Thanksgiving Proclamation

November 27th, 2014

Thanksgiving Day 2014
Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation

Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, a day celebrating the Lord’s goodness to each of us; a day to focus on thanking and giving honor to Him.
The document below is the 1863 proclamation by American President Abraham Lincoln setting apart the last Thursday of November “as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise.”

Proclamation of Thanksgiving
Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln
William H. Seward,
Secretary of State
Source: Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Roy P. Basler.

Our prayer today:
Father we thank you today for your goodness and pray that you continue to reveal your divine government for us according to Your original intent. With all of our heart we thank you for your blessing and love. Amen.

Families At Thanksgiving

November 26th, 2014

This year’s Thanksgiving holiday will arrive as families face especially difficult times. We are people of faith – we know how to believe God. Still, hearts are tender for family members, friends and fellow Christians around the world whose day will not be a celebration feast. For them, this is another day of very, very difficult circumstances.

In their honor we make this day before the Lord a day of high praise, asking Almighty God to make it salvation’s day for them.

For all – family, friends, neighbors – we give thanks to you, Lord. Gratefully, we worship You, Almighty God. We remember our Christian heritage expressed in the decree by President Abraham Lincoln establishing this day as a day to gratefully remember the Lord’s mercy, His kindness and His great love for our nation.

Amen. Thank God.

Governed By Light

November 25th, 2014

“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” (Colossians 1:16)

Every created thing began with God, a Creation designed to be good. If some of it has now become corrupt, we know the way those things are governed and the governmental authority involved are one part of the explanation. Every created thing exists under authority of some kind and that authority determines their governance, good or evil.

God designed us to participate in His government for the good of the entire creation. He gives us an inheritance among all who choose light over darkness, delivers us from the governmental authority of darkness, and conveys us into the government and authority of Light, the Kingdom of the Son of His love.

We speak of transformation in our culture, desiring above all to see men and women blessed and their nations filled with the light of God—we pray today that His Kingdom will come and His will be done, a transfer of light to replace darkness.

Transformation links to governmental authority as the contest between light and darkness unfolds, and those who know God hold the conclusion of the matter: The Creator and designer, the architect of it all, governs with LIGHT as it was in the beginning; the authority and government of Light swallows up darkness.

Amen – so be it! 

Colossians 1

A Word . . .

November 24th, 2014

For some, today’s post will arrive later in the day than usual. My apologies. In study this morning I saw something I believe the Lord was showing. I believe it is a word to us and may be especially important for some of you.

The Bible is clear. To the faithful person, God shows himself faithful. This morning I saw the Lord reward faithful men and women. I saw faith come effortlessly to pray for them. On their behalf the supernatural gift of faith activated when their needs become known. Right now, that kind of faith to pray for them is moving mountains of delay and impossibility aside – like click and drag aside.

By contrast and to make the point, the unfaithful person may experience God’s never-ending mercy, perhaps because another person continually holds them by actions and in prayer before the Lord, but the unfaithful person is opposite to faithful. Unfaithful people habitually refuse discipline for everyday, practical life; they are not faithful in the Bible sense of the word. (Ps 18:26)

There’s no comparing an unfaithful man to one whom the Lord has found faithful. The Lord does not minimalize a faithful man to bolster up or somehow balance the losing streak of an unfaithful man so if you’re trying to justify one at the expense of the other, know the Lord is not in that. They are not in the same class. If you reward an unfaithful person with a faithful man’s privilege, the imbalance paralyzes prosperity and cannot be made right until you go back to where you began doing that and acknowledge the injustice. (Matthew 25:20-22)

It is required of stewards (those who have received something from the Lord) that they first of all be found faithful. A faithful steward has a (daily) history with God but unfaithful men are not stewards. You can’t tell an unfaithful man anything. He thinks he already knows it all. He isn’t teachable. He will not listen.

Again . . . this morning I saw the Lord reward faithful men. He is setting the record straight. Those pretending to be right will not continue to steal what belongs to you. The Lord is rewarding you – now.

Those around you can powerfully pray for you because you have been diligent –disciplined. Your foundation is a tie-in place for Spirit-prayers to “take hold together with” your requests.

Prayers for you reach the faithfulness of the Lord like an electrical connection. Your storehouse of integrity and the Lord’s integrity come together as one, releasing a steady flow of answered prayer – to you, from every direction.

If you witness to this word – meaning the word if for you or someone in particular you know – begin to write down everything the Lord shows you, including rewards as you receive them for your consistent, proven faithfulness. And if you do not see His immediate answer or experience immediate deliverance, stay steady. Your faithfulness is a strong force in the hidden working out of every detail.

Amen.

Matthew 25:20-22 | 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 | Deuteronomy 28:7-9 | Verses@Once 

Kingdom Demonstration: The Love of God

November 23rd, 2014

We strongly pray for the Kingdom of God to come and His will to be done. Obviously, the mission side of that prayer is that we, individual members of the Body, advance the Kingdom of God in some way, big or small, everyday as the mission mobilizes us into unlikely places, among unlikely people.

For one thing, a revelation of the Kingdom delivers us from the fenced-in notion that work is a job where we earn a living . . . Kingdom-minded believers understand every work effort factors into a life-assignment, a gift from God. We have a position, not a job.

Another thing about Kingdom-minded living is that, in personal life or enterprise or as volunteers, in matters that start one way and then develop into an unexpected opportunity to “shine the Light”, we do what we do, first and foremost, in demonstration of God’s love. For parents in the home, workers in an office, business owners, or the entrepreneur – at every level of what we do – the call to God’s will is priority number one!

As you pray today expect an unusual turn-around in your family and nation. Declare that the Kingdom comes and God’s will is done in amazing and specific demonstrations of His love. Take your stand on the Lord’s side. No side-stepping for natural affections or convenience-sake. By faith, stand! You are highly favored in unlikely settings and among unlikely people. You have divine ability for strategic, important, and world-changing opportunities. Expect miraculous outcomes in answer to prayer . . . one after another . . . like dominoes.

Amen! 

Press For The Prize

November 22nd, 2014

The fabric of a nation and the measure of individual character are known when, despite difficult odds, a people continue to press for the prize. Our Lord pressed. He moved toward Redemption’s plan and without hesitation, resolved to go through as the Son of Man, ensuring victory for future generations over the plans of wicked and deceitful men. In your family and nation, are you seeing that?

As we press and remain insistent on the outcome we desire, others who have gotten away with a great deal will come to a punctuated stop. While we continue to press (in prayer and actions), we expect to undo corruption with expressions of the Lord’s righteous cause – redemption!

In prayer, announce a turn-around for your family and nation. Call forth the Lord’s plan. In covenant and with bold prayer and action, believe God for corruption to break. In prayer, turn the tide, set a right course and lead the generations out!

And for you specifically, in prayer press for the prize the Lord has shown you!

Amen!

Proverbs 13:33-35, Deuteronomy 28:7-9 

By Faith

November 21st, 2014

Those who know the Lord will be strong and do exploits, and those with understanding will instruct many(Daniel 11:32-33)

I think the believer’s role is more identifiable now. We live in an hour when the Lord draws HIS line, separating justice from man’s watered-down substitute. God establishes the Kingdom of His Son inside the heart; for those who seek Him for this fulfillment, there is a sense of urgency.

That urgency has produced momentum. Prayer encourages more prayer . . . that encourages even more prayer. In prayer we see as God sees. in faith we usher in justice, first in the Spirit then the natural . . . on earth as it is in Heaven!

Humility opens the door. We receive the petitions we have asked of Him – answered prayer. This year, in 2014, in the nick of time, justice arrives. Flattery and the scoffer grow silent. Knowledge of the Lord and graced exploits by faithful men open the way. Thank God!

Today, prayerfully align your life with His Kingdom government. Join your strength to honor and to champions of justice who lead. Pray for Life, motivated by the Spirit of Life. Cast out death and the spirit of death. In prayer and in declaration stand . . . Kingdom-minded, thankful, bold.

Say, I take it!

Amen.

Daniel 11:32-33 1 Corinthians 2:8-10, Luke 11:1-4, 1 John 5:14-15, Verses @ Once

You Have The Upper Hand

November 20th, 2014

The Kingdom of God is a government. As citizens of that kingdom-government, believers have authority to proclaim, then enforce thru prayer, biblical truth and its principles. Truth’s opposite is expressed in deception, a way that seems right but the end thereof is not right.

In the last days the Lord promises to pour out His Spirit. One aspect of His outpouring is increased numbers of believers, trained in the knowledge of Kingdom authority, confronting deception and philosophies aligned with it. Righteous foundations prevail because believers stand!

Today, pray for your family and nation – enforce a prayer covering OVER them, refusing to trust in man or make flesh your strength. Stand today on the side of hope. Pray for the exposure of deceptive men. SEE the Lord’s goodness and turn completely to trust Him. Say to the Lord, ALL my hope is in You!

Amen.

Proverbs 14:12, Psalm 11:2-3, Acts 2:16-18, Jeremiah 17:5-7, Verses @ Once

The Born Again Believer Is Equipped To Rise Above It

November 19th, 2014

Difficult situations are, well, difficult! And one thing about difficulty, it’s common to all. No one is exempt. Still it’s tempting to feel sorry for yourself when the waters are troubled; but remember the Lord in you is greater than any part of this experience. Rising above it all is one benefit of being born again – you know the Lord personally and have unlimited use of that Name!

We all face difficult situations and we all know the importance of refusing to be led by the heartache. We know to shift into a different perspective. Without the Lord, a person in the midst of a difficult time is pitiful really. Their blow-by-blow story of today’s ordeal is exhausting. Know what I mean? All that energy invested in rehearsing the negatives could be focused on something higher.

I don’t choose friends who can’t handle difficulty; I don’t have time for the conversation. They think everything is about them. They are selfish. They want it fixed yesterday. They’re rattled by anything that interrupts their routine and life, as they‘ve known it. They think their burden is unique. They cannot get out of the hole because they will not stop digging. Worst of all they’re religious — sometimes spiritual but never able to find the power switch. If they did find it, I’m pretty sure theirs is in off mode.

Don’t be like that. Stand up. Don’t wallow. Stop thinking about it. Do your best. Serve others as deeply as you can and don’t forget to take care of yourself so you’re not worn to a frazzle. You can do this. You can do it well! Your part is to believe God. Keep releasing your faith; that’s your part. His part is to do the work. Trust Him.

The born again believer is completely equipped through the power of God’s Word, combined with unceasing prayer to rise above difficult times. You can. You will.

Amen.

Matthew 13:18-23

Lost Things Recovered

November 18th, 2014

Always remember that, for the believer, anything lost is already found. That is your key to finding it. Stop and consider that the Lord knows the exact location of your lost item. If it’s something really precious, like a relationship due to misunderstanding or devilish intrusion, or something material like a home because of disaster or financial failure, the rule of recovery still holds. “

The Lord is there! He is LORD of all things that concern you and anything lost or stolen is already in recovery mode. It begins instantly, as soon as you ask for the Lord’s help. In the case of something like a home or relationship that’s literally destroyed, the possibility is that the situation may end better than it was before if you will stay in faith.

Always believe as you pray for complete recovery of anything lost or misplaced. Believe for total restoration, spiritually and emotionally, of anything precious that’s been snatched away. Believe the Lord’s hand is stretched out to save and restore anything lost from your life; believe His hand is mighty to save.

And, if you can believe it (and don’t miss this part) the Lord is moving now . . . to restore and recover, sooner rather than later. The most important thing is to open your heart to believe and by faith work with the Lord in prayer to see the desired outcome. Ask Him to restore. Declare restoration

“The Lord shall come and behold, His reward is with Him!” Isaiah 40:10, Isaiah 62:11

Amen – so be it!