the world and the demonic that push false wisdom on us, often demanding our attention and cooperation in this earthly existence. These falsehoods cause separation from God, which is true spiritual death, for they are in opposition to Him and His ways. By triumphing over these, Jesus destroyed the hold death has on us (eternal separation from God) and set us free to choose life (having our relationship with God restored in this life and eternity with Him assured for the next).

One hindrance to our receiving the grace God extends to us is a belief that we have to first change our ways in order to earn the forgiveness paid for by Christ. But God in this passage above says it was already done by Him even while we were dead in transgression (sin / separation from God and His ways) and uncircumcision (fleshly living / going our own way apart from Him). His gift of grace through Christ’s victory is ours to receive as our own and possess for life more abundant and full. But it is our choice whether to do so.

A picture of this is found in Isaiah 43. There God outlines the sin that Israel was living out into their daily lives at that moment in time. Then, while they were still in their sin, God says in verse 25, “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins.” God’s provision for our forgiveness has nothing to do with us and everything to do with Him. God chooses to forgive our sin for His own sake, so He will continue to desire relationship with us. God is love; therefore He cannot help but love us despite our sinful nature. And He desires a relationship with us because He loves us; therefore He chooses to forgive so that He can be true to His nature and continue to seek relationship with the object of His affections.

However, just like for Israel in Chapter 43 of Isaiah, we have a choice in the relationship. We have to choose Him as He has chosen us. A gift is only the possession of the person it is intended for once they receive it. And it is only truly functional and fully affective when put to proper use by way of reading, understanding, and following the instructions given. Until the gift is received and put to use by the intended recipient, it is useless to them.

God’s love for us desires the best for us; therefore He provided a way through Christ for us to be as He is. Through Christ and the gift of His Holy Spirit He lifts us up to higher ground morally, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We show our love and acceptance of Him when we love Him in return by receiving the gift of grace found in Christ and putting that gift to work in our lives. That gift is proven to be our possession as we walk in the influence that grace has for our lives. God’s gift of grace is seen to be effective and active in our lives as we choose the higher ground in life, seeking to be more and more as He is, beginning with being love as He is love, and forgiving as He forgives, including forgiveness toward self that helps us to believe, receive, and walk in the gift of grace and love provided by God through Christ.

Father, thank You for Your gift of grace and love that truly is a free gift to us for use in transforming us to Your likeness in all areas of life. Grant us to truly receive this gift as our own possession and to cooperate with its work of transformation to the glory of Your name. May others know we have received the gift as they see the image of the Father ever growing stronger in us. In Jesus, amen.

More ~ Matthew West: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mITRKCDel44&list=PLfiEjLIYhJ9C1mYoWkn6r-9es3fIF6Ibq&index=2

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

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Firmly Rooted! REJOICE

Friday, January 23, 2015

~ Colossians 2:6-12

“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.” ~ Pause

I love this. Pause here a moment and really consider what this says with the appreciation it deserves.

seedling“Therefore as you have received Christ the Lord…”: Beloved, we have faith and assurance to the degree that we truly and fully understand Christ, understanding what He did and all He does for us, and receive that. Do you truly believe Christ the Lord and all that this Holy Writ says of Him from Genesis through Revelation? To the degree you truly believe, it will affect your walk.

“…so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted…”: Once we truly receive the promise of The Seed, the root of that Holy Seed implants into us firmly. That seed is like a trumpet vine. Have you ever planted a trumpet vine, seen how it takes over and spreads throughout the area in which its roots have taken hold. That is Christ in us who truly believe. And Romans 8 tells us that NOTHING can remove us from His hands. That means NOTHING. His root has us and will not be dug up when we truly believe. But then…

“…having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith…”: That root now builds up, spreading out, taking over the soil of our lives, building us up into the fullness and completion of our relationship with Himself, and establishing our faith. My blog on Darlene’s Ponderings posted yesterday is a result of this root system, taking hold, convincing me that though I still have areas where weeds try to take hold, His root system is dominant and will prevail. I am coming more and more into who I am in Christ, finding myself melded with Him, having more of His essence filling me up and spilling out of me, establishing the faith He has given me to possess and to walk through this life empowered by its truth. This truth belongs to us who truly believe and possess the Holy Seed.

“…See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. …”

Rejoice, beloved, in the instruction of God for our benefit and be grateful today. Let no one take this faith from you, no disbelieving person who has no root of God in him to inspire and help him; no trouble in life sent by this world, our fleshly desires, and demonic entities to disturb our faith and destroy our hope. Do not let go the hope that is in you.

The philosophy of mankind, brought forth by people who have no Root in them; the tradition of religious people who are slaves to rules and regulations that are beyond God’s intent for us and who are given to a belief system that fails to truly know God and His ways; the elementary principles of this world that are used to contradict and cause us to question God (i.e.: hurricanes and tornadoes, earthquakes, etc., all of which occur naturally because of the laws of nature, making us question the validity of a God of love); all such things are used of the enemy of God to cause us doubt and fear. We are not to let these things rob of faith. No evil act of any person done against us because of living in a world that is rampant with evil, no natural disaster, no trouble that is part of this life can rob faith from those who truly believe and know God. Instead God often uses such things to reveal Himself to us and grow our faith as we choose to trust and believe Him, taking Him at His word to us, thus making the heart soil ready for new growth in the power of the Spirit through Christ our Lord. The Trumpet Vine spreads.

“For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the Spirit-fruit3head over all rule and authority; and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.”

For us who truly believe, having faith in God who works through Christ The Seed on our behalf, the fullness of His Deity not only came in bodily form, but He lives within us in the power of the Spirit. In Him we are complete, Him being the head, our ruler, the authority of God in us. In Him we are already circumcised, having the flesh of our being removed in Christ. The death that we deserve because of sin is already accomplished in Him, and we are even now raised up to new life, being made new day by day through faith in the working of God, who raised Jesus as the first born from the dead, in order that we may live with Him eternally. And that eternity is already in play. For those in Christ, though our body may die, yet we will continue to live in Him for all eternity.

Praise the Lord today, beloved. For, being sincere of faith, the Root of The Seed is in you, flourishing and growing, increasing faith in you with hope of eternal glory with Him who saves us and produces the fruit of new and flourishing Life in us.

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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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Flame the Fire

Thursday, January 22, 2015

“For I want you to know how great a struggle I have on your behalf and for those who are at Laodicea, and for all those who have not personally seen my face, that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this so that no one will delude you with persuasive argument. For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ. Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude” ~ Colossians 2:1-7.

“How great a struggle I have on your behalf”: what a lifestyle testimony that is. Hebrews 12:4 advises:

“You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin.”

Paul’s struggle on behalf of those following his example of faith was to strive against sin, his own and that of those coming against Him. He did so in order to set an example that others could follow on their journey of faith.

Beloved, do you struggle against sin on behalf of those you hope to influence for their good and God’s glory? Do you press forward, doing the good He requires of you, rejoicing in your good discipline and stability of faith with hope of passing that very thing on to others who are watching you? Are you following behind people with this as their testimony?

Evaluate who you are following behind in the faith, beloved. If they are not a good example, pray for them, and change your course to lead the way in the faith.

Evaluate Your lifestyle and example to others, beloved. Come into the good discipline of the Lord and fight the good fight of faith that makes you one worth following. (Read Hebrews 12)

Start a Fire in Me ~ Unspoken: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrEzr-rWwe8&index=12&list=PLfiEjLIYhJ9AfidNKH4ify2vg0Z5t-SSj

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

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: “My” Share

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

“Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions. … For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me” ~ Colossians 1:24-29.

Each one who is a follower of God in Christ has a gift and a call on their life for the work of service in being an extension of the work of Christ in the earth, meant to fill up what is lacking of His afflictions. Discovering our gifting through Christ, the call of God for its use, and the power of God for walking in that gifting is vital to our ability to fulfill God’s purpose for our existence (Ephesians 2:10).

Beloved, if you do not know your gifting and call, begin today to seek the Father for discernment.

Pray today for His power and equipping to mightily work within you for the fulfillment of His good purpose and plan for you.

If We are the Body ~ Casting Crowns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_7j1SMuTN0

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

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January 5-26, Prayer and Fasting thought for 1/20/15

“Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand” ~ Romans 14:4.

It is the last week of our time of fasting prayer for God’s vision for our lives, families, churches, ministries, cities, states, and nations. Today as I fast and pray, my heart is heavy for people I know as godly Christian leaders of the faith, people I have sat under their teaching for years and come to know their heart for God, many of whom are under attack today, accused of being false teachers. It makes me mad at the devil.

Doing just a little research on some of these accusations, I find things pulled out of context of what is truly spoken or written by the minister being accused of false teaching. When we do such, we pass judgment on the heart of the person. That judgment belongs only to God, who alone knows the heart of any man or woman.

I decided quickly in my research of these accusations being cast out that I will not take the word of people I don’t even know over that of those whose heart I have come to know after many years of sitting under their teachings. Until I hear and see it for myself, not only will I refuse to listen to and perpetuate the gossip, but I will stand against it.

So today, as I pray, I am praying for the spiritual leaders and teachers of our day. This attack against the character of God’s people is not new. It has gone on since the days of Genesis. And as we see throughout the Old Testament, whoa to those who come against God’s chosen prophets and teachers with false accusation.

consuming_firePray today for your favorite, most trusted Bible teachers, preachers, and prophets. Pray protection for them to be kept from teaching what is false. Pray protection from those who would speak falsely about them; people, cooperating with the devil in destroying the ministries of godly men and women. Pray for truth to prevail as the Lord God makes His servants able to stand.

Pray for self and others who sit under the teaching of ministry leaders. Pray we will know God and His word, being like the men of Berrea who took the teachings to the Word for themselves, testing and proving the teaching, whether it be of God (Acts 17).

We are responsible before God for our own understanding, beloved, expected to study and grow so we are not deceived. We are also responsible to take care that we do not judge the heart of a person falsely or perpetuate false accusations. Make sure of the things you believe, both concerning God’s word, and concerning those accused of blasphemy. Destruction from God comes to those who speak falsely in His name, but so does destruction come surely to those who defame those who are God’s prophets, preachers, and teachers.

We live in a day when false teaching abounds. Some of that false teaching comes from those who come against the truth-sayers of God. Be wise and discerning, beloved. Seek God for yourself so you will know the truth.

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Live Reconciled

Monday, January 19, 2015

“And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach—if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister” ~ Colossians 1:21-23.

street-evangelismGod fully provided through Christ for His own desire to be fulfilled. His desire is that none should perish, but all come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). The repentant turn back to walk with God as was His intent from creation. Because of death – separation from God – we have sin. Jesus came to fulfill God’s purpose once for all, setting God’s seal to His desire for all to be reconciled, and giving us a way in which we may turn back from death – separation, to life – walking with Him as originally intended, having His image. We receive life anew as we believe God by faith, accepting as our own the sacrifice made in Christ as the full payment of sin, receiving His death as our penalty paid. We prove our receipt of His gift by living steadfast faith that is reconciled to God, bearing His image in the earth.

Pray today for those who need the gift of God.

Pray today for self and others to bear the proof of their reconciliation: the image of God, the fruit of eternal life.

Refiner’s Fire ~ Brian Doekson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6awdZ1cekk&list=PLfiEjLIYhJ9BycuYe34CTDe-q9HZzszNs&index=3

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

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Keep “First” First

Friday, January 16, 2015

“He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, SO THAT HE HIMSELF WILL COME TO HAVE FIRST PLACE IN EVERYTHING. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach—if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister” ~ Colossians 1:18-23.

Today, beloved, we respond to the question, “If indeed?”

Jesus came for this purpose, to be firstborn from the dead on our behalf, leading us in the way everlasting, and He is to have first place in everything. Beloved, does Jesus have first place in your life? He has first place “if indeed”:

“If indeed we continue in the faith, firmly established and steadfast.” Does He have this place with you today and in every situation and location? Look today at the situations in life that trouble you and ask if you are giving Him His place there. Look where you are in any given moment with others. Are you surrendered to God, being the same you He desires and designed you to be with all people at all times?

The eternal is very near as the Day of the Lord draws ever closer to its fulfillment. He will not allow us to have any other god besides Him. Anything we delight in more than Him, desire above Him, or give ourselves to against His will is a false god. Take time today to check your life.

All fullness is found in Him: He is our fulfillment. Seek first His righteousness and His kingdom and all else will be added to us. If we are seeking fulfillment in anything or any person but Him, it is an idol. If we do not correct our stance, He has every right to remove it from us, and He loves us enough to do just that if that it what it takes to draw us fully to Himself as God alone.

Today, make sure that your faith is firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope we have in Christ by making sure He is your first desire above all else, giving Him first place in all things. True fulfillment in all things comes when He is first in our desire and delight, when fulfilling His purpose is our first priority. When this is true within us that is when we can face the storms that come because of living in a world that is not surrendered to Him as having first place in everything.

If your evaluation today reveals that you are giving Him His rightful place, but still you are caught in the wake of the lives of others who are not surrendered to Him or in that of the consequences of past sin that must be fulfilled because of the laws set up by God, remember:

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. … These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world” ~ John 14:27; 16:33.

Today, beloved, sound shofar over Your life. Pay attention to the first of these videos that tells the significance of what we do today. Stand in agreement with the trumpet-blasts of God’s instrument. 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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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Thankful for the Incomparable Christ

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Today we are “giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.” Read the following, beloved, and rejoice in the Lord of Light.

We worship and adore You, Lord, The Incomparable Christ

13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,

Beloved, realize and rest a moment in the fact that we are not only rescued from sin’s death, we are already transferred to the Kingdom of God in His beloved Son.

Praise Him anew that in Him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (vs. 14).

Rejoice over Him for…

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.

17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. ~ Colossians 1:12-18.

This, beloved, is one way we know love, by remembering the Christ who went to the cross on our behalf, delivering us from death that we may live life made sure and pure in Him: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K67jH43tpjo&list=PLfiEjLIYhJ9C1mYoWkn6r-9es3fIF6Ibq&index=5

 

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: That You May Be Filled

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Today we break down Colossians 3:9-12. As we do, write down the names of those in need of each aspect of this prayer given us by Paul, including yourself, praying these things for these people today.

“For this reason also, since the day we heard of (your love for the saints and growth in Christ), we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding…”

Who needs Spiritual wisdom today, beloved? (James 3:13-18)

“…so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects…”

Who needs to surrender to the Lord and seek to please Him in their situation today? (Colossians 3:1-17)

“…bearing fruit in every good work…”

Pray for those who serve Him today to bear fruit in every good work.

“…and increasing in the knowledge of God…”

Having knowledge of God and intimacy with Him are two different things completely. Pray for those in need of the knowledge of the Personal Presence of God. (Philippians 3:8-11, AMP; Exodus 33:7-23)

“…strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience…”

Who needs this prayer for perseverance? (Romans 5:1-5)

“…joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.”

Who needs the joy of the Lord and a thankful heart today, beloved? (Nehemiah 8:10; Philippians 4:4-8)

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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January 5-26, Prayer and Fasting thought for 1/13/15

It is the second week of the 21 day fast for this New Year, beloved. Are you still with us?

I am pressing forward into the great things of God as He instructs my heart and adjusts my path to true it up with His own. Beloved, being where He is at is the safest, most blessed place we can enter into. Sometimes that comes easy, others it leads to hard places that are hard to follow Him into. That is when we must decide:

  1. Is God truly “MY” God?
  2. Do I believe Him?
  3. Do I trust Him?
  4. Do I desire Him above all else?
  5. Do I have His desires at heart?
  6. Do I want His will, purpose, and glory?
  7. Do I trust Him?

Beloved, if you are facing a decision in life that is frightful, leaving you with the decision to trust God and stay the course He has set, fight and wind up fighting against Him, or flee in fright with Him the one pursuing you, these are the questions to ask.

(Read today’s Ponderings for those hard places God calls us to that leave us considering “fight or flight”: http://darlenesponderings.com/2015/01/13/pondering-the-hard-places-of-life/

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Those Faithful On Our Behalf

Tuesday, January 14, 2015

“The gospel which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth; just as you learned it from Epaphras, our beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf, and he also informed us of your love in the Spirit.” ~ Colossians 1:6-8.

Pray today for those in your life (including yourself) that you see:

  1. Growing strong in the Lord.
  2. Needing to grow stronger in the Lord.

Pray for those who have influence in the lives of these on your heart today (including yourself). Pray for people of godly influence to be used of God in helping the growth of these beloveds. Pray for those you see lead astray these ones who are on your heart today that they will be influenced for godliness and transformed, or be moved to where they can receive such influence without further destruction to those you love (1 Corinthians 15:33).

Pray for yourself as one who has influence in the lives of your associates. Then go out and bless someone today with godly fervor and love. May you be known for your love in the Spirit.

I Want You With Me ~ Julie Meyers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=113H_ySsBYg&index=8&list=PLfiEjLIYhJ9C1mYoWkn6r-9es3fIF6Ibq

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Those Who Inspire

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By Nathan Greene

Monday, January 12, 2015

“We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in

Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints” ~ Colossians 1:3-4.

Who comes to mind and heart for you today as you consider those whose faith inspires your own and whose love-walk reveals the love of God to you? Pray for and encourage them today.

Thank you for giving to the Lord, I am a life that was saved ~ Ray Boltz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFrdJ2V3r7Y&list=PLfiEjLIYhJ9C1mYoWkn6r-9es3fIF6Ibq

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