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My Times are in His Hand

May the Lord cover us, rescue us and keep us from involving ourselves with those who are not intending to operate within the timing of Him who sets the times and works His plans accordingly.  May our Lord save us from those who do not desire HIS calendar and those who simply neglect concern over His times. My times are in His Hand and I will not put them in the hands of any other. We need HIM, our Shepherd, every hour. “My times are in your hand…” (Ps.31:15, NKJV)  “Desperate, I throw myself on you: you are my God!  Hour by hour I place my days in your hand, safe from the hands out to get me.” (Ps.31:14-15, Msg)


Free From What Has Been

A public school teacher from our home church was talking with one of her students. The boy said that since his father was in prison, he would likely be in prison. She simply told him that he did not have to be in prison just because his father was. His response was, “I never thought of that.” The teacher only had to speak something that you might think could be left unsaid because it should be obvious. But for a boy who lived in an environment without hope, a simple word of encouragement changed his whole outlook.  Just because something has been a reality, even for a long time, does not mean it is a given for the future. Through Christ our Lord, we are free from what has been and have hope for what shall be.  “Thus we have been set free to experience our rightful heritage. 7 . . .And if you are a child, you’re also an heir, with complete access to the inheritance.” (Gal.4:5,7 Msg)

 


Strength for the Remainder of the Year

As the people of God assemble today may those whose hearts are heavy from failures, defeats and grief so far in this year lift their heads, get a deep breath and realize that they are part of the family of God and that they have strength and fellowship through Christ our Lord and the family of God to go on to victories in the remainder of the year.  But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.  4  With my voice I cry to the Lord, and He hears and answers me out of His holy hill. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! (Ps.3:3-4, Amp)

As the people of God assemble today may those whose hearts are heavy from failures, defeats and grief so far in this year lift their heads, get a deep breath and realize that they are part of the family of God and that they have strength and fellowship through Christ our Lord and the family of God to go on to victories in the remainder of the year.  But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.  4  With my voice I cry to the Lord, and He hears and answers me out of His holy hill. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! (Ps.3:3-4, Amp)

 


The Hope God Put in Me

 

I will not allow any person nor any adverse circumstances to determine the lifespan of the hope God originally put in me.


Save From the Presumption of Others

May the Lord save you from the ignorance of others, the presumption of others and the carelessness of others.  “When you act with presumption, convinced that you’re right, don’t be surprised if you fall flat on your face! But walking in humility helps you to make wise decisions.” (Prov.11:2, TPT)


Redefining for the Next Generation

I knew of a pastor who spent his life building a great church in a large city.  Many lives were impacted by his faithfulness and the largeness of his vision.  However, there came a time to redefine his role and be repositioned for the effectualness of the vision to future generations.  The pride of being self-made gathered from the recesses of his years of experience.  Fear of losing his personal investment caused him to go back on promises to the next generation of leadership.  Pride, fear and self-determination kept him from synergizing with the potential of the future.  He held tightly to the heart of the church that he had built, and when he left, feet first, it went with him.  He started it and essentially ended it in one lifetime.  

“What used to be” is not the witness that will impact a community or a region for the Kingdom.   I AM is being misrepresented if He is not present-tense and awesome.  If we refuse to allow pride or fear to keep us from fresh and timely obedience, sons of God will be redefined and repositioned as needed and we will flow into a momentum that causes the good plans of God to manifest.  The groaning communities and regions will reel with the supernatural results and exponential harvest that He has planned. (Last excerpt from Kathy’s article “Fresh Obedience”)
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God Who Breaks in Upon His Church

Our God is a self-disclosing God who reveals Himself in acts of power by forcefully breaking into our otherwise routine existence (cf.violent tempest blast”-Acts 2:2, Amp). He breaks in upon His Church (which most certainly is His privilege) with memorable moments that breathtakingly remind us of our destiny and which propel us out of comfortable routine into that destiny. Being conformed to the Image of Christ and ruling this universe with Him is our destiny. Day to day maintenance of mundane comfort zones does not allow propulsion into that destiny. Cf. “The Lord of life leaves enough mystery to be intrusive, disruptive and surprising in order that He might shatter our tendencies to predictability and, yes, even boredom. Saints die of many things, but to die of boredom is the ultimate insult to the God of an ever-expanding glory!” (quote from Mark Chironna)