Personal hardship shouldn’t isolate us, as though we’re the only one experiencing heartache or difficulty. Our dilemma exists at the same time as many around the world experiencing similar challenges. We don’t know them but, in the power of the Spirit, we can reach out and include them in our circle of prayer… to cover them… praying for them… asking God to deliver… believing with them for every trial to become answered prayer.
Because of the Holy Spirit’s power, we connect and know exactly how to pray. Rather than a myopic focus on our own needs we look into the Spirit and introduce ourselves to many standing in the need of prayer. We have a responsibility to them because our calling is from our Lord who watches over all. In prayer we know by the Spirit there are many praying with us. There are more with, than against us.
None are isolated—we are not alone and they are not alone. The stunning power of Almighty God is with us. He is mighty to save!
2 Chronicles 32:7-8 | Romans 8:17-19 | Psalm 84:7 | Romans 1:17 | 2 Corinthians 4:18 | Verses@Once
The intercessor’s passion is prayer for others. The more we learn about such prayer, the more we realize God’s calling to intercede is not for a few only but is an important part of every believer’s lifestyle. All believers can intercede.
And when you think about it, who could possibly be exempt? Who would say they do not have Jesus’ anointing and therefore cannot pray fervently for others? Thankfully, all believers are equipped to pray fervently because all are equipped with born-again DNA, and all believers have divine stirring from the Holy Spirit. All believers can be intercessors.
The Bible meaning of fervent prayer includes the concept of being “stretched out” in prayer, giving all, holding nothing back. Fervency and confidence toward God, along with determination to see His will accomplished, can mean we are prostrate before God, abandoned to the purpose of praying for God’s will in all manner of situations.
Intercession can also mean we are shut in with the LORD when we pray, our focus on the Holy Spirit’s leading, woven with passion and emboldened with steadfast confidence in the One to whom we appeal.
- And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me. Ezekiel 22:30
- And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee. Isaiah 64:7
- And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him. Isaiah 59:16
- The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:13-18
Jesus grew as a child increasing in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man. Like Him, we are created for life with God’s design . . . until we all come, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
Character is determined by choices made, and is especially important to Christians for whom everything begins with the individual and grows to the gathered-group level, ultimately impacting culture with the combination—a wealth of good things populated by greatness.
A Christian worldview embraces biblical standards reflected in individual God-callings that absorb cultural shifts with grace and confident faith, and carry an end-time message of visionary influence evidenced in the character of believers.
Stature is character, one way we carry God’s mark… loaded with potential for His plan, audacious in believing all things are possible with God and nothing shall be impossible where He is LORD.
Luke 2:52 | Ephesians 4 (especially verses 11 & 13) | Verses@Once
“So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work…” (Nehemiah 4: 16-18, NKJV)
Every believer has gifts and a calling specific to areas of Kingdom building and intended to be used for that purpose. Some, however, believe they can live to themselves and for themselves even if it means withholding the part God gave for their participation in building His Kingdom.
Anytime we withhold God’s gifts and purpose for us and don’t allow them to flow through us the missed opportunity comes at the expense of everyone else. The missing part becomes the most needed part… because it’s missing! Don’t do that—don’t squander what God has placed within you. The treasure inside is an offering meant to be given away.
The Lord calls and sends you. He draws you to a specific geographic location, to live among a certain people. And the spiritual gifts the Lord has given you places a demand upon your spiritual storehouse. It’s God. He is leading.
14 Adar 5779
The festival of Purim is celebrated each year on the 14th of the Hebrew month Adar (late winter/early spring). The observance commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in Ancient Persia from a deadly plot by Haman, an official in the king’s palace, who sought “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day.”
The story takes place in the Persian Empire of the 4th century BCE, a kingdom extending to subjects in 127 lands, including all the Jews living there. When King Ahasuerus had his wife Queen Vashti executed for failing to follow his orders, he orchestrated a beauty pageant to find a new queen. A Jewish girl named Esther found favor in his eyes and became queen though she refused to divulge her identity or nationality.
Meanwhile, the anti-Semitic Haman was appointed prime minister of the empire and Mordechai, leader of the Jews (and Esther’s cousin), defied the king’s orders and refused to bow to Haman. Haman was incensed. He convinced the king to issue a decree ordering the extermination of all the Jews on the 13th of Adar—a date chosen by a lottery Haman made.
Mordechai rallied all the Jews to repent, fast, and pray to G‑d while Esther invited the king and Haman to join her for a feast where she revealed to the king her Jewish identity. Ultimately Haman was hanged, Mordechai was appointed prime minister to replace Haman, and a new decree granting the Jews the right to defend themselves against their enemies was issued.
In this Purim season
*You are delivered from your enemies
*And it is the LORD’s decree that your enemies will fall by their own counsel.
Declare Psalm 124 over your life and the lives of family members:
“If it had not been for the LORD who was on my side . . . when men rose up against me they would have swallowed me alive as their wrath kindled against me. But no, blessed be the LORD who did not allow it, but stood between destruction and me. He made a way – created a way where there was no way. My soul escaped the snare, the snare is broken, and I (we) have escaped. My help, thank God, is in the name of the LORD who made heaven and earth.”
Book of Esther | Psalm 124
This evening Jews around the world begin the celebration of Purim, an annual observance of Jewish national deliverance in ancient Persia.
Celebrations include reading from the book of Esther, commonly known as the Megilah. Children especially love the Esther reading when it is customary to hiss, boo, stamp feet and rattle noisemakers, called gragers, with each mention of the name Haman, symbolically blotting out the wicked man who sought Jewish genocide.
Today many experience religious persecution as victims of those determined to destroy them, often for personal gain or agenda. It is a desperate time for those victimized by Satan, the accuser.
For you, your family and all those the Lord has called you to pray for, I declare with you this set-apart time of deliverance from every entrapment. Blot out Haman!
Book of Esther | Esther’s Fast | Purim
Ancient Israel’s deliverance from Egyptian bondage is the Bible freedom-model: God brings men out to bring them in. He brings them up to take them higher. And what they obtain as they begin to journey is not the full picture at all but rather the beginning of signs.
Regarding Israel 1) God brought them out to bring them in; 2) by His out-stretched arm and strength of hand 3) He caused an overthrow of their enemies, little-by-little, to give time for them to secure a hold on their new-found freedoms. The Lord planned greatness for Israel but sadly, the nation refused His plan preferring instead a different path.
Like Israel your story in the Lord’s plan for you starts with a beginning of signs. The beginning is your start, not where you want to stay. Like the “beginning of miracles” in Jesus’ ministry at the wedding in Cana, your experience at first is just the beginning so don’t set up camp or become frozen there.
Discern anything that began in the Spirit but stopped and became a shrine to man, frozen where it began. Declare oneness with God’s direction and pace. Refuse to be shallow. Padded-seat religion is not for those with passion for change.
Choose the heights of the Lord and align with His pace. Choose deliverance examples like Esther (Hadaccah) and Moses (Mosheh). Choose God’s way—His wisdom, His Spirit, His pace and His placement for you.
Christian spirituality is more than tradition and religious formality. The Lord speaks a fresh word each morning, a proceeding word, and Christians sensitive to hear what the Spirit is saying receive from the Lord beyond the dictates of religious tradition.
True spirituality means obedience to the leading of God’s Spirit rather than religious demands or constraints: Listen to Him and do whatever He tells you. Today is made for salvation—your portion is to rejoice. Today is your day of salvation—you do hear Him!
As one led by the Spirit of God, you leave religion behind and turn toward the pattern of discipleship revealed in the Word—turn expecting to hear from Him words revealed by His Spirit.
You are coming out of religion and into spiritual reality, by the Spirit of the Lord!
Amen—so be it!
John 7 | 2 Corinthians 6:2 | Romans 8:14 | Psalm 118 | Verse@Once
You should remember any past season of your life in two ways: One, for the good left by the experience and two, for changes that season demanded, necessary to transition well into the next season. In the process, learn to leave behind negative emotions – those culprits of emotional baggage that make for unhealthy lifestyles – forgetting and forgiving yesterday’s negatives with the give-and-take in relationships and life in general, and focus instead on benefits gained.
Change, transition well, forgive, and remain focused on the word you have from the LORD—move forward, don’t stand still. In this new season, there is more change and transition. Always remember anything new begins best in the context of prayer and is best interpreted from a prayer perspective. Prayer moves you forward into this new season with renewed hope and fresh vision and allows your heart to merge with God’s heart. In alignment with Him you receive “grace for grace.” (John 1:16)
John 1:16 | 2Thessalonians 1:11-12 | Romans 8:28 | Verses@Once
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