Inspiration and Truth
Things I believe to be true plus a few things I want to consider, and a sprinkling of the ridiculous.
Please pray for me as well. Your prayers keep me going day after day. I’d welcome prayers such as those I’ve prayed for the pastors. Thank you, thank you! Those prayers make me feel so loved.
Let’s pray for the Lord to protect our spiritual leaders from the attacks of the enemy. Let’s love them in that way. Thank you. Sleep well! 😘
We pray all these things in the name of the One who is sovereign over the Church. Sovereign over the nations. Jesus! Amen 💙 May the Lord bless you by breathing new life into you- body and spirit
I’m thanking God for the missions work of the worship pastors and asking the Lord to bless their outreach. For them to be full of the Spirit and of every good fruit that relationship can bring. That they will be bold and courageous ambassadors of truth. That God will supply the words necessary in all their endeavors. That they will be blessed with wisdom, strength, comfort, and peace. That the music ministry will not lack for any good thing but will flourish as an instrument of holy praise.
I’m praying for the teaching pastors one at a time by name. I’m asking God to fill them to the brim with abundant vibrant spiritual life and that words of life and hope will flow from them and bless all who come in contact with them. I’m asking God to energize them and fill them with great boldness to evangelize effectively and joyfully in Jesus’ name. I’m praying their ministries will be granted the fruit of revival. That the Holy Spirit will do a mighty work in and through their lives.
I’m thanking the Lord for the service of my senior pastor. I’m asking God to continue to enrich his prayer life and to bless him through it with rivers of peace and joy. That there he will find divine comfort, strength, and encouragement to meet all of the trials of ministry. That he will be kept in good health and protected from harm. That his gifts will increase and multiply as he uses them. That Jesus will teach him wonderful things in preparation for his lessons and sermons.
I’m letting my mind try to stretch to hold the best impression I can pull together of His glory. His power and majesty. I’m considering who I am talking to and feeling overwhelmed that He will meet with me. Companionably. Fondly. Informally. I’m thanking Him for the privilege of prayer. For the intimacy. The closeness. The relationship He allows us. For the love that He shows through this precious gift. I’m telling Him that He is delightful. That in His presence is fullness of joy.
I’m taking a minute to just be still and know that He is God. I’m appreciating the fact that I am talking to the God who created the universe. To the very One who set the planets spinning and the stars to twinkling. The One who caused the cells of my body to multiply and knit together and grow to perform all of the functions He designed them to do. I’m loving this great God for being right here with me as I sit on my floor and tap on this little phone screen. I’m adoring Him for conversing.
Hello! Thank you for coming to pray! We’ll be praying for revival by way of our pastors tonight. I’ll pray for mine. Please pray for yours and for any other ministers the Lord brings to your mind. He seems to be responding to that last pin linking righteousness to boldness by sending us to pray along with a very bold Paul as he preaches in Athens. Fun times! Please begin with a time of confession.
lol. This just showed up in my feed. I’m not even entirely sure what’s happening in this picture. 🧐 It kind of makes me laugh. It looks like a fiction writer’s story prompt. 😂 But the verse goes along with a theme of the day. Righteousness and boldness are linked. They go together. A deep spiritual life should lead us in the direction of boldness for Christ.
The message spread. The message of this blessed age. It sounds like this. A Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord. 💙
There was more than an increase in knowledge as a result of Paul’s chains. People were transformed. Their hearts were changed. They became evangelists. Bold courageous confident evangelists. It is no less than a miracle that God can work what man meant for evil to such glorious Kingdom good. Paul was indeed in chains because of Christ. Jesus could have freed him. Right away. Easily. But He didn’t. He had a different plan. A plan that looked like “good tidings of great joy for all people.”
This is the kind of beauty that can flow out of us in times of trial if we allow the Lord to work in and through us.
Paul’s imprisonment actually helped to spread the good news. It gave him time to write. Time to reflect. Time to study. Time to pray. He had time for a deep spiritual life, and as we can learn if we read the letter to the Philippians, it brought a great deal of joy out of his inner being. And it strengthened the Church. Believers became emboldened to speak out without fear. They gained the right kind of confidence. Confidence in the power of Jesus.
A remembrance that God used Paul’s difficulties in a mighty way. Paul had to cling to the Rock. He was in stormy seas so often. He was under a great deal of stress. But the Lord, in His mysterious ways, used those trials and tribulations for the good of many. Paul wrote Philippians while in chains.
The Lord whispered this section of Philippians 1 this morning. It feels like a reminder of the visual lesson God gave me on the beach last week.
Good Morning! Please pardon my silliness. I’ve been feeling the press of some stress. I’m afraid that when stress squeezes in on me, silliness comes out of me. The explanatory note at the top of the board gives fair warning. Almost a prophecy, in a way. 😂 There will likely always be a sprinkling of the ridiculous here. It comes with this territory.
Or- KJV style- gird yer loins. 😂 Hm. My mind has just made an odd wardrobe pairing of the belt of truth with the old “Liar, liar- pants on fire”. Belt- truth. Fiery pants- lies. There’s a joke here. I just know it. 🧐 There HAS to be. I will not rest until I have figured this out. (The actual joke might be that half my church is possibly at work right now helping to solve this serious issue.👖🔥🤔 #themissingjoke)
Let’s pray for protection from this father of lies. He has laid a foundation for much of the foolishness that passes as wisdom in this world. Sleep well, friends. You are loved. So very loved. 😘
We pray all these things in the name of the One who was the wisest man who ever lived in this foolish world- Jesus! Amen 💙 May you be blessed with increased wisdom!
Lord, revive us to build wisely for the eternal future. Help us not to deceive ourselves as we live out our days. Not to build lives of little heavenly value. Not to focus on those things which will burn away on judgment day. Revive the Church to be willing to live lives that are so spiritually focused that they would make no sense at all if there wasn’t a far better world waiting just around the corner. Lord, renew us to prepare well for what is coming .
Lord, tonight we pray that you will revive the Church to spiritual awareness. Spiritual awakening. Open our spiritual eyes. Open our spiritual ears. Teach us the value of living spiritual lives. Of gaining spiritual depth. Of walking in the spirit. Of praying continually. Conversing with you throughout our days. Lord, help us to recognize that we are your temple. Give us divine awareness. Holy ambition.
Lord, we are grateful that you have good plans for our lives here on earth, and promise many wonderful things in the world to come. Thank you for talking to us about the things of Heaven. The mysteries of eternity. The life that stretches out before us just beyond the veil. So real. A place with streets and structures. Gates. Dwelling places. A place of colors and textures. Scents. Sensations. We will be there with you. And this scripture will bear itself out.
Lord, you have so generously given us the information we need to do work that has lasting value. You are kind. You have warned us that we have twisted priorities. You are loving. You have taught us about the things that will last. You are gracious. You have given us the gift of our days to seek the Kingdom first and to build relationship with you. You are merciful. You give us many opportunities to build for the future in better ways.
Father God, thank you for loving us so much. You give us what we need when we need it in order to build the structures of our lives and our churches. There is some variety in what may be built, but only one possibility for a foundation which will never fail. Your only begotten Son. He is the perfect support. The only support that is trustworthy.