As I was speaking before a room of Lay Servants and Pastors a week ago, I found myself declaring, “God is calling us back to the prayer closet!”
It was a moment of feeling the heart of God and His desire to connect with us on a more intimate level…His desire to have one-on-one time with us without interruptions.
It is important not to forget the times of drawing near to God away from the crowd. Our public prayers are an overflow of our private prayers…..our public ministry is an overflow of our ministry unto the Lord.
All effective ministry flows out of our relationship with God. It’s time to be more proactive and committed to strengthening our relationship with Almighty God!!
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you…”. James 4:8 ESV
“For we live by faith, not by sight.”
2 Corinthians 5:7 NIV
May those that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey not see the devastation with eyes of hopelessness…but may they look with EYES OF FAITH at restoration of what was lost.
May those that are seeing the destructive winds of Hurricane Irma bearing down upon them…look instead with EYES OF FAITH at God’s peace and protection in the midst of the storm.
May those that are battling health issues not look at the disease and infirmity… but look with EYES OF FAITH at God’s healing.
Brothers & Sisters, may we approach everything that comes our way with eyes that don’t look upon the problem…but with eyes that look upon the solution – JESUS!!
May we not let what we SEE affect what we KNOW —the LORD is a God of restoration, peace, protection, and healing!!
Let us declare to the earth and to the heavens:
WE LIVE BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT!!
Are we talking too much about all the wrong things going on in our lives or in the lives of others?
There comes a time when just talking about and lamenting our current circumstances needs to end. It’s time to start DECLARING and DECREEING God’s will in our circumstances and in the circumstances that others are facing!
The Lord is calling us to-
SPEAK LIFE! SPEAK LIFE! SPEAK LIFE!
And watch the circumstances turnaround! Watch the dead things come to life!!
WATCH AND SEE!!
OPEN YOUR MOUTH AND SPEAK!!
“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life…”. Proverbs 10:11 NIV
“For it is not you who will be speaking—it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” Matthew 10:20 NLT
I love it when I awaken to God’s Word flowing through my mind and spirit! As I opened my eyes this morning, I was loudly declaring in my soul (mind, will, and emotions):
“My soul magnifies the LORD!”
Now, I will declare it out loud!!
It’s a good day! Why? Because my awesome God is in it with me!!!!
I was looking at my Facebook page, Reflection of Glory, and I noticed the big discrepancy in the number of “Likes” a post receives and the number of people “Reached.” One post only received 3 likes…but the number of people reached-the number of people that saw the post was 1,209!!
My goal for posting is to first glorify God! But, I also want to reach as many people as I can to encourage, equip, and challenge them as we journey together. And I pray that is the goal of our lives apart from social media as well — to first glorify God and next to reach as many people as we can for Him!
We may not receive praise and feedback from the people that we come into contact with…but that is not why we reach out to people. I would say to you that you influence far more people than you realize on a day-to-day basis. I don’t believe that we will really ever know how many people we have “reached” while we are still on this earth. But, I do believe that we will come to that awareness once we reach our heavenly destination.
Lord, help us to reach out to those that we come into contact with – whether it’s through social media; church; our jobs; places of business, or someone we happen to connect with on the street. May we not do it for recognition or for our own self-glorification…but, for YOU, Lord! May YOU receive all the glory; all the praise; and all the “Likes!” In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!!