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Monday, March 24, 2014

Praise in the Face of The Enemy (Derek Prince)


Psalm 8:2 "Nursing infants gurgle choruses about you; toddlers shout the songs That drown out enemy talk, and silence atheist babble." (The Message Version)

One thing we notice in the psalms of David is that he says a great deal about his enemies. If ever a man had enemies, it was David. But he had learned the secret of dealing with his enemies. He had learned the secret of evoking God’s presence and God’s help and here he reveals the secret very simply. It’s to offer God praise.

He says, “God has ordained from the lips of children and infants praise.” Children and infants are the weakest in the natural, but when praise comes from the lips of even the weakest; its effect is to silence the foe and the avenger.

The Bible shows us so clearly that every one of us has a foe, an avenger – someone who’s out to destroy us. His name is Satan. He’s the devil. He’s the accuser of the brothers. He’s the one who misrepresents us, who’s always against us, who misinterprets everything we do, who accuses us before the very throne of God. How can we stop him? How can we silence him? The answer is by praise. When praise ascends to God, it silences Satan. It silences his accusations. It stops his mouth and we have free, unhindered access to God. We live out our life without that continual condemnation of Satan’s accusations.

Remember, praise is the way to bring God in on your side against the devil.

- From Derek Prince Ministries

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Successful Prayer

The key to successful prayer is our relationship with God, which is a vertical one that goes through each member of the Triune God. We pray through Jesus, by way of the Holy Spirit to God the Father. The reverse is true when receiving God's blessing. The blessing comes from God the Father, by way of the Holy Spirit, through God the Son, to us.



We must acknowledge both Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in our prayer life. While Christ is Lord over the church, the Holy Spirit is Lord in the church. While all true Christian churches acknowledge Christ as Lord over the church, not all acknowledge the Holy Spirit as Lord in the church. Without the Holy Spirit in the picture, we can have all the right doctrine and say all the right words, but our prayers never leave the building. And yet, we wonder why God doesn't answer our prayers.


Be blessed and be a blessing...
Mark

Friday, March 7, 2014

Fellowship of the Unashamed




The following was written by a young man from Rwanda who was forced by his tribe in 1980 to renounce Christ or face death. He refused to renounce Christ, and he was murdered on the spot. The night before he had written the following commitment which was found in his room: 

"I am a part of the fellowship of the Unashamed. I have the Holy Spirit Power. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions, mundane talking, chintzy giving, and dwarfed goals.

"I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don't have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by presence, learn by faith, love by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by power.

"My pace is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my Guide is reliable, my mission is clear.

I cannot be bought, compromised, deterred, lured away, turned back, diluted, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

"I won't give up, back up, let up, or shut up until I've preached up, prayed up, paid up, stored up, and stayed up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I must go until He returns, give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes.

"And when He comes to get His own, He will have no problem recognizing me. My colors will be clear for "I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.." (Romans 1:16)."

These "No Matter What the Cost" disciples of Jesus Christ are the ones who consider the cost of God's call on their lives and then with perfect freedom and with a clear understanding that this road will be very difficult - overwhelming at times - they choose to answer by saying, ’Here am I Lord! Send me’ (Isaiah 6:8)

The Fellowship of the Unashamed are also the ones who like Paul in Phillippians 3:5-11 boldly proclaimed,

"But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.  What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.  I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead". 

Are you part of the fellowship?



 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Isaiah 62 Prayer Initiative for March 2014



The next global day of prayer and fasting in our Isaiah 62 Prayer Campaign will be on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014.

During the month of March, the Jewish people will be marking the holiday of Purim. This is a special time to remember the incredible story of God's deliverance of the Jews from a plot to exterminate them in ancient Persia, as is recounted in the Book or Scroll of Esther.

Now there are many aspects of the Purim story which seem to be playing out around us again today. This can especially be seen in the growing movement to boycott Israel and delegitimize her right to exist. So as we lift up Israel in our Isaiah 62 Prayer Campaign this month, we want to be mindful of these similarities and allow them to inform and direct our intercession in this age-old battle to preserve and defend the Jewish people.

In the story of Esther, we see that:

  1. The Jews were unfairly singled out for special condemnation and targeted for death. The evil Haman told the King that the Jews are "different" and he should not "let them remain" (Esther 3:8-9). The Persian Empire at the time was vast, with more than 100 provinces and many different peoples with their own beliefs, languages and customs. But the Jews were the only ones that faced this plan of discrimination and destruction.
     
  2. Haman had his own motivations for striking out at the Jews, as he was an Agagite, which means he belonged to the Amalekite nation and thus was from Israel's most implacable enemy. Somehow, he was able to get the King and many others to agree with his hatred against the Jewish. The lesson is that anti-Semitism is a spirit that we either agree with or not, and the battle surrounding Israel and the Jewish people is at heart a spiritual battle.
     
  3. In the end, the Jews were allowed to defend themselves against Haman's evil plot, and with many allies at their side they were able to prevail and celebrate a great deliverance.
Today, the boycott campaign is also trying to unfairly target the Jewish people, but through the 'collective Jew' - the state of Israel. There are many nations and peoples committing grave human rights violations and even atrocities against others in our day, yet the boycotters only want to single out Israel for condemnation and punishment. And while for the moment they are taking aim at Israeli companies in the 'settlements', their ultimate goal is to eliminate the Jewish state.

The worst agitators in the growing boycott movement are hardened anti-Semites and thus impossible to reason with. But they are somehow able to get otherwise normal people to agree with their spirit of hatred against the Jews. This is eerily similar to how Hitler and the Nazis convinced multitudes to blame the Jews for all their problems. It started with a boycott and ended in mass murder on an industrial scale. So at heart this is a spiritual battle, not an economic one, and we need to see it in such sobering terms.
  

MARCH PRAYER POINTS

  • Israel's Economy - Pray that the Israeli economy would continue to grow and flourish in spite of the efforts of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. Pray for the immediate target of the boycotters - the Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria, that they would continue to have open markets to the world.

·         Israel's Enemies - Pray that the boycotters would be frustrated and defeated in their attempts to isolate and de-legitimize Israel. Pray that their real motives and agendas would be publicly exposed as old fashioned anti-Semitism. Pray that others would not agree with the spirit of hatred against the Jewish people and state.

·         Israel's Defense - Pray that Israel would continue to have the freedom and capabilities to defend itself in the military and economic fields. Pray for those engaged in the diplomatic and academic battle over Israel. And pray that more Christians in all corners of the world would boldly stand up at this critical hour to join in the defense of Israel.


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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Israel, the Church and the Nations (Malcolm Hedding)


In April of last year, I had the pleasure of meeting the entire executive staff of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem while at a conference in Ft. Lauderdale. It was awesome to speak with people that knew my parents when this organization was in its infancy and to hear the Director of the ICEJ U.S., Susan Michael, speak of my folks as everyone's 'Spiritual parents' during the late 70's-80's in Jerusalem.

In this teaching from the ICEJ's 2013 Feast of Tabernacles celebration in Jerusalem, Rev. Malcolm Hedding, former Executive Director of the ICEJ, expounds on Israel's calling through scripture and what this means for the Church and the nations.

Great teaching HERE...


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