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Thursday, March 31, 2016

#30 Reigning in Life



Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Throne life, by prevailing intercession, is but one aspect of your reigning in life.

    "How much more will those who receive God's 
     abundant provision of grace and of the gift 
     of righteousness reign in life through the one 
     man, Jesus Christ" (Rom. 5:17).

When does this reign in life occur? Obviously, by the grace of Jesus Christ we are to reign now. Its ultimate fullness will be in eternity. Christ's abundance not only provides abundant life now, but our reigning in life.

Vine comments, "That we are to reign in life involves
     much more than participation in eternal life; it
     indicates the activity of life in fellowship with Christ
     in His kingdom. There is stress on the word 'reign.' " 


This throne life, comments another, is "a life divinely 
     owned and legally secured, 'reigning' in exalted
     freedom and unbiased might through that other
     matchless 'One,' Jesus Christ."


Reigning in life certainly includes our being free from the dominion of sin and being more than conquerors through Christ (Rom. 8:37).

It includes being equipped 'with everything good for doing his will' (Heb. 13:21). It includes overcoming evil with good (Rom. 12:21). and having a faith that overcomes the world (1 John 5:4). It certainly includes sharing Christ's throne as a royal priest unto God (1 Peter 2:9).

All authority in heaven and earth has been given to Jesus (Matt. 28:18). Because of His universal authority you ask whatever you will in His name and are assured of God's answer.

Only because of His authority can you prevail in prayer or dare to face Satan in prayer warfare."

(Google image and my emphasis added)



Used by permission of the author and Duewel Literature Trust, Inc., Greenwood, Indiana
#30 Reigning in  Life
by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel
(pp. 51-52) Zondervan 



     Father, knowing that Satan is determined to undermine our efforts to pray, may we become tenacious in our making prayer time a regularity.
    If we're to be free from sin and victorious in our efforts for the kingdom, we simply must be faithful to pray!
    Having overcoming faith depends upon our prayer time with the Lord, to receive His directions and grace.
    I ask for the abundant life that is found in Jesus. I pray in His name, to have His will accomplished in my life. Amen.

Today’s Bible verse: Ps. 36:28 "And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long."

Today’s quotes: "The future God has promised us enables us to see all of life in new dimensions. While this may be a great life, the best life is still to come. It is a wonderful privilege to live here in the light of there." Joe Stowell

"Living for the future puts today in perspective"
(ODB 3/22/16)

~ "Believe me when I say that praying is the last thing Satan wants you to do. He will discourage you from doing it. He will dissuade you from it, and he will disarm you by putting a distaste for prayer in your mouth. He wants to see you passionless, prayerless, and powerless. Perfectly quiet. And because prayer is the divinely ordained mechanism that leads you into the power and victory of Christ, Satan knows you’ll remain defeated and undone without it." Priscilla Shirer (from her message: Don't Underestimate the  Power of Prayer)

Our thought today: The object of our hope matters. Christ is our hope! Fix your eyes on Him! He cleanses us from all unrighteousness when we repent. He can erase our fears and doubts. We can turn to Him for help.

Our question today: So why is it we continue to grope in the darkness, not responding to the Lord Jesus?  Are you going to ask Him for help? He waits...

Upcoming posts:

Do You Mean What You Say?
4/2nd- Saturday's post by Lee Forbes

God is Our Refuge
3rd- Sunday evening's post by Lisa Buffaloe

#31 Acting Faith
5th- Tuesday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

#31 Why is Prevailing Necessary?
7th- Thursday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel


A popular post:   Doubt vs. Faith

Jean Oathout begins our
thoughts on doubts and faith today

with some questions that should get us considering how the one tends to take
        down the other. "When troubling                        thoughts come..."


Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment.
—Ellis Peters



Tuesday, March 29, 2016

#29 The Normality of Throne Life



Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Jesus wants it to be normal for you to exercise throne authority in your prevailing prayer. It is not presumption to act on God's Word.

You are not to tremble before Satan but are to confront him from the throne. You are not to cower in the dust before him. You are to initiate prayer attacks on Satan's strongholds, force his retreat, and release his captives.

Nothing but throne life and your exercising your delegated throne authority befits you as a priest and king of God through Christ (1 Peter 2:9).

Prevailing prayer alone is adequate and befitting for you as one enthroned with Christ. Enthroned intercessors manifest no proud, superior authority.

It is only because of their Spirit-imparted pervasive humility that God is able to use them so mightily. It is those who humble themselves under God's might hand that the Spirit empowers to pray flaming lightning bolts from the throne.

Enthroned prayer warriors do not go on tours demonstrating their prayer power. They are often hidden saints mighty only in God.

In all other respects, theirs is a normal life—Spirit-filled, sanctified to God's will, and radiant with His presence and joy. They are not unbalanced, abnormal, or fanatical. They are not boasting of a superior spirituality.

They are wholesomely normal in their home life, work life, and church life. But in the hidden place of prayer they have power with God and exercise the prayer authority of Christ's throne.

You will note perhaps their quiet sense of spiritual responsibility, their sensitivity and deep concern for the needs of the kingdom and of our hurting world.

Rivers of love, joy, peace, patience, and goodness flow out from their innermost being (John 7:38; Gal. 5:22-23). They carry with them a special portion of God's presence.

Blessings seem to attend their word and their work. In them reside quiet power, intensity of commitment, active faith, and disciplined and devoted life of prayer.

Throne life honors God; it takes Him at His word. It knows His holy heartbeat and loves with the love of Christ. It rejoices in the triumph of Christ.

I often recognizes the hidden workings of God that others do not see. It does not judge from the external but is granted deeper understanding of God's purpose and goal.

It 'amens' the promises of God, echoing the amens of Jesus Himself (Rev. 3:14). Throne life sees God as God, permits God to be God, and gives God the opportunity He desires to get great glory through great answers to prayer.

(Google image and my emphasis added)


Used by permission of the author and Duewel Literature Trust, Inc., Greenwood, Indiana
#29 The Normality of Throne Life
by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel
(pp. 50-51) Zondervan 



     Father,  may we maintain a quiet sense of spiritual responsibility, sensitivity and deep concern for the needs of the kingdom and for our hurting world.
      Help us have a holy heartbeat and to love with the love of Christ.
      May we humble themselves under God's might hand so that the Spirit empowers us to pray effectively and fervently for the cause that touches Him.
     I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.

Today’s Bible verse: Jer. 10:23 "O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps."

Today’s quotes: "The way that 99 percent of us are going to relate to the Lord is not through something dramatic like a blinding flash of light, but rather through something subtle and simple. But if we're not careful, we will let the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things enter in and cause us to miss that still, small voice. Psalm 46:10 tells to 'Be still, and know that I am God'—we have to be still." Andrew Wommack (p. 31 in his book, DON'T LIMIT GOD)

Our question today: "When God is totally self-sufficient
—why doesn't He just go ahead, without caring about the opinions of man or any other intelligent being, and speak into being what He wants?" (taken from p.44 of  DESTINED FOR THE THRONE

The answer: "In order to help the Church learn how to over-come evil, God came up with the plan of prayer. To give her on-the-job training. He gave her the authority to enforce his will right here on earth. In order to help her develop the character and to 'know responsibility and the authority to enforce His will and carry out his decisions on planet earth.' " (p. 49 of DESTINED FOR THE THRONE)

Upcoming posts:

#30 Reigning in Life
31st- Thursday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

Do You Mean What You Say?
4/2 Saturday's post by Lee Forbes

God is Our Refuge
3rd- Sunday evening's post by Lisa Buffaloe

#31 Acting Faith
5th- Tuesday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel



A popular post:   Pride (How to deal with it) 

James H. Cagle shares these
thoughts with us on pride:

"Oh, how loving and kind the Spirit;
How compassionate as well the hand,
That points out the wicked sin of pride
That resides in the heart of ev’ry man..."



Yep, Spring's here!




Sunday, March 27, 2016

Our Nation’s At War

 

Lord, help us see our nation’s at war 
and we must rise to protect our shores;
Wake us from our contented state 
and help us to see that the time is late;

That the judgment of our country is coming due 
if we don’t repent and return to you.
Lord, lead us by Thy Almighty hand, for the enemy of America we must withstand:

The foes of Justice, Truth, and Light; they that would make what’s wrong to seem right,
And would tell us that darkness is the same as light, by thy grace and power must be put to flight.

Lord, help us preserve our nation with Truth, to remember again the love of our youth;
While seeking to worship our Savior and King, we left our homeland and took to our wings.

With our freedom we flew across the dark foam, Thy Word as our standard, we began our new home.
We must not forget our father’s faith now, who fought for our liberty and would not bow,

Until the greatest nation in all the earth, for Truth and Righteousness, God brought to birth.
And gave us a heart to be governed by God, to make us a people, "One nation under God."

Lord, help us see our battles can be won, if every Christian their race would run;
If each, would rise from their bed of ease to find God’s power again on their knees;

For it is the Lord that is on our side, that calls us to revive and resist sin’s tide.
Oh Lord, now help me stand in the gap, where the swords of Truth and Wickedness clap.

Give me the strength I need to prevail. For the sake of others let me not fail.
I will do my best to make up the hedge. For your cause, O Lord, my life I now pledge.

For the Soul of America, I will join the fight; I will stand up for Truth and Right;
I will follow the path that is true to God’s Word, ‘til my Father’s call to come home is heard.

Then may I say, when I kneel in His sight, "For God and Country, I have fought a good fight."

Our Nation’s At War  By James H. Cagle


    Father, give us strength and the willingness to stand in the gap to pray for our country, that we will turn back to Your ways of wisdom and direction.
     May we join the fight to stand up for Truth and what is right in Your eyes.
     Make us aware that the judgment of our country is coming due if we don’t repent and return to you.
     May we each be able to say, "For God and Country, I have fought a good fight."
     I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.

Today’s Bible verse: Deu. 10:20 "Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name."

Today’s quotes:  “The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity…if we want to see mighty wonders of divine power and grace wrought in the place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let us answer God’s standing challenge, 'Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not ' "[Jeremiah 33:3, KJV]. J. Hudson Taylor

~"In our rejoicing over the resurrection of Christ, don’t forget Easter is also a time of mourning, reflection, and devastation. The death had to happen before the resurrection could come. Someone had to pay the price. Please do not overlook it. Our sin put Him in the grave, and His sacrifice purified our souls. The Son of Man has overcome death. The Spirit stood Him on His feet and elevated Him to His rightful place by God."
Cindy Sproles 

~Prayer Alert from Dutch Sheets:

"Regarding the upcoming elections, prayerfully agree with me that:
  • We vote for a person of decency and honor (integrity matters)
  • We vote for someone that cannot be bought or sold (crony capitalism is evil)
  •  We don’t jump from the frying pan of failed government to the fire of another chameleon who changes colors at will (the political spirit)
  • We remember that not everyone in Washington DC has been part of the problem—be wise and discerning (God has been sending some good men and women to DC)
  • We vote for humility (which God exalts), morality and righteousness (which exalts a nation)
  • We choose substance and specific ideas over shallow rhetoric, fame, showbiz events and exciting promises (does anyone remember ’08?)
  • We vote for a strict constitutionalist (it was born through prayer and based on scripture)
  • We remember that we are also voting for the next 2-3 Supreme Court Justices, who will undoubtedly shape our nation and lives for decades! (they could possibly do more good or bad for our nation than the next president)
  • We vote for an uncompromising, consistent, radically pro-life person (we MUST have this)
  • By God’s grace we end up with a born-again, praying, Bible-reading, moral, humble, honest and wise person in the White House
Be very careful. Pray. Listen to your heart where Holy Spirit lives. I promise you—we’re voting for the destiny of our nation." Dutch Sheets  

Our question today: Will we be faithful to pray daily for the
offices that will be vacant in our country this year?

A recent post of mine: How Do You Pray for an Election?

Special link:   It is Only Through Your Grace, Lord by 
Debbie McEwen

Upcoming posts:

                 29th-Tuesday’s post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel
#29 The Normality of Throne Life

31st- Thursday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel
#30 Reigning in Life

4/2nd- Saturday's post by Lee Forbes
Do You Mean What You Say?

3rd- Sunday evening's post by Lisa Buffaloe
God is Our Refuge



C. Peter Wagner shares with us about 
the seriousness of faithful, committed 
intercessions, and what they bring.

"Charles G. Finney, one of the most effective evangelists of the last century, met Daniel 
Nash early in his ministry..."




Saturday, March 26, 2016

Taming the Tongue




Jean Oathout- Our Faith Message today is taken from 
Kim Damon's notes in a recent class: 

Has anyone ever changed the course of your day with their words?  

I read the words "but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison." (James 3:8). 

I'm a visual person so I Googled images (to illustrate the action).

I saw lots of duct tape, zippers, and whips!
But honestly none of those were very practical! 

Would God give us impractical frustrating Words?
Well, if it brought us to a place of asking for help,

yes.

It's not the first time
an impossible request was made by God.
Really?
How about:
"Be perfect as I am perfect" -Jesus Matt 5:48
"Be holy, because I the LORD your God,
am holy." ~God Lev. 19:2
"You must be blameless before the LORD your
God." Deu. 18:13

So are we really able to tame our tongue, or be
perfect, or be holy or blameless?!

Well, yes..and no.

James gives us some really great help with the 
tongue taming.

He says "Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and 
slow to become angry." (see James 1:19)
Part of taming our tongue, is just not blurting
out whatever comes to mind!
And to be honest,
you might not think being holy, blameless and
perfect, has anything to do with taming your tongue.
Oh, but it does.

Sadly, or maybe it's a good thing,
out of the mouth,
comes the overflow of the heart.

And God judges the heart
(the place He is knocking at the door of)
(desiring to be invited in).
So how do we tame our tongue
(if not by duct tape, zippers and whips)?

Should we use gritted teeth, white knuckles
and sheer will power?
Lock ourselves away in isolation?!
Well, fasting words (for a season)
may be beneficial,
but in truth, we must ask Jesus to come in
and help us.
Ask that His Spirit would cleanse and heal our
heart.
If our heart is the well spring of the soul,
and pouring out of our mouth is deadly poison,
then we must shock the well!

Simply put,
repent from the sin that resides
within,
replace lies we have believed with truth
(found in the Bible)
And ask for the Lord to help us.

If you get stuck,
ask a Christian who's a little farther down the path than you.
We all have our share of sinful trials
we are all in process.
About being holy, blameless and perfect,
the Point is (and always was)
that this is the unwavering standard.
The only way to attain this state 
is to accept the sacrifice of Jesus
in our place.

He is our only hope.
He makes us holy,
He makes us perfect
(washing us with His own blood).
and He makes us blameless by
taking all the blame on his own shoulders
for our redemption.

God bless you as you wrestle with
(and meditate on) this truth.

Let's pray and ask God to heal us at the root
and purify our hearts.    Kim Damon
   
    Father, may we see that what we say does have an effect on others.
    Help us weigh in our minds what we're about to say, realizing that it needs to help, not hinder the person.
    Teach us to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.
     I ask this in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.

Today’s Bible verse: Prov. 10:19 "In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.

Today’s quotes: Luc Niebergall: "I truly believe that we are in a season where the Lord is bringing order to the heart of the Church. He is doing this so that we can walk in the full expression of what He is releasing on the earth today. Something that I believe He is fashioning within the heart of His Bride is a deeper level of meekness and humility.

Humility is having a full dependency on the Lord and prioritizing God's perspective above peoples' perspective. Humility is having a fear of the Lord in friendship with Him, which eliminates fear of man from existing in your heart. It is to take the hidden road because you know that your Father's affirmation is greater than words of flattery from the masses.


God is shaping both meekness and humility within His Bride, as an act of love, that we may step into the full expression of our birthright as sons and daughters of God. Allowing God to shape meekness and humility within us is pivotal with stewarding the callings of God that are over each of our lives. Now is a time to call out for meekness and humility."

Luc Niebergall
Royal Identity Ministries

Email: Info@royalidentity.org
Website: www.royalidentity.org


Our question today: Do we have a healthy fear of the Almighty God? We should, as He sees and knows everything. He longs so much for us to ask for His help and guidance. Let's begin the day by simply asking Him to have His way today.



Upcoming posts:

                        27th- Sunday evening’s post by James H. Cagle
Our Nation's at War

                   29th- Tuesday 's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel
#29 The Normality of Throne Life

                   31st- Thursday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel
#30 Reigning Life

4/2nd- Saturday's post by Lee Forbes
Do you Mean What You Say?


A popular post:  Results of a Poor Choice 

 C. Peter Wagner continues to 
explain about personal intercession:

"Because I teach personal intercession in my Doctor of ministry seminars, many of my students become motivated to seek personal intercession..."