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When we pray...

Posted on April 20, 2014 at 4:19 AM Comments comments (4)
When We Pray…
By
Kathy Thompson
 
In the Gospel of Saint Luke the 11 chapter, Jesus answered the question of his disciple’s; “How should we pray? “  Jesus starts the answer with the famous Lord’s Prayer “Our Father, in heaven, holy is your name. Your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is always done in heaven. We pray, Father, for food for this day. We ask for forgiveness for all sins and we ask for the grace to forgive all that is in debited to us. “

He goes on to talk about the importune neighbor, as he is called in some translations. In Luke 11: 5-8, there was a certain man who had a visitor call on him in the middle of the night. This visitor was weary and hungry from his travels and in need of a meal. The man had no bread to offer his visitor so he got up and went to his neighbor to borrow bread. Knocking incessantly, he cried out, “Give me bread!” The neighbor answered his door. With annoyance and impatience he answered that he was asleep and his family was in bed. Being a neighbor of the man in need, I believe that he would be happy to help him if he would comeback when it was day. The man continued to knock until the neighbor got up and gave him bread. Importune means to ask incessantly even to the point of annoyance, without shame or doubt. The neighbor gave him bread, not because the man was his best friend or because he felt pity for the man’s, situation, but because the man was bold in his request never ceasing. He would not take no for an answer.

I believe that Jesus gave us this parable to illustrate that, yes, the content of our prayers are very important, but what is equally important is to be bold enough to ask for what we want and to keep asking until we get what we need.  Hebrews 4: 15, 16 tell us that Jesus sympathizes with us and wants us to approach the throne of grace with boldness. This boldness is translated confidence. He wants us to confidently ask for what we need.

 Jesus tells us another parable concerning prayer. In Luke 18: 9-14, two men went into the temple to pray. Both men were prominent in the community; a Pharisee and a tax collector. The Pharisee’s were the head of the church at that time. They interpreted the scripts and upheld the Mosaic laws. The tax collectors were as their names suggest, they made sure that everyone paid to the government what was due the government. This caused some hardships to the less fortunate and because of that the tax collectors were some of the least liked members of the community. The Pharisee began his prayer with, “Lord,  I thank you that I am not like other people, I am not a thief or a rouge and I am definitely not like that tax collector over there, I fast twice a week and I tithe a tenth of all of my earnings.”  The tax collectors could not even look up to the heavens, he beat his chest and prayed, “God, show me mercy for I am a sinner.”  Jesus said that the tax collectors prayer was just for the proud will be humbled and humble will be exalted. My point is this: approach the throne of grace assured that the Father will be gracious and provide for our needs but not with presumption or pride. Yes, it is your right as Son’s to confidently ask for what you need and want, but ask in faith and with humility.  It is your inheritance and your birthright to have your needs met.  He made you the head and not the tail; above and not beneath, but be careful not to exalt yourselves higher than you ought.



Shifting into a "Divine Paradigm"

Posted on July 20, 2013 at 7:33 AM Comments comments (4)
"But seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you"  Matt. 6:33

"Jesus wept, Amen!"  With no real reverence, hunger, or expectation, but rather a "There God, I prayed" kind of prayer.  Many of us would never pray this kind of prayer intentionally.  And yet, in the business of the day and the demands of life (High stress jobs, family demands, social functions, school, Church offices and events, household projects, relationships and the list goes on) We can easily find ourselves drifting into a state of praying out of obligation rather than admiration.  

Have you ever had the kind of morning where  Dred was sitting beside the bed after  Anxiety sounded the alarm?  Worry had laid out your clothes while Fret hurried you along.  Peace gently tapped you on the shoulder while Wisdom spoke "Before you leave, talk to me.  I have something I'd like to say."  But because Rush pounded on your bedroom door, you spoke a few lines of "Thank you Father for all you have done and please help me get through the day, Amen" kind of prayer?  All the while fearful of what you would have to face.

As the day goes on, nothing seems to be going quite right:  Your favorite cup somehow now has a leak.  You can't find your keys, you missed the bus or had a flat tire.  You were late for work  got a call from the school that one of the kids is sick and has to come home and this is just within the first 3 hours of your day.

Phl 4:6  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;                                                
 
If we are not careful, the cares of life can frustrate the quality of our lives.  Prayer is an essential part of our existence.  It is a "Must!"  Prayer is our lifeline to God our Father and without it, we are like a person with a breathing disorder functioning on small percentage of air.  

God is wanting to shift us from a place of simply  "existing" to "Abundant Life."   He desires to move us out of this place of dysfunctional normalcy into another realm of living where our normal routine is one of Power and  Strength.  And he wants to do it  speedily!  This is known as a "Paradigm shift" And God wants us to not only shift, but to be Divinely shifted.   In order to do this, we must change what we do by changing the way we think.  And as a Believer in Christ, our first priority has to be "Prayer!"
Are you ready for a change?  

Are you tired of simply existing?  Well the good news is, There is a Divine shifting taking place in the midst of the chaos.  What seems to be present trouble is actually the catalyst God is using you to shift you into another dimension of living.

Pray and seek the Lord.  Wisdom is crying out to you from the street corners of life.  Are you willing to listen?  Now is the time!



Power Choices

Posted on July 6, 2013 at 1:36 PM Comments comments (1)
Deu 30:19  "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, [that] I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;"

Our lives are a culmination of the choices we've made.  When faced with a challenge, we can choose to speak life into them or to speak words of defeat (death).  God empowered us with the ability that no other creature on earth has and that is the power of Choice!

Choices produce consequences and consequences will produce the fruit of the choice that was made.  If we want to change the course of our lives, we must begin to change the way we think.  

One description of insanity is to continue doing what you've always done but expecting different results.  You will never change your environment until you change what you do.  You must come out of the comfort zone of bad decisions and learned behaviours in order to change the direction of your life.
 
Rom 12:2  "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what [is] that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."

Our minds have to be renewed daily by  The Word of God!  We must "choose" to reprogram our thoughts and guard our hearts.  We must be radical in what we allow or don't allow into our spirits, for out of the abundance of our heart are our thoughts formed and choices are made.  So with the information we have, we will make choices that will produce fruit of either life or death.  

Pro 4:23  Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it [spring] the issues of life.
                                                                                                                            When we purpose to make decisions that produce life, we become empowered by the Holy Spirit (who is the action of God) to accelerate our change.  We are fully equipped to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we can ever ask or think according to the power that works in us.  Eph 3:20

This is what fuels us and allows us to shift into another  dimension.  Our choices possess the power to propel us into destiny!  Choices possess the power to change the atmosphere in which we live. 

When we come into agreement with the Word of God, the choices we make are "Powerful!"  According to Mat 18:19  "Again I say [fn] to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven."

Today, you can power shift the direction of your life through"Power Choices!"  Start today and allow God's word to direct your thoughts, your words and the choices you make.  Believe it!











A word a Day (Rx for Life) Power Thoughts

Posted on July 4, 2013 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (506)
Rom 12:2   "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."


Today, we are a product of yesterdays thoughts.  What we become tomorrow, is determined by how we think today.  Imagine that you have the power to change your current situation by how you "think".

Look around you!  Everything you see began with a thought:  That chair, the picture, the table and yes, even the tree and the birds all began with a thought.  
Before the specs were ever drawn and even before God "said" Let there be, it all began with a thought.

It is possible to change the course of the rest of your life by changing the way you begin to see yourself.  What have you thought about where you are in your occupation?  What about in the place you live?  And how have you thought about your spouse?   Do you embrace that they'll never change and you're in a marriage of "one"?

What about the diagnoses that the Dr's said was sure to end in death?  Have you embraced what their word says about you or have you sought the Lord to find out what "He" has said about you?  The answer all begins with how you think.

Our thoughts (like our actions) must be on purpose.  We must develop an attitude that we are who God says we are.  We can do, what God says we can do.  And we can have what God says we can have.  

2Cr 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ"

This must be our mindset when ushering in the Divine presence of the Lord into our lives that our actions (as well as our thoughts), line up with His.  It is then, we walk in favor and the Power of the Almighty God!  We can then do the impossible, see the invisible and flourish in places that at another time, would have intimidated us.  

Life is meant to bring out the best in a believer so that they that believe not,  will see His glory being manifested.  Let us have the mind of Christ as we walk though it's challenges.  And transform our thinking by indulging our minds with The Word of God and through a relationship with Him.   He desires to show us the beauty and the authority that He has placed inside of us and draw it out.

Phl 4:8¶  "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things."

In keeping this formula in the forefront of our minds, we can live a "Power life" by beginning our day with "Power Thoughts!"


A Word A Day:Rx for Life- "Power Shift"

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 10:57 PM Comments comments (695)

Pro 18:21 Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Our words carry POWER!  With every word we speak., we have the potential to manifest fruit of Life or of Death.  Each originate from a place of faith or fear and our words have the power to produce the fruit of either.  

Because we were created in our Daddy God's Image, he incorporated the God Gene of "Power" by the spoken word:


Gen 1:3 "And God said, Let there be light: and there was light."  Gen 1:6And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.  And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry [land] appear: and it was so.   Gen 1:9And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry [land] appear: and it was so.   Gen 1:14And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years  Gen 1:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. Gen 1:26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."  Therefore, we have the creative ability to form our worlds by the words we speak.  


For every word God said, it began with a thought.  As Awesome and Powerful as God is, it wasn't until He "Said" that it was.  So it is with each of us.  We speak words out of the abundance our thoughts:

Luk 6:45"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart [fn] brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
  
So we find that if our fruit is to be good, we must program our minds (our hearts with "good" things.
Definition of PARADIGM
1: examplepatternespecially : an outstandingly clear or typical example or archetype
2: an example of a conjugation or declension showing a word in all its inflectional forms
3: a philosophical and theoretical framework of a scientific school or discipline within which theories, laws, and generalizations and the experiments performed in support of them are formulated; broadly : a philosophical or theoretical framework of any kind
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Every word we speak comes from a place of either Faith or Fear.  One (faith) produces  life and the other (fear) produces death:


Jhn 6:63   "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and [they] are life.
  
2Ti 1:7   For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Mat 12:36  "But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.  Mat 12:37  "For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."

So as you look at your life, what do you see?  Is there wholeness of your mind, body and soul?  Do you walk in victory even when things may not go the way you planned?  Do you speak gloom and doom when the report comes back and "they" say there is no winning this battle?  Are you living a life of defeat or in constant condemnation and guilt because of your past?   

This  may have been your normal day to day existence  and it may be how things have been in the past. But today, the paradigm of your yesterday is over and the mindset of defeat has ended.  It is time to put off the old man who everyday lived, thought and spoke like one without any hope.  The sin and shame of your yesterday has been put off and the Grace &  Mercy of today is in full swell of expectancy.  They are now waiting for you to "Speak" into the atmosphere that "Now" is the time for a "Power Shift"!

When you begin to let the mind of Christ be in you, things will move by the power of your word just as your Daddy God has done:  

Hbr 1:3  "who being the brightness of [His] glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself [fn]purged our [fn] sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,"
What is this "Power Shifting" you might ask?  

Powershifting, also known as full-throttle shifting or flat-shifting, (not to be confused with speed-shifting) is a method of shifting used with manual transmissions to reduce the time where the driving wheels are not powered. Unlike a normal gearchange, in a powershift the driver does not let off the accelerator (unlike speed-shifting, where the throttle is let off very quick, simultaneously depressing the clutch and shifting into the next gear, rapidly). The clutch is briefly depressed while the shift lever is rapidly shifted into a higher gear, keeping the engine in its power band. This helps the car accelerate faster, but increases the wear on the clutch and the transmission beyond normal levels and shortens the expected life of these components. (Wikipedia)

As you can see, in this form of racing it's a term used when the car is in full throttle motion and at a high rate of speed, shifts into another gear without decreasing the momentum.  In other words, You may have been speaking death into your life for years without even thinking about it, it became a way of life (natural to you).  However, now that you know the truth, with the same momentum you spoke the negative things, you will begin to speak Life and because your words are powered by the Spirit of the Living God, you will experience such a paradigm shift, that you will not lose ground, you will be Accelerated into Abundancy!

It is time for us to begin to think, speak and walk in Abundant Life!  Cast out all Fear!  Walk and embrace the power of Faith!  Now is the time to speak "Life" and transform your world with a "Power Shift!"



A Word a Day: The Prescription for Life!

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 2:19 AM Comments comments (1)

3Jo 1:2    "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth."

As the heartfelt words of  one who knew all to well that prosperity is not simply the abundance of currency as some might think.  However, that true prosperity is found in the quality of life itself and incorporates the total man: mind, body and soul.  And that this particular life (Zoe) is found in Christ.  

Jhn 10:10  "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly."

Over the years, I've spoken with those who have been hurt and broken as a result of relationships, illnesses, finances etc. and many have been brothers and sisters in Christ.  I recently pulled out a small  pocket book that had been given to me several years ago by a dear sister entitled "Rx: Prescriptions for Life" that I'd forgotten about.   However, it really ministered to my soul.  Surely, the Word of God is the best Medicine for Life:  

Psa 107:20   "He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered [them] from their destructions."

Mat 4:4   But He answered and said,"It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." 

So as I sought a word of peace and healing and realizing that when you don't have anything else to give to someone who may come to you in an hour of need except the Word of God, that you have all you need.  I realized this would not be a one verse, two points and a prayer event.  However, it would be a process.  As with most healing, they occur over a period of  time.  And while physically recovering from an injury or medical condition, may require some  therapy or consist of medication prescribed by your physician, The word of God taken in daily doses, will not only heal us in places we hurt that cannot be seen, but manifest in every area of our life.  

Well our Great Physician is Jesus!  He alone can heal us with a dose of His word and a touch of His Spirit.  He doesn't "practice" medicine, He "Is" The Medicine.  And reading and meditating on His word for all of day to day life issues as prescribed by him, will not only heal, but make us "Whole".  

It is His desire that we prosper in all areas of our lives: 

In our souls: 
Mat 11:29  "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."

In our minds:
Isa 26:3     "You will keep [him] in perfect peace, [Whose] mind [is] stayed [on You], Because he trusts in You."

In our Bodies:

3Jo 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

In our Relationships:

Hbr 12:14 Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

In our Finances:

1Ti 6:17  ¶Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
1Ti 6:18  That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

Our Father God want's His children to live life with a Kingdom mentality where we walk in wisdom and power.  Redeeming the time and maximizing our resources.  We have a job to do and we cannot do it sick and broken no matter what part of our life is ailing.  We must seek to be made whole that we may reach out to aid in the healing of others by our testimonies.

Rev 12:11   And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

So over the next few weeks, as I am fed daily doses of God's word, I too will share with those who may need the some encouragement, guidance and motivation to be made whole in Him.  He will heal in every place that hurts.  You have the power within to move past where you are right now.  Decide to Be Healed and to Be Made Whole!  This is your daily dose for the day!






The Uncontainable Resurrection Within!

Posted on March 30, 2013 at 1:33 AM Comments comments (4)
Jer 20:9   "Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But [his word] was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not [stay]."

When the times are the darkest, the pain is the most intense and the temptation to give up hovers over you like a cloak of pending death, to those of us who understand the importance of what this Holiday weekend represents, Something inside rises up!  Something on the inside that says "Be strong and Courageous!  Something that reminds us that unless a seed falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone.  But if it dies, it will bear Much fruit!"  Something on the inside speaks to our spirit and says, "This too, shall pass! Just give me "Three Days"!  Greater is He that abides on the inside of you than he who is in the world."   

Rom 8:11   "But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you."

You gain an inner strength that awakens during adversity, and what might have intimidated you before, becomes bread for you now.  You no longer see your adversary as a threat, but you realize that Somebody greater than you, greater than the giant in front of you and greater than anything that can come against you is really working with YOU!

The sleeping giant inside of you arises and when you open up your mouth, the words you speak are no longer solidifying the situation you find yourself in, but begins to prophesy what echoes from within the heavenly places of your spirit.  Our spirit is now bearing witness with The Holy Spirit and we find that as we make our abode in His word and His Word is abiding in us, we can now speak what He speaks and ask what we will and It is Done!  

We cannot hold back telling of His Goodness!  We cannot refute His tender Mercies and His Loving Kindness toward us!  It is apparent!  His Glory is made known through the adversity that came to destroy us!  He is made bigger in the eyes of those who watched on, those who prayed for you and those who even aided and a bedded in what was suppose to be our demise.  The weapon the enemy used to humiliate, undermine  and crucify us, only served to build the crowd of witnesses so the Glory of God could be seen through the resurrection life of that dead situation.

You've been in a holding pattern in the grave of an old season in your life!  Somewhere within the three days of having borne your cross.  
Jhn 2:19   "Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."

Just as Jesus' crucifiction seemed to be the end and  death had won,  On the third day, the grave was void of the body of which temporarily occupied it. And just as the winter season takes on a lifeless form,  and Spring announces to the dormancy "it's time to revive and bloom".  Take an assessment of what looks to be dead but God says is "alive"!  Open up your mouth and begin to prophesy!

Eze 37:3 -5  "And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.  Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:

When the Spirit of the Most High is inside of you, you won't be able to resist the urgency to speak "Life" to what God has said is alive!
Remember "Death and Life are in the Power of YOUR tongue"  Eat of the fruit of "Life"!  You are approaching the Third Day!  The Resurrection is inside of you!  This is what it is!!!

Praying for the families in Ct who have suffered tremendous loss

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