ALOHA FAMILY AND FRIENDS,  Beloved of God,   John 3:16,   12:24-26,  17:20-26 

   9/9/19,    (Across my desk this morning.)

Today’s Scripture
“Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather and deliver us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise…”  (1 Chronicles 16:35, ESV)
When the Intensity Gets Turned Up

Whenever life gets difficult and it seems like the intensity has been turned up, that means you are closer to your victory. When those lies are bombarding your mind, when you’re tempted to get discouraged or feel like throwing in the towel, that’s not the time to back down. That’s the time to dig your heels in and put on a new attitude because you are closer to your victory.

Maybe you’ve had a lot of things come against you. It seems like the more you pray the worse it gets. You’re doing the right thing, but the wrong thing is happening. The easy thing is to say, “Forget it. I don’t have to put up with this.” “This marriage is never going to work.” “I’ll never be able to raise this child.” Or, “I don’t like this job.” No, instead of getting discouraged, instead of going around sour and bitter, you need to say, “I’ve come too far to stop now. I’ve been through too much to back down. I realize the reason the intensity has been turned up is because I’m about to embrace the victory God has in store for me!” Keep standing, keep praying, keep hoping, and stay in faith when the intensity gets turned up!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, You’ve seen everything I’ve been through. You know what I’ve had to endure. I trust that You are working behind the scenes and leading me into victory. I keep my faith and trust in You and expect to see Your mighty hand in Jesus’ name! Amen.”

My Comments:
The old adage,  “it is darkest, just before the dawn” has reminded us of this fact for a long time now.  And personally,  I know it is true for a fact.  Some of the most powerful Spirit Filled Gatherings that I have every experienced were preceded by intense arguments with my then wife Ann in the car going to the meeting where we had a big blow up and I felt like going off to a cave somewhere and pouting.  But I knew,  as soon as I hit the door to the meeting, the darkness would be busted and the lights would go on and it would be over for both of us, and it was so.   Even as I set down to share with you this morning a serious very painful headache, out of no where hit me in the head.  I prayed, soundly rebuking it in the name of Jesus, and it quickly left.   Still a lot to learn about fighting the enemy but the Good Book gives us a lot to consider when considering what Jesus did.  One of the things that grabs my attention was in HIS great 40 days of fasting and being tempted by lucifer; He simply showed us that how even the words of Moses would back lucifer off.  That GOD watches over HIS true prophets to maintain the power of HIS words through them.   Paul mentioned this to Timothy:  Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action),  2 Tim. 3:16″

In talking to a good brother last night he was lamenting the issues of folks praying long time but without seeing much results and being discouraged some times.  But the Word of God is very clear that we must be also walking in HIS righteousness and hearing HIS voice to have our prayers answered:  James puts it this way, 

“Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].  17 Elijah was a human being with a nature such as we have [with feelings, affections, and a constitution like ours]; and he prayed earnestly for it not to rain, and no rain fell on the earth for three years and six months.  18 And [then] he prayed again and the heavens supplied rain and the land produced its crops [as usual].  James 5:16-18″

So effective prayer comes from the humility of obedience in the Holy Spirit in taking off our dirty shoes and standing in GOD’s truth in loving faith on GOD’S HOLY GROUND,  Heb.11. 

Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy,   Ken<><


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