Archives for September 2015

Bolder Than Lions

Sorry that I played hookie last week. I spent the weekend kicking off the planning of the Engage Youth Conference 2016 for the Brethren church.  By the time I returned home I was just ready to be with my family. You would think I would prepare and plan for these things, but I’ll be honest, I’m a procrastinator! What can I say I’m all about keeping it real here!

 

Remember a few weeks ago when I had a post all hand written and ready but I didn’t type it up to post? This week I’m ready to share it with you! The post is centered around 1st Peter 5:8, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” As I was reading that passage I was intrigued about lions. I felt that, for the Lord to give us such a great example, we should know how our enemy hunts.

 

While I’ve never been to the savanna to see lions in the wild, I have always imagined they hunt aggressively, fast, brutal even. Since I don’t think I will be taking a trip to view it first hand I turned to the next best thing: Google!

 

From the readings I found I discovered lions hunt in none of the ways I imagined, quite the opposite really. The lion is often slower than their prey, in fact their prey usually doesn’t even have to run at full speed to get away.

 

Interesting, I bet that means I don’t have to run at full speed either. I only need to run in the right direction. 

Run in the right direction

Lions are sneaky, they prefer to hunt at night or early morning so they can have the cover of darkness. They aren’t ones for the chase, they would rather lie in wait. In fact they are smart enough to lie in wait near something their prey finds vital.

 

As I’m reading about the hunting habits and scribbling notes in my bible about them I found myself thinking over and over, “Yes, that it is how satan works.”

 

Yes, he lies in wait. Yes, he attacks near what we hold vital: finances, health, job security, family relationships, church relationships.  Yes, he too pounces on us when we are walking in the near dark, when we are unplugged from our light source.

 

Lions are really good at hiding as well as being extraordinarily patient. Oh, yes that sounds right for satan as well. Just when we think we are good here he comes on the prowl or pounce rather.

 

Thank goodness the Lord has Peter give us some guidance. He says, “Stand firm and be strong in our faith.”  What does it mean to stand firm? My bible concordance says “to endure successfully, to be securely fixed in place not weak or uncertain.”

 

Ephesians 6:13 tells us “we will still be standing firm when we put the right armor on.”

 

2 Thessalonians 2:15 Paul writes “Sisters, stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching we passed on to you. 

 

Friends we have been fully equipped to go lion hunting, are we ready? Have we gotten dressed and soaked in the directions? God only wants us to submit to Him and He will handle the rest. We are weak and uncertain, but He is not. That I find so comforting!

When the lion starts to roar in your life take heart in that the prey of lions are faster. We were given armor to wear and use in defense of any attacks, we only have to put it on and allow Him to direct our attack.

When the lion starts to roar in your life take heart in that the prey of lions are faster. We were given armor to wear and use in defense of any attacks, we only have to put it on.

Suit up Sisters, it is time to be the lion slayer of God you are called to be.

 

 

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Fervent Fear or Fervent Prayer

It is so easy to live tied up in fear, especially in the times we live in. Social media creates fear, being plugged in to every news, radio, and magazine perpetuates this fear. It can begin to consume us, even those secure in their faith of God’s protection.

We hear of missionary’s children being killed because they won’t denounce God. Police officers being slain for doing their jobs. Politicians encouraging racial division. Even some who call themselves men of God, encourage racial division. Babies being killed before they have a chance to be born. Girls being sold into a lifetime of slavery. This world is filled with evil.

Scary right.

Terrifying even.

What are we to do? Where has God gone?

I will not be shaken

 

Friday there was a call for prayer at noon. I cried out to God like never before. I asked WHY? I cried out for salvation of politicians, ISIS, and those who crave evil. I prayed for mercy on this land. I prayed for protection over His people.

Flat on my face, tears pouring down and words trapped in my throat as if the enemy didn’t want them to come out. Especially when I started praying for salvation of ISIS, the President and First Lady. The enemy knows who he needs on his side. He uses social media to paralyze us with fear. On the other side of that he uses social media to distract us from the evil.

If he can keep us complacent, satan’s job is easy. We are doing it for him. When I watched War Room last weekend the part that struck me so strongly was the moment Miss Clara served lukewarm coffee. We as a church have become lukewarm.

We don’t want to offend, ruffle feathers or move focus to an agenda so we stay still and silent. Do you realize that we don’t need to sound crazy. We don’t need to rent out a stage and scream. We don’t need to fill our friends newsfeeds with fear.

We NEED to pray.

We NEED to put action to prayer.

When I say pray, I mean PRAY. Pray fervently. With tears and words pouring out so fast your mind can’t keep up so your spirit takes over. Pray as if your life depends on it; because it does. Pray for what needs changed, but pray for hearts. Hearts are the issue, hearts will change policies. People need love, the love of Jesus. When we begin to pray for salvation of our enemies, there comes change. Our situation seems so hopeless. Our world is filled with evil and people think it is at it’s worst. Maybe it is, but I think the enemy has learned to use the technology we have created to hold us in a pattern of fear. We are the hope of breaking that by praying for what we would consider our worldly enemies.

I’ll be honest, so often I’m so busy praying for me. My situation, my finances, my children, my marriage. My job, my friends, my circle of influence, my friends and family who are sick. My wants, me, me, me.

How about you? I will be so bold to say yes, you are the same. Now we may pray for our federal/state politicians at election time. We pray for an issue when we are confronted over it.

But I think human nature is to focus on our community. God created us for community so I am not saying this is a terrible thing-please hear that!

 

Our prayers do make a difference.

I am saying that our action of prayer is we need to move beyond our immediate circle and we need to create a movement of prayer for our earthly nation.

We need to stop being complacent, lukewarm christians. We need prayer because nothing we do can influence and change the world like our prayers sent to the Heavenly Father.

Won’t you share this with your friends. Won’t you change your prayers for the next month and move them from me focused prayers to enemy focused prayers.

Pray for:

President Obama and Michelle –

That their hearts would be softened and that they would hear the gospel of Jesus. That they would come to know salvation in a personal way. Remember the Lord allowed them to be appointed over our nation.

ISIS –

Pray that they would be stopped in their battles and killings. That they would see love in those they try to kill. That they would come to know the Lord for the first time. That those they hate would be protected.

Senators and Representatives –

That those who know the Lord would stand up and be bold. That they would hear the directions that God has for them. That they would have assurance in God’s ability to re-elect them so they wouldn’t be focused on trading favors in disobedience. I pray for those that know Christ would have the strength to tell others about Him. Pray for opportunities for God’s love to be shared and hearts to softly bend to Him.

Police Officers –

Pray for protection for them as they risk their lives daily to protect us. Pray for strength for their families. Pray for peace over the areas they work. Send heavenly angels to watch over them. Give them ears that only hear your truth about the importance of their lives and not the lies that are spewed.

Racial division –

Pray against those who try to fracture our country. Pray for restored community because each of your children matter. Help all of us remember that. Pray for opportunities to arise that can bring reconnection of divided hearts.

Government function –

Pray for the voices of citizens to be heard. That the government will be restored to work as it was created. That no branch has the only say. That constituents would be listened to by those who have elected them.

Lukewarm neighbors –

This maybe the greatest of these enemies. This might find us praying for our own hearts and not our neighbor. Pray that lives will be ignited for love, peace and all that Christ can do. Pray that Christians can be strengthened.

 

Printable Prayer List

If it is overwhelming to pray these all at once, take one and pray for it one day, then the next day move to the next group. Feel free to print the above list.

I have read recently from “experts” that there is no saving this country. It’s going to hell in a hand basket. Well, it may be, and maybe we will see the return of Christ soon. But I think there is still much good in this world and there are hearts that need saved. I believe from my toes that this country can be changed. It can be changed by our God, because He is truly that great. In order for Him to change it though we can no longer sit complacent in a church pew but fall on our faces in fervent prayer.

 

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Lauren of Making Life Sweet wrote Holding Fast to the Word and reminds just how important clinging to the truths that are written in the Word.

Sarah wrote When There’s Too Much Hurt and Pain in the World sharing with us some practical ways to ministry to those in our life that are hurting.

 

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