ONWARD & UPWARD!
Waking up at 3:00am is not unusual for me…but, I usually just go back to sleep.
But this time, I woke with a dream fresh in my mind and spirit. In the dream I was worshipping and I was praying.
As soon as I awoke, I found myself continuing to worship & pray. I found myself deep in intercession for our country, our government, my church and the Body of Christ. I prayed for my family, friends who had prayer needs, and even prayed for myself and God’s calling upon my life.
I found myself declaring and decreeing boldly as the Holy Spirit led me. I don’t know how much time passed, but when I felt that I was done – I went back to sleep and slept soundly.
I want to say that I am thankful for this precious time I had with the Lord in the early morning. It definitely was not done in my own power or planned.
We are in a new season! Don’t be surprised if the Lord has you moving in ways that you perhaps haven’t moved in before. Dreams, visions, intercession, healing, and deliverance – all the ways that we see God’s people ministering in the Bible are still needed in today’s world. Now more than ever!
STAY CLOSE TO THE LORD! Tether yourself to Him and His Word! Stay connected with those that seek God’s will above their own. And do everything from His foundation of LOVE.
I am praying for you…will you pray for me? We are in this together! ❤️
ONWARD & UPWARD!!
It makes all the difference in the world when we read Scripture EXPECTING that the LORD will teach us and impact us through the inspired words that we read! (2 Timothy 3:16)
Then our reading changes from being a “discipline” to becoming a “treasure hunt!” And that is exciting!
Thank You, LORD, for Your Word! Your Truths are indeed a “treasure” that we want to store up within our minds, souls, and spirits!
We are indeed “rich” when we store up Your Treasure, Your Word, within our hearts…and then ACT on Your Truth!
May we spread Your Treasure upon this earth. May we not just be HEARERS of Your Word…but may we be DOERS!! (James 1:22). AMEN!!
We are in a New Season of time! The Lord is calling His Church to step up and be the Ekklesia He means us to be! He doesn’t want us to be satisfied with what was…but He wants us to join Him in what is to be! I am ready to step out into all He has planned! How about you?
Turn the Page!
It’s time to turn the page! God has so much more ahead for you!
“So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;”. Philippians 2:12 NASB
Paul is recognizing that the Philippians followed his teachings not only while he was there among them, but even when he was absent.
Do we follow the teachings of Jesus not only when we are among our fellow Christians, but when we are out in the world?
We are to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling.” We are not working FOR our salvation. There is nothing we can do to earn it. We have been saved by God’s Grace through faith. We are able to receive salvation by what JESUS has done. Hallelujah!!
As a result of our salvation, we begin to “work out” or do the good works of God that He has prepared us to do.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:8-10 NIV
LORD, as we go forward from our position of being saved by grace, may we never take it for granted! May we never take YOU for granted! You are Almighty, Creator, King of kings and Lord of lords! May everything we do and say in Your name be in recognition of Who You are. You are WORTHY of our deepest reverence and our highest praise!! Amen!
A living sacrifice…are we willing to sacrifice our plans, our schedule, our desires, our lives…and put them in the hands of Almighty God?
This is worship that costs something. This is truly believing that the God of the universe has a better plan for us than we have for ourselves.
Do we trust Him that much? It is a minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour, day-by-day choice.
I choose YOU to be the Master of my destiny, LORD! Your way is the best way! Your plan is the best plan! I offer myself as a living sacrifice. I am Your vessel… may You live in and through me! May You be glorified!!
I hear the Lord saying:
“I am looking for people who will put aside everything and follow Me. I am looking for people who will wholeheartedly seek after Me. I am looking for people who are willing to lay aside their plans for their lives and seek My plans. I am looking for people who will lay aside their insecurities and step out in faith into their calling and purpose.”
Are you one of those people?
“Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” (John 12:26 NIV)
Lord, we know that Your plan for our lives is better than our own. Help us to let go of what WE think is best and step out in faith and follow You and Your will. We desire Your spiritual gifts to be manifested in and through us for Your glory! We desire to walk in Your calling! We put aside those things that would hold us back from being all that You are calling us to be! We love You, Lord!
Following after Him, Tina Roach
Thanksgiving & Prayer
“I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:15-23 NRSV
What powerful scriptures of thanksgiving and prayer! Do you ever think about using scripture as a basis for your prayers? As I read this today, I wanted to use it not only as a groundwork for writing my devotional, but to use it to pray for you.
Brothers & Sisters, I love hearing about your faith in Jesus and your love towards others as we continue on this life journey through the covid-19 season. I am indeed thankful for all you do!
I pray that as you draw closer to the Lord:
- a spirit of wisdom and revelation will enlighten the eyes of your heart.
- You may know what is the hope to which He has called you.
- You may know what are the riches of His glorious inheritance.
- You may know what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe.
Father God has put this great power to work in Jesus when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in heavenly places. This is the immeasurable power that is at work for us!
Jesus is far above all rule and authority and power and dominion. He is above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come.
Father God has put all things under Jesus’ feet and has made Him the head over all things for the church.
We, the church, are the body of Christ. And as His body, we have His fullness – His presence, His power, His wisdom, His revelation, and the riches of His glorious inheritance. HALLELUJAH!!
DURING THESE DAYS OF LACK…MAY WE REMIND OURSELVES OF ALL THAT WE POSSESS!!! AMEN!