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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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The Line to God is Never Busy


We have a God who is always available to commune and fellowship with us. Some people who have yet to develop this kind of relationship with Him tend to rely on others to motivate, encourage and pray for them. But He has given us the Holy Spirit to dwell in us, to lead, guide and direct us into all truth as He reveals Christ Jesus. God enables us to live the original intent that He had for His creation in the beginning.

It is amazing how modern technology has captivated us so much that many men, women and children spend the majority of our time glued to their electronic devices. They are seeking and sharing information, thoughts, desires, rants and intentions. I am glad that some look for and share the things of God.

On land-line telephones, if you want information you dial 4-1-1. This 411 is a local and long distance directory service. The operator will look up phone numbers that you request for a person or a business. Even a person search is available if you provide them with the phone number but don’t know what or who it’s for. 411 used to be free but now there is a cost for using the service.

But if you want information from the Lord, and a prophet is not around to give you a word, then God has provided His 4-1-1. His number is Deuteronomy 4:11 – “And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness. v12 And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice.” He wants you to know that when you want to speak to Him and hear from Him, He is available. He wants to fellowship with you any time, everyday.

If you have a problem with your telephone you can dial 6-1-1 to report it for repair. The phone company will determine the cause and fix the problem in their office or send a repairman to the cable box or your home. But it may take several days for it to be restored.

But if you think God hasn’t seen your issue or know that you have temporal needs, then He has given you a number where you find out what is available to and for you. His number is Deuteronomy 6:11 – “And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full.” Declare it, believe and receive it. You have a promise and the benefits of being His son or daughter.

In an emergency, you would call 9-1-1 for any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police or fire department, or ambulance service. But if you have a spiritual challenge to your faith, hope and confidence that only God can rectify, He has provided us with His promises, old testament and new. His number is Deuteronomy 9:11 – “And it came to pass at the end of forty days and forty nights, that the LORD gave me the two tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant.” His new testament number is Hebrews 9:11 – “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; v12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”

Give God a call day or night — His number is never busy.

Areli MediaWorks  |  2015

 

Some Mountains


No one is exempt from challenges. When we are confronted with circumstances that hinder progress or success in life, health and well-being, those challenges are often referred to as mountains. Many obstacles may appear unsurmountable and cause us to fear and/or resign to hopelessness. But we can take comfort in Mark 11:23 that says, “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”

I have experienced favorable results many times by declaring this scripture over my life. But there have been instances where I wondered about the mountains that didn’t move. Proverbs 3:6 says “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

When you seek God’s direction, you will find there are some mountains that have to be climbed. These are challenges you must endure. For instance, you may have to learn new tasks to keep your job. Or if you become ill, you have to treat your body differently, and experience therapies to achieve physical and emotional healing and wholeness. As you learn how to navigate, ascend and descend this mountain it becomes a testimony to share with or help another person. 2Corinthians 12:9 — “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

God might tell you to go around some mountains. A company I worked for in the early 70s had job openings in a technical classification. I was a secretary and the new jobs preferred applicants with education or skills and experience in the technical field. I really wanted to do something new and increase my income but was told I wasn’t even qualified to apply. So I enrolled in a technical school taking a certificate course in the evenings in basic electronics. I was the only female in the class and I was often challenged by the course, instructor and classmates, but that didn’t deter me. Upon completion, I added my certificate to the job application. A few weeks later, I was promoted and worked as a technician for many years with that company. Isaiah 30:21– “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”

There are some mountains that demand that you turn around and go the opposite direction. God and experience with trying to traverse this mountain will show you that trying to align yourself with some people, places, events, and associations will lead to ungodly soul-ties, toxic relationships, violence, addictions even sin and death. Psalm 18:17 — “He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.”

Some mountains are not yours, meaning they are not your assignment. These mountains may be far beyond your spiritual maturity and you are not to challenge or contend with them. Be still, cover yourself with prayer, praise and worship the Lord and watch what He will do. 2Chronicles 20:15–“And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”

Titus 3:9 —“But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.”

As long as we prayerfully consider the challenges, the mountains that beset us, God will give us an answer for what we must do about them. James 1:5 —“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

1John 5:14-15–“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

 

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

Areli MediaWorks  |  2014

Little Book, Big Prayers – Free eBooks


You can download a free copy of the 4-book series “Little Book, Big Prayers”  ONLY at Smashwords.com.

Between now and December 31st, use the 100% OFF Coupons before checkout. As you add each book into the shopping cart, enter the coupon number then adjust the total. Feel free to share with family and friends.

“Spiritual Growth”
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FREE COUPON: SD93M

“Mental and Physical Wholeness”
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FREE COUPON: UF37T

“Career and Finances”
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 “Intercession for the Body of Christ.”
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The “Little Book, Big Prayers” series along with my other prayer book titles are available at Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble and the Apple iBook stores. Visit the Pray What God Says website’s bookstore for quick access to buy buttons for all retailers.

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)

Areli MediaWorks | 2013

Little Book, Big Prayers – Book Launch


Today, October 27th is the release of my prayer book series “Little Book, Big Prayers.” To celebrate the book launch, you can download a free copy of each eBook ONLY at Smashwords.com. Between now and Sunday, November 4th, use the 100% OFF Coupons before checkout. As you add each book into the shopping cart, enter the coupon number then adjust the total. I pray that each book will be a blessing in your life. Feel free to share with family and friends.

The first book in the series is entitled “Spiritual Growth.”
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FREE COUPON: SD93M

Learn how to pray the scriptures over your circumstances for spiritual growth and development. Enhance your prayer life while building your faith and confidence in the word of God. Experience a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ as you embrace the covenant promises found in the scriptures. The prayers will help you:
–Know and understand your place in the Kingdom of God
–Yield the fruit of the Spirit in your life
–Fulfill your purpose and destiny
–Understand and walk in the will of God
–Develop & build healthy relationships
–Experience mental, physical & spiritual transformation

“Mental and Physical Wholeness” is the second in the 4-book series.
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FREE COUPON: UF37T

Speaking scriptural prayers over your circumstances will facilitate spiritual growth while enhancing your prayer life. Learn how to pray for deliverance and healing from emotional or physical challenges. Say what God says about you. Embrace what God says about you to transition from brokenness to mental and physical health and well-being. You can:
–Change what you think, say and do about your circumstances
–Agree with God to overcome addiction, rejection and abuse
–Develop and experience healthy relationships
–Experience mental & physical health, peace, success and liberty

“Career and Finances” is the third in the 4-book series.
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FREE COUPON: WF63V

Learn how to declare the scriptures over your career and finances while building your faith and confidence in God. You can receive His guidance and direction for your career path. Your life can change from indebtedness and lack, to prosperity and well-being when you embrace the covenant promises found in the word or God.
–Declaring the word of God will help you:
–Experience more commitment and confidence
–Learn to make better decisions about your career & finances
–Learn the significance of putting God first in your life
–Overcome insecurity and understand & fulfill your purpose
–Experience natural and spiritual promotion & blessings
–Understand the importance of service & stewardship

The 4th book is “Intercession for the Body of Christ.”
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FREE COUPON: CP27B

The scripture-based affirmations can help you learn to intercede for others. The world is changed through intercession and it is the life and strength of the church. We have an assignment individually and corporately to pray for the manifestation of the glory of God to come upon the Body of Christ. Declare the word of God for:
–Church growth
–Evangelism & Revival
–Restoration of family values & relationships
–Spiritual gifts
–Spiritual leaders and those in authority
–Unity in the Body of Christ

The “Little Book, Big Prayers” series along with my other prayerbook titles are available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and the Apple iBook stores. Visit the Pray What God Says website’s bookstore for quick access to buy buttons for all retailers.

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)

Areli MediaWorks | 2013

Little Book, Big Prayers: Mental & Physical Wholeness


To follow is an excerpt of the Introduction to the second “Little Book, Big Prayers” 4-book series scheduled for release October 27th.

But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.–Malachi 4:2

Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.–Jeremiah 17:14

God wants you well and whole. When you are suffering emotionally, mentally and physically, it is difficult to live a fruitful life. One of the names of God is Jehovah-Raphe, the Lord our Healer. He wants you to know and believe that He is loving, present, compassionate and powerful. His power is available and is given to us through the Holy Spirit. You must be willing to receive His virtues like, love, grace, and strength. And you must be willing to use the word of God as access to all of His other virtues.

Each of us have daily needs. God has already instructed us to ask and believe to receive. Your faith in Him and His scriptures moves God. He wants to meet your needs but you must learn and know how to trust Him. He wants you to be His son or daughter, meaning you accept Jesus Christ as your personal saviour and are filled with His Holy Spirit. Once you do so, you are counted as one of His children.

When the children of Israel were in the wilderness, God gave them a promise of protection, provision, healing, deliverance and well-being. The requirements to receive these blessings was to reverence and honor Him, love Him with all their heart, mind and strength, obey His law, walk in His ways and serve Him with joy and gladness. Those promises with those stipulations are still in effect for those of us who claim our membership to the household of faith.

But now we have an even greater benefit. We have 24 hours/7 days a week access to God through the Holy Spirit for communion and fellowship in prayer. He is a ready audience to our sacrifice of thanksgiving, praise and worship. When you enter into His presence through prayer and times of meditating on Him and the scriptures, you receive His life-changing benefits.

If you are struggling, then how do you value yourself? In other words, what are you saying, thinking/believing, and doing? Your words, thoughts/beliefs and actions dictate to your future. The scriptures say:

“You will eat the fruit of your lips.” — Your words.
“So as a man man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” — Your thoughts/beliefs
“You shall reap what you sow.” — Your actions.

God wants you to learn and know His word. He wants you to know and believe what He says about you and your inheritance. He wants you to feel good about yourself and accepting of yourself. He wants you to be able to have healthy relationships with other people. God completes you. In His sight you are perfect, entire and lacking nothing. He does not want you to be unhealthy mentally or physically. He doesn’t want you to be discouraged or have low self-esteem because He has declared in His word that you are chosen and you are royalty.

Download a preview sample of each book in the series at: Smashwords.com

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
Spiritual Growth
Mental and Physical Wholeness
Little Book, Big Prayers: Career & Finances
Little Book, Big Prayers: Intercession for the Body of Christ

Areli MediaWorks | 2012

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