Caring For Others First

1 Kings 17:7-16                                                   

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Elijah said to her, “Do not be afraid; go and do as you have said; but first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterwards make something for yourself and your son.” 1 Kings 17:13

wallet 2It was the first of December and I had just been paid from my new, part-time job. I felt led by God to give one-third of the money to a family member and to use another third to buy Christmas toys for children in an orphanage in Mexico. I obeyed God and wondered how our needs would be met by the remaining third, since my husband was unemployed and my job was only temporary.

A few days later, I saw a friend in church and went over to chat with her and her mother. Her mother, who took me through the hiring process at my former job, asked me why I had not yet gone to pick up my last paycheck. “Last paycheck?” I asked, surprised. She explained that the last paycheck is not directly deposited into an employee’s bank account. It has to be picked up in person at the Human Resources Department.

I have no idea why I was unaware that my check was never deposited into my account. All I know is that God knew there was more than enough money not only for me to give to others, but also to meet our own needs.

PRAYER: Gracious, all-knowing God, help us to obey you in all things, even when we have no idea how things will work out. Amen.

                                                     Lydia Gomez Reyes – Brownsville, Texas

 

(Published in The Secret Place, Winter 2013-2014 issue, p. 14)
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Praying God’s Word

Steve’s Daily Declarations

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Here are powerful daily declarations from Steve to ignite your hope, joy, and renew your mind with truth.

STEVE’S DAILY DECLARATIONS

Declarations #1 – These ten basic declarations are foundational to the building of your faith. They will increase expectancy of God’s goodness, and thus will increase the manifestation of that goodness in your life. Jesus said, “According to your faith, so be it” (Matthew 8:13). Say these (and other declarations) every day for a month and see what happens to your life.

1. My prayers are powerful and effective (James 5:16b).

2. God richly supplies all my needs (Philippians 4:19).

3. I am dead to sin and alive to live supernaturally (Romans 6:11; 2 Peter 1:4).

4. I walk in ever-increasing health (Psalm 103:1-3, Isaiah 53:5).

5. I live under supernatural protection (Psalm 91).

6. Like Jesus, I prosper in all my relationships (Luke 2:52).

7. I consistently bring God encounters to other people (Mark 16:17-18).

8. Through Jesus, I am 100% loved and worthy to receive all of God’s blessings (Colossians 1:12-14).

9. Each of my family members is wonderfully blessed and radically loves Jesus (Acts 16:30-31).

10. I uproariously laugh when I hear a lie from the devil (Psalm 2:2-4).

Declarations #2 – Remember this: Faith is the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Our “evidence” for things being true is not our circumstances, but God’s promises. We don’t deny negative facts in our lives, but we choose to focus on a higher reality: God’s truth. Faith indeed comes by hearing (Romans 10:17); therefore, we choose to speak these powerful truths to build our own faith.

1. I set the course of my life with my words (James 3:2-5).

2. God is on my side; therefore, I declare I cannot be discouraged or defeated (Romans 8:37; Psalm 91; Philippians 4:13).

3. I am the head, not the tail. I have insight. I have wisdom. I have ideas and divine strategies. I have authority (Deuteronomy 8:18; 28:13; James 1:5-8; Luke 10:19).

4. As Abraham did, I speak God’s promises over my life. My faith is being strengthened to possess all that Jesus won for me (Romans 4:17-23).

5. I have a sound mind. Today, I will think the right thoughts, say the right words, and make the right decisions in every situation I face (2 Timothy 1:7).

6. I expect to have powerful, divine appointments today to heal the sick, raise the dead, prophesy life, lead people to Christ, bring deliverance, release signs and wonders, and bless every place I go (Book of Acts).

7. I expect that today will be the best day of my life spiritually, emotionally, relationally, and financially in Jesus’ name. (Romans 15:13).

Declarations #3 – One of the main methods Jesus and the apostles used in the gospels and Acts was to SPEAK TO things. You will notice that they did not ask God to heal people, cast out demons, or raise the dead, but they spoke to bodies, demons, the wind, etc. Jesus encouraged us to speak to mountains in Mark 11:23. This set of declarations specifically focuses on speaking to various aspects of our lives.

1. My angels are carrying out the Word of God on my behalf (Psalm 103:20).

2. All attacks that were headed my way are diverted right now by angelic protection in Jesus’ name (Psalm 91).

3. I declare peace over the raging waters in my mind, emotions, body, and family. I say, “Peace, be still” to each of these areas of my life (Mark 4:39).

4. I speak to every mountain of discouragement, stress, depression, and lack, and cast it into the sea in Jesus’ name (Mark 11:22-24).

5. I speak to this day, and I call you blessed. I declare I serve a mighty God who today will do exceedingly and abundantly beyond all that I can ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). I say You are a good God and I eagerly anticipate Your goodness today.

(Reprinted with permission of Steve Backlund of  Igniting Hope Ministries)

Making Intercession

female, prayingI’ll spend some time in secret prayer,
My burden’s for the lost.
I’ll pray until my family’s saved
No matter what the cost.

I’ll also pray for all my friends,
My next-door neighbors, too.
Please give me opportunities
To lead them all to you.

I won’t forget the mission field,
I’ll pray for those abroad.
Protect them, Lord, as they go out
To preach the Word of God.

For all those in authority,
Please help them understand,
They need to seek your wisdom when
They make laws for our land.

Finally, Lord, ignite your church,
I pray that everywhere
Christians will get on their knees
To seek you, Lord, in prayer

                                                   Lydia Reyes – Colorado Springs, CO

(Published in The Secret Place, Winter 2010-2011 issue, p. 51)

Wisdom Hunters

Proverbs 2:1-6                                                                  

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Search for it as for hidden treasures. Proverbs 2:4

WisdomI couldn’t find it anywhere. I tore through the office and looked under the computer desk. I went though each folder in my file cabinet. I flipped through piles of paper and books on the futon behind me. I even dug through the discarded heap in my trash can. And still, nothing. Where did I leave her book? I had promised to return it that night. Continue reading

Praying the Scriptures – A Powerful and Effective Way to Pray

Praying the WordLike many of you, I learned The Lord’s Prayer (Mt 6:9-13; Lk 11:2-4) as a young child and committed it to memory. I always experienced a sense of unity and peace when reciting it with others at church services, prayer meetings, and various other special assemblies.

But . . . Continue reading