James: 5. 13. “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. 17. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. 19. My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20. remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”
In the Bible we are commanded to pray continuously, like a running focus and dialogue all day. We cannot burden God by obedience ever, but we can burden Him with disobedience. And now is ar good time to fast as well because evil is ramping. We must pray for ourselves, our family, unsaved friends and family, our President and Vice President and their families for protection and to do what is wise and right in God’s eyes, governmental officials all to do what is right in God’s eyes, Christians to wake up and get their focus and passion back on God, teachers and principals to return to teaching facts and the 10 commandments and not social or religious agendas other than truth, and other world leaders to do what is right in God’s eyes. Those doing right are few and far between and desperately need our prayer support for prayer and faith is what ignites God’s heart to act and we need Him so much. Please pray. There is a time to act in prayer and fasting and that time is now. Do not be silent in your prayers, do not sit by and serve your own agendas. If you are God’s child, obey and act like it. The church has been deaf, dumb and silent to long, looking more like the world than the obedient bride of Christ. Please help change that through prayer and encouraging others to pray, fast in groups, pray in groups or families, vote for those who truly oppose evil, love on everyone that crosses u our path,bus your gifts and talents for God.
“God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world guilty, but to save the world through him”. – John 3:17 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John3:17&version=NCV
https://youtu.be/2x_ByyqWPlY This was beautiful. I have struggled with finishing what I was made to do at times. I have let a lot of obstacles hinder me. I have let people block me, myself become n distracted. I am guilty. It is not too late to confess it and still do it. I hope this encourages you too. You are precious and made special for God’s glory and to worship and please Him. He helps! ❤
Pride is the primary reason for all the evils of this world, of which we all see regularly now. Pride says “Me!” Pride puts self or something pleasurable on a pedestal and strokes the ego to justify the lifting of that to God status, called the old fashioned word “idolatry” in the Bible. Pride says “I am more important”, “I deserve this”, “I want it”, or “I certainly deserve it more than they do” and on and on the lies go. Salesmen tickle our ears with it, media caters to it, social media pushes and reinforces it soundly, we are solo artists in a bowl of soup with other solo artists but there is no orchestra anymore. Pride lies and destroys. Nothing is more destructive than pride. Nothing. Not one thing. And nothing will keep people from humbly admitting and confessing sins in prayer to God for salvation more than pride. So pride then will keep more people from heaven and drive them to hell. So pride is the enemy within. It must be minimized. It must be thwarted. I must drive pride out of my heart and put humility and the Holy Spirit on the pedestal He deserved. We must make our hearts a pure and classy, clean, inviting throne for God to dwell. We must love and serve, smile, make eye contact with, encourage people for God loves that not so pride gets puffed up. God is everything. Pride must then become nothing.
So my mom’s clubhouse has a really nice outdoor heated pool and we can swim about half of the year where we live. But I am turning into a pansy the longer I live here in Florida and the water has to be warmer and sun closer for me to really love swimming. And lately again, it has happened! So we are swimming several times a week and probably more often once school is out. We love it and it is great exercise and with all the older people there loving on our kids, it is just beautiful for them to have positive experiences with the elderly and the elderly to have positive cheer of youth around to keep them younger longer. It is a win/win situation. God provides for even these little details of life and gives through them opportunities to love people. I am keeping it simple these days with no social media, no news I frankly rarely believe it anymore anyway (I just pray for our governmental leaders to be good), I have a few close friends, I am only in one band now and we don’t have a gig until fall, and our little family is just working on the house and school. So, swimming now is a luxury and a nice way to get out of the house. And I get to check in on mom and walk her little dog. She always finds something for me to do lol. Simple is good. Simple and loving on everyone we come in contact with is even better. My spiritual job is to love whoever crosses my path and talk to God all day. I love my job. And I am thankful for swimming again.
Truth be told, I have always preferred outside work over I side work. I love being out in nature. It just feels like I am closer to God, more in His direct creation with greens and browns and feeling the earth and caring for the plants. It just feels right, like it is supposed to be. It calms the body with beauty and you breathe in deep with fresh air. You hear the birds singing their songs, see the bugs doing their thing and all of it is just harmony. So I got to work hard and cleaned up the oak tree corner. Now we can swing with greater beauty around us and I am just smiling thinking about it. Be blessed by God today!!