A habit is an action or behavior that is regular and repetitive- a long-standing practice. How many of us have “habits” when it comes to spiritual things?
Jesus had the habit of praying. We see it clearly throughout the scriptures. He is showing us the importance of good practice in communications with our Heavenly Father.
He would often rise long before the daybreak to be alone and in a solitary place to pray. He made it a priority in His life.
Have you ever tried waking up while it’s still dark and quiet in your home and talking with God? I can’t say it has become a complete habit for me, but I want it to be. It is often the best time of my prayer time with God when I wake in the early hours of the morning.
Most of us struggle to find time in our schedules for prayer. Think about a time in your day where you can practice forming a habit to communicate with our Father intimately. I’ve heard it takes 21 days to form a habit, did you know that? Earlier is better, it makes all the difference in how the remainder of your day goes.
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35)
Let our Savior be our constant encourager. Let it show us that forming this habit of prayer time is something important for us to follow.
Putting God above everything else in our life requires continuous awareness of our treasures on earth. Any one of us can be tempted to put things of this world above our relationship with God.
Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)
King Solomon’s reputation led to great riches. He accumulated “things”: shops, horses, gold, chariots, palaces, and more, his life was filled with treasures.
King Solomon asked God for wisdom to rule the nation and God gave it to him. (Kings 3) you would think with all the wisdom and riches he had, it should NOT have gone to his head, but it did.
It’s important we all ask God regularly to show us if any of our earthly possessions or desires are getting in the way of our walk with Him. I recently had victory not purchasing something I wanted so badly in a catalog. I knew I shouldn’t make the purchase. I had enough. I had the money, that wasn’t the point. I had enough. So, I had to pray through it for several days. When I finally prayed once and for all and threw the photo of the temptation away, I had victory! Not always easy and this may be a small deal, but small things lead to big things and we must keep ourselves in check. I am still praising God over that victory from a few days ago.
Ask God for strength to resist any temptation within our hearts that will turn us from Him or lead to problems that can take alter the course of our “God-focused” path of life.
Though we treasure past wisdom gained through victory and trial, we must never stop seeking hard after God today. We pray for His wisdom to fill our minds. We glory in the joy that true wisdom brings.
As a woman world leader, may we walk intimately with God and thus become reliable messengers of His engaged presence and profound love. By sharing the message with others it draws us even closer to our Lord. This brings on intimacy. Thank God for the messages He gives you to share, the wisdom you possess through God, and praise Him. There is definitely so much to be grateful for as you become intimate with your Savior.
Intimacy brings about the deep realization that you are not alone. You are never alone, as God promises to never leave you or forsake you in scripture — Hebrews 13:5
Combine the wisdom from God and the messages He provides you to deliver, and you’ll become the best messenger of “good gifts” to others who are in need.
We cannot respond to Jesus’ invitation to live significant lives for Him without coming alive in ways that surprise us. And as we come alive, we come undone — a feeling that’s both unsettling and beautiful.
From the time we wake up to God’s divine purposes to the time we walk out those purposes in obedience and faith, we stand as works in progress, tested through trial, completed through perseverance.
It takes guts to reach out a hand for Jesus and to follow Him to places unknown. Oftentimes, those places require humble surrender, gritty faith, and patient trust.
I’m praying for you as I write this, will you “trust Jesus” today, into the Great unknown?
When we take a “faith walk”, it is about our intimacy with God. We follow His lead, and He will lead us to rely on Him in big and small ways.
When God calls us out, whether it’s to engage in a difficult conversation, to travel somewhere very far, to reach out to total strangers, or to attempt something that’s far bigger than we are, it can scare us to death but it can also be exhilarating.
These kinds of faith experiences can be God opportunities.
“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.”
These faith experiences may be scary, risky, and inconvenient circumstances but if we cover our eyes and bury our heads, we will miss an opportunity to be part of an everyday miracle when it comes to our faith.
Please try a “faith walk” and watch what God will do with your life.
Faith is victory! Faith gives victory over things that enslave you. Everyone desires to live a confident life, to prosper, and have abundance. None of us want to be a slave to anything but true freedom will only come when you recognize you have the POWER through Jesus Christ to accomplish this. Do you want to do great and mighty things in Jesus’ name?
We all want to be led by our dreams but it is the ones who dream with God and who know the Father, that see the abundant dream fulfilled.
“Without faith, it is impossible to please God.” ( Hebrews 11:6)
Faith is what speaks in the heavenlies.
“Faith is being sure of what we hope for, certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)
This is a powerful scripture to memorize.
Look to heaven for the reward God has for you. There are thousands of ways to please God but NOTHING will happen without FAITH IN GOD.
Walk by faith, not by sight. If you don’t believe it, you won’t achieve it. Think it, say it and believe it deeply. Little is MUCH when God is in your beliefs.
With God, all things are possible. ( Matthew 19:26)
By faith- women world leaders began
By faith- monthly meetings started.
By faith-we started a website
By faith-we started a Facebook group
By faith- we wrote books together
By faith-we started the podcast trio
By faith-we began Voice of Truth magazine
By faith- more is on the way.
F A I T H
In Jesus Name,
Pray, pray, pray, and go, go, go!
I have found that many strong believers, including myself, have had some disruption in their lives that put them into a “search mode”. Searching for a solution to be exact. How do we search for the right solution or point others in the right direction which is ultimately to find God?
Often times searching for God comes when we face a situation in which we have no control. The closer the crisis is to us, the more intense our search becomes. Correct?
To resolve the disruption going on around us takes us on a journey involving seeking God first…that is where it must begin. This is what the Bible instructs.
(Matthew 6:33), “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness”…
Then it involves becoming the right person, filled with the right kind of love, and watching your own life transform into seeing if it’s something others would want or admire. They will know we are Christ-followers by our love.
Then we take others on the journey with us. Just as Christ said, “follow me” to His disciples, we should bring others on the journey to follow Jesus with us. How can YOU do this?
It all begins with “seeking FIRST the kingdom of God” and watch the disruption you are experiencing, dissipate before your eyes. You too can be the leader God has called you to be. Disruption falls by the wayside as you seek – God – first.
Many women are in spiritual hibernation. They have become lax in their Christian activities and have become a dead version of the real thing, “FAITH”, that is alive and active.”
There are ideas that disrupt us somewhere between our heads and our hearts. We need to filter our brains and remove the negative forces that creep their way in and eventually drag us into spiritual quietness. This happens “oh so subtly.”
Has it been a while since you’ve heard from God? If it has, how might that be resolved?
Confessing the challenges that turned us to negativity in the first place, is a good beginning. Confess it to God. Back up before you can go forward and identify what took place to bring upon the negative mindset.
We all endure challenges as Christ-followers. If we allow the challenges to turn us bitter or negative, the negative voices become louder than our faith and the enemy wins. You can overcome with Christ!
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen (Hebrews 11:1)
God knows the outcome of your challenges. He has you in His hands if you release control to Him. Allow the negative voices to be silenced through faith that God can do anything.
Without faith, it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6)
With God, All things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)
Your spiritual life can be significant and have an impact on generations to come. There is no time for our negativity to give way to spiritual hibernation. People are watching you. You are to be an example. Confess your negative thought life and be spurred on to spiritual awakening by communication with God.
If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ( John 1:9)
God wants to hear from you again. He wants your activity. He wants your joyful, obedient heart. He has plenty of positive truths and encouragement in His Word and around others who follow Him daily. Seek Him and you will find Him, have FAITH, and be spiritually renewed.
” A new command I give you, love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13: 34 -35)
Loving others is not always easy. Love is a popular word these days but few people seem to accurately define it. Love is a verb it’s an action word.
In order to properly look at love, we need to get rid of our own selfishness and sin.
Unfortunately, modern-day Christians are not known for easily accepting others who aren’t like themselves. They seem to be much more identified with judging other people. Deserved or not, some judging Christians will look down on people not like themselves.
Most Christians will reject abortion, divorce, drinking, drugs, premarital sex, living together before marriage, porn, and sometimes other religions.
Instead of actually rejecting the people, Christians should look at these rejections as a “list of decisions” people made, and not the actual person they should reject.
I was one of these people who made a bad decision while I called myself a Christian. I did not have God’s word deep in my heart. Honestly, I was simply not walking with Jesus and living in sin. Unfortunately, I was judged severely and rejected by many which is a wound I still remember.
The people who received my attention, and who I listened to while living in the sinful state I was in, were those who came close to me and loved me where I was. They showed me love and God worked on the rest. The judgemental onlookers only propelled my defiance.
Acceptance is a powerful thing. We subconsciously gravitate toward people who accept us versus those who reject us, right?
Jesus was a friend of sinners. He entered a relationship with sinners in order to have influence with them and accomplish His Father’s business. We are to follow the example of Jesus.
We are not above others, we are sinners, saved by God’s grace. We must truly love and understand where they are in their life and that God and His words of love are what changes the heart, not us.
We are to love, show love and be love to others. Again, not always easy, but right.
How many of us are asking God for something? We are in need of a breakthrough but discouraged because we don’t see results.
God says Pray and Obey! Think about this, it’s a process, it’s not instantaneous. It could happen instantaneously, but praying and being obedient to God’s word is a process in time.
Ask God for instructions on how to spur on your prayer requests. Next, obey whatever He tells you to do. Don’t put pressure on others for your own satisfaction or to propel your wants and desires. If it’s a request to God for “someone,” hand them over to God in your prayer.
Don’t put pressure on yourself or on others. Pray! And obey! This is for you…your wants, you are praying for a “something” or a “someone”. Learn the scriptures. Watch how you will launch into growth. Through obedience, you’ll receive the blessing of knowing God used you within your situation you prayed for.
Be patient, wait and pray and be obedient! Being the example you are called to be by God will bring upon results that you will forever be grateful for.