Friday, August 29, 2014

The Miracle Journey

Thank you for your prayers for my wife's job, already we are seeing the Lord's hand at work.

For whatever reason the Lord has given this brother an inside look, and the faith and knowledge of the miracle journey.  For me it has never (as memory serves) been something instant, we have always had to wait.  During this waiting, there have been multiple tests, usually where the Lord and the enemy know I am weakest as well as tests in areas I did not think could be tested.

The journey through multiple miracles has given this brother a testimony which is likely at least part of the reason and purpose this nobody exists on earth today.  What is this testimony and what has this brother learned?

-We cannot 'fix' each others problems nor were we ever meant to.  Why does the fixing?  The Lord.

-The miracle journey is a time of testing, do you really believe?  The entire spiritual world is watching to find out the answer.  The enemy will attack before, during and after your answer.  Before your answer he will tell you it will never happen, while the Lord is answering he will tell you its not real and somehow or other its a mirage that will not last, and after the answer has taken root in reality your personal weaknesses will be explored as well as one last "appearance" that your miracle might be reversed or taken away.

This pattern has repeated itself time and again in this brother's experience.

-We can quote scripture at each other all day and night but without the Spirit of God bringing it alive to us it will all appear useless.  You know the Word, and someone else quotes the Word to you that you already know but nothing stirs inside of you, it does not seem to help to hear what you already know from the Word.  Ever had that happen?  The Spirit of God must move and bring it alive to you, THEN it will be helpful.

proof?  The enemy knows the Word of God from cover to cover but he never really understood it.  If he did, He would not have crucified our Lord.  That's just one example of how you can brain knowledge know the Word but it not help you.

-Ultimately, the answering of our prayers of all kinds to include miracles is about the journey, our walk with the Lord day by day.  It is about walking and talking and building relationship with Him.  In the end it will result in a testimony.  Although the Lord does delight in answering us, He also delights in the relationship.  Will we trust Him day to day and hour to hour?  "Give us this day our daily bread" is what the Lord taught us.
May those who delight in my vindication shout for joy and gladness; may they always
say, "The LORD be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servant."

Some miracles have taken months, some have taken years, some see answers almost immediately.

-We must remember the source:  The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit are our source.  Our answer comes from Him alone.  Day to day, during the pain and patience and suffering that are ours in Christ Jesus, the Spirit alone can grant us peace.

11Then his people recalledb the days of old,
the days of Moses and his people—
where is he who brought them through the sea,
with the shepherd of his flock?
Where is he who set
his Holy Spirit among them,
12who sent his glorious arm of power
to be at Moses’ right hand,
who divided the waters before them,
to gain for himself everlasting renown,
13who led them through the depths?
Like a horse in open country,
they did not stumble;
14like cattle that go down to the plain,
they were given rest by the Spirit of the Lord.

-The Spirit often brought to mind Israel's exodus from Egypt and ^^^^ the parting of the sea to hold onto during my miracle journey.

The Lord's Word is either true or it is not.  My testimony is that the Word is true.  The Lord either performs miracles today or He does not.  This brother's testimony is that He does.

-We must bring the Lord something He can work with.  What can He work with?  Our faith and His Word.  How can the Lord resist His own Word?  How can the Lord resist our faith in Him?  Bring to Him those things He has asked of us.  Ask, seek, knock and keep on doing all three.

-This brother can tell you that the Lord does work on behalf of His children.  The Lord absolutely performs miracles for His children today.  It is very important to understand that there is NOTHING special about me apart from the Spirit that lives within me and who works through me, that same Spirit lives in you.  If you are in Christ, then the same blood that cleanses me cleanses you.

We are forgiven and beloved servants who are being tested.  Stand up in your faith or you will not stand at all.

If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all

1 Peter 4:12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.

By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. ... When
God tested Abraham, faith led him to offer his son Isaac. ...
// - 18k
... so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes
though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory ...
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... For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. ...
// - 17k
... Some time later, God tested Abraham's faith. "Abraham!" God called. ...
// - 17k
... You cried to me in trouble, and I saved you; I answered out of the thundercloud
and tested your faith when there was no water at Meribah. ...
// - 18k
... The one who maintains his faith will not panic. ... This is what the Almighty LORD says:
I am going to lay a rock in Zion, a rock that has been tested, a precious ...
// - 19k
... They believe for a while, but when their faith is tested, they abandon it. .

Do you think our faith is going to be tested?  ^^^ Yes.  Is it painful?  Yes.  Do we suffer?  Yes.  Does the Lord answer?  YES, (usually) after we have been tested.

Everyone who asks receives (Matt 7:8).  The Lord said it, the Lord meant it and this nobody who writes to you today can testify that it is the truth.

Fight the good fight of faith, continue to endure.  Continually bring back to the Lord His Word and your faith to give the Lord the legal right to act on your behalf.  Faith and the Word are golden in the kingdom we belong to.  Ask the Spirit of our Lord to give you peace to to make the Word come alive to your Spirit so you will have substance within you to feed upon.  We are a needy people, we need Him each and every day for everything.

grace and peace

Sister Naomi your miracle is surely on its way.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:6Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you.
8Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:
9Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
Benediction and Greetings
10But the God of all grace, who has called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that you have suffered a while, restore, establish, strengthen, settle you.
11To him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

My family is in need of another miracle.  My wife has figured out with some certainty that her employer plans to shut down the business unit where she works sometime around the Jan 2015.  We have looked around and where we live there are no good prospects for her to find another job like the one she has in the near future.  So now what?  Now this........

7Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you.

We do not live in this world without help.  The faithful God who has delivered me and my family time and time again through multiple miracles and answered requests will be with us again.  Am I being presumptive to make such statements?  How can I be so bold?  How many times does the Lord need to answer my prayers and deliver me before I "get it" and just trust Him?  What does the Word say?

Matt 7:7Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.
9Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
10Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

Now, really think about what the Lord says here ^^.  Either it is 100% truth or it is a lie, which is it?  This brother can testify that what has been written in the Word is truth and not a lie.  I cannot speak for others but I can speak for myself.  I have asked and I have received.  I did seek and I did find.  I knocked and the door was opened.  Many people will discount the Word by saying to themselves "yea, well there must be something special about him or her."  Wrong, what is special is the power and faithfulness of the Lord our God.  He has done these things through one of the least of the brothers in Christ (me) as a testimony to you.

The Lord does not answers us how or when we want most of the time.  We ask for what we want and when and how are His department.  I cannot deny what the Lord has already done for me, and I will marinate my mind and heart and spirit in the previous victories He has already given to build and maintain my faith for the next miracle my family needs, another job for my wife where there appears to be no jobs.

We will bring something back to the Lord daily that He respects: faith and His Word.  How can the Lord resist His own Word?  This is not twisting the Lord's arm, it is bringing to Him something He can work with, something that pleases Him: our faith and His Word.  What has the Lord said?  Bring it back to Him...

If you need a prayer answered or a miracle I pray that you will walk this walk with me into the comfort and provision and rest of the Lord.  We will be tried and tested and there might  be times that will not be pleasant but we absolutely must remember where our source is, in Him and He is faithful.

grace and peace

Friday, August 15, 2014

8.15.2014 Prayer For All of Us

Lord, your Word is full of warnings to us who believe.  Today, on behalf of all the brothers and sisters, my family and myself I pray about your Words spoken to us below:

... and repent. If therefore you will not watch, I will come on you as a thief,
and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.

... Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man
is coming at an hour you do not expect. ...
... You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

Lord, we pray for watchful eyes, that you will not come upon us as a thief.  You told us that you are coming at an hour that we do not expect and we take you at your Word.  You do not and cannot lie.  I pray that we will all be ready for you when you arrive.  I pray that we all will be found as faithful servants doing what pleases you during that unexpected hour.

I love you Lord and I do fear you.  Your Word makes us tremble.  Do not terrify us in your wrath but show us your tender mercies and loving kindness.  All glory and honor and power and all the riches and glory be yours forever and ever.