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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Spiritual Sacrifice 5 – Sacrifice Of Praise

Friday, October 24, 2014

“Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name” ~ Hebrews 13:5.

Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends ~ John 15:13. There is no greater sacrifice than to lay one’s own life down so another may live free. Jesus paid the ultimate for us.

Akin to that, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” ~ John 3:16.

Sounds like Father, Son and Holy Spirit are worthy of our greatest praise and thankfulness. Praise is the greatest act of Spiritual service, worship and sacrifice we can make. This type praise and thanksgiving only is just begun when it leaves the lips. Those who speak such praise from truly grateful hearts are changed forever, with deep desire to be like these who gave their all for “me”. Sincere, heart-rendered worship, adoration, and gratitude enthrones Father, Son and Holy Spirit on the heart of the one giving such praise. They are changed forever, fully surrendered, and effective in life and service to the glory of the one to whom they give this sacrifice of praise.

How is your Spiritual service of worship, beloved? Do you give all to Him who is worthy to sit on the Throne of your life?

“You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” ~ John 4:22-24.

The truth of our worship is seen in lives fully surrendered to His service and to be as He is in all things.

“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship” ~ Romans 12:1.

Deeper Roots to the Well of LIVING WATER.

Call to the Prayer Warriors: Spiritual Sacrifice 4 – Building Up

Thursday, October 23, 2014

“And concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able also to admonish one another. But I have written very boldly to you on some points so as to remind you again, because of the grace that was given me from God, to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering as a priest the gospel of God, so that my offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit” ~ Romans 15:14-16.

Another aspect of our “Spiritual Service of Sacrifice” is this, to build one another up in our most holy faith, to help each other to maturity in Christ as the image bearers of God’s glorious nature (Jude 1:20; Hebrews 6:1).

“He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things. And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. ~ Ephesians 4:10-16.

Pray today to be all God calls and equips you to be for the equipping of the body and its building-up through love to the glory of His name and the fulfillment of His purpose and plan.

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60th Birthday Party Invite!

Today is my 60th birthday! Yay, God!

I can’t recall ever having a birthday party, so today I decided to throw one for myself and you are invited.

Last night was Grace Group (Life Group) in my home. A new participant joined us, which was exciting. This woman is a grandmother who is raising a grandson because his parents are unfit and ill-equipped to do so. My heart aches for her and for others I know in similar situations. I too am a grandparent, greatly blessed of God with 12 awesome grandchildren. Though we have not had to take them in to raise, there are still often special needs and concerns for them that we, as grandparents, are open to meet where we can. My heart is very near to grandparents today, so here is my birthday party invitation to you.

Join me here today by posting a prayer for grandparents. It can be for your own grandparents, for yourself as a grandparent, or for situations you know of that is a concern for grandparents in your midst.

“But a birthday party is not a party without the cake,” you say. Here is the cake. Do something special for a grandparent in your life today. Call them. Go see them. Send them a card. Do something special for them and God will bless you with His presence that is sweeter than honey from the honey comb.

Thank you for joining my birthday party today! Hugs to each of you.

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Spiritual Sacrifice 3 – Give From the Heart

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

“But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, AN ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE, WELL-PLEASING TO GOD” ~ Philippians 4:18.

God’s Spirit moves the heart of man to give into His work in many ways, beginning with the tithe, which is required of all for the provision of God’s work through our local congregations. Malachi advises and warns us:

“‘Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, “How have we robbed You?” In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you! Bring the WHOLE TITHE into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and TEST ME NOW IN THIS,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘if I will not OPEN FOR YOU THE WINDOWS OF HEAVEN AND POUR OUT FOR YOU A BLESSING UNTIL IT OVERFLOWS. THEN I WILL REBUKE THE DEVOURER FOR YOU, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘All the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land,’ says the Lord of hosts” ~ Malachi 3:8-12 (Read the whole of Malachi, paying close attention to the things taught about giving to God or in God’s name).

God promises to open His storehouses of provision and to rebuke and stop those things that devour our provisions when we are faithful to pour the whole tithe into His storehouses for the provision of His house. The full tithe is 10% of gross, all that is earned. Some say it is 10% of net, but if the bill for our taxes and insurances, and etc., were not paid out before we receive that net amount, we would get the bill in the mail. So to fail to pay gross is to rob God. Still others say that 10% is not required, but suggested. Yet the word “tithe” means “tenth”. Sounds pretty specific to me that 1/10 is the starting place and least amount for obedience sake.

Then there are the opportunities for giving special offerings: sometimes through the storehouses (churches) and other times just through the course of our day as a need is revealed and as the Spirit stirs our hearts to do so. As Moses and all of Israel prepared to build the temple, we see the perfect picture of such giving.

“And they came, each one whose heart stirred him up and whose spirit made him willing, and brought the Lord’s offering to be used for the [new] Tent of Meeting, for all its service, and the holy garments” ~ Exodus 35:21.

The offering is above and beyond the tithe, it is not part of the tithe. It is giving from the heart as moved by the Spirit and made willing to meet a special / specific need.

Does your paycheck seem to disappear before you get it? Are you constantly struggling to meet some need? Are things wearing out with no sight of provision for replacement? There are three questions to ask self: One – “Are we realizing and recognizing that all our provision and all we have comes from and truly belongs to the Lord?” Two – “Are we being faithful to give the full tithe with faith in God’s promise of supply and protection?” And three – “Are we practicing wisdom in the use of God’s supply?”

If we have ourselves in a mess of debt, it can take time and work to dig our way out, but the first debt to be paid should always be the whole tithe with faith in God who promises to meet us at our need if we are faithful to supply His storehouse. Then seek His wisdom for the remainder and trust His lead. He will not fail to keep His word for those who trust in Him.

“Do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased” ~ Hebrews 13:16.

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: Spiritual Sacrifice 2 – Renewed Mind

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” ~ Romans 12:1-2 (See also in the Amplified and other versions).

Our spiritual sacrifice and service of worship begins with surrendering all that we are as a person to God, doing so in such a way as to be transformed into the new creation He desires of us. This transformation touches all that we are, and it begins with our way of thinking. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7). Our actions follow our thought life. So God starts there in His forming of us as His living stones of testament and sacrifice, changing the way we think so as to affect change in what we do and how we live.

How is your thought life, beloved? I am working to have control over my dietary choices, especially where sweets are concerned. On that journey, I have noticed that the time to take control is with the first thought. If I allow myself to dwell on foods I don’t need, it is much more difficult to overcome that and choose the foods I do need. That is true of all of life. So today let us begin anew to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:1-6). That is first in the line of our spiritual weapons.

Pray today to be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

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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.