Friday, September 30, 2016
Morning by Morning, September 30 - Mountain-moving Faith
Good morning, Lord Jesus. I worship You in spirit and truth -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. ...
"Have faith in God. Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain, 'Be taken up and thrown into the sea,' and if you do not doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say will come to pass, it will be done for you. So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours" (Mark 11:22-24).
Your Word commands me to "have faith in God." And Your Word invites me to exercise my faith in You with my words and without my doubts. As You remove the doubts from my heart, I can move the mountains in my life. It will come to pass; it will be done for me.
Lord, these are Your words, not mine. These are Your promises and principles, not mine. So teach me how to grow in this dimension of my journey of faith. You taught me much about persevering faith and the grace to get through the valleys. Also teach me about mountain-moving faith that speaks with authority and expectancy, ground in Your Word, Your promises, and Your principles, I pray.
Help me expect more. Help me experience more. With both humility and authority, help me grow in the confidence of knowing my identity as a child of God and living into my destiny as a disciple of Jesus Christ -- as best as I can and all by Your grace. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
I pray you will grow in faith and confidence in our God and His Word to move the mountains in your life with both humility and authority, in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!
Friends, please come join us if you can and spread the word for our Ministry Fundraiser Golf Tournament and Silent Auction, with golfers Jeremy Camp, Max Lucado, Randy Frazee, and Jim Barker on October 8th.
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Thank you so much for your prayers for us at our Rapha God Ministries' Level 2 School of Ministry we started last night and will continue for the next 7 weeks on practical prayer ministry training and equipping. We heard testimonies of God's power and love in the mighty name of Jesus after the prayer times last night. Praise God! I pray the Holy Spirit equips you for every good work according God's plan and destiny for your life and ministry. God bless you!
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Morning by Morning, September 29 - The Best is Yet to Come!
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Be with me at the beginning of my day and every moment after. ...
"What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him" (1 Corinthians 2:9).
I love You and I'm looking forward to see what You have prepared for me today. With my life and my days in Your hands, I can always say, as I begin each day, the best is yet to come. With my path entrusted to Your purpose for my life, I can trust in Your promise every day that "the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day" (Proverbs 4:18). And I thank You and all Your mercy and grace for me that it's not on the basis of my righteousness, but Yours, that my feet and my future are set on this path.
I can look back on yesterday and every day of the past season to see You were faithful to bring me through every battle -- healing my wounds, breaking my chains, forgiving my sins, cleaning up my mess, and restoring my soul. I can also admit, only by the grace of God, that You even touched a few lives through my life -- as messy as it was -- all along the way. And it gives me faith to look forward to tomorrow and the next season ahead, excited to see what will yet unfold. "Let (my) eyes look directly forward, and (my) gaze be straight before (me). Keep straight the path of (my) feet, and all (my) ways will be sure" in You (Proverbs 4:25-26). And by the grace of God I know in my heart the best is yet to come. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
I pray you will know in your heart the best is yet to come, in Jesus' name. Your eyes haven't seen, your haven't heard, neither has it entered into your heart all the good that our God has planned for you! Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!
Friends, please come join us if you can and spread the word for our Ministry Fundraiser Golf Tournament and Silent Auction, with golfers Jeremy Camp, Max Lucado, Randy Frazee, and Jim Barker on October 8th.
We're excited to be starting our Rapha God Ministries' Level 2 School of Ministry tonight for the next 7 weeks on practical prayer ministry training and equipping. Please keep us in prayer and I pray the Holy Spirit equips you for every good work according God's plan and destiny for your life and ministry. God bless you!
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Morning by Morning, September 27 - Hillary and Donald Are Not Our Hope
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Rule and reign as Lord and Savior in my heart and my life today. ...
"Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of injustice,
to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed to free,
and to break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover them,
and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up quickly;
your vindicator shall go before you,
the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
you shall cry for help, and He will say, Here I Am.
If you remove the yoke from among you,
the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil,
if you offer your food to the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
then your light shall rise in the darkness
and your gloom be like the noonday.
The Lord will guide you continually,
and satisfy your needs in parched places,
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters never fail.
Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
you shall raise up the foundations of many generation;
you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
the restorer of streets to live in" (Isaiah 58:6-12).
Hillary and Donald can argue all they want. And it's our responsibility to discern and to judge, with the right and the privilege we have, to vote the choice we make. At the same time, our nation will not be judged by the leader we choose in Washington as much as by the way we lead our lives as a nation from our hearts. "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats..." (Matthew 25:31-46).
One day, You'll come to judge the earth, but every day before that day to come, You invite me to judge my own heart and the heart of my nation (John 7:24). Every day, You invite me to humble my heart and pray, to turn to You and embrace Your heart and Your ways in my heart and on behalf of my nation (2 Chronicles 7:14). And every day You invite us to remember the promise of Your Word, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.... Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, just as we hope in You" (Psalm 33:12-22 NKJV).
We can thank You, O Lord our God, that Hillary and Donald are not our Hope, but You are. Let Your mercy be upon us, as we hope in You. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.
I join with you in prayer for our hearts and the heart of our nation to embrace the heart of our God, as we hope in Him, in Jesus' name. God bless you, my friend!
Please come join us and spread the word for our Ministry Fundraiser Golf Tournament and Silent Auction, with golfers Jeremy Camp, Max Lucado, Randy Frazee, and Jim Barker on October 8th.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Morning by Morning, September 23 - "Come and See"
Good morning, Lord Jesus. All that I am and all that I have, I entrust to You -- as best as I can and all by Your grace. ...
"Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, 'Come and see a Man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can He?' They left the city and were on their way to Him" (John 4:28-30).
Like the woman at the well, Your Holy Spirit invites every heart to "Come and see" -- to come and see the One who knows everything we've ever done and yet still loves us, to come and see the One who welcomes us to drink the living water of life in Christ, to come and see the One who takes all our pain and shame to turn it into a passion and joy of sharing our hope and faith with everyone we know and all who will listen.
Holy Spirit, who will You bring across my path today who desperately needs a deep drink of the Living Water, who desperately needs a personal encounter with the Living God who longs to turn their pain into praise and their shame into shouts of joy? At one time or anther, we've all been like the woman at the well -- wounded by our world or pounded by our past -- and we can also become the one whose life has been changed forever by an encounter with Jesus, the Messiah -- the One sent from God our Father to offer us a life of peace and joy, finding freedom from our past and fulfillment in Him.
By the grace of God, I'm choosing to drink deeply from the well of Your living water today. And I'm choosing to be available and willing to invite someone else to come and see what You've shown me in the power of Your mercy and love. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
I pray you will be filled with peace and joy, as you drink deeply of the living waters of our Messiah today and invited someone else to experience the One who knows all about us and loves us still, in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!
Friends, thank you so much for your prayers for us during our Level 1 School of Ministry, intensive course, the past two weeks. We had a powerful time to communion and blessing together last night and will begin our Level 2 School with practical prayer ministry training over the course of the next seven weeks. Please keep us in prayer for equipping and anointing to minister the healing love of God in the mighty name of Jesus! DVDs of our Schools of Ministry are available from the Rapha God Ministries website. God bless you!
Please come join us and spread the word for our Ministry Fundraiser Golf Tournament, with celebrity golfers Jeremy Camp, Max Lucado, Randy Frazee, and Jim Barker on October 8th.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Morning by Morning, September 22 - Worship Changes Me
Good morning, Lord Jesus. I know I need my thoughts to become more like Your thoughts, my desires to become more like Your desires, my nature to become more like Your nature. And I know we become like what we worship, what gets our attention gets our heart. So I worship You, Lord God -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -- and welcome You to make me more like You. ...
"And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit" (2 Corinthians 3:18).
In these morning times of my communion of prayer with You, I want to come before You with an unveiled face, with an open heart, with a hungry spirit. I want to seek You, to see Your glory, to embrace Your Presence in worship and in prayer. And as I do, I know You are changing me, transforming me and my thoughts and my desires and my nature, more into Your image from one degree of glory to another, from glory to glory.
None of this comes from me. This comes from You, from Your Spirit at work within me, changing me from the inside out, to be more like You. In that way, while all my worship is for You, You even use my worship as a means of Your grace to help me, to transform me into Your image, that I may be conformed into the image of the Son of God (Romans 8:29).
Come, Holy Spirit. Have Your way and do Your work in me today, as I worship You -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -- "in spirit and truth" (John 4:23). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
I pray the Spirit of the Lord will transform you into the image of the Son of God, from glory to glory, more every day, as you worship the Lord your God in spirit and truth, in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!
Friends, please keep us in prayer as we finish our Level 1 School of Ministry on the Biblical Principles of Inner Healing Prayer Ministry this week. Even as we learn, God is displaying His glory through His healing and freedom in every session. We heard a beautiful and powerful testimony from one of our students last night of the deep healing of the heart and breaking free from the chains of the past that God has been doing during our study. Praise God! I pray for breakthroughs in your life and equipping for your ministry! DVDs of our School of Ministry are available from the Rapha God Ministries website. God bless you!
Please come join us and spread the word for our Ministry Fundraiser Golf Tournament, with celebrity golfers Max Lucado, Randy Frazee, and Jim Barker on October 8th. We just found out last night Jeremy Camp is coming to to play golf with us in San Antonio between his concerts in Dallas and Houston. Praise God!
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Morning by Morning, September 21 - "Seize the Hope," Your "Anchor of the Soul"
Good morning, Lord Jesus. I look to You and listen for Your leading -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. ...
"When God desired to show even more clearly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of His purpose, He guaranteed it by an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God would prove false, we who have taken refuge might be strongly encouraged to seize the hope set before us. We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus, a forerunner on our behalf, has entered, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek" (Hebrews 6:17-20).
Lord, You've "strongly encouraged" me to "seize the hope set before (me)" as "a sure and steadfast anchor of (my) soul." What do You mean by this "hope" and how do I seize it? ...
It seems I hear You speaking to my heart, "I Am your Hope. To hope in Me is to trust in Me, to believe in Me and My nature. Know that I Am a good God with a good heart for My children, and I have a good plan in My purposes for your life. Seize this hope by seeking Me, pursuing Me, choosing to trust Me with all your heart, all your mind, all your soul, and all your strength." ...
Yes, Lord. Your Word comes to mind: "For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon Me and come and pray to Me, I will hear you. When you search for Me, you will find Me; if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find Me, says the Lord..." (Jeremiah 29:11-14).
So as best as I can and all by Your grace, I choose to seize the hope. I consciously, deliberately choose to seek You, to pursue You, to trust You will all my heart, all my mind, all my soul, and all my strength (Mark 12:30). And by the power of the grace of God, I will not be tossed two and fro in wavering doubt no matter what I go through on my journey through this broken and fallen world. I will trust and know that You are with me and You are at work within me to work out Your good purposes according to Your good plan for my life. That's my future with hope in You. And that hope is "sure and steadfast anchor of (my) soul." In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
I pray the One who is your Hope will be a sure and steadfast Anchor to your soul, as you trust in Him with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength, in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!
Friends, please keep us in prayer as we finish our Level 1 School of Ministry on the Biblical Principles of Inner Healing Prayer Ministry this week. Even as we learn, God is displaying His glory through His healing and freedom in every session. Praise God!
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Morning by Morning, September 20 - "The Set Time" to Set Things Right
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Take me by the hand and lead me by Your Spirit through the moments of my day. Put Your thoughts in my mind and Your desires in my heart, as You make me more like You today. ...
"At the set time that I appoint I will judge with equity. When the earth totters, with all its inhabitants, it is I who keep its pillars steady. I say to the boastful, 'Do not boast,' and to the wicked, 'Do not lift up your horn....' It is God who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another" (Psalm 75:2-7).
There's a set time that You set things right. You set in place the ones You have chosen for Your purposes. You put one down and lift up another. You appoint this one and anoint that one. We have our freedom of will, but so do You. Our world and our will may waiver and shake as it totters and trembles in the face of the challenges of the day, but You are steady and sure. You're right as rain -- never wrong, never caught off guard, never wondering how it's all going to work out. You're just "Faithful and True," come hell or high water (Revelation 19:11).
So steady the pillars of my soul. Be the rock of my salvation. "For the pillars of the earth are the Lord's, and on them He has set the world. He will guard the feet of His faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness, for not by might does one prevail. The Lord! His adversaries shall be scattered; the Most High will thunder in heaven. The Lord will judge the ends of the earth; He will give strength to His (chosen), and exalt the power of His anointed" (1 Samuel 2:8-10). Lord, let it be so -- not my will, but Yours be done. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
I pray you will be steady in the pillars of your soul, trusting in the One who sets things right -- all in His time and all in His way, for your good and His glory, in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!
Monday, September 19, 2016
Morning by Morning, September 19 - Whispering of Terror, but the Roaring of the Almighty
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Thank You for the invitation to begin my day and join in this journey of prayer with You each day -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. ...
"For I hear the whispering of many -- terror all around! -- as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life. But I trust in You, O Lord; I say, 'You are my God.' My times are in Your hand.... O how abundant is Your goodness that you have laid up for those who fear You, and accomplished for those who take refuge in You, in the sight of everyone. In the shelter of Your presence You hide them from human plots; You hold them safe under Your shelter.... Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord" (Psalm 31:13-24).
It seems the times of terror have invaded our shores again. Bombs in New York and New Jersey, stabbings in Minnesota, and there's the whispering of more to come. But our time is in Your hand. And we find our refuge in the shelter of Your presence.
By the power of the grace of God, we will be strong in Your strength and take courage in Your covering. "(We) who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, 'My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.' ... (We) will not fear the terror.... We will only look with (our) eyes and see the punishment of the wicked" (Psalm 91:1-8).
Bring the heart of our nation under the covering of the Almighty. Rebuild the breach in our walls through humility and prayer, turning to You alone as our refuge, our fortress, and our strength. Let Your perfect love cast out all fear (1 John 4:18). "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV).
Terror may whisper in the night, but the Most High, the Lord God Almighty, utters His voice and roars from His throne before the hosts of His armies of heaven! (Amos 1:2; Joel 2:11; Psalm 18:13; Psalm 91:11-16; Revelation 19:11-16) "So we may boldly say: 'The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?' (Hebrews 13:6 NKJV) In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
I pray you are filled with power, love, and sound mind from the Most High, the Lord God Almighty, as He sets terror to flight from Your heart and the heart of our nation, in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!