The Lord Will Provide

This day we praise you Lord as our “PROVIDER”. Father please take our children and grandchildren by the hand and teach them to trust you as their Provider. You are our heavenly Father who knows what we need and longs to provide for us in exceeding measure. Help our children to experience firsthand the character and provision of You as provider in their lives. Help them to look to you as their “ultimate provider”. You areJehovah Jireh, meaning “the Lord will provide.”

Tear down any fear of living “without” and increase their faith so they will trust in you for all their needs. Help them to be willing vessels, humbled by your generosity.Help them to live their lives expecting your grace and your glory. Lead them by Your Holy Spirit to boldly come before your throne and ask you for what they need. Convict them of wanting things that are not your best for them. Help our children to be more aware of what you have already provided. Expand their comprehension of your love. Let childlike faith rise up within them as a shield to meet every threat of “lack” the enemy launches against them.

Thank you for being their Good Shepherd and provider who leads them to greater faith in you. As parents, we rest in your word that you will not forsake the righteous and ourchildren and grandchildren will always have your provision.We declare the truth of your word and each of these promises over our children and grandchildren’s lives today and every day:“

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matt. 6:30-33)

“Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worryingcan add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith… Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:24-32)

“All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things.” (Psalm 104:27-28)“Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.” (Psalm 54:4)

“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”(Phil. 4:19)

We send forth these prayers with expectant hope and thank you Father for answering our prayers. “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thess.5:18

In Jesus’ name we pray,

Amen

A Servant’s Heart

Please join me in praying for our children/grandchildren:

The highest position, the highest calling that we can have in the kingdom is as a SERVANT. (Micah 6:8) “He has shown you, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you? But to act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk HUMBLY with your God.Throughout the New Testament we see the apostles continuously describing themselves as a SERVANT:

*(Romans 1:1) “Paul, a SERVANT of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle”Notice the scripture tells us not only what he is called to do, but more importantly, tells us who he is…a SERVANT of Jesus Christ. *(Philippians 1:1) “ Paul and Timothy, SERVANTS of Christ Jesus(James 1:1) James, a SERVANT of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ *2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a SERVANT and apostle of Jesus Christ.The “highest position” for believers is as a SERVANT.

Today in our culture, it seems as though we are so fixated on what our position is or what our calling is that we frequently lose sight of our humble position as a servant in this world. Our culture has become very “title oriented” to say the least. Therefore, our tendency is to let everyone know our title, what we do and what we have accomplished. Our title seems to jump to the forefront of our conversation in order to establish our significance before others… “This is my calling, my job. This is what I’m called to do. I have accomplished this or that.” For those who view themselves as title-less or lesser in title, insecurity can breed as they feel devalued and ill-fitted in our culture.

However, even though Paul, who wrote a third of the New Testament and who many view as the greatest of the apostles, declared his greatest value was as a servant of Jesus Christ: *Ten years before he died he stated in 1 Cor. 15:9 for “I am the least of the apostles, not worthy to be called the apostle, because I persecuted the church.” *Three years before his death he writes in Eph.3:8,”…I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people…” *One year before he dies he declares in 1 Tim. 1:15, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” The more Paul matured and grew in His relationship with Christ, the more he was humbled and understood that anything he had accomplished for the kingdom was only by the grace of God not in or of himself. He was merely a servant of the Lord. Father, may it be so for our children and grandchildren as well.

In the kingdom, the most important title we can take upon ourselves or that we want our children and grandchildren to take upon themselves is to be a SERVANT like Jesus was. Jesus said he came to serve not to be served.Therefore, may our children/grandchildren be called to serve as Jesus did.Father, let our children’s identity not be in “what they do”. It’s not in “what they have”. It’s in “whose they are”. (Luke 12:15)…”For one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses”…. It consists in Jesus.

Mark 9:33 states “Then he (Jesus) came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, what was it you disputed among yourselves on the road? But they kept silent, for on the road they had disputed among themselves whowould be the greatest. And he sat down, called the twelve and said to them if anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.” Father, may our children understand that success in the kingdom is not about how many people can be under them, but in how they spend their lives in service to others.

(Philippians 2:3) “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in the lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves.” Father, please help our children to understand that If they really want to help more people, they must learn to serve them and to serve them well.

(Matthew 23:12) “And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.” The benefit…If God exalts our children, then, by His hand, they can have a greater influence in the kingdom to help others, to lift them up.

Isaiah 57:15 “For thus says the high and lofty one, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is contrite and has a HUMBLE spirit.” May our children be humble in spirit that the Lord may dwell with them always.

Psalm 138:6 “ Though the Lord is on high, yet he regards the lowly (humble).”

Matthew 11:29 “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly (humble) in heart, and you will find REST for your souls.”May our children mature in the faith, may they become more and more humble.

And as the scripture states, knowing Jesus, the lowly, humble one, will bring REST to their very souls. Let it be so Father, let it be so…In Jesus’ name we pray,

Amen

Splashing Prayers

I know a lot of people are going through some very difficult times right now. I read this excerpt in a devotional by Robert Morris. I love this…be blessed my friends:

**PRAYER-FILLED TEARS In 2007, New Life Church in Colorado was devastated when a young man armed with guns came onto the church campus during weekend services, ending the lives of two young girls and then his own. Later, the details of what happened were being shared with a classroom full of men and women who had gathered to learn more about prayer. As the teacher was relaying the information, she meant to say, “Upon learning of the event, my eyes splashed tears.” But what she actually said was, “My eyes splashed prayers.”**

There are times in our lives when we find ourselves overwhelmed by circumstances out of our control: a bad report from the doctor, a prodigal son or daughter, a nation under attack—situations that cause more questions than answers. It’s during times like these that people say they don’t have the right words, they don’t know how to pray or they don’t know the right scripture. Yet sometimes the deepest form of prayer is tears—to be so moved by a situation that your spirit cries out from your deepest being and your tears become a sweet incense of prayer to the Father.The Holy Spirit was sent to help us when we don’t have the words to pray, when all we can do is cry out to God with tears. Romans 8:26–27 says, “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought,but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” When we don’t have the words to say and only tears come forth, the Holy Spirit understands those tears and groans and articulates them to the Father on our behalf. Honest, heartfelt tears move the heart of God.

Tears are a powerful weapon in our arsenal of prayer. Through the Spirit, they propel us into genuine, selfless prayers on behalf of others and ourselves. The Holy Spirit understands those tears and conveys them to the Father. The Father, full of compassion, acts upon those prayers in His perfect will.Please join me in “splashing prayers” for those we know who are suffering greatly this morning.

Blessings to you my friends,

Karen

Simply Pray

Simply pray… Early this morning I put together some scripture verses for prayer. Please join me in prayer for our children and grandchildren.With each prayer is a verse to proclaim. I would like to encourage you to speak and declare the verses out loud (so powerful) and trust God to work on the heart of your children/grandchildren:

1. Lord, we pray our children/ grandchildren will believe in you with a devoted heart. “I will extol You, my God, O King, And I will bless Your name forever and ever” (Psalm 145:1). It’s not enough to believe. The Bible reminds us that even the devil believed. But we pray that our children would fully and completely devote their hearts to God.

2. Lord, we pray our children will let you transform their lives.“I will give them a heart to know that I am the LORD, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart” (Jeremiah 24:7). Life change is what we all desire to see in our children. We want the old to be made new. And we want our children to walk in truth. Father grab hold of their hearts and mold them into the masterpiece you have made them to be.

3. Lord, we pray our children will be protected and convicted when sin tries to creep into their lives. “For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom hereceives.” (Hebrews 12:6).

4. Lord, we pray our children will do what is right according to your word. “Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.” (Psalm37:3)

5. Lord, we pray our children will believe the truth about who they are in Christ. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).Identity is foundational to each of us. Most of us take on an identity early in life and many times it sticks with us for life. We pray that our children would believe the truth about who they are in Christ.

6. Lord, we pray our children will listen and obey your voice.“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:27-28).These days we are bombarded by noise. Social media has overwhelmed us in many ways and has made it hard to hear from God, to distinguish His voice. We pray that our children would be sensitive to God’s voice. Father, tune their ears to listen to what You tell them over what the world is telling them.

7. Lord, we pray our children will make wise choices in the face of peer pressure. “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1Corinthians 10:31).

8. Lord, we pray our children’s hearts will be protected from evil. “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:23).

9. Lord, we pray our children will have compassion on others.“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”(Romans 12:10).

10. Lord, We pray our children will love you with their heart, soul, and mind. “And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”(Matthew 22:37)

Blessings,

Karen

Prayer for Vision

Prayer for VISION: Today we need vision more than ever my friends! The word vision appears 103 times in the Bible. While the notion of vision may seem unusual to some, it’s not unusual to God. Vision is given to us by God to direct and guide our path. I have put together scriptures (some are personalized) and personal prayer concerning vision. I hope you will join me in praying each day this week these scriptures over yourself and your family for God’s vision/direction in all that you say or do. 

I. Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he. (Proverbs 29:18 KJV)

Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, but happy is he who keeps the laws of God (Proverbs 29:18 NASB).

Where there is no understanding of the Word of the Lord, people do whatever they want to, but happy is he who keeps the law (Proverbs 29:18 NLT).

II. Pray : 

Father, I praise you for inviting me into your eternal purpose. I thank you that you are working everything in me according to your will (Ephesians 1:11). You are the master strategist. Father, please give me a greater vision of your purpose. Awaken my heart and establish your reign in my life. I pray that out of Your glorious riches You will strengthen me with power through Your Spirit in my inner being and give me a spirit of wisdom and revelation that I may know you better (Ephesians 3:16-17). I want to know you Lord. Grant me greater vision that I may fulfill your destiny and purpose for my life. May I never surrender to a lesser life than you have designed and created for me. 

In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

IV. Father I pray your Word over myself knowing it never falls void but always accomplishes its purposes:

1)“ I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.” Joel 2:28 Father please give me vision. Anoint me with your gifts that I may see clearly your will for me.

2) And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.” Habakkuk 2:2 Father give me vision and I will record it and be guided by you. Then I will go forth and fulfill your purposes for my life.

3) Where there is no prophetic vision the people are unrestrained, but blessed is he who keeps the law. Proverbs 29:18 Father restrain me to your will and vision for my life.

4) For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. Habakkuk 2:3 

Father I will wait expectantly for your vision and the steps I should take according to your will. I will go forth in faith as I step because I surrender my will to you.

5) For I know the plans you have for me, declares the Lord, plans to prosper me and not to harm me, to give me a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

6) Help me to …Seek you Lord and your strength; help me seek your presence continually! 1 Chronicles 16:11 Father I know that alone I am not enough, but by your strength and spirit I am more than enough in all things. I surrender myself to you.

7) “No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for me and those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 

Father, I thank you and praise you. Please seal all these prayers in the name of Jesus. Amen

Blessings,

Karen

Through The Fire

I wrote this a while back and posted it but it still seems so timely during this season. It ministers to me and and I hope to you…..”

When you walk “through” the fire, you shall not be burned.” (Isaiah 43:2) “Through” the fire, not around it, not beside it, and not outside it. Before God changes our circumstances, He often uses our circumstances to change us.

Heidi Baker, a missionary from Mozambique did a teaching on Psalm 84 while Bruce and I were visiting in Southern California a few years back. She had been “through” numerous trials and much suffering on the mission field. Many times she and her husband had almost been killed. She shared how God had helped them “through” these hardships. Their path was long and difficult and still they stood before us sharing their lives in strength and joy. Psalm 84:5-7 states: “As they pass “through” the Valley of Baca [brokenness, loss, grief, and weeping] they make it a spring…they go from strength to strength”.

I love the hope and power instilled in those words… “from strength to strength.”No matter how tragic the circumstances, when my father died, my mother died, when my baby girl died, when I was frightened, alone, and penniless as a young woman, God met my needs. He carried me and He will carry you…”through” it all. When we embrace him and yield ourselves in absolute surrender to Him, He, in His mercy and grace takes us from strength to strength.

“When you pass “through” the waters, I will be with you; and “through” the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk” through” the fire, you shall not be burned” (Isaiah 43:2). The refiner knows how long the ore must stay in the fire to produce gold. The potter knows how long the clay must stay on the wheel to become a thing of value, beauty, and usefulness. Be comforted this day my friends, our Father God is working for you, “through” you and in you. If you’re crying out right now, ‘ God help me get “through” this.’

Be strengthened. Rejoice! There’s abounding hope in the word “through”.

Are We Running With The Wolves?

As our culture becomes more polarized, we are seeing more anger, division, and war rhetoric rise up in believers than ever before. Clearly, I don’t doubt that we are in a war, but we must remember who we are fighting. This is a spiritual war. The question we must ask is this: Is a warlike posture the proper response to an increasingly anti-Christian society? Is this how we will win them to Christ? Joining and running with the pack? Does such an approach represent the “wisdom that comes down from above,” or the wisdom that is “earthly, unspiritual, [and] demonic” (James 3:13–18)?

Two Kinds of Wisdom 

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”(James 3:13–18)

Our proper response is, as Jesus himself put it, “If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting. . . . But my kingdom is not from the world” (John 18:36). “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12). 

When Jesus was being arrested and, Peter, in his pitiful attempt to intercede, cut off the ear of a guard with his sword, Jesus told him to put down the sword. 

Peter and the disciples must have been incredibly shocked by Jesus’ response. It was indeed countercultural. 

And while Jesus was on trial and eventually being crucified…Note His response:

*We don’t see Jesus spewing in anger, resorting to name-calling and mockery. 

*We don’t see him imitating outrage culture or giving in so easily to the pack. 

*We don’t see Jesus fighting and quarreling with his opponents—forgetting that such skirmishes stem from selfish motives (James. 4:1), 

*We don’t see Jesus mocking those in opposition, using the popular rhetoric of sarcastic memes, name-calling, and condescending language.

*We don’t see Jesus in their likeness RUNNING WITH THE WOLVES.

“But shouldn’t we oppose the evils being spread in our society?”

A recent article in the Gospel Coalition answered this question so very well: 

“The answer is a resounding YES. Engaging with—and even confronting—our culture is a legitimate form of being salt and light in the world.

Again, the deciding factor is the NATURE of our engagement. Are we seeking to destroy or to rescue our opponents? When we correct or oppose or reprove, is it with the goal of winning the conversation or winning a neighbor? Do we confront others in the right spirit? To engage with our culture in a militant and hostile manner is to forsake our role as ambassadors. It’s trading our diplomatic visas for military dog tags. It’s trading the armor of God for the fig leaves of human striving. It’s a capitulation to earthly wisdom—attempting to fight for the kingdom of God on the world’s terms.Too often, when push comes, shove follows. Too often, when the culture opposes us, we feel like equal opposition is the only answer. But the second greatest commandment reminds us that we are to love our neighbors as ourselves. And the parable of the Good Samaritan reminds us that our neighbor is any person we come into contact with—including those who insult and threaten us.

By divine decree, everyone is our neighbor. No exceptions. And we win our neighbors through the same love that won us.”

Blessings Friends,

Karen

Opposition to Christ

In the book of Matthew, there appears to be two kinds of people in opposition to Christ and his followers .

The first kind is the people who simply do nothing in regard to him. He is a nonentity in their lives. This group is represented at the beginning of Jesus’ life by the chief priests and scribes. Matthew 2:4 says, “Assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, [Herod] inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.” So they told him, and that was that: back to business as usual. The inactivity on the part of the chief priests is staggering: why not go with the magi? Yet, they were not interested. The sheer silence and inactivity of the leaders is overwhelming in view of the magnitude of what was happening. They were not at all passionate about finding the Son of God and worshiping him.

The second kind of people who choose not to follow Jesus are the kind who are deeply threatened by him. That would be King Herod in this story. “When Herod the king heard this [about Christ’s birth], he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.” (Matthew 2:3) 

Herod was really afraid. So much so that he schemed and lied and then committed mass murder just to get rid of Jesus.

So today, we see again these two kinds of opposition continuing to come against Christ and his followers: indifference and hostility. Therefore, as Christ followers, we must brace ourselves and hold fast to the faith. We should not be surprised or shaken by opposition. As Charles Spurgeon puts it….“Wherever there is likely to be great success, the open door and the opposing adversaries will both be found. If there are no adversaries, you may fear that there will be no success. A boy cannot get his kite up without wind, nor without a wind which drives AGAINST his kite.” 

Blessings to you,

Karen

Rejoice… Romans 12:15

The Bible says in Romans 12:15 to “Rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn.” We mourn with the families of those who have lost loved ones, rejoice over those who are in recovery and continue to fight for those in the midst of the battle! The battle with Covid-19 is a critical battle that is not yet over; therefore, let us not grow weary, but let us rise by His spirit and continue to fight harder than ever for the obliteration of this deadly virus and the complete healing of those in the midst of the battle for their lives. Let us continue to stand on the promise believing, “Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the Fowler and from the perilous pestilence (Covid-19)” Psalm 91:3.

The account in Luke 17 tells us that Jesus healed ten men with leprosy. Lepers were social outcasts in Bible times, and were forbidden from intermingling with others in society (similar to those fighting Covid today) Considered “unclean” they were rejected by others. Perhaps, that feeling of rejection crept into their hearts so much that they didn’t feel free to approach Jesus personally – instead, they called for His mercy from afar:

“As Jesus went to Jerusalem, …They lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”” (Luke 17:11-13) What’s great about Jesus is that He didn’t reject them. Instead, He took notice of them, responded to their plea and healed them.

However, of the ten lepers Jesus healed, only one came back to thank him. Think about it. All ten lepers were healed, but only one returned to glorify God and fall down to worship Him in gratitude. Interestingly, that person wasn’t even a part of God’s people. Perhaps he valued God’s goodness and grace more than God’s own people did.

“Jesus said, “Were not the ten cleansed? Where are the nine?”

Let’s ask ourselves. As Christians do we really thank God for what He has done? Do we really understand and value the significance of what He has done and is continually doing for us in our lives?

In spite of Covid-19 and all the upheaval around us, let’s join with the one leper who rejoiced and humbled himself at the feet of Jesus. Today let’s rejoice loudly for our Savior, in His mercy, in His love, in His promises, in the healings, in His miraculous glory today and every day! Let’s praise His glorious name!

Blessings,

Karen

Peace Be Still

Emotions are high right now and the enemy’s roaring! A vomit of screaming, shouting, blame, rage, violence, shock and despair to name a few. It’s a horrible shakening, it’s true! But please be careful not to entangle yourself too much in the darkness…it’s overwhelming and it’s horrible. However the devil would like nothing more than for you to get angry, frustrated, violent and depressed. He wants you to give up on this nation and this world. Please don’t do it. Please don’t make the enemy smile. We serve the God of hope that counters and prevails over anything the enemy conspires to do. So stop yourself and look up. The greatest fighting you can do right now is to pray. As difficult as it is, you cannot let yourself be distracted or consumed by this evil. The enemy wants to seize and destroy you, your family, and your friends. The devil wants to destroy everything that God values. He wants to fill you with his venom so that you will be poisoned from the inside. Don’t let him. It will tear you away from God. Some may think that people like me are really doing nothing if we’re not out there shouting and lavishing in opinions . However, prayer is the greatest tool for weaponry that you could ever have. If you really believe that, if you really know the power and authority you have through Christ, you’d be on your knees right now, not engaging in the arguments . As hard as it may seem, look up and pray. Don’t be part of the banter. It’s just noise and chaos in the ears of God. The only people listening are the worldly angry masses. The Bible says we are in the world but not of the world. Let’s not become it. The enemy’s roaring beside us but his ultimate goal is to roar through us… don’t let it be you!