Sunday, July 20, 2014

Be Near


Father God, are You here with me right now? Since I can’t see You, and on ocassions I don’t feel Your presence, there are times when I doubt that You’re truly there for me.

Though I’ve felt Your closeness at times, I’m realizing that Your presence is not just an emotional experience. Even when I’m down and in a bad way I know with certainty that You are here because You promised: “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” I know You are there because I have Your word on it. 

My child, I Am here! 

Thank You for sticking with me in the both good and bad times. You are the One Person in my life that I can fully depend on.  Even if others abandon me, You are there for me. You are my Faithful Friend.

Be near, oh God … be near, Your nearness is my good. (To prepare your heart, consider praying through the Listening to God Guidelines.) Empower me to come fully present to You as I worship You through this song.

"BE NEAR" BY SHANE & SHANE


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Monday, July 14, 2014

My Refuge, Shelter and Protector


In You, O Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be ashamed … Incline Your ear to me, rescue me quickly … Be to me a rock of strength, a stronghold to save me. For You are my rock and my fortress. {Taken from Psalm 31:1-3 NASB}

Psalm 31 is so full of truth and encouragement. It is true that You Yourself really are my Shelter, my Protector, my Refuge, my Stronghold, and my Craggy Rock. You hide me in Your High Place from the pernicious attacks of the enemy.


You notice my pain and You are aware of how distressed I am. You do not deliver me over to the power of the enemy; You enable me to stand in a wide open place. How great is Your favor (goodness), which You store up for Your loyal followers! In plain sight of everyone You bestow it on those who take shelter in You. {Taken from Psalm 31:7,8, &19 NET}


My life is not hidden from You. You take notice of every aspect of my life and are fully aware when I am facing stress and difficulty. How wonderful it is that You don’t give me over to the power of the enemy. Instead you empower me to stand in the wide-open place that You promised to me. It’s obvious to me that this isn’t something I earned but that it’s because You decided to bestow Your incredibly great favor upon me. Thank You Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for You goodness to me … at times Your generosity to me is almost overwhelming!



You are My son and My pleasure, grace, and favor rest upon you. Have no other gods before Me. Be wholly Mine. Jesus, I belong to You and You are mine as well! Drink deeply from My well of Living Water. Stay away from the polluted wells. They will not quench your thirst and will only make your life more complicated. Drink Me in so that My river flows in and through you to many others. I am the only True Drink

Water of Life 
 


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Fear and the Need to be in Control


Many people are obsessed with having life under control. This is a common response to a childhood where life was chaotic and clearly out of control. It can also be the side effect of being raised by a parent who was a control freak. The underlying emotions that trigger a desire for control are usually fear and anxiety. Control becomes our primary strategy for reducing worry. For the person obsessed with control, trying to organize and manage influences, events, people, and just about everything else becomes the main agenda in life.
A fixation on control can create a major block in our willingness to let God bring up and explore painful events in our past. It can lead us to unconsciously set rigid boundaries that might be rooted in unbiblical vows. Paul penned a profound principle about control in 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (NKJV).
The origin of unfounded timidity and fear is something other than God. Its source is our own fleshly lower nature and the devil himself. Living in fear opens up a point of access for the enemy and allows him a legal right to harass, afflict, oppress, and place us in bondage because we have ceased to believe and trust God.
In Psalm 37:3-5 King David offered radical advice to those who struggle with the need to be in control: “Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass” (AMP).
Steps to Freedom
1.    Because we can’t overcome a difficulty whose presence we refuse to acknowledge, the first step in breaking an obsessive need to be in control is to recognize and admit that it is indeed an area of struggle.
2.   Then, after praying through the Listening to God Guidelines, ask, Jesus, would You stir up my need to be in control in order to open a window into the deeper parts of my being. Then would You gently take me back to where this began?
(As you pray through each one of these 5 steps, take the time to write down the things that come to you in your journal or on a blank sheet of paper).
3.   If you were taken to an event or pattern, ask, Lord Jesus, would You reveal what happened inside me in response to this event? What did I come to believe? Did I unwittingly make a vow and/or begin to follow a hidden strategy?
(Again, write down the things that come to you).
4.   If a lie, vow, and/or strategy is revealed, ask Jesus to show Himself in this memory. Jesus, what do You have to communicate regarding what happened inside of me (what I came to believe, what I vowed, and/or the strategy I fell into)?
5.    Pray through a prayer of confession and renunciation of any lie(s), vow(s), and/or strategy(s) that God reveals to you.
Taken from chapter nine of A Guide for Listening and Inner-Healing Prayer, Meeting God in the Broken Places by Rusty Rustenbach, Colorado Springs, CO, NavPress, 2011.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

He Satisfies the Thirsty


I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing {John 15:1-5 NASB}.

Looking out the window, I see trees and vegetation at different stages of vitality, growth, and health. How healthy am I, Lord Jesus? Am I a flourishing plant, a dying one, a tree that needs trimming or somewhere in between? How do You see me today, Lord?


Would You cause / permit the wind of Your Spirit to blow across the embers of my heart

I am here, for you, and not against you. Be still and know Me … that I am God alone and that there is no other. Sensuality is a cruel master … do not yearn for her. She will only let you down. Purity, holiness, and wholeheartedness is where True Life is to be found. Stay close to Me … seek Me and you will find Me and I will fill you with good things.

I want to stay close to You … to know You intimately … You in me, and I in You, perfectly joined together, walking in unity. But, so much of the time I feel so weak and so easily distracted. I find it difficult to stay present to You during my morning quiet times. I am very aware of the truth that apart from You I can do nothing, yet with You I also see that all things are possible. Empower me from within to walk closely with You today and throughout this coming week. I need You!

Remember how I’ve spoken to You before through Proverbs 3:5 through 8 in The Message:

Trust Me from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for My voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; I’m the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to Me! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life!

Thank You, Father for Your word to me this morning. I am refreshed in You and ready for a new day and week.

YOU ARE GOD by The Katinas

Monday, June 23, 2014

God at Work in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

God is really doing something very significant in the area of listening and healing prayer among the churches and Christian ministries in the province of Ontario, Canada. At the June 20 and 21, 2014 training seminar in Hamilton there were people from 21 different churches or ministries. Inner-healing study groups are springing up in various  places and a significant number of churches are developing inner-healing prayer ministries. 

144 took part in an evening focused on Listening to God on Friday (June 20th). Then 111 people spent all-day Saturday (June 21) concentrating on five different aspects of Inner-healing Prayer:
  1. Receiving teaching on the Biblical basis and how to's of inner-healing,
  2. Experiencing inner healing in a time alone with God,
  3. Sharing what God did and praying for one another in a small groups,
  4. Receiving training in facilitating this ministry with another person, and
  5. Having another person facilitate this ministry with each attendee one-on-one.
Praise God for what He is doing in the body of Christ in this important region of the world. Pray that He will multiply His Isaiah 61 / Luke 4:18 mission into cities and people groups across our entire globe. 

If you attended this seminar or one that was held in another place or time, the L2G Forum would love to hear from you.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Getting God's Perspective

A few unusual things have been going wrong for me over the last few days. To be honest, I've been struggling and wondering why things have seemed to take a turn for the worse. I want to listen to You about all of this and spend some time this morning sitting in Your presence.

In the powerful name of the true Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I command all the other voices (the world, my flesh, the devil, my own understanding and the skepticism of my cognitive analytical mind) to be silent and to not interfere in any way. I want to hear from You, the One True Voice ... the voice of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Would You be pleased to communicate with me just now? Speak Lord, for Your servant is listening. 

As I tune into You and sense Your presence sitting outside in the back yard, I'm realizing how much You have blessed me and of the many things You've allowed me to be a part of that have gone so well over the years. You've blessed my hands with decent home carpentry skills so that I've built tables, kitchens, bookshelves and even the deck that I'm sitting on. You've also given me the high privilege of ministering with a wonderful team that are not only co-workers ... but are like a family, and we enjoy deep biblical community. And You've allowed me to take the message of listening and healing prayer to many different places around the world. Not to mention the blessing of being married and having five wonderful adult children. The list of blessings goes on and on and on ...

I want to listen to You outside sitting on our deck as I enjoy the freshly cut grass and beautiful shady trees. You are God alone! What is Your Living Word for me today?

I am here and I am for you. If I were against you things would be much worse ... these are only minor setbacks. I am on My Throne and I am God alone! Worship Me in the beauty of My incredible holiness! Enjoy Me, My presence ... let My peace, joy, and victory reside and resonate deep within you. 

Allow this mind to be in you and to infiltrate every cell of your being ... even the mind of Christ ... that you empty yourself ... don't be lifted up with pride, demandingness, or self-glory. Instead focus on esteeming others as better than yourself and walking in humility. 

I am Your Father and you are My son. Enjoy the riches and wealth of your relationship with Me.

Thank You Jesus for Your word to me today and for helping me adjust my perspective. You are God alone and I worship You through this song!

YOU ARE GOD ALONE

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Renewing Your Spiritual Vitality



 The highest God above,

Who is and always will be,
The only One who is holy,
Has this to say to you:
I live in the high & holy place,
Yet I am with:
·      The low,
·      The weak, and
·      The humble.
I am the One who renews their vitality and I also revive their strength.                            
                       Paraphrased from Isaiah 57:15 voice

In addition, the Eternal One wants you to understand this:
Heaven is My throne,
And the earth is where I rest My feet.
So what kind of structure would you build Me?
What man-made space could you provide Me as a resting place?
Everything is the product of My hand—
Originating from My being and My doing—
That’s how all you see came into being.
Yes, I made it all!
Nevertheless, I am interested in and set my affection on a unique kind of person.
I have a special place in My heart for the individual who is:
·      Humble and,
·      Downhearted (contrite) and,
·      Who trembles at My word.
Paraphrased from Isaiah 66:1-2 voice

We, too, were foolish, rebellious, and deceived—we were slaves to sensual cravings and pleasures; and we spent our lives being spiteful, envious, hated by many, and hating one another.
But then something happened!
God our Savior with His overpowering love and kindness entered our world:
·      He came to save us.
·      It’s not that we earned this by doing good works or righteous deeds.
·      He came because He is merciful.
·      He brought us out of our old ways of living to a brand new beginning.
How did He and does He accomplish this:
·      Through the washing of regeneration,
·      And by making us completely new through the Holy Spirit,
·      He pours out His mercy on us in abundance...
o   Through Jesus the Anointed, our Savior.
Paraphrased from Titus 3:3-6 voice

If the Old Testament taught us anything it was that willpower is insufficient to gain or enjoy an intimate relationship with God. If we had been able to will our way into right standing with God, then we would have obeyed the law, and Christ would have died in vain.

The New Testament is focused primarily on the renewal of the heart and mind as the key to knowing God intimately and enjoying His friendship. We are unable to earn or merit renewal. It is 'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts (Zechariah 6:4.)

How is your spiritual strength and vitality? Where are you focused? Are you trying to earn God's approval by working and trying hard and harder? Or have you fallen on your knees in humility, brokenness, and desperation?

The song, Renew Me, focuses on the important area of supernatural renewal. Below are three different video versions of this inspirational worship song. Take the time to pray through the Listening to God Guidelines. Then pour out your heart to Him as you worship Him.  




Jesus read from Isaiah 61 as He began His ministry on earth. He promised that a big focal point of His mission is to bring healing to the broken places in your heart.  Working your way through A Guide for Listening and Inner-Healing Prayer will help you to meet God in each and every one of your broken places.