Faith Messages to build your faith

Saturday, April 29, 2017

When You're Hit With Life's Hammer

Ron Hutchcraft- Full disclosure here. I'm not the guy you want to call when you need a guy to do a job with a hammer.
  But I do know the fundamentals. A hammer can be used to build something - or to tear it down. Either way, what a hammer hits can't possibly stay the same.  (Ron's choice of photo)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

#110 Prayer Burden Described

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: A prayer burden is a spiritual concern on the heart of God that is imparted by the Holy Spirit to someone whose intercession the Holy Spirit desires to use.

   Jesus has been interceding for this need, and now the Spirit needs you to join with the intercession of Jesus. It is a specially sacred level of prayer intensity and prayer responsibility. (Google image, Praying together)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

#109 Gradually Deepening Your Prayer Concern

Dr. Wesley l. Duewel: #3. Gradually deepening prayer concern leading to instant prayer burden.

   At times God may place a person, situation, or special need upon your heart in a gradually deepening concern. You may be reminded of it repeatedly during your prayer time.  (Google image, Man praying)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

God Knows

Jean Oathout: Have you ever wondered if God notices you, and if He knows your whereabouts? Well, be assured, He does know, and He cares. (Your whereabouts)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

#108 Carrying a Prayer Burden

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Level Five- Prayer Burden. We have discussed asking, seeking, knocking, and fasting. Now we consider the fifth level of prevailing prayer: interceding with a prayer burden.

   This level of intensity is marked by urgency, commitment to the priority of the need, and holy determination to pray until God answers. It is not only knocking at heaven's gate but prevailing in the Spirit. (Google image, People praying).

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

#107 United Faith with Practical Suggestions

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Just as there are situations that call for united prayer, so there are needs that can be met only by adding untied fasting to united prayer. 

   Unity in seeking God by fasting confers the same multiple dimensions of effectiveness as unity in seeking God by prayer alone, only more. (Google image, Holding hands)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Hope in the Strangest Places

Ron Hutchcraft- I've spent a fair amount of time in graveyards. 
Looking for some missing "leaves" on our family tree. 
   There's even a "find a grave" website. Run by some folks who've obviously spent a lot more time in cemeteries than I have! 
   And I actually found a lot of ancestors' graves. Which filled in a lot of genealogy blanks. graveyard's a logical place to go looking for history. (Ron's picture)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

#106 Fasting Feeds Your Faith

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: #5. Fasting feeds your faith. "When you add fasting to your prayer, you know you are following the example of prevailing prayer in both Old and New Testament.

   Your confidence begins to deepen. Your hope begins to rise, for you know you are doing what pleases the Lord. (Google image, Praying man)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

#105 Fasting Strengthens Prayer

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Fasting is so closely related to prayer that it adds its blessing in many ways. Much of your praying will be without fasting, just as much of your prayer does not involve prayer wrestling or prayer warfare.

   But fasting always has this twofold capacity: First, it can bless and deepen your regular prayer. (Google image, Praying woman.."If only we would live in expectancy for
His constant intervention we would experience true kingdom living at its best.")

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Begin Where You Are

David Roper: I came across a solitary flower growing in a meadow today—a tiny purple blossom "wasting its sweetness in the desert 
air," to borrow from the poet Thomas Gray's wonderful line.

   I'm sure no one had seen this particular flower before, and perhaps no one will see it again. Why this beauty in this place? I thought. (Tiny purple flower)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

#104 In the Path of Prayer

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Watch your motive. Remember, the motive in your fasting is all-important. Remember what fasting is not:

   1. It is not a way to earn God's blessing and God's answer to your prayer. You are never worthy of His help and blessing. You implore his love and mercy. You do not earn any aspect of His grace. (Google image, praying together

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

#103 Fasting As Self Denial

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Fasting is a God- ordained form of self-denial. The  very nature of intercession calls for as much or more self-denial than any other form of spiritual activity.

   The major work of prayer and fasting from food is normally in secret. We think of fasting as abstaining primarily from food. However, fasting may include abstaining from such normal activities as sleep, recreation, and other special enjoyments. (Google image, Praying man).

Saturday, April 1, 2017

White Robes

Robes of white of seamless light
With ribbons trimmed in blue
These are the garments God provides
To place on me and you

The robes of Christ's own righteousness
Clean washed of spot or stain

The Emblem of His Sacrifice
Humility and Pain 

(Google image, White robes)