114 posts categorized "Praying God's Word"

Disparaging Disappointment, Part 2

So glad you're back, my friends. The end of this series is so near and dear to my heart, because it's written with a deep love and desire for you to live in the fullness of Jesus and all He has for us. I believe we will see great tremendous breakthroughs individually and as a community in 2015 and I don't want you to miss any of it. I don't want to miss any of it either! Now for the final part of this series. Scroll down to part one if you need to catch up. The links for the previous parts are there as well. As I shared in part one, this journey was so unexpected for me. I had to face some dark places in my heart and mind and allow the Holy Spirit to peel back layers of lies and pain so that He could bring the... Read more →

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The Three Deadly Ds: Disparaging Disbelief

Dear friends, before Thanksgiving I started a series on the Three Deadly Ds: Dubious Doubt, Debilitating Disbelief and Disparaging Disappointment. In Part One of Dubious Doubt we talked about how the enemy comes in and plants seeds of doubt, as he did with Adam and Eve, and in Part Two I shared some examples of breakthroughs that came as a result of pushing doubt aside and re-establishing God's truth firmly in its rightful place. Today, let's talk about Debilitating Disbelief. And that is exactly what the enemy's intention is, to debilitate (weaken, enfeeble, enervate, devitalize, sap, drain, exhaust, weary, fatigue, prostrate; undermine, impair, indispose, incapacitate, cripple, disable, paralyze, immobilize; informal knock out, do in) our faith. Once doubt has come in like a ravaging worm, disbelief moves in to fill those empty places like a fungus or mold. Your mind is riddled with questions and you may even feel tormented... Read more →

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Another Astounding Testimony: Mismatched, Addiction and Now...He's a Believer!

My friends, you just read about Janet's husband's transformation and a few of you even shared stories in the comments about your spouses coming to faith in Christ! Wow! Lynn and I—our heads are spinning and our hearts are jumping for joy! AND, here is another one! Trish Fuhlendorf reached out to us a few weeks ago and shared a stunning video testimony done by her husband who is now a full time pastor. Once we saw it, we had to know more! Trish not only lived in a mismatched marriage for ten years, but also lived and dealt with her husband's addiction to alcohol as well. I love what Trish shared in her email: "I have a very small local marriage ministry here in Denver, which consists of the Lord placing Christian women, who are struggling in their marriages (many who are ready to leave), whether it be because... Read more →

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The Unexpected Divine Appointments

Dear friends, as I walked and prayed Tuesday morning, I asked Abba for the words to share with you what I experienced at Bethel. I really wasn’t sure if I had anything definitive as God kept this visit very personal, which makes sense for this year of intimacy He’s called me to. But as I walked the memories and words began to flow (thank You, Abba, You are so good), like a kaleidoscope of images and colors that stood unique but together created the complete story of God’s intentions. Where to start? At the beginning of the journey. I was a bit anxious about making this trip on my own (I love road trips when hubby is in charge) and my car had been acting up a little. (I should share with you that I call my little VW Bug by the name of Gracie as she is a gift... Read more →

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Spiritual Warfare Through Worship

This series started with Worship is More Than a Song, then moved into talking about Intimacy Through Worship, Living a Lifestyle of Worship and Unity Through Worship. Today, we will touch on an area I have lived very personally and hear God calling us to worship to defeat the enemy. And as I have had the pleasure of hearing Lynn say many a time, how like God to use the very thing the enemy wants most to defeat him. She is so right. Because that is who Lucifer was. He worshipped before God. (I’ve heard said that he was even in charge of worship. Perhaps he was the very first “worship leader.”) Then his hunger to be like God and thus worshiped like Him ended his career in a blaze of lighting that cast him to the earth (Ezekiel 28, Isaiah 14:12-15, Luke 10:18). And he’s been fighting to get... Read more →

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Battlefield of the Mind: Pleading the Blood of Jesus

The last three weeks we have talked about the battlefield of the mind and the transformation that the Bible speaks of in Romans 12:2, first with Feasting on God’s Word, then part two, Claiming and Praying God’s Promises and last week, Giving the Holy Spirit Authority. This week I want to talk about pleading the blood of Jesus. Through this time of breaking and rebuilding that Abba has had me in, He’s given me a deeper understanding and appreciation of the ramifications and power of the blood of Christ and what makes it so powerful. As we travel through the Word of God, we see His ultimate plan of one perfect and final sacrifice. The Old Testament is the promise of the Messiah and the preparation of His coming. The New Testament is the revelation of the Messiah and His salvation plan for us. Sacrificial blood runs through the entire... Read more →

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The Battlefield of the Mind: Give the Holy Spirit Authority

The last two weeks I’ve talked about the battlefield of the mind with part one, Feasting on God’s Word and and part two, Claiming and Praying God’s Promises. My hope and prayer for you is that you are starting to see more and more of the promises in God’s Word and that as you read them you are turning them into prayers. You will probably find yourself doing this more and more as you read your Bible. And as we become more “interactive” with God’s Word, our minds are transformed (Romans 12:2) and lies are replaced with truth. The third part of this series is about giving the Holy Spirit authority in our lives. Romans 8:6 says the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. This is part of our submission to Jesus and allows Him to truly transform us as He has promised to do. Give the... Read more →

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Is God Good?

My Friends, I don’t even know where to start. So much has happened in the last seven days that I feel like every morning I wake, God has another “Holy Mind-Blow” in store for this ordinary, 5’4”, blonde girl. Do you remember back several months ago that I promised breakthrough. Well, boy howdy, I’ve had one. Probably SEVERAL. And likely the biggest thing that has yet to happen to me in the Kingdom is still coming. Woo Hoo!! I will be sharing this new adventure with you, step by step, as I move forward. But today, I have a word for all of you who worry about your kids. I worry about my kids. I pray, A LOT, for my kids. Today’s story has been more than a decade in the making. I’ve written before about my years of praying for my son who lived in Las Vegas. Since 1999... Read more →

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The Battlefield of the Mind: Claiming and Praying God’s Promises

Last week we talked about Feasting on God’s Word. Have you started your own search for the truths and promises that God has for you? I hope you brought them with you today. Remember, this is a journey about transforming our minds, so I’ll ask you again, what are your thoughts focused on right now? What is sapping your attention on a daily basis? Are you ready to take control of your thoughts and emotions and claim the mind of Christ? Then let’s start claiming those promises you found. Speak them out loud as prayers and claim them as your truth. The next day, go back and reread what you've written. Do this each day, recording each Scripture in whatever translation brings its truth and meaning to your heart. The amazing thing is that every promise in the Bible (and I think I read somewhere there are about 6,000 of... Read more →

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The Battlefield of the Mind: Feasting on God’s Word

What are you thinking right now? What are you worried about? What has your heart and mind twisted in knots on a daily basis? Do you know you have control over this? That you are not at the mercy of your thoughts and emotions? I didn't understand this for a long time. Only recently have I come to more ably see just how much I judged my faith (and myself) by my emotions. It’s an ongoing process that I want to share with you, my friends, so we can grow together in this area—one I believe is crucial to every area of our lives and especially in our mismatched marriages. Because as we are transformed, you better believe your prebeliever is going to notice! And what I thought would be one post has now become multiple parts. So welcome to this series about the battlefield of our minds and how... Read more →

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Don't Know What to Pray?

Over the years I've learned that our mismatched situations come in all shapes and sizes. When I'm asked what mismatched means I explain that it can be as clear as one spouse believes in God and the other doesn't, as gray as differing faiths or degrees of faith (i.e. a believer married to a Muslim or one spouse growing in faith but the other isn’t) or as painful as one spouse walking completely away from God. Even this description is a broad attempt to capture its meaning. But that’s not what I want to talk about today. Let’s leave that stuff to God and trust Him to make sense of it (Prov. 3:5). Today I want to share from what I know to be true in my marriage. From my perspective, my hubby is like Fort Knox in letting anything about believing in God penetrate his fortress of atheism. I've... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — Prisoners of Hope

Happy weekend, my friends! First, I want to thank you for your wonderful words of encouragement and prayer on my Wednesday post. I am so thankful for this community that supports and encourages each other. It all points to God and His amazing presence here. You give Him great glory. I don’t want to make this post about my daughter’s situation but will just say that we know it’s supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) and is very treatable and not uncommon. If I may, I ask only for your prayers that she press into her faith in a deeper way and that she be delivered of all fear. As her mama, I want to see my girl walk into the fullness of the life Jesus has for her. I bet you can relate to that. If I can pray for in like manner for one of your kiddos, leave a comment. That... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — Prisoners of Hope

Happy weekend, my friends! First, I want to thank you for your wonderful words of encouragement and prayer on my Wednesday post. I am so thankful for this community that supports and encourages each other. It all points to God and His amazing presence here. You give Him great glory. I don’t want to make this post about my daughter’s situation but will just say that we know it’s supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) and is very treatable and not uncommon. If I may, I ask only for your prayers that she press into her faith in a deeper way and that she be delivered of all fear. As her mama, I want to see my girl walk into the fullness of the life Jesus has for her. I bet you can relate to that. If I can pray for in like manner for one of your kiddos, leave a comment. That... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — We are Surrounded!

Hello my beautiful friends! I'm so glad I'll be back full swing next week. I've missed you all so much. I've dipped into the comments frequently just to keep connected to you all and discovered many of us have been hit with more spiritual warfare these last few weeks. This has pushed me to dig deeper into God's Word, and I’ve filled my journal with pages and pages of these truths and promises. and I believe this kind of increase in warfare is indicative to a coming breakthrough, so don't be discouraged! A holy expectation fuels my prayers, and I pray that for you too. But I want to share something Abba showed me last week. I was on my prayer walk with my wacky dog River, and talking to Abba about all that was on my heart. I was a bit weary that day, to be honest. I've never... Read more →

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On Earth As It Is In Heaven

Good Friday morning SUMites Nation: My friends, it looks like the enemy has stolen much from the family of the SUMites. The post on Monday moved my heart and I rose up with a righteous anger in prayer for all of you. I’m declaring through the love of Jesus that marriages, addiction, childhood, abuse, financial distress, homes, and more are completely restored and redeemed, seven –fold. In Jesus name amen. (And Lord, take the enemy to the pit and spank him please). Today I want to share a new way to pray. I may have shared this in the past, so if this is a repeat, I’m sorry. But my heart is moved to help this SUMite family discover the true power we have in our prayer life and how God desperately wants us to pray. I pray to Remind Him of his promises and to compel Him to action.... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — The Glory Within

My friends, I told you Wednesday that I had something amazing to share with you. I’ve been reading all the books of the prophets since last year and last week, landed in the book of Zechariah. As I read Zechariah 2, my spirit began to blaze and come to live. And verse 5 completely did me in. Take a look: Then I looked up, and there before me was a man with a measuring line in his hand. I asked, “Where are you going?” He answered me, “To measure Jerusalem, to find out how wide and how long it is.” While the angel who was speaking to me was leaving, another angel came to meet him and said to him: “Run, tell that young man, ‘Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of people and animals in it. And I myself will be a wall... Read more →

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Spread the Love!

My friends, I'm on a love journey. When I was a little girl and a teenager, I believed love was the greatest force of all. That love conquered all. Though I can look back and see that this was Abba working in my life in so many ways, I didn't know Him and defined love according to human capabilities and standards, which wound up represented and defined by the flawed human beings around me. Thus, my definition of love was flawed. Still hope-filled but destined to disappoint. As my faith has grown I've learned that Jesus is our greatest hope, but my understanding of love had a long way to go. I shared with you before our week of fasting and praying that Abba had told me this would a "year of intimacy." Well, let me just say, He wastes no time. Quite honestly I'm stunned at what He shown... Read more →

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A Fast Finish

And now we come to the last day of our SUMite community fast for 2014. For whatever degree you were able to participate, congratulations. I hope that this has been a good experience for you. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: — 2 Timothy 4:7 But we have an even greater finish to celebrate. We believers are living in the glorious knowledge that Christ redeemed us. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. — John 19:30 It is finished! Your sins are gone. God’s indignation at our sins – past, present, and future – has been satisfied. We believers are reconciled with Him. God tore the veil of the temple from top to bottom, exposing the Holy Place. Everyone may come into God’s presence freely.... Read more →

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A Tale of Prosperity

My friends, I have some news to share and I’m so happy I can share it with you, especially since so many of you prayed for me and my family over our financial situation. But let me start at the beginning of this God-filled story. At the end of each year I begin praying for words and Scriptures for each of my family members. Then during our week of fasting here at SUM, I set time aside to pray specifically for each one and listen to what He tells me. So, last January as I prayed for my husband, I heard the word “prosperity.” This is a word that can mean many things but in light of our financial struggles, which was part of my prayers, I felt this related to that. I kept an open mind though, because above all, I am seeking my husband’s spiritual prosperity, and I... Read more →

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Who Prayed for You?

Dear friends, I’ve shared in the past that I didn’t grow up in a Christian home but at about age 4 or 5 I remember taking a bus to Sunday school. It wasn’t until I reached my teen years that I started to seek God for myself but even then I hadn’t a clue what it meant to have a relationship with Jesus. I think we all have a time or many times in our lives where we can look back and see how we narrowly escaped something. I can look back at my childhood and teen years and see how God protected me from some pretty bad stuff. Over the years I have surmised that someone had to be someone praying for me. Last week, I found out who. My mother’s cousin—my second cousin—is a strong believer and has been since he returned from Vietnam. He’s also a musician... Read more →

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Change Your Atmosphere

My friends, I’ve been on a journey to understand the mystery of the kingdom of God. Would you like to take a trip with me? It starts with John proclaiming Jesus’ coming, that the kingdom of God was “at hand,” which translates from the Greek to mean near, approaching, to come near. Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’ — Mark 1:14-15 (NASB) After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” — Mark 1:14-15 (NIV) Then Jesus came and preached the same thing: From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent,... Read more →

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Rosh Hashana - Sanctified

א׳ בְּתִּשְׁרֵי תשע״ד Today is the first of Tishrei 5774. That is today's date on the Jewish calendar. It is also the Jewish High Holy Day of Rosh Hashana. I don’t know about you but I’m fascinated by the Jewish culture ancient and current. And for some reason Rosh Hashana, The New Year, has a draw on my soul and pulls me into learning more about my Jewish heritage. And I am of Jewish heritage. Jesus, my family redeemer, was born into the line of Abraham, Isaac and Joseph. And by the way, Jesus is your family redeemer too! So as I ponder our Papa, the Lord of All, I wonder how He views this New Year. I like to ponder about God. I recall that the Jewish people believe this is a time of accounting of mankind. That people pass before the Lord and He takes an account of... Read more →

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A Sacrifice for Freedom

My friends, I have to tell you that God is doing more than I expected in this week so far. (Tamara, thank you again for suggesting we do a week like this.) In less than twenty-four hours God put the word JOY in front of me almost a dozen times. (Yes, I counted.) In two devos, the first name of a woman who requested to be friends on Facebook, the wrapper on a candy cane from last Christmas that my daughter found in the cookie jar, several Scriptures emailed to me from various places, as I ready my Bible... I think you see what I mean. Abba wants us to be joy-filled! And yesterday, as I prayed for Him to tell me what He wanted us to have for today, so many things went through my mind as I prayed for our community. What did we need most? First Abba... Read more →

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A Feast of Joy

My friends, today begins our “Spiritual Spa Week.” Today, I want you to look at a line of Scripture that absolutely undid me last week. I was struggling to feel centered in God and feel His love and this is what broke that off of me: At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. — Luke 10:21 Jesus was full of joy! And we are meant to be too. Remember, that’s not the same as happiness, which is based on happenings. Joy comes from the Lord and is in no way dependent upon our circumstances. The joy of the Lord is also our strength too, remember? Then he said... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — It's the little things...

My precious friends, I have held so many of you up in prayer these last two weeks. And I will tell you the enemy has been hard at work at my door too. Even to trying to cloud my mind and make it difficult for me to pray. I want to share a verse that has been invaluable for me this week: For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace. —Romans 8:6 I pray this Scripture over myself when I find I'm struggling with my thoughts in any way. Because our actions are the fruit of our thoughts and I want to bear great fruit for Abba! So I pray something like this: Holy Spirit, set my mind and thoughts, my emotions and my feelings all on You, so that I walk in the fullnes of the life... Read more →

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