Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Stand! Be Brave! Be Strong!

This time last year we had just experienced Father’s protective covering over our home. We had a flash fire in our yard from a downed electric line and as pictures would show, the fire only went so far and no more. Our home, shop and property were kept safe with only the grass being burned. This was an awesome testimony of God’s ever present care of His children. This year nothing as dramatic has happened yet we know even more that He is caring for us. Our needs continue to be met and He also keeps telling us that He loves us.

Dear ones, what Father does for us daily can also be yours. Our scripture for the ministry is Matthew 6:33. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” This is no magic formula. This is a lifestyle. It is how we live each day in victory! Also Father has told us to pray the prayer of Jabez each morning before we rise for the day. 1 Chronicles 4:10 says: And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested. As we have prayed this prayer for the past several years we have seen each one of the requests answered. Father has truly blessed us! He has cared for us spiritually, physically, emotionally and financially. He has enlarged our territory. We have many more adopted children and we have seen our influence for Him grow bountifully. We have taken back ground that the enemy has stolen through prayer and the Word spoken into life and death situations. His hand has been with us every step we have taken.

Father also has told us to pray the Lord’s Prayer each morning before beginning our day. Matthew 6:9-13 says, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” We praise You Lord!! We want our day to be totally under Father’s control. We do not want our own agenda but Father’s plans! He is our sufficiency and provider. Our daily needs are in His hands. Keep us safe from satan’s devices. Your Kingdom rule and reign in our lives with power and glory forevermore!! Amen and Amen! This is how we begin our every day! We also pray Proverbs 3:5-6 which says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." Now we consider these verses our life verses. We desire to walk in divine healing, divine purpose, divine protection, divine calling and divine assurance that our Father is with us every step of this journey. If this is not your desire, then something very important is missing from your life. During these days there is much attack on our faith. We must pray fervently for our country, our leaders, our pastors and our people, brothers and sisters in Christ. God is on His throne!! His Word is true! We must stand together in faith and trust in Jesus, our Lord.

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Charley & Karen