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Is It Me? Or – Is It a Call to Intercession?

Published July 30, 2015 by birdieklh

Last week there were MANY struggles. Emotionally. Physically. Spiritually.

I took them all personally, fought the good fight of faith and prayed through to victory. Victory was achieved, however, my armor was banged up somewhat.

Then, at our women’s conference that we held on Saturday, I found out that the other leaders also went through similar struggles. Most of them, unlike me, did not take them personally but took them as a call to intercession on behalf of the women that would be coming to the conference.

Sure enough – every woman that was set free at that conference was set free from some of the VERY SAME ISSUES we had all experienced! Isn’t that just like our God to allow us to truly experience things so that we can intercede from the depths of our beings?!

Did I intercede? Yes! But, I thought I was interceding for myself – silly me! I’ve been around the block a few times – I should have known better. But, quite honestly, a few years had passed since the last time I was involved on the front lines in a conference setting and I simply forgot. All I can say is Father, forgive.

I said all that to say this. Dear ones, when we experience an onslaught of ‘things’ in our lives, perhaps we had better step back and ask the Lord to reveal if it is us or if it is a call to intercession on behalf of another. Intercession over various things works either way, but when we allow ourselves to become very specific, there is greater victory!

We are called to be Jesus to people, and He was sent to ‘set the captive free’, etc. Therefore, our call is the same – so is it a call to intercession – if so – INTERCEDE with fervency like never before! Time is short and we need to be in the trenches!

©klh 4Given Ministries

Am I Having Tantrums?

Published July 17, 2015 by birdieklh

A-TanOkay, we have all ‘seen’ them, in the stores (especially around the time all the new holiday games/movies/etc. are put out), children having out and out fits over something they WANT and their parents have said ‘No!’

They are so upset, completely beside themselves, no control over their emotions and BAM they literally explode into a tantrum right on the spot.

We shake our heads and move on to our own shopping. But if we are honest, we’ve all been there ourselves, not only as children, but now, as adults!

Let us ask ourselves these questions:

What do I do / how do I respond when my ‘DADDY’ (Abba Father, God) says ‘no’, or ‘wait’? Hmmmm. . .

Do we get so steaming mad that if people look close enough they can ‘see’ it – an anger/frustration that is tangible? And what about what we look like to God? Are we not like the children we shake our heads over?

Something to think about today . . .

When we say ‘no’ or ‘wait’ to our children there is a very good reason behind it, so why do we not realize the same with the way in which our Heavenly Father deals with us?

Luke 11:11-13 tells us quite clearly that He is ever so much more loving and considerate in His giving us things than we are with our own children . . . “If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” KJV – of course, here He is speaking about giving us the Holy Spirit, but it also shows us His heart of loving us.

Then there are these verses to consider . . .

James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” KJV

Luke 18 – the parable of the unjust judge – the Lord clearly tells us that if an unjust judge will relent and help, how much more shall we be able to depend upon God to help us?!

And let us not forget that God knows what we need before we even ask (Matt 6:31-32 *) and that the answer comes to us immediately, yet sometimes it doesn’t ‘appear’ due to spiritual warfare / delays (see Daniel 10)

So, all in all, we simply need to KNOW and TRUST that He knows, He sees, He hears  A  N  D  He acts on our best behalf.

Our part?

TRUST AND WAIT

* I have to insert this, and laugh at myself. While looking for this passage I was thinking of another passage in Psalms, and therefore couldn’t find this one, and found myself on the verge of a frustration tantrum – OUCH! God surely has a sense of humor to have me ‘experience’ the very thing He laid upon my heart to share today.

Abba Father, Forgive me / us, for the times when we allow ourselves to lose control over our tempers (feelings). Help us to learn to trust You more and KNOW that You love us more than we could ever imagine and rest in You and wait upon You for Your timing and Your loving answer in our lives. Amen.

Oh, America, America, My Beloved Homeland

Published July 4, 2015 by birdieklh
image from lacomunidad.elpasis.com

image from lacomunidad.elpasis.com

It is usually with grateful heart, an attitude of joyous celebration and with exuberant pride in my country that I awaken on the morning of the 4th of July. However, quite sadly, this day has been one of great weeping.

I love the country of my birth. I love ALL that it has stood for. I love the principles that it was founded upon – “One Nation UNDER God” – but, alas, I find myself on my face today before that very God – Jehovah Tsidkenu (God, Our Saving Justice – Righteous and Just) – crying out for mercy over this land that has always held my heart.

Friendships, prayer partnerships, have developed over the years from all over the globe, thanks to the internet, and for that I am very grateful to God. In many discussions with these that the Lord has placed around my sphere of contact my underlying thought has always been, “I’m SO blessed to be an American!” We still have freedom! We can still worship our Lord God freely! We can still pray publicly! We  can still have our Bibles! We can still speak of His love with others! We are allowed to minister to those in jails, prisons, hospitals, etc! . . . but, now? Will these freedoms still last? Will they still hold true?

Our beloved forefathers left everything to seek out this land we call America, our home. A place where they could freely serve and worship the Lord. A land where Biblical principles were woven into the very fabric of our governmental society – papers were drawn up, signed, declared publically over our nation – all based upon God’s Word. Many, many lives have been lost; many, many bodies maimed beyond repair; all to continue the fight to keep our nation the mighty nation that God rose it up to be.

Why was our nation so mighty? So looked up to? So successful? Because it was a country / nation that set God’s Word as the basis for its principles, its governing law. The things we set out to do were God honoring, God fearing.

I love our flag – when I look at it I think of the following (this is my personal view):

  • The red stripes – remind me of the blood that Jesus shed for us to be free from the bondages of the enemy (satan) AND the blood that countless men and women have shed for our nation to remain free
  • The white stripes – remind me of holiness, how we need to walk holy before God, bringing honor to Him in all things. It reminds me of my complete surrender to Him in every area of my life, for in Him is TOTAL freedom
  • The blue square – blue, “a color that prophetically has celestial and heavenly power” (referenced from The Prophet’s Dictionary by Paula A. Price, PH.D.) – reminds me that God is over this nation of mine – it is His power that protects us
  • The white stars – stars, in the Bible refer to angels, so when I look at the stars on our flag, set in the blue, it reminds me that the angelic hosts of heaven are looking over us, there for us at all times
  • Waving in the wind – reminds me that Holy Spirit is always present, blowing over us, upon us, with His guidance . . . if we but listen

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In my Scripture reading and meditation this morning, Acts 13:10, Paul spoke up boldly to a ‘wise man’ (associated with the proconsul of the day) these words – “and said, you master in every form of deception and recklessness, unscrupulousness, and wickedness, you son of the devil, you enemy of everything that is upright and good, making crooked the straight paths of the Lord and plotting against His saving purposes…” (Amplified Bible) – after reading this twice, I thought to myself, through flowing tears, ‘Oh, if only someone were bold enough to speak up to our leaders in this way!’

Then, the cross reference in Hosea 14:9b, which says, “Who is wise, that he may understand these things? Pruden, that he may know them? For the ways of the Lord are right and the [uncompromisingly] just shall walk in them, but transgressors shall stumble and fall in them.” (Amplified Bible) – I found myself once more crying out for my beloved America, ‘Lord raise up men and women who love You, fear You (hold in reverent awe) and desire to honor You with their lives. Raise them up and set them in places where they can truly help America become “One Nation UNDER God” once more!’

Abba Father, I am still grateful for my beloved America. I KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt that You are still in control of all things, and that You are, indeed, working behind the scenes to wake us up and help us arise and take our place as Your mighty bride – fully equipped to embrace and stand firm upon Your principles, not wavering. Lord, I can only cry out for Your mercy, grace and forgiveness over this land . . . as my heart is breaking today, I can only imagine what Yours must be feeling! God help us! and . . . God, may Your grace abound, Your mercy flow, Your Truth reign supreme . . . may your blessings once more be upon America, my beloved (earthly) homeland. amen 

©klh 4Given Ministries

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