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Authority and Distraction – Part 1:  Stand in the Full Authority of Christ Within Us

October 20th, 2017 No comments

In the past few months, we have faced extreme perils due to weather and natural disaster –
This is not a time to cry, to fall on our face or to beg in prayer.  This is a time to STAND – to stand in the full authority of Christ within us.

James 5:16-18 says, “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.  Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.  And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.”

Here are a few very brief nuggets from this passage:

  • We have authority over the weather.  If Elijah could stand in that authority in the times of visitation of the Old Testament, how much more can we stand in that authority in this time of habitation with the full, completed work of the Cross and Resurrection as our banner of authority and our position of being hidden with Christ in God!
  • Confess, pray, be healed – This is a time to confess the sins of our land, pray for one another and receive the healing of our land. There are three areas of repentance I feel to draw to our attention as we pray:
    (1) Sins of dishonoring the dignity of people – this includes slavery, racial/ethnic prejudice and inequality, gender inequality, socio-economic inequality and dishonor of parents and civic leaders.
    (2) Abortion, both the acts of abortion that have taken place in our nation and the legislation which allows it.
    (3) Dishonoring God – this includes humanism in education, removing Judeo-Christian symbols from public places, silencing prayer in public gatherings, removing the 10 Commandments from display and movements to remove phrases such as “In God we trust”, “Under God” from pledges and national identification.
    Pray for a complete work of repentance in your nation – that our actions, legislation and mindset demonstrate a true turning to righteousness.   Receive healing!  Believe, receive and rejoice that God is our healer of our land.
  • Elijah’s story demonstrates two reasons God will change weather: (1) So that people will know He is God.  Pray for a full acknowledgment of God in our nation. (2) To bring fruitfulness. Believe and decree the fruitfulness/fulfilment of God’s Word over our nation.

Well, that’s enough for today. We’ll touch on Distraction another day.  God bless you as you stand in prayer for your nation!

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The Everlasting Message of Christmas

December 14th, 2016 No comments

The following is a Christmas letter we received from Glenda Fleming.  I was so blessed by the beauty of this everlasting message that I asked Glenda if I could share it with you.  Glenda serves Aglow International on the International Board of Directors, as U.S. Regional Director of the Southern Region and on the Israel Council.

May your heart be warmed by this glorious Christmas message. Merry Christmas!
Nancy McDaniel, Aglow International Prayer Director

 

From Glenda:  The Everlasting Message of Christmas

 

The Sweetest Message
One of the sweetest messages ever announced from heaven is being sounded to us again this Christmas.  Luke 2:8-14: That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly and angel appeared among them, and the landscape shone bright with the glory of the Lord. They were badly frightened, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you the most joyful news ever announced and it is for everyone!”  The Savior – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born tonight in Bethlehem.”  Suddenly the angel was joined by a vast host of others – the Armies of Heaven – praising God: “Glory to God in the highest heaven,” they sang, “And peace on earth for all.” (The Life Application Bible)

Fear Not
We can, in our hearts, go to Bethlehem this Christmas; and in the company of wondering shepherds, we can see Him who was born King.  Isaiah 7:14 – Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His Name Immanuel (God with us).

On the first Christmas night God spoke “Fear Not” to the world. The shepherds listened to the angels. Inspiration took hold of their hearts, and grace took root in their souls.  Their fears were gone. Our Father wants that same inspiration and grace to fill our hearts this Christmas.

Prophecy Fulfilled
The love and joy that we feel at Christmas was manifested in that stable in Bethlehem. But the joy for us is that He is not in a manger this Christmas. For one day on a lonely hill called Mount Calvary He fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah which said, “He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities and the chastisement of our peace was upon Him. By His stripes, we are healed.” He was buried, but He conquered death and came forth out of the grave. He stood with His disciples on the Mount of Olives and promised them the power of the Holy Spirit. He told them to go into all the world and preach the gospel, baptizing in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Then, He was caught up in a cloud and ascended to the Father before their very eyes. Two angels came to stand beside them and told them that just as they saw Him ascend, that the same Jesus would come again in like manner.

Just as the prophets foretold His first coming, Christmas; they have also foretold His second coming. This should bring a Christmas spirit of joy and rejoicing to each of us. The next time He comes, He will not come as a babe in a manger, but in all the glory and splendor of the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

Gifts
Just as God the Father sent the first Christmas gift of His Son, the Son gives gifts to us not only at Christmas but each and every day until He reappears.  2 Peter 1: Grace and peace be multiplied to you (this Christmas season) in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue; by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises (gifts), that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature.

The precious Christmas gift of the Son of God wants to lead our lives, giving us the peace of Christ that will rule our hearts (Colossians 3:15).

Just as a loving Father gave a star that would lead and guide the wise men of the first Christmas, He still gives us a star (His Beloved Son) that will lead each of us willing to follow His star.

From my heart to your hearts comes all the blessings and love of Christmas. May each of your homes be filled with His glorious Christmas Light.

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Imperturbable Aplomb

July 27th, 2016 1 comment

Imperturbable Aplomb
The following blog was contributed by Martha Stanley.

I’ve been having some disturbing vertigo issues, so finally went to the doctor. Two different physicians said it was most likely a brain tumor from the way it was presenting, but could be a severe inner ear infection. An MRI was ordered.

With those words I had to make a decision. I could A) freak out! or B) press in to the “secret place”, lean into the heartbeat of God, and listen. I chose B. After some time in prayer I felt a peace, so refused to give in to fear. After 2 weeks of waiting, the results came back clear, so on to the ENT I will go.

I was seeking the Lord for His purpose in allowing this to happen. The answer came clearly and quickly. The enemy was rattling his saber trying to get ME rattled. Kudos on the try – didn’t work, dude.

I sensed there was more so asked…and what more, God…? There are many situations in my life that seem overwhelming, have been going on a loooong time, look hopeless, and perhaps on some level I had become weary.
He showed me that the enemy is merely rattling his saber in those situations, too.
God wants me to see the other situations in the same light – don’t be rattled – stand my ground – speak only life – victory WILL COME.

Going through the waiting time for the test results truly brought me up to a higher level of “abiding in the secret place”. He is saying, “Ok, you learned this here. Now apply what you learned HERE, and take the ground over THERE.

I can now face the other situations from which I had grown weary, with renewed strength, hope, faith, and….wait for it….imperturbable aplomb.

Imperturbable – adj. – unable to be upset or excited; calm:

Aplomb – noun – self-confidence or assurance, especially when in a demanding situation

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When He Saw, His Spirit Revived

July 6th, 2016 1 comment

Blog 07 16 Fresh AirWhen He Saw, His Spirit Revived
The following blog was contributed by Martha Stanley.

Genesis 45:27 says, “But when they told him everything Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts Joseph had sent to carry him back, the spirit of their father Jacob revived.”

When Jacob saw, his spirit revived. Jacob suffered years of anguish, torment and grief thinking his beloved son Joseph had been torn apart by wild animals and died a gruesome death. But in reality, Joseph was very much alive, prospering, second in command under the King of Egypt, fulfilling God’s purpose delivering nations from certain destruction. In this case the paths of “known reality” and “true reality” were vastly divergent.

How many times in my life has focusing on “known reality” brought me to a place of complete heartache and despair? The “facts” that were before my eyes and known to my mind screamed of failure, defeat; they shouted that God’s ears were deaf to my cries. As with Jacob, sometimes what I “know”, and what is actually true are as different as the full light of day and the darkest of nights.

Recently, in a study of Psalm 91, I discovered that one of the meanings of the word “abide” in verse one means “to pass the night”. “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall ‘abide’ under the shadow of the Almighty.”

What if…what if we could perpetually live from a place where, when a tragedy happened, we would hide ourselves in the secret place of the Most High staying under His wings until turmoil turned into peace; until we heard the heartbeat of God, and our hearts beat As One. Then, yes, then we could live in the place of peace, of joy, of prosperity until the night passed.

Jacob had 11 other children, and multiple grandchildren. Did his grief over Joseph rob him of all the joy that ‘could have been’ with the others? Did his “known reality” of Joseph act as a thief stealing the precious ‘times that could have been’ with the children and grandchildren who were there with him every day?

How many times have I done this? How many times have I allowed the grief of the ‘promise yet to be fulfilled’ to plunder my joy and rob me of the marvelous treasures of this day.

So Lord, as this day unfolds, help me to keep my heart, my mind, and my words not on the path of what I can see and feel, my “known reality”, but help me to live in the place of “true reality”, embracing the certainty that You are at work in ways I ‘cannot see or know’ bringing all things together for my good, and the good of those I love. Today, I set my face like a flint that I will enjoy all of the beautiful gifts God has in store for this day as I wait with confident faith for the fulfillment of the truths I have heard in the secret place.

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Forgiveness, Prayer and Freedom

January 26th, 2016 1 comment

Forgiveness is so much more than saying, “I’m sorry” or “It’s ok, I forgive you.” Forgiveness is freedom. Forgiveness is that heavenly Kingdom key liberating us from the bondage to hurts caused by offenses. How do we get “unstuck” from the residue of an offense enough to forgive? Good question! Maybe Job gives us a key to being free to forgive.

Job knew God in the secret place. We read in Job 19 about the agony of his losses and the pain he endured. Yet in the middle of his discourse on the severity of his suffering, he raised his voice in worship and declared, “I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” Job 19:25–27

Job did not use his suffering as an excuse to turn from God. Instead, his suffering drove him deeper into the treasury of God in the secret place. Job also did not use his suffering as an excuse to hold an offense against his friends.

The only good thing about Job’s friends—who were not very good friends—is that they visited him frequently. But instead of offering encouragement, comfort or help, they added to his torment with endless questions, accusations and judgments against him. Finally, near the end of Job’s story, God confronted those friends. He told them that He was angry with them and that they needed to ask Job to pray for them. Only then, perhaps, would He receive their sacrifices and forgive them (see Job 42:7–9).

Once again a godly man faced the need to forgive. Something had to happen in Job’s heart to enable him to pray sincerely for his friends. He had to forgive them, too. When Job prayed for his friends, they were released from the guilt of the offenses they had caused. When Job prayed for his friends, Job was freed to step out of his pain and into his renewal. Job’s losses were restored through the grace of forgiveness: “The LORD restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.” Job 42:10 (Italics added.)

Thank You, Lord. Your forgiveness has made me free – free to pray, free to love, free to forgive.

(Adapted from Prayer – Heaven’s Open Door, Chapter 9 by Nancy McDaniel)

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A Celebration of Sound

September 15th, 2015 1 comment

Blog - SparklerLord, I celebrate Who You are in my life and who I am in You! Thank You that I am no longer overwhelmed by the stuff of life on earth. Instead, I am overwhelmed by You! I am overwhelmed by Your love and grace and favor. I am overwhelmed by heaven and how You have elevated me to live in an awareness of Your Kingdom and Will on earth as it is in heaven.

Lord, I pray that I will grow in the celebration of heaven. Release such celebration that continually raises me to a higher place of overcoming. Explode Your Light and Power in me like fireworks that light up the darkest sky! Cause Your delight to break forth in song though me that brings deliverance, hope and breakthrough to all around me. Lift my feet above the shackles of earth’s stress and hindrances in jubilant dance. Let Your life in me breathe life to Your promises for all around me.

Make me a trumpet – a silver trumpet redeemed by Your love . . . trimmed with the gold of Your glory! Blow Your breath through me to release a sound that calls people to rush to You. Release a sound that silences the wicked one and brings hope and redemption. Release a sound that breaks through the limitations of earth and releases the limitlessness of You! Release the sound of heaven’s celebration on earth!

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Let Stillness Quiet Your Heart

October 2nd, 2014 2 comments

                          Let Stillness Quiet Your Heart

Blog - PeaceThoughts from Carolyn Suty, US Regional Director Southwest Coastal Region

Do you ever feel like your list for prayers and crisis is getting too long to handle? I am sensing a real call from the heart of the Father to draw nigh to the throne. Tuck your prayer list into your pocket and enter in to His chamber. Be aware of His presence, His peace and the quietness of His heart. He is not rattled, nor alarmed but so confident in all things. Let this stillness quiet your heart. Listen to the rhythm of His heart beat and be comforted. Lay your list on the altar and watch it disappear in the goodness of His majesty. Our response to Him is, “Holy, Holy is The Lord. Worthy, Worthy is the Lamb Who was and is and is to come!” Focus on Him, let the worship and love flow. Don’t leave or rush out. Bask until you have been transformed by His consuming Presence. Stay till your heartbeat matches His. Only then can you be one who is at peace in this storm. Only then can you give to others the greatest gift of Him.

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Preemptive By His Presence – 9/11 Crafted Prayer

September 2nd, 2014 1 comment

The following blog was contributed by Dave McDaniel.
Dave is a Men’s Aglow leader, one of our Men of Issachar and husband of Nancy McDaniel. 

Grand_Canyon_smallerJob 38:22-23…”Have you entered into the treasuries of the snow or seen the treasuries of the hail which I have reserved against the time of trouble, and against the day of battle and war?

As You spoke these words to Job, its meaning is a declaration to the hidden strategies of destruction and terror that the enemy is planning. Father, the plans of the enemy cannot surpass, overcome, or cancel the planting of prayer. Our prayers are a weapon of terror against the enemy, for they have been generated by the intercession of Jesus and in the agreement of the Holy Spirit.

No weapon formed against us shall prosper. The enemy conjures up ways to celebrate past tragedies and destructions in hopes to drum up a fear and intimidation to keep people bound. It is a tactic that brings accusation against You and Your intentionality. But You create new landmarks to celebrate in place of past tragedies…the release of Your beauty for ashes and the oil of joy for mourning necessary to rebuild the old ruins and former desolations. As the anniversary of September 11th approaches, we are not paralyzed by fear but instead preemptive by Your Presence. We are not a people that cowers from the taunting intimidation of people groups blinded by terror. You are turning confusion upon the enemy. You are causing those who are being used to impart terror to be terrorized themselves by the Angel of The Lord who calmly stands guard over the purposes of Your heart.

Instead of looking behind us, we rewrite this anniversary with new beginnings and new intentions by being captured with new knowledge of Your character. We have no time to be mesmerized in fear because we are apprehended by the knowledge of Your goodness and kindness, and with it, we uncover the hidden darkness with the penetrating light of the knowledge of God over the earth.

This knowledge causes us to run into the battle with declarations and proclamations of Your greatness. We speak to the lands that have been infiltrated with terror and the schematic plans of destruction. We speak to the people groups that are exhibiting barbaric behavior no different from the spirit that cried, “Crucify Him,” and we ask for a Holy Visitation of Your love over them. We proclaim over the very strategies that have been secretly planned to release destruction in the seven Continents of the earth: The Spirit of The Lord is released to proclaim the acceptable year of The Lord and the day of Your vengeance. It is not a vengeance of judgment but one of grace. Grace be released over those that are blinded by their own cause, and simultaneously release grace into the secret chambers of those You have appointed as Your Elishas and Your Davids. Amplify the secret whispers of the enemy’s plans and pipe then into the throne room where You reside with Your children. Bring the knowledge of how great and majestic You are into the atmosphere surrounding evil intent and accusation. Bring revelation of Your arrival by signs and wonders into these very lands. You have positioned Your Prophets and Generals with the foreknowledge of this very moment.

The arsenal of Your snow packs and hail have been reserved for times when the enemy wants trouble (Job 38:22-23). Freeze the hatred and allegiances bred in the fear of those who know not what they do. Freeze the flow of resources designated for destruction. Deep freeze the former painful memories of the tragedy of 9-11, and bring the rain of Your refreshing presence to proclaim liberty for the captives and the opening of the prison to those who are bound. Rain upon these Continents with the comfort and consolation to heal the painful, tormenting places of yesterday. Pour down Your precious release of Presence that will take away the ash heaps and mourning pools and replace them with the vibrant, life-giving, life-changing, and life-sustaining waterfalls full of new anointing that flows freely from the Throne of Grace.

Re-fit us with a new garment of praise that propels us into battle IN Your Name instead of remaining in a holding pattern of just leaning on it. Our eyes are upon You, Father. Our hearts are in You. And our response is a choral response of unity as we release majesty into earth’s atmosphere that seals Your protection over Israel, the United States and North America, Great Britain and all of Europe, Asia, Africa, Central and South America, Australia, and Antarctica. Uncover the hidden places with the penetrating laser beam of the blinding light that knocked Saul from his horse and brought a brand new change in identity. Begin a fresh, new beginning of restoration that turns the hearts of terror into hearts that terrorize the enemy through bringing the knowledge of The Lord into the earth. Bring large hailstones upon hell itself as You release the snowpacks of the effectual prayers of Your righteous people that have been reserved for such a time as this. New changes in the atmosphere through the release of the new sound of rain is released in Jesus’ Name.

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The Plumeria and The Acorn

October 30th, 2013 3 comments

Jesus said to pray like this, “. . . And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.”  Sometimes forgiving someone just means to let go of the hurt or the offense so we can be healed of the wound.  See how the Lord showed this to Martha Stanley.

plumeria and acorn

While taking the dog out into the back yard several days ago, something unusual caught my eye on a small plumeria plant by the side of our house.  A single acorn was sitting upright in the center vein of a plumeria leaf.  Apparently, the acorn had fallen from our towering oak tree onto a leaf of the plumeria below, piercing it with the force of the drop. In response to the assault, the plumeria did what plumerias do in such a situation.  It secreted a sticky, milky-like substance to try to heal the wound.  In the process however, it also captured the acorn, permanently affixing it into the breach.

This phenomenon was so unusual, I asked the Lord what He was trying to teach me.  More than a week went by, and nothing came to mind, so I figured the answer would come at the appropriate “teachable moment”.

This morning I was thinking about 2 recent incidences in which I felt I had been wronged.  Asking the Lord if He would right the situations, he responded with a clear, “No”.  Shocked, I asked why.  He said, “What happened to you in both situations was wrong, but I am not going to make either of them right for you.  I am teaching you how to just let things go.”

After hearing that sobering response, my mind reflected back to the plumeria and the acorn.  In an effort to heal itself (the wound), the plumeria also captured the acorn (the offense).  Unless the acorn is removed, the wound will never heal properly.  However, the acorn is now so sealed into the wound that the leaf cannot remove it on its own.  It will need some outside help.  Removal of the acorn will open up the wound again, the milky substance will be secreted, but the wound will heal properly.  The leaf will just have the let the acorn go if it is to be healed.

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The Hurt and the Healer

June 21st, 2013 5 comments


The following blog was contributed by Jessica Wilson, Prayer Office Administrative Assistant
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Have you ever been hurt?  I mean really hurt.

A lot of the time this kind of hurt seems to happen when it comes from other Christians, or others who “should know better.”  I’m not going to sugarcoat it – it’s really tough to deal with at times.

Recently I was wrestling with the concept of forgiveness, in particular toward an old friend who had hurt me long ago but when confronted, never acknowledged my hurt or apologized.  It seemed so wrong that this person had never acknowledged or tried to ‘fix’ the situation.  It seemed like they got off scot free!  As I prayed and told God about my hurt, I told him how unfair this was.  Now, I’m not blind – I get that I have been that person.
I have hurt others, not known about it, and not fixed it.
I have caused others pain that God had to heal.  What I didn’t realize before is how truly powerless I am to heal.  I can be responsible, kind, and apologetic – and I believe these should be freely given as you are able and aware of your actions hurting another.  But while kind words and apologies might comfort, they don’t heal.

After I poured out my heart to God, God poured out revelation on me.  God gave me a picture of the friend, whose actions against me I had grieved for so long:  The picture was of her shooting me in the leg.  In my mind’s eye, I stood there bleeding, aghast, shocked, hurt, and angry.  But as I stood bleeding, I began telling the friend that the wound was her fault and to fix my leg.  And I felt God asked me, “Why do you keep expecting her to fix you?  Can she heal you?

This shouldn’t be news to anyone but – whether you’ve been shot in the leg or stabbed in the back, you need a DOCTOR, not an apology.   The people who have hurt you – what are their names?  Are they called Jehovah Rapha – The God who heals?  The person who stole from you – is their name Jehovah Jirah – The God who provides?  No, their names – the names of those who hurt you and me, are “human.”  And humans cannot heal you, Jesus can.

“Fair” and “unfair” are useless concepts in this situation – what matters is “healed” or “not healed”, and I choose to be healed by Jesus.  What a privilege that our God is such a healer – healer of hearts, minds, bodies, and souls.  So take your hurt to Jesus.  It’s not “fair”.  It may not seem “right”.  But those who have hurt us, on purpose or without realizing it, are helpless in our healing.  Let us go to our loving, caring, all-knowing God, who binds up the broken hearted and who has healing in His wings.

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