Thursday, May 22, 2014

Let Us Pray

Let Us Pray

Today I feel led to not write a devotional, but to pray for you and for myself. Times are getting hard for so many and God wants us to know that if we trust in Him, if we keep our eyes on Him, if we forget about ourselves and keep our minds stayed on Him, He will make a way. Not only will He make a way, He’ll make a great way.

God can take nothing and create a universe. He can take dirt and make a man. He can take you and me, and make us all that we dream of being and more. I believe this. Do you? If so, please join me now in prayer, and then pass it on to someone who you know will be blessed by it. No strings attached please. Just let them know you were praying for them.

Father God in Heaven, I call upon your holy name with a humbleness that is not quite natural for me. But I know that I can come before an awesome and holy God no other way. I beg of you, Father, search me and all who pray with me now. Show us ourselves, Father, in the light of your holiness. Let us see ourselves as you see us. We are sinners, Father, saved by grace.

If there is one who knows you only as God and not as Father, save their soul today that the angels in Heaven may rejoice. Let us all see our sin and repent. I do that now, Father. I repent of all my sins. I know that they are many and were it not for the cleansing blood of Christ I would be lost. But thank you, God, for Jesus. Thank you for the saving blood that washes away my sin. Your word promises that if we confess our sins, you are faithful and just to forgive and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) I confess my sins to you now, Father, and thank you for your righteousness through Christ Jesus my Lord. (Romans 3:22; 5:21)

Father, I pray that today I will walk in the power which you have given me - that same power that raised Christ from the dead. (Ephesians 1:19-20) When I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior, I entered into a covenant with you, the sovereign God of all the universe. In that covenant you said that if I were obedient to you and obey your commands that blessings would be mine. (Deuteronomy 28:1-14) And even with such a great promise attached to my keeping covenant with you, you in your infinite wisdom made provision for me and the weakness of my flesh. In Deuteronomy 30:6, you said that you would circumcise my heart that I might love you and live. What other God would make such a great promise as found in Deuteronomy 28 and then come back and make sure I was able to keep my part of the covenant? None but you is so loving and wise and I praise you for it today.

Truly, Father, you are my God and earnestly I seek you. My soul thirsts for you and my body longs for you. (Psalm 63:1) Continue to turn my heart toward you statutes and not to selfish gain. (Psalm 119:36) Continue to work in me that I might will and do your good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13) I love you, Father, but I want to love you more. Satisfy this desire as only you can, for me and all of your children who pray with me now.

Let the name of the Lord be glorified in this dark and evil day. Show yourself mighty, Father, so that all who look upon your faithful ones will know that we are called by the name of the LORD. Be glorified today and forevermore I pray. In Jesus’ matchless name, Amen


Monday, May 12, 2014

Ramblings of a Searcher

"Ramblings of a Searcher" was first written and published December 2013 to my web site,  http://dutchesshorton.com/ramblings.html and I believe it is a fitting introduction to my attempts at blogging. It tells you a little of who I am and what I feel God is leading me to do. Yes, I am God's Girl and I pray everything I write will in some way draw you to be His too. 


It’s been such a long time since I’ve sat at my computer and just let the Holy Spirit speak to me and through me. But for days now He’s been calling out to me; reminding me who I am and whose I am; reminding me that I have purpose inside of me; reminding me that He has plans for me, but He will not force me.

It’s been a couple of years now that the Lord gave me a scripture to summarize the ministry He’s called me to. It comes from Isaiah 50:4 (KJV) “The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary…” The Lord God hath given me the tongue of an encourager and an edifier. (There is a difference but we won’t get into that right now.) Part two of that verse says, “…he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.” Or as the NIV reads, “…He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.” And herein lays my problem.

I love to sleep and rest and relax. I could truly spend an entire week or longer doing absolutely nothing. Everyone except my immediate family probably finds that really difficult to believe but it’s true. Even worse, I’m not ashamed. I could go days on end doing no more that playing Solitaire Arena of Facebook. Of course, I’d mix in a few rounds of Candy Crush Saga because they actually make you wait 15 minutes between games of Solitaire Arena (unless you want to pay for magic wands – not). I flip channels on the television and nap and am completely content. Well almost content. Because the entire time I’m busy doing nothing, the Holy Spirit is gently but oh so firmly calling; wakening me morning by morning like one being instructed. He won’t leave me alone and I’m so grateful.

I don’t fully understand this season I’m going through but I know in time God will reveal it and will use it for my good and His glory. I posted once before that I was stuck on stupid but I thought I’d gotten off that merry-go-round. Apparently I got back on because I’m going around and around and around yet again. Pray with me won’t you as I open my ears to hear what the Spirit is saying. I no longer want to be content doing nothing or running in useless circles on my stupid-wheel. I want to be about my Father’s business. I realize that the days are getting short and I, like my Father, wish that none would perish but that all would come to repentance. Let no one be lost because I was not doing what I was supposed to be doing. In fact, as you pray for me, look at yourself and be sure you too are doing what our Father has called us to do.

Pray with me now: Father God in Heaven, holy is your name. We come to you today, Father God, first of all to say thank you for not allowing us to die in our sins; for giving us another day to get right with you. I thank you, Father, for the assurance that Jesus died for me and that my place in Heaven with you is secure. But I also thank you that just going to Heaven is no longer my goal. I want to take as many souls with me as I can. Stir up the gifts in me and in those who now pray with me so that we may be about your business. That we may go about doing good, letting our good works shine that people may see and glorify you. Even as our souls are satisfied let us not be so content that we sit down on the calls on our life. We are chosen in Christ. May we make every effort to make our calling and election sure. In Christ Jesus we pray, amen.