Keep Your Focus on Him
Keep Pressing Through!
I pray this finds you well and living each day freer of burdensome heart issues (for it is always a heart issue). Releasing negativity from your heart is a lifelong process. Do not get discouraged if you seem to go backward at times. Repent, pick up where you are and move forward with His grace and mercy. We are all human and have not reached perfection although we strive for it in our daily walk. The important thing is to readjust your focus toward Him and His Kingdom agenda and move forward. Do not park when He is walking you through something. He will bring you through to the other side if you do not choose to sit down and set up camp where He never meant for you to stay. Such a choice on your part could render you permanently encamped in a situation.
He Can Calm Any Storm
Jesus’ disciples got into their boat to cross over to Capernaum. Jesus had gone alone to the mountain to pray. A storm arose and the disciples were afraid. Jesus appeared and came walking on the water to them. After He came to the boat and got in with them, the wind ceased. They made it safely through to the other side.
Jesus’ words in each Gospel are for you in whatever storm you may be experiencing. When the waves of life are crashing heavily around you, your faith may become a bit shaky. Doubt may creep in through a crack in your spiritual foundation. At such a time look back over your life and remember all the Lord has brought you through in His faithfulness. That faithfulness does not fail no matter the size of the waves or circumstances.
During the storms speak to any doubt that arises and call it gone in Jesus’ name. Distrust of people and circumstances around you can actually be a lack of trust in the Lord Himself. For if you truly trust that He is with you then you know that He will turn all meant for evil around for good. Use discernment and trust Him to direct you and lead you through.
Be Not Afraid!
Jesus says to be of good cheer and not to be afraid. Walk in the joy of the Lord despite what is going on around you. Be of good cheer in the face of trials and know that He is in the boat with you on the way through to the other side. If you are following Him He promises that His joy will remain in you. Hold onto that promise!
In troubling times fear can arise. With vigilance over your thoughts and the Word of God in your heart (it is always a heart issue) you can arise victorious. Remember, the Word is the sword, the offensive weapon, in the armor of God. Do not forget that the real battle is in the spirit realm and to be successful you must not enter the battle without your weapon. Just think about it in the natural. Would an army go into conflict with an enemy without armament? Or course not. Neither should you seek victory without the Word planted deep in your heart ready to be used and spoken into your circumstance.
Remember that Jesus is in the boat with you. Keep your eyes fixed on Him and He will stay right beside you as you go through whatever the situation. Trust Him and trust in Him as He takes you to solid ground. Fear not, for He is with you always. May God bless you and your family with peace, joy and good cheer. May you know that He will bring you through to the other side!
Quotes to Ponder This Week
“O you of little faith, why do you doubt?” ~Jesus, Matthew 14:22-23
“Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” ~Jesus, Mark 6:45-52
“It is I, do not be afraid.” ~Jesus , John 6:15-21
“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” ~Jesus, John 15:11
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” ~2Timothy 1:7
“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” ~Proverbs 3:6
“Without God there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first-the most basic-expression of Americanism. Thus, the Founding Fathers of America saw it, and thus with God’s help, it will continue to be.” ~President Dwight D. Eisenhower
A Prayer Request
Thank you for your continued faithfulness to pray. Please keep all who serve our country, our servicemen and women and their families in prayer for salvation and safety. They are our front-line on the battlefield, let us be their front-line in the spirit. Also, let us cover all who have come home wounded that they and their families will receive the kindness, help and support they need to go forward in their lives. God bless all our diplomatic and military personnel and their families. May the Lord keep them safe.
Pray for all throughout the world for hedges of protection against radical Islamic extremists and all forms of terrorism. Pray for Christians who face violence and death for their faith. We have long prayed for spiritual victory over radical Islam in Esther’s Warriors Ministry. We now see the reality of this threat come to the forefront in this time in world history. As Iranians and Islamic extremists are shouting ‘Death to America,’ let us speak life, hope and a return to God in America!
Please pray for all in authority over us, for the full truth to come forth concerning Benghazi. May God richly bless the United States of America, bring to light every single crooked place and keep her safe. The lives lost in Benghazi, the continuing targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service, Operation Fast and Furious, the Department of Justice targeting journalists phone records, the National Security Agency overstepping its legal authority are hardly “phony scandals.” We continue to pray for truth to prevail in each of these situations. Pray for the families who have lost loved ones, for those relentlessly targeted and for all of us who are proud to call ourselves American.
May we may arise united once again as One Nation Under God in this auspicious season in our country’s history. These are treacherous times and now more than ever we must maintain our walk with the Lord, saturate this country in prayer and stand for all that is right in America. Fail not in this hour.
Pray for peace in Israel. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
Please Join Me In Prayer
Father we thank You for Your faithfulness and Your Son, Jesus Christ. Teach us to walk in Your ways. Help us to release all negative heart issues. Touch each one reading this who is currently in a stormy season that they would know that the Lord is right beside them bringing them through to the other side. Grace us to pray without ceasing for our brothers and sisters who suffer at the hands of Islamic terrorists. Open the eyes of our leaders to arise in this season to defend the very belief in You upon which our Nation is founded. Thank You for keeping Your hand on America. We humbly pray this in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen and Amen.
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