LORD, Open My Eyes!!

I am having my first cataract surgery tomorrow. It is amazing to me that the doctor will remove my lens and put a brand new lens in my eye!! What a miracle!

I have to admit that my excitement outweighs any nervousness I may have. I have worn glasses and/or contacts around 50 years!! The thought of waking up in the mornings and being able to see is awesome!!

Yes, I desire clear vision with my physical eyes…but even greater is my desire for clear vision spiritually! I pray that my renewed vision physically will be a sign of the renewing of my spiritual vision.

May I see what You see, Lord!! May I see past the physical and into the spiritual reality of Your kingdom. May I speak and declare YOUR will over Your people and Your world!

LORD, open my eyes!!!!

Weapons Of Our Warfare

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ…(2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

Ahhhh, Brothers and Sisters!  Our minds are a battlefield!!  This Scripture is so powerful!  It reminds us that our weapons are divine weapons…spiritual weapons…and not weapons of our flesh.

It reminds us that we are to “destroy” those thoughts that are raised up against the knowledge of God.  Our knowledge of God is what we have learned through the Holy Scriptures…the revelation knowledge of His Truth that has been revealed to us by His Holy Spirit.

ANY thoughts that go against His promises…His will for us…or His Truth, should be taken captive and destroyed!  Our thoughts are like fortresses.  They can either imprison us in false thinking and not allow us to be free in Christ Jesus…

or they can be fortresses that protect us from the enemy because we have built a “wall of truth” of God’s Word around our minds, souls, and spirits.

Are there any “fortresses” of wrong thinking that are imprisoning you today? Please know that FREEDOM is here for you NOW!! Take God’s Truth and use it confidently and boldly to bring down all those thoughts that go against who God is and who you are in Christ Jesus!! Look in His Word for those “weapons” –words of truth and power – that WILL accomplish for you what you have been unable to do on your own.

I speak and decree FREEDOM for you today!! In the Mighty Name of Jesus, AMEN!! ~Tina K. Roach

Raise Us Up, O Lord!!

As I was sitting on the porch in the quiet of the morning and the coolness of the gentle breeze flowing over me, I drew near to the Lord and rested in His presence. 

I began seeking Him for His word for the new year 2021.  A scripture flowed through my mind but did not stay. Then the scripture above settled and I began to meditate on it. 

The New Year is a time of making new resolutions and new plans. We begin to list all of the things we want to change, make better, or simply add to our lives. Usually, they are good and healthy things. Some things we may want to get rid of altogether.

There is nothing wrong with doing a “life check” and judging where we are and where we need to be.  But, it is important to let God be a part of our “life check.”

We tend to have our own ideas, thoughts, and plans and never realize that the Lord has even BETTER ideas, thoughts, and plans for our lives!

I believe this new year will be a time of the unexpected. What WE think will happen and how it will be accomplished is thinking at a level far below that of the Lord.  

Do we truly trust our God?  May 2021 be a time of maturing – in our faith, in our hope, and in our love. May we SPEAK our trust and belief!  May our words align with the heart and will of God!  May our ways and thoughts be raised to God’s level and may we not try and bring His down to our level.  

RAISE US UP, O GOD!!

I’m entering 2021 with high expectations of God and in His ability to do more than we can even ask or think!!  

~Tina Roach

Living Sacrifice

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!!

SPEAK LIFE!!

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 and in our world!!

“The tongue has the power of life and death…”. ‭‭ Proverbs‬ ‭18:21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The Lord is calling us to SPEAK LIFE! SPEAK LIFE! SPEAK LIFE!

“for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” Matthew‬ ‭10:20‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life…”. ‭‭ Proverbs‬ ‭10:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Help us, Lord, to speak forth Your heart, Your love, Your will!! May Your life-giving words flow forth in power and accomplish what You desire!! In Jesus’ Name! AMEN!

According To His Will

“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” ‭‭1 John‬ ‭5:14-15‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Prayer works!  Prayer makes a difference!  May we never take it for granted, but may we see it for what it is. Prayer is our communication with Almighty God AND it is His communication with us.

We should always be praying with an open heart and a listening ear as we position ourselves to hear from our Lord and pray HIS will and desire for every situation.  Praying HIS will and not our own is what will result in answered prayer. 

As a follow-up to prayer, we may be called to declare and decree God’s Word out loud over a situation or over a place. We are God’s voice on the earth!!  He uses us to PRAY His will, to SPEAK His will, and to DO His will!!  HALLELUJAH!!

Father God, what a blessing to be able to join You in holy conversation! What a joy to be in Your presence and hear Your voice! Oh Lord! Help us to speak Your will boldly and with the authority You have given us!! May Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven! In Jesus’ Name! AMEN!! ~~Tina K. Roach

FOLLOW ME!

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

Focus on the Eternal!

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:16-18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

As time goes on, I observe my hair turning gray and wrinkles appearing deeper and more pronounced. My eyesight has dimmed and my body has changed. Yes, outwardly there is a “wasting away.” Time does indeed affect our physical bodies.

BUT, we are told to not “lose heart” – to not get discouraged. Even as our physical bodies may let us down, our spirit is not getting weaker, it is getting stronger as we are being renewed day by day! Hallelujah!!

As we go through challenges and troubles, the Lord reminds us that in and through them we are receiving an eternal glory that outweighs them all!

So, I won’t focus on the changes of getting older. I won’t focus on COVID-19. I won’t focus on all the turmoil that is raging around us. I will remind myself that all that I see is temporary.

Brothers & Sisters! May we not focus on the problems, but focus on the SOLUTIONS. When we pray, may we not bring a list of everything that is wrong to the Lord, but may we seek His vision, plan, and purpose and join Him in praying that!! God knows what we need in our lives. God knows what we need in the world. As we seek Him, and move our focus from the seen to that which is unseen – we will be focusing on the eternal!!

Oh God!! We join You in speaking Your will, plan, and vision for our lives, our church, and our world. Help us, Lord, to get our eyes off of the problems and onto YOU! We join You in the midst of it all! We want to be a part of the solution that You want to bring to a hurting world. Speak to us, Lord! We are ready to be Your hands, feet, and mouth. Pour through us and touch this world for Your glory! In Jesus’ Name. Amen! ~Tina K. Roach