“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV
Effective IMMEDIATELY, I demand that my worries cease and desist, in the name of Jesus. I have turned you over to my Lord and Savior, yet you still torture me. There is no reason for you to keep returning, waking me up in the middle of the night, making me sick, stressing me out and causing me to feel like I’m losing my mind.
You have no purpose in my life, I have God. He has promised to supply all of my needs, to protect me and my family, to never leave me nor forsake me. I know I have problems right now. I’m in the middle of a storm but the Lord has not loosened his grip on my hand. He is already making a way out of no way. He’s already healing me and my family. It is for His glory that I am blessed. When he brings me out of impossible circumstances, my testimony grows stronger, my faith is in increased.
I’m determined to trust Him. He hears me when I call and He answers me. Praise be to God, the Lord Almighty. There is nothing or no one greater than Him, especially not my problems.
“How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears he will answer you.” Isaiah 30:19 NIV
“I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” Ephesians 1:16 NIV
In the middle of the night, when I was hurting and inconsolable. When I was sick. When I made stupid mistakes. When I thought I knew what I was doing. When I was lost and scared. When I was lonely. When I was where I shouldn’t have been with people I shouldn’t have been with. What would have happened if I didn’t have someone praying for me? Would I still be alive or as blessed as I am now. If I didn’t have praying parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins, would I be a bigger mess? Could I have written this blog if I didn’t have praying friends, coworkers, managers or even strangers?
It is such a blessing to have people praying for you when you don’t have the strength or the sense to pray for yourself. When you feel that urge to pray for someone, don’t ignore it. Your prayer could mean the difference between life or death. It could mean the difference between an eternity in heaven or an eternity in hell. You may even be reaping the rewards of someone praying for you as you read this.
You may not be able to give someone support financially. You may not know the right words to comfort someone. You may not know how to love someone who has hurt you but you can always pray for them. It costs only a few minutes of your time and you don’t even have to tell them. Prayer is a true act of love. Pass down your legacy of prayer to someone today.
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people-for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4 NIV
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34 NIV
Walking in love is not putting yourself first. It’s not thinking that your time is more valuable than someone else’s. It’s not thinking that you’re better than someone else. It’s not being quick to point out the faults of others, then telling five other people about them.
Walking in love means being quick to forgive. It means shaking off irritation and finding a way to bless others. It means shielding others from your bad mood and sharing your good mood. Love is humble and patient. It realizes that even though someone is smiling they may be hurting and broken on the inside.
Walking in love is not complaining about your circumstances, it’s finding a way to turn them into positives by leaning on God. Walking in love is not easy. It is hard work and it’s definitely a daily process. If you need an example of walking in love, just look at the life of Jesus. He sought out the undesirables. He never left a place without making things better. He sacrificed himself for a world that hated him. Even when we doubt him, deny his existence and even curse his name, he still loves us and continues to show mercy. If he can forgive us and endure a torturous death on our behalf, the very least we can do is show love towards each other.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
I was broken-hearted and discouraged. I was confused and angry. I allowed myself to be beat up by life. I was paralyzed with fear. All the while, the people around me were still hurting. They were still looking for encouragement. The world got crazier and crazier. People started to doubt the things they had known in their hearts for years, even people that used to encourage me.
I had a moment of clarity and realized that while I was wrapped up in my issues, I had forgotten about God’s call on my life. I had stopped doing the work that I was called to do. Sure, I had perfectly good excuses for falling away. I was grieving. I was taking care of sick family members. I was too exhausted to think straight. My excuses didn’t change the fact that I was needed.
But that was last year and now this year I’m back. I have my armour on and I’m ready to fight. My strength has been renewed. I’m ready to continue on with the work God has called me to do. Are you ready to continue the work God has called you to do? If you have fallen away and you’ve made it into this new year, then it’s not too late for you either.
“You need to perservere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” Hebrews 10:36 NIV