Confident In His Comfort


ConfidenceLord God I anxiously seek your comfort each day. My eyes behold the manifestation of your promises in my life. I am your son/daughter and know that you hear my prayer. I wait for your rescue that is never far away. Each day I renew my hope in your word. In the midst of sorrowful and tearful circumstances my lips praise and worship you.

Your love is unfailing and it comforts me. You have sent the Holy Spirit to abide with me and He is my helper and source of comfort. Your presence assures me of your love and peace, and restores my soul. I am encouraged by your word and consume it as my necessary food. My mind, body, soul and spirit is filled and nourished by your truth. Your promises revive me and they comfort me in all my troubles.

Lord you know every burden, trouble and weight that I must endure and you fill me with patience. Confidence in your deliverance helps me mature naturally and spiritually. In turn, I know how to minister and encourage others to live in harmony and peace. Through confidence in you I have liberty, a tender heart and a humble attitude. With one mind I sympathize with others. And I love others as my brothers and sisters. You are the God of love and peace who is always with me. You are the source of all mercy, comfort and strength. Thank you for helping me to be more confident. I praise you, the Father of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Christine Brooks Martin, author
Pray What God Says
Talk to God with Affirmations of Faith
He That Healeth Thee
Christine’s Short-Shorts
Little Book, Big Prayers (4-book Series)

www.praywhatgodsays.weebly.com
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Connect to God


crutches-habakkukOften I have heard people refer to God as a “crutch” and they use the word in a negative connotation. Sometimes it is to make light of the believer’s faith, trust and reliance on God, or give the impression that God relishes a following of zombie-like, dysfunctional people incapable of a significant life. Those who intend to mock us with usage of the word “crutch” fail to understand the utility and functionality of the crutch.

Crutches are mobility aids used to counter a mobility impairment or an injury that limits walking ability. –Definition source: Wilkipedia

When you have been afflicted and decide to change your posture and connect to God, He should be welcomed as a crutch. His promises are your support and strength to compensate for every weakness. He is a crutch to facilitate your physical and spiritual healing. He comes along side you for natural and spiritual development, change, growth, and maturity. God is your crutch for any situation. (from “Talk to God with Affirmations of Faith”)

“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”–Isaiah 46:4 (NIV)

Christine Brooks Martin, author
http://www.praywhatgodsays.weebly.com

Areli MediaWorks  |  2014

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Guest Interview with “SCRIPTURE WORKS!” author, Rali Macaulay


Rali Macaulay

Rali Macaulay

I am pleased to introduce Rali Macaulay to the Pray What God Says blog for a guest author interview.

Rali is an international bestselling Christian author, with a desire to bring the lost to the Lord, empower believers, and strengthen their relationship with God through her writings.

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Earlier this year Rali’s debut book entitled “SCRIPTURE WORKS!” became a bestseller within days of its launching. She is passionate about the Word of God, and lives her life on the principles of God’s Word.

PWGS: What is your book all about?
RM: The full title, “SCRIPTURE WORKS! Effectively Praying God’s Word over Life Situations” is about prayer based on God’s Word, the Bible.

What inspired you to write this book?
RM: Many years ago, I started to pray with the scriptures; but then I would encounter similar situations in the future and completely forgot what scriptures I used in the past. As a result I would need to do my researches afresh and find appropriate scriptures to pray. I later decided to start journaling the bible verses I was using, at first in no particular order. Later I started to categorize them. After several years of doing this, I began to sense the Lord leading me to share these scriptures with others because there are many people struggling to pray, or know what scriptures to use in prayers. Some don’t even know they can or need to pray the scriptures.

How did you decide to do what you’re doing today, that is, become a published author?
RM: First, without any doubt, the grace of God. I also reached a point where I realized no matter how much I prayed or fasted, God was not going to do my part for me, which was to start writing. I needed to start putting whatever the Lord was placing in my heart on paper. So, with that knowledge, I made a decision to get serious with my calling and do this first book that I had been working on for too long. So I set a deadline even when I had no idea how to publish or how to get a book cover done! But God is ever faithful. Once you trust Him, and take that first step, and commit to doing your part, He will begin to bring in the people, resources and even skills you need to complete the assignment he has placed in your hands.

How long have you been writing?
RM: Since elementary school. I used to write short sentences on paper cut into little squares. I would staple those together and proudly pronounce I had a book. My writing continued in high school, however my first published work was a little over 20 years ago when I wrote an article for my local church magazine.

Can you describe a typical day in your life where you are able to fit writing into it?
RM: My typical day is very busy. Presently I work full time, and I’m a wife and mother of three little kids :) However, the Lord taught me to use what used to be a concern/pain to my advantage. I travel long hours to and from work; and fortunately I get to take the train. So these are the hours I do my writings the most — while commuting to and from work. I also try waking early Saturdays before my kids, so I can spend some hours writing.

What do you enjoy most about what you do as an author?
RM: Seeing lives transformed, and people re-committing to spend time with their Maker. I’m also blessed when I hear testimonies of people arising to take their rightful place in Christ and living victorious Christian lives. I also, obviously, enjoy writing. When I write, I experience joy and peace. I feel deep satisfaction; and right then forget about any current issues that should have been a concern. It’s like being translated from the present to the heart of God.

Are there any people and/or books that have inspired you along your journey?
RM: Definitely the bible takes first place :) I love reading that Book; and the Author is my Father:) I just enjoy God’s word. It’s ever fresh, ever relevant, ever powerful! I read books by different authors that I really love; but early in my life as a believer, I really enjoyed reading Max Lucado’s books, when it comes to getting an assurance of God’s love for me, and His total acceptance of me. I also enjoy Yonngi Cho’s books on prayers. But all in all, I have been blessed to have been under the teachings of several anointed men and women of God either directly or indirectly; and these have been used by the Holy Spirit to shape (and still shaping) my life.

Can you share something that people might be surprised to learn about you?
RM: I love to crochet, and have done so since I was very little.

What do you expect your readers to gain from reading your books?
RM: I want my readers to cease being defeated in life! I want them to know that they have help in God through His Word, and that His Word is most reliable. In addition, I want them to experience how to turn scriptures into prayers, and help them to actually pray those scriptures through the sample prayers and faith declarations provided. I also want them to know that the Word covers EVERY situation in their lives. No matter what it is, God’s got it covered! That is what the book “SCRIPTURE WORKS!” is about.

If you are working on any new book projects can you give us a sneak-peek?
RM: Yes. I am currently working on a series entitled “Secrets to Empowered Lifestyle.” I recently published the first book in the series “7 Days of Power.” The purpose of this book is to provide a daily devotional for the week, with scriptural prayers/faith declarations. It also includes a bonus section on goals because “…faith without works is dead…” –James 2:17.

Thank you Rali for being my guest author here at Pray What God Says. I hope you will continue to stand by your motto and that is to inspire others to live fulfilled, empowered, and victorious lives in Christ — so they will be enabled to know and walk in God’s plans.

Rali MacCaulay’s titles are available at Amazon.com

SCRIPTURE WORKS!

SCRIPTURE WORKS!

SCRIPTURE WORKS!
Effectively Praying God’s Word over Life Situations

ebook:
Paperback

7 Days of Power

7 Days of Power

Secrets to Empowered Lifestyle:
“7 Days of Power” (1st in the series)
eBook
Paperback

Connect with Rali MacCaulay at:
Website: www.wellspringinspirations.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/ralimacaulay
Facebook: www.facebook.com/WellspringInspirations
Google+: plus.google.com/111802034522858674366
Email: wellspringinspirations@yahoo.com

Areli MediaWorks  |  2014

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Cry of the Heart and Soul — A Spiritual Anniversary


Redemption

Today is my spiritual anniversary!! Twenty-two years ago on this date, August 5th, I said YES to Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. He has shown me each and everyday that I made the right decision and He has always and will forever be my King and Most High God. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!

To follow is an excerpt from my book “Pray What God Says” where I shared the testimony of my acceptance of Jesus Christ into my life. Of all the testimonies I have, this is the greatest.

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Years ago, before accepting Jesus Christ as Lord of my life, I considered myself a decent person. Although I acknowledged God, I did not serve Him by reading or studying the scriptures, prayer or attending church. I thought I had everything that was essential for a good and happy lifestyle. But I had issues that troubled my mind and heart as well. With God excluded from my life, unfruitful decisions made solutions to my problems elusive. I resigned to accepting and responding to lingering challenges the way I thought best.

But God heard the cry of my heart when no one else was listening, and where no one else was looking. He reconnected me with a friend in a wonderful way. My best friend Cheryl sowed 13 years of obedient and dedicated evangelistic ministry into my life. She planted the seed of the Word in every conversation and watered it by taking me to church services, conferences, her family gatherings, and most important, intercession for me in her prayer closet. I believe that when the Lord heard my cry for something new, He heard and honored the cries of Cheryl’s heart to see me saved and filled with the Holy Spirit.

Throughout those 13 years I had many opportunities to accept an altar call but I refused, holding on to the notion that eventually, I could fix me all by myself. In retrospect, arrogance and stubbornness had been a barrier to my deliverance from the problems in my life.

On August 5, 1992, Cheryl needed to pick up some documents from an evangelist in Moreno Valley so I agreed to accompany her so she could use the Express lane. As we stepped into Evangelist Prosperity’s living room, I immediately felt very hot. It was as if someone was pouring hot liquid on my head. Although the air conditioner was on in her home, I rationalized that my body was adjusting to coming in from the very warm temperature outside. So I sat quietly to cool off. After a few minutes Evangelist Prosperity glanced at me and asked if I was saved. I said, “No.” Then she asked if I wanted to accept Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour. Without hesitation I replied, “Yes. Sure why not?”

As the three of us joined hands and Evangelist Prosperity began to pray for me, I felt the heat on my head intensify to what seemed like a thick liquid pouring from my head and neck, down to my feet. My heart raced, my legs felt too limp to stand. I thought I was having a heart attack or some other physical malady. I tried to tell them to call 911 but I couldn’t speak English. With tears streaming down my face, peace and joy enveloped my very being and my lips stammered in tongues for nearly an hour.

Cheryl fell to her knees weeping and praising the Lord because she was able to witness the fruit of her labor from the prayers, and the planting and watering of the Word into my life. To some it would seem that I had a radical conversion experience. But I would never trade it for anything else because that experience has kept me believing, knowing and trusting that God is real and He loves me.

In my introduction to this book [Pray What God Says], I reflected on the peace and joy I experienced when I first heard about Jesus Christ from Aunt Bessie. But when I decided to accept Him as my Lord and Saviour in 1992, that same peace and joy embraced me but in a greater measure. I am fully persuaded that God’s plan and purpose for my life is greater than I or anyone else could have fashioned it.

Since that day, I have learned that as you commit your life to Jesus Christ and receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit, there is a divine enablement to begin, build and establish a relationship with God. It is only through a relationship with Him, through learning the scriptures and prayer, that you will be able to live a regenerated life. This is a life that can be conformed and transformed daily to the likeness of Jesus Christ.

When my heart was crying out, I was not aware that it was directed toward God. There is a cry of our heart and it is of a hungry, thirsty spirit man crying out to his Creator. Even in death, the word says that the spirit of man returns to the Creator, our God. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. –Ecclesiastes 12:7.

If we consistently allow the cry of our heart be directed toward the Lord, we are better able to submit our soul (mind, will and emotions) to His spirit. We have to allow ourselves to be subject to, in daily reliance upon, and in compliance with God and His holy scriptures. Commitment to desiring our thoughts and behavior to be in consistent alignment with the Holy Spirit will yield a lifestyle led by a spirit man that is in deference to holiness and righteousness. This I say then, walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. –Galatians 5:16.

God created and enables our hearts to cry out to Him: And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. –Galatians 4:6.

Christine Brooks Martin, author
http://www.praywhatgodsays.weebly.com
Areli MediaWorks  |  2014

 

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Free eBooks: Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale


The annual Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale has begun!!  For the entire month of July, I am offering special deals to readers. All of my ebooks are FREE and available in ALL formats. All you have to do is use coupon code SW100 before checkout.

Click Author Page to view a list of my prayerbooks and inspirational title -OR- click individual book titles below.

Pray What God Says
Talk to God with Affirmations of Faith
He That Healeth Thee
El Dios Que Te Sana
(Spanish edition of He That Healeth Thee)
Little Book, Big Prayers: Mental & Physical Wholeness
Little Book, Big Prayers: Career & Finances
Little Book, Big Prayers: Intercession for the Body of Christ

No coupon needed — Always Free:
Little Book, Big Prayers: Spiritual Growth
Christine’s Short-Shorts

Christine Brooks Martin
http://www.praywhatgodsays.weebly.com
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Author Interview: Christine Brooks Martin


Christian author, Christine Brooks Martin, shares about her self-publishing experience and why she writes books that focus on prayer.

WHY DID YOU SELF-PUBLISH? After I wrote my first book, “Pray What God Says,” I went scouting for publishers but at that time, the most popular genres were romance, science fiction, and horror. Even now, the popular books and bestsellers in non-fiction evolve around those genre. As a Christian writer, I didn’t fit into the popular niche at that time. I was a bit discouraged but one day a friend suggested that I publish my book through Amazon as an ebook. For economy sake I did that. Then another friend told me about Smashwords.com. The great thing about Smashwords was they convert your manuscript to about 9 different formats and distribute your book to other online book retailers. And you are not limited to the type of devices you can use to read digital books. My book sold very, very well and became a bestseller for many months through Smashwords.

I realized that there are those who like to have that paper in their hand, dog-ear pages, bookmark, and highlight what they read. Since I couldn’t publish in print without spending a lot of money, besides, I didn’t have the financial resources, I decided to self-publish my paperback through an on-demand printing company called CreateSpace. I published my first print version of the book through them. I am so excited that I can make my books available in both formats: as an ebook for the digital type people and paperback for those who like to hold, dog-ear, bookmark, and highlight. They have been bestsellers, which is even more exhilarating. I am glad that I didn’t sit back and wait until the popular genre changed to religion, I just listened to wise counsel and used the free resources that were available to help me get my books published.

WHY DOES YOUR WRITING FOCUS ON PRAYER? I believe we should pray about everything. And when we do, then we should pray what God says. When we pray, if we know the word of God, what the word has promised to us, then we can use the word of God to pray more effectually. The scriptures should be a foundation for our prayers, so prayer will be more effective and the manifestation of every promise found in the covenant word will be ours. The scripture says “We have not because we ask not and we have not because we ask amiss.” If we use the scriptures as the foundation for every facet of prayer we will not be asking amiss. Praying the scripture puts God in remembrance of His word. When we pray His word He honors His word.

WHEN AND HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN AUTHOR? I started writing during personal spiritual study, which was basically journaling. During my time of personal study I would go through the scriptures to get an understanding of what God wanted me to know about His word and the provisions that are available for my life and the different circumstances going on in my life. I started out searching scripture for different challenges that were going on in my personal life. It turned into quite a bit of material through word search and study. I found all the scriptures that related to a certain word or circumstance, like peace, by using concordances and online tools that assist in word study. So if I wanted peace in my life, I could take to heart the scriptures that applied to my need for peace. The scriptures say out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. So I would be able to know what God says about peace, embrace that truth, speak that truth over my life, then experience peace.

As an intercessor in my personal time and during church gatherings, people would ask me to pray with or for them regarding their needs or concerns. I was able to pray what the scriptures God said about their situation and the solution. I also shared my journaling information with others. I realized that what I was doing for myself was helping other people. I believe the word that tells us to give liberally. My reason for helping other people, is to use the information I gathered as a tool for myself, and allow it to became a tool for others. It helped them grow spiritually or learn how to pray if they were struggling with prayer or their relationship with God.

I found that many people are afraid to pray or they don’t pray because they don’t know what to say when they do. And many don’t know the word of God. Unfortunately, the least attended gatherings in the church is for prayer and evangelism. I believe people need to reconnect with God and communicate with Him through prayer in addition to spending time in the word of God. My books are a guidepost and a pointer, directing people into the word of God, the bible. It is the word of God that is your healing, deliverance and blessing. My books are merely pointers or guideposts to provoking you to get into the word of God for yourself. It is important to spend time to develop a personal relationship with Him through prayer. When we pray we need to know what the mind and heart of God is towards us so we can live in the kingdom estate that he has prepared and established for us. That provision comes through His scriptures and through a personal relationship with Him. It is through a relationship that you get to know, trust and believe His word.

WHAT ARE THE TAKEAWAYS FOR THE READERS OF YOUR BOOKS? The preface chapters are an introduction, addressing new believers or those who may have grown cold in their relationship with God. I hope to connect or reconnect them to the word of God, the truth about what God has promised to His people. His people are those who have declared a “YESS” to Him, meaning Yielded hearts, Embracing God’s promises and Submitting and Surrendering their will to His.

In my first book, “Pray What God Says,” the later part of the book gives a few topical scriptures as a tool to help you develop your own prayer life. If you don’t have a prayer life or don’t know what God says about your situation, or you think your prayer life is not effective, then this book is a tool to help you learn to commune with God. I wanted to help them learn and know of God as I have learned to know Him. My knowledge is increasing daily and I expect my relationship to grow daily and I don’t put a ceiling on my relationship either. There is no pinnacle to a relationship with God. Wisdom, knowledge and understanding of the word of God and relationship with Him is without measure.

My intention for writing is to get people to want to communicate with God and their spiritual Father. In the book of Revelations He said that we have been called kings and priest unto our God. And a lot of people equate Christianity with sitting in the pews or being in the pulpit. But He has called us as kings and priests. Kings are people who have power, influence, authority and dominion. They are people who can be in the marketplace living a godly lifestyle AND able to do and transact business in the marketplace with integrity and success based on the principles of God. Yes, I love the priestly side of Christianity like sitting in the pews. And I love praising God in the glorious atmosphere, but I also like being out there doing the work, serving God in a godly fashion. It is to help people build their relationship with God, reattaching them to the word of God. Because the word of God is going to tell them who they are, who they belong to, what they can have, and what they can do.

We can live in a kingdom estate because He called us kingdom people. We have to learn how to know who we are and transact business where He places us, and at the same time be able to praise and glorify Him with what we say and do. We can live in that kingdom estate, worship Him and have us be the envy of others who don’t even care about God. We can be people that others are drawn to, because God says we are a city on a hill not hidden. We have to be in a place where we are not hidden. And when we are seen we are glorifying God.

So as I am learning, I am sharing with others through my books as I go and grow. I don’t think anyone, no matter how long their relationship with God, should put a ceiling on their level of communication and relationship with God. I hope that my books will ignite others into getting into a mode of communication with God. He is a God who wants to hear from them, a God who want to speak to them, and make their life fruitful. The scriptures say “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” So I want others to get a taste of the goodness of the Lord. My books will provoke, inspire, motivate and gravitate them to the King.

Christine Brooks Martin
“Pray What God Says”
“Talk to God with Affirmations of Faith”
“He That Healeth Thee”
“El Dios Que Te Sana”
(Spanish edition of “He That Healeth Thee”)
“Christine’s Short-Shorts”
“Little Book, Big Prayers” (4-book series)
Spiritual Growth 
Mental & Physical Wholeness
Career & Finances
Intercession for the Body of Christ

http://www.praywhatgodsays.weebly.com
Areli MediaWorks  |  2014

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His Love


To love is the capacity to open your heart to receive that which comes only from the hand of the Master, the Creator of all things. He is love and He has given to those who have said yes to Him the enabling ability to love Him, love themselves and love others.

One can not give what one does not have. But as long as we know in our heart and believe without doubting that we can yield to and abide in His Love, then we are assured that we have a treasure in these earthen vessels that is from the source of love. The source is the True and Living God and the treasure is the Holy Spirit.

We expand our capacity to love as we expand our yieldedness to receive the love from the Father of all creation. He is love and He gave and shared His love with and for us through His Son Jesus Christ. He, the Perfect One, the sacred One, the sent One died for us and gave Himself a ransom so we might receive reconciliation to Abba Father. Our purposed, ordained self is to exist in the image and likeness of the Son. We are surrounded by God’s love, infused with His love, released by His love to share His love.

Christine Brooks Martin
http://www.praywhatgodsays.weebly.com

Areli MediaWorks | 2014

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