Category: Issue 2

“Mighty to Save”

Isaiah 63:1

By the words “to save” we understand the whole of the great work of salvation, from the first holy desire onward to complete sanctification. The words are multum in parro: indeed, here is all mercy in one word. Christ is not only “mighty to save” those who repent, but he is able to make men repent.

He will carry those to heaven who believe; but he is, moreover, mighty to give men new hearts and to work faith in them. He is mighty to make the man who hates holiness love it, and to constrain the despiser of his name to bend the knee before him. Nay, this is not all the meaning, for the divine power is equally seen in the after-work.

The life of a believer is a series of miracles wrought by “the Mighty God.” The bush burns, but is not consumed. He is mighty to keep his people holy after he has made them so, and to preserve them in his fear and love until he consummates their spiritual existence in heaven. Christ’s might doth not lie in making a believer and then leaving him to shift for himself; but he who begins the good work carries it on; he who im-parts the first germ of life in the dead soul, prolongs the divine existence, and strengthens it until it bursts asunder every bond of sin, and the soul leaps from earth, perfected in glory.

Believer, here is encouragement. Art thou praying for some beloved one? Oh, give not up thy prayers, for Christ is “mighty to save.” You are powerless to reclaim the rebel, but your Lord is Almighty. Lay hold on that mighty arm, and rouse it to put forth its strength. Does your own case trouble you? Fear not, for his strength is sufficient for you. Whether to begin with others, or to carry on the work in you, Jesus is “mighty to save;” the best proof of which lies in the fact that he has saved you. What a thousand mercies that you have not found him mighty to destroy!

Taken from Charles Spurgeon Devotion

Do You Love God With All You Have?

“Love GOD, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that’s in you, love him with all you’ve got!”  Deuteronomy 6:5 (The Message)

In February we tend to focus on ways to express love to our sweethearts, family and friends as the valentine cards, candy, and gifts start to flow. Almost 44 years ago my husband and I were married on Valentine’s Day. I thought it was so romantic and would help my husband to always remember our anniversary! I would be upset if he didn’t express his love on that special day, but it is also important that we show our love to each other on a daily basis.

This year as I read this passage about loving God, I began to wonder what our expression of love to our Abba Father might look like. How do I show Him that I love Him every day? What can we give Him as an expression of our love? Here are some ideas:

  • Get to know Him as we pray and read His Word
  • Verbal expressions of Thanksgiving and Praise
  • Service to Him as we minister to others in His name
  • Striving for holiness as He is Holy
  • Share His Love with others
  • Obedience to his direction
  • Worship Him corporately and individually
  • Spend time with Him daily
  • If you haven’t done so yet, give Him your heart

 

Let’s ask him to show us new ways to express our love to Him this year and then act on it. Add to this list and commit to loving Him with all that’s in you. Once you make your list, post it close to your quiet place where you meet with Him as a reminder of ways to express your love to Him daily. He is worthy of our love and praise. What better way has He shown us His amazing love than when He took our place upon the tree? Love Him with your whole heart.

Sandra

Standing in the Gap

Are you willing to stand in the gap?

“And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have con-sumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord God.” Ezekiel 22:30-31.

Ezekiel was looking for someone to stand in the gap. Why? So that God would not have to bring down judgement upon the heads of the people.

We know there is a penalty for our sins and God has to bring judgement….but God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son to stand in the gap for us….to pay our pen-alty. We can stand in the gap for our Prodigal. They are sitting in the dark, blinded by the enemy. It is a war. We can stand in the gap to keep the enemy from making an entrance or continuing to blind our loved one. We are wres-tling with principalities, powers, and the rulers of darkness of this world as it speaks of in Ephesians 6:12.

Make sure you have on the armor of God as you pre-pare for the war you are entering.

Pray this prayer as taken from Prepare for War by Rebecca Brown:

“Lord, please let me stand in the gap for ____________ and fight for him so that his eyes will be opened and he will be freed from demonic bondage so that he can see his need for Jesus.”

As I stated last month God has given us the passage in Isaiah 9:2 that those in darkness have seen a great Light. I believe that it is in the power of our prayers as we take up the burden of each other to intercede not only for our prodigal but for ALL prodigals that we will see scores of them come out of the darkness this year.

I have asked some ladies to come to the office to pray in our prayer room over your prodigals in a more concentrated effort to storm the gates of heaven this year and see God bring home the prodi-gals in ways only He can. But we have a part in this battle as we join the ranks for the Prayer War-riors for the souls of our lost ones. I want to be more than a soldier; I want to be a Warrior. A warrior is on the front lines of the battle.

Won’t you join us this year in this battle? You are welcome to come and pray in the prayer room Tues-days-Thursdays 10:00 to 2:00 PM.

Sandra