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Any Seat is the Best Seat in the House of the Lord


One Sunday afternoon, I watched the Periscope of a pastor I had never seen before. Every word of his message was powerful and ministered to me greatly. It was just what I needed, when I needed it. From time to time, the person who was recording the scope panned the sanctuary. I noticed there were about nine people sitting in the first two pews. But the three pews in the back of the church were packed. And there were seven or eight rows of empty pews between the front and the back. I got so distracted by these empty pews that I decided it would be best to listen to the sermon and not watch it.

The presence of God was truly in that sanctuary. By the time the pastor was coming to the close of his message, everyone was standing and praising the Lord. And people came to the altar for prayer. I dare not reason why the physical distance in that particular congregation was so pronounced. But I think about those “back of the church” seats I occupied throughout my Christian walk. Here are a few reasons why I sat in the back:

— Before I accepted the Lord in my life and couldn’t say no to invitations from friends.
— So I could tip out at will for other appointments.
— To be seen clocking in and out.
— Whenever I yielded to sin, felt guilty and/or unworthy to be in the house of God.
— When I was bound with depression.
— Mad at God for not fixing my stuff on my schedule.

One time I sat so far in the back of the church that my seat was in my car in the parking lot. But the day came when I changed my mind about the need to occupy the back seat. I was a new Christian dealing with an emotional challenge and had skipped church for a few weeks. I was nursing and rehearsing that episode with a lack of faith. Then when I felt some conviction and decided to go to church, I sat on the last row, end seat. I figured I could tip out after I felt I had fulfilled my Christian duty and due diligence of “forsaking not the assembling with other believers.” But the presence of the Lord hung in the sanctuary long after praise and worship. So much so that I can’t even remember the pastor’s message. I experienced a constant, overwhelming joy and all I could do was weep and thank God for touching my heart. I couldn’t wait until there was an altar call to seal the deliverance.

Now I will sit in the last pew, last seat in the sanctuary if I HAVE to. But I like to sit as close to the altar as possible. I pray that in the future, the people in that Periscope, the members of that body of believers, will honor the shepherd of the house by sitting closer as he delivers the Word of the Lord to them. But I know that when the Spirit of the Lord is in the house of God, He fills every inch of the room. God won’t force you to receive Him, or praise and worship Him. People can purposefully sit in the back seat, last row, whatever, and put on a spiritual haz-mat suit if they want to. But when you are willing to receive from Him, He can touch and heal you of whatever, whenever and wherever you are.

“For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand.
I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God,
than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.”
Psalm 84:10

Areli MediaWorks  |  2016
http://www.praywhatgodsays.weebly.com

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Prayer to Overcome Low Self-Esteem


Lord, create in me a clean heart and renew my spirit in righteousness. You formed and fashioned me according to your will and council. I am fearfully and wonderfully made and have been forgiven, made clean and reconciled to you by your grace. I am the temple of your Holy Spirit and you abide in me forever. You have chosen me to be one of your own because I was delivered from darkness into your marvelous light. Your scriptures declare that those who reverence you Lord are secure. You are a refuge for your sons and daughters and you surround me with your hedge of protection. Thank you for enabling me to walk in boldness. Your righteousness covers and keeps me from stumbling. The wicked run away when no one is chasing them but I am not afraid because you are my helper. You declare that I am above and not beneath. I am the head and not the tail and your loving kindness is my shield.

You hold me by your right hand my Lord and my God, and tell me not to fear because you are with me. I have your new mercies each day and you supply me with everything I need for life, peace and godliness. I am a branch connected to the vine. You are the vine and I am the branch connected to your life that flows through me. I am part of a chosen generation. I am a special person called a citizen of your holy nation. I am your ambassador. I am a representative in this world. I have faith, gentleness, self-control, and the fruit of the Holy Spirit dwells in me. I yield each day to my inheritance of your peace, liberty and glory. In quietness and confidence is my strength. You are for me and more than anything that can come against me.

Thank you for the indwelling presence of your Holy Spirit that helps me in any weakness. When I pray, He makes intercession to you in my behalf. I do not place my abilities above your strength because I rely on you. My confidence rests in the knowledge that you are my helper. So I have no need to live in fear of any challenge to my mind, body, soul and spirit. My self-esteem is not diminished. I have overwhelming victory in my life. That victory is through faith as I love and worship Jesus Christ. Each day I approach you with thanksgiving, praise, worship, prayers and supplications. I can ask for anything that pleases you and I know that you hear my voice. Thank you for your love, strength, peace and confidence. You show me everyday that I am your son/daughter and you are my God.

From the prayerbook
“He That Healeth Thee”

Christine Brooks Martin
www.praywhatgodsays.weebly.com
Areli MediaWorks  |  2015

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

When I am Mentally & Physically Tired


Lord you give power to those who are mentally or physically tired. As I rest in your presence you renew my strength. I am able do what is necessary without weariness and fatigue. You cause me to be still and steadfast to get the rest I need. You give power to the faint and strength to those who lack it. I abide in your sanctuary and resting places where I can be refreshed and renewed. When I have to deal continually with troubling circumstances or people, I am not frustrated because you are my God. You are with me and you strengthen and help me with wisdom, knowledge and understanding.

When I lie down at night, you give me rest and sweet sleep. Each day it is my voice that you hear directing my prayers to you. You give me everything I need because your mercies are new each day. Every time my flesh is tired, Lord God you are my strength and peace. I am not troubled because you are my refuge during times of stress. Through prayers, supplication and thanksgiving, you give me your peace which guards my heart and mind through Christ Jesus and is beyond understanding.

From the new prayerbook by Christine Brooks Martin
“He That Healeth Thee
eBook & Paperback
Amazon.com

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Free Book Gift – “Talk to God with Affirmations of Faith”


For the ENTIRE month of December 2012,
I am gifting a PDF version of my book
“Talk to God with Affirmations of Faith”
There are two ways you can retrieve your copy.

 #1 — Visit the special page on my website: www.praywhatgodsays.weebly.com/free-gift.html
If you have a Facebook account, click the “LIKE” button next to the Free Gift Offer icon to Like my Facebook Fan Page – http://www.facebook.com/praywhatgodsays

After you confirm your LIKE, the icon will switch to download the PDF.

#2 —  If you don’t have a Facebook account then visit my website at www.praywhatgodsays.weebly.com
Click on the “PRAYERS” link and at the top of the page there will be a download link for the PDF.

Please share with family and friends and I pray that you will be abundantly blessed.

“Talk to God with Affirmations of Faith,” is the sequel to the bestselling book “Pray What God Says.” I have written prayers of affirmation to help you develop a deeper relationship with God as you learn the scriptures relative to any circumstance. There are over 120 scripturallly-based prayers of affirmation regarding Spiritual Growth, Family, Health, Finances and other circumstances to jumpstart or enhance your prayerlife.

Speak affirmations over your life that reflect what God says about you, what He says about your access to Him, and your access to His kingdom promises. The two preface chapters explain why living in kingdom privilege and kingdom access demands that you: Speak the Language of Kingdom and Shift from Victim to Victorious. When you do, prepare to enter into God’s tangible presence where your heart will readily commit to His love, power, peace and blessings.

The effects of communion and fellowship with God yields the manifestation of spiritual growth and blessing in every facet of your life. The benefit of prayer is the evidence that God truly honors what is promised in His Word. It is important to know the Word of God for effective and effectual prayer. And His Word declares who He is, what He does, who we are, and what we can have. Our greatest access to God, kingdom living, and the assistance of the Holy Spirit is through prayer.

Christine Brooks Martin, author
“Pray What God Says”
“Talk to God with Affirmations of Faith”
“Christine’s Short-Shorts”

www.praywhatgodsays.weebly.com
www.amazon.com/author/christinebrooksmartin

Areli MediaWorks  2012

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