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Laughing at Impossible Situations

Impossible Situations. Keys to victorious faith. Inspirational Women's BlogGenesis 18 tells us of the well-known story of Sarah laughing at an impossible situation. She was told she would bear a child when she was past child-bearing age; at least to her she was. But God is never too late, He can do the impossible!

When those men visited Abraham and Sarah they encouraged them to have faith in the promise that God would give them a son. When Sarah overheard the men talking her response was to laugh at what seemed impossible! She was ninety years old and could not believe this could happen to her now.  After her guests left Sarah continued to ponder their words – “Nothing is too hard for the LORD” and the Lord gave those words peculiar power which grew in her heart.

Does something in your life seem totally impossible for God? I know we all have or are facing situations like Sarah. We may have prayers which seemingly go unanswered. We then start to examine ourselves, and if you are like me you begin to ask is it because you are lacking faith?

God alone has created the world we live in. He created things we cannot see with our naked eye. Each day the sun rises and sets and is never too early or too late. The planets spin around us without even crashing into the earth. There are things happening every day we are not even aware of, yet God who is all-powerful and who greatly cares for every aspect of this universe, knows every detail about every thing.

It was impossible for Sarah to become pregnant, but she, just as we must, looked beyond impossibilities and placed her faith in God.

One important aspect of our Christian walk is faith and faith does not stand on nothing. Faith must have a promise in which to rest on and the Word of God is filled with Promise after Promise in which we can cling to and stand on in the midst of impossible situations.

“From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:2

“When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, Then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk They have secretly set a snare for me.” Psalm 142:6

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.” Isaiah 40:28

“But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” John 14:1

“There is none holy like the LORD: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. For there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.” 1 Samuel 2:2

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.” Psalm 28:7

“Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.” Psalm 37:5

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:2 

 

Are your finances impossible?

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?”

Does it seem impossible your child will ever change?

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?”

Is your marriage in an impossible place?

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?”

Is there a loved one where it seems impossible they will ever come to know Jesus?

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?”

Is a diagnosis from the doctor impossible for the doctors?

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?”

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37

Nothing is too hard for the Lord! No matter your situation, it is in no way impossible for God!

Sarah was counted faithful “Because she judged him faithful who had promised.” She rested her faith on a promise from God.

Keep praying in faith, stand on those Promises given to us in His Word, because nothing is impossible for God!

{Want more devotions? I’m A Sword Wielding Devil Slayer; Declaring the Word of God and Taking Back What the Devil Stole from Me!}

Prayer for our Nation

Prayer for our nationThe Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. Jesus used this spiritual weapon when tempted by Satan in the desert. Each time Satan attempted to deliver a blow, Jesus blocked the attack with the Word of God by quoting scripture.

 Praying the Word is using your Sword and defeating the enemy! Let’s take up our Sword and wield it over our nation….

“Heavenly Father, I give thanks for our government (1 Timothy 2:1). I pray for all men and women having authority over us in any way (1 Timothy 2:2). Pour out Your Spirit upon them and make Your Word known to them (Proverbs 1:23). Cause them to be men and women of integrity, obedient concerning us (Psalm 25:21), that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty (1 Timothy 2:2). Let wisdom enter their hearts, and let knowledge be pleasant to them (Proverbs 2:10). Let discretion preserve them and understanding keep them (Proverbs 2:11), to deliver them from the way of evil and from evil men (Proverbs 2:12). Make their hearts and ears attentive to godly counsel (Psalm 1:1), doing what is right in your sight (2 Chronicles 20:32). Let the upright dwell in our government (Proverbs 2:21). Cause there to be a shaking in all areas. Let those complete and blameless before You stay (Hebrews 12:27), and cut off the wicked. Let the unfaithful be rooted out (Proverbs 2:22). Bring to light what is hidden in darkness (1 Corinthians 4:5), and expose the secret aims of the hearts (1 Corinthians 4:5). Let this nation remember from where they have fallen, repenting, and returning to doing their first works (Revelation 2:5), setting their hearts and their souls to seek the Lord (1 Chronicles 22:19), humbling themselves, praying, and turning from their wicked ways. Then hear them, Lord, and forgive their sins and heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14). Open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light (Acts 26:18). Soften the hearts that are hardened through the deceitfulness of sin (Hebrews 3:13). Deliver them from their destructions (Psalm 107:20). Father, You have been longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). Raise up a standard in this nation (Isaiah 49:22). Cause the rains of Your Spirit to flood this land (Zechariah 10:1), and revive Your work in the midst of us (Habakkuk 3:2). Raise up intercessors for this nation (Isaiah 59:16), to pull down strongholds over this land (2 Corinthians 10:4). And let the glory of the Lord be revealed (Isaiah 40:5)!”

Am I Praying Properly?

Sandra Hersey. live life out loud. Keys to victorious faithPrayer is vital to our lives, as most of us know. However, most give their “grocery list” prayers I like to call them, which sound something like this: “God, help me pay my mortgage this month. Help my mom to feel better. Send me someone to give me some HELP. Make my spouse understand me more. Please God make my children mind! Thank you Jesus. Amen.”

Though prayer is important, it is of the most importance that we know how to pray properly. And as with anything we must look to the Bible for the correct answer, and who better to look at as an example than Jesus!

When we face times of trials, and storms rise up in our lives, we can seem to be like a tossed ship in raging waters. But God intends for us to chart those “storms of life” with the promises He has already laid out for us in His Word. Jesus knew this when Satan tempted Him in the wilderness. Now you may say “I’m not being tempted to sin, I just need an answer to my prayer.” Think of this my friend, when we are worried we ARE being tempted to sin by not trusting God. God does not want us to worry or His Word would not declare “Be anxious for nothing!” ( Read here for more on why we should not worry). The point I want to show is not about temptation, it is how to follow Jesus when we have Satan bringing on a storm in our life.

Let’s look at Matthew 4: 1-11- 1THEN JESUS was led (guided) by the [Holy] Spirit into the wilderness (desert) to be tempted (tested and tried) by the devil. 2And He went without food for forty days and forty nights, and later He was hungry. 3And the tempter came and said to Him, If You are God’s Son, command these stones to be made [loaves of] bread. 4But He replied, It has been written, Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.  5Then the devil took Him into the holy city and placed Him on a turret (pinnacle, gable) of the temple sanctuary. 6And he said to Him, If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, He will give His angels charge over you, and they will bear you up on their hands, lest you strike your foot against a stone. 7Jesus said to him, On the other hand, it is written also, You shall not tempt, test thoroughly, or try exceedingly the Lord your God. 8Again, the devil took Him up on a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory (the splendor, magnificence, preeminence, and excellence) of them.  9And he said to Him, These things, all taken together, I will give You, if You will prostrate Yourself before me and do homage and worship me.  10Then Jesus said to him, Begone, Satan! For it has been written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him alone shall you serve. 11Then the devil departed from Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.”

Notice Jesus had the same reply to everything the devil threw at Him; He said over and over “it has been written!” Jesus took the Word of God and declared “It is written” then He spoke out what the Word said about His particular situation!  For example when Satan tried to tell Jesus he would give him all things Jesus said in verse 10 “Begone, Satan! For it has been written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him alone shall you serve.” Jesus spoke out it is written and backed it up with Deuteronomy 6:13. Jesus also said, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you” (John 15:7). We must have God’s word abiding in us so we can declare it out when we need answer to our prayers!

It is vital we follow Jesus’ examples and instructions. He knew how to talk with His Father  and get His prayers answered, as well as how to send the devil packing when he showed up!

First, find the scripture which has already been promised to you in God’s Word. If you need healing find a healing scripture like 1 Peter 2:24. If you need help in your finances stand and declare Philippians 4:19. If you have an unsaved loved one; bind up the devil over their life according to Matthew 12:29, and pray the Lord of the harvest according to Matthew 9:38 will send labors into their lives to lead them to Jesus! There is a promise from God to you in His Word for EVERY situation in your life! You must find that promise!

Second, you pray out “Father, in Jesus Name, it is written in your Word….” then add the Scripture you are standing on!

Third, give thanks to the Father IN ADVANCE for doing what He promised He would do. THIS is walking in faith! When we know BEFORE it comes that God WILL do it, THEN we are walking in faith. Faith is NOT hoping God will. Faith is not wringing our hands and pleading with God; it is declaring out of our mouths the Word of God. Declaring “it is written, and in Jesus Name” to the Father. Then we keep thanking Him that it is done, NO MATTER what we see in the natural!

We must come to the point where we know we must declare first “It is written” before we can claim “it is finished!”

Know someone who is facing a storm they can’t seem to get out of? Sandra’s book The Drying Pot; And The Refining Fires Necessary to Become a Vessel Used By God is a book of trials and triumphs! She takes you through her real life trials and how she overcame! See how you can move God to change your situation!

How to Worry Less

Want to worry less?Imagine a life without worry! As impossible as this may seem God intended a better life than a life of worrying about our children, bills, health, etc. The apostle Paul tells us exactly how to handle worry in Philippians 4: 6-9. I know we have heard these passages over and over, but have we made them part of our day-to-day lives?

Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. 7And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. 8For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them]9Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you.”

I put in bold the words I want us to really focus on: We are not to worry about anything! What? Yes! Worry is not something God wants us to do, however we are always worrying about something are we not? So from today on each time we begin to have worry creep up into our minds we must replace that worry thought with prayer. As we are praying we are to let God know what our desire is for this circumstance we are in. “God help me” is not specific enough! Notice we are to make definite requests. Tell Him verse 6 says what we need! And while we are making our requests known we are to make sure we are thinking back on how many times God has come through for us in the past. We must spend some time setting our thoughts on things God has ALREADY done for us and thank Him for those things. We are to read in the Bible how many times a situation seemed impossible and God showed up and showed out! My friend He knows your name and loves you very much, I believe He led you here today to read this just so you can be reminded of that! He wants the best for you, He wants to work this out for you, but He wants you to ask Him.

In verse 8 Paul tells us what we are to think about. We all have thoughts come into our minds but whether they get to stay and hang out is up to us! We are to give our minds a purposeful thought. This verse tells us our thoughts need to be set on things that are true, honorable, pure, lovely, of good report. Not things of worry, doubt, confusion, or anxiety. When we have the former thoughts; those are not pleasing thoughts to God. We must drive out those invading thoughts and replace them and think on purpose the thoughts God wants us to think on. By replaying in our minds past victories God has given us – and standing on His Word and declaring “My God shall supply ALL my need!”  This is a great way to get our minds off of our problems and get them on God and His promises to us. Remember if God said it in His Word He will do it no matter how much time has passed!

Look at Daniel 9:23 and what the angel of God said to Daniel about the fact he was praying “The moment you began praying, a command was given.” Now look at Isaiah 65:24 “I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!” God doesn’t have to check his Facebook inbox or text messages to see when we send up a prayer to Him. He hears immediately and He immediately answers, however those prayers are not always revealed for us in the natural for many different reasons. But take comfort in knowing God hears us and answers us immediately and now it is our responsibility to trust Him and His Word and wait for the manifestation of the answer! Notice verse 9 tells us we are to practice what we have learned! We can only change our worry but acting on what the Word tells us to do instead!

God has blessings stored up but they are released when we pray and ask Him – so stop worrying and start asking!

{Need more help? Help! I’m Alone with My Mind; A Guide To Gaining Victory Over Your Thoughts}

What is in a name?

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Revelation knowledge is very exciting to me. Ephesians 5:20 is a scripture I know and have quoted so many times in my walk with the Lord. I bet you too can quote it …… “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” but here is the revelation.

I have always said “always” give thanks to God our Father, I have always said give thanks for “all” things. That in itself can be a lesson, We are to always give thanks. No matter what we give thanks. We are to give thanks in “all” things; the good, the bad, the ugly. Not giving thanks for the problem, but instead for the strength we are gaining. Or for what God is removing out of us in the situation, or what He is placing in us, in this situation. But that was not the revelation…..

This scripture specifically tells us “in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!” We are to declare out of our mouths and in our prayers, “Thank you Father for ————- in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!” Do you see that? Why? Why are we to be thanking our Father God in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ?

We seem to throw around “the name of Jesus” like a cliché sometimes. I am just as guilty! We are praying and we finish “in the Name of Jesus, Amen.” We have forgotten these are not just words! They are power house declarations! When we pray or declare in the Name of Jesus we are speaking by the authority of Jesus! We are not speaking in our own authority but because Jesus authorized us to take action in His name we have the right! (John 14:13  “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.“) When David battled against Goliath, he came to him “in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied” (1 Samuel 17:45). He did not go in his own power and authority but in the power which belonged to God! This authority gave David the ability to fight Goliath and be victorious.

When we come in someone else’s name we come in their stead. In other words the person to whom we go to is expected to react to us, not based on who we are, but as if the person who sent us was there himself. They are to treat us as they would treat the one who authorized us to come! Jesus authorizes us to come in His name, and the Father is obligated to treat us as He would His own Son, because we came in His stead. We are representing Jesus when we come to the Father by using Jesus name!  Romans 8:17 “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” We are joint heirs with Jesus Christ, we share the same inheritance!

When we open our mouths to thank our Father in Heaven for ALL things we are to use the authority given to us and thank God in the Name of Jesus!

{Want more devotions? I’m A Sword Wielding Devil Slayer; Declaring the Word of God and Taking Back What the Devil Stole from Me!}

Dear God

Need peace?

DEAR GOD:

I want to thank you for what you have already done. I am not going to wait until I see results or receive rewards; I am thanking you right now.
I am not going to wait until I feel better or things look better;
I am thanking you right now. I am not going to wait until people say
they are sorry or until they stop talking about me;
I am thanking you
right now. I am not going to wait until the pain in my body disappears
I am thanking you right now. I am not going to wait until my
financial situation improves; I am going to thank you right now.
I am not going to wait until the children are asleep and the house is quiet;
I am going to thank you right now. I am not going to wait until I get
promoted at work or until I get the job;
I am going to thank you right now. I am not going to wait until I understand every experience in my life that has caused me pain or grief;
I am thanking you right now.

I am not going to wait until the journey gets easier or the challenges
are removed;

I am thanking you right now.
I am thanking you because I am alive.
I am thanking you because I made it through the day’s difficulties.
I am thanking you because I have walked around the obstacles.
I am thanking you because I have the ability and the opportunity to do
more and do better.
I’m thanking you because FATHER, YOU haven’t given up on me.

GOD IS SO GOOD, AND HE’S GOOD ALL THE TIME!
IN ALL THINGS THANK HIM.