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God Is… Each & Everyday (Intro Excerpt)


To follow is an excerpt of the Introduction to the devotional “God Is… Each and Everyday”

If I asked the question, “who do you think loved God the most in the bible, besides Jesus,” I believe the overwhelming response would be David. The Book of Psalm, being the evidence, bears his passionate expressions of love, devotion, dependence, and submission to a holy God. The scriptures attributed to his writing, demonstrates an earnest heart-to-heart connection between God and man.

Throughout the bible God declares how much He loves us, and how He pursues us for reciprocation of that love. He gives us advice, instruction, precepts, and examples on how we can fall in love with Him and sustain that love. Each day, we have access to an open-book (Bible) examination to measure our level of faithfulness and devotion to Him.

When we accept the love of God by yielding our hearts to Him, accepting the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, we tend to fall in love with Him so easily. Of course it is the indwelling presence of His Holy Spirit that is our divine assistance to do so. We are so in love with God that we run and tell anyone who will listen how wonderful we feel. “God is so great and I will never stop loving Him” might be your easy, daily testimony and confession.

How wonderful it is to be smitten like never before because you now know what true and eternal love feels like. You profess that you will love Him more than your physical stuff.

Some poetically declare to themselves and others, “I have put away the idols. Nothing and no one comes before the Lord my Maker. Gone so far away from me are the things that are temporal, that gathers dust and perishes so quickly. Oh how my heart beats only for Him. I will never love anyone like I do Him, my beloved. He is perfection, He is true, and there is none like Him. I think of Him moment-by-moment, day by day, week by week. My thoughts of love and devotion never fails, because He provides for me, He protects me, He comforts and loves me with an everlasting love. When His name is spoken my heart skips, and I lie awake on my bed pondering what He will do next. I can’t stop praising and worshiping my God. So great is He, my possession and obsession.”

Did you or do you ever say or think that?

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear;
but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

Romans 8:15 KJV

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

 

My Letter to a New Believer


Thank you for writing me with your concerns about developing a relationship with God. I am happy that you are a new Christian and are confessing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. When you have done so the Holy Spirit comes to live in you. He is your comforter, helper and teacher and so much more. If you don’t have one, you should invest in a bible. You mentioned that you have difficulty finding a church. If you know someone who attends a church where there is sound biblical teaching, you should visit with them. Not just a Sunday service, but visit the bible study sessions. This is where you will learn about the character and nature of the trinity — God, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit. Scriptures will be explained to help you get a better understanding of how to apply the word of God to your daily life.

Learning and knowing the scriptures are a key to understanding that no matter what is going on in your life, God truly cares about you. He has an answer for everything, a solution for every problem, a blessing for every area of your life. Most of the time, our discouragement, hopelessness, sadness, loneliness is because we dwell too much on the unpleasantries of our past, and even present circumstances. This stifles our future. But God wants us to know and embrace right thinking. The scriptures says that we will have whatsoever we say. So we draw to ourselves or attract what we think and say about ourselves and our situations. I also suggest that you attend an intercessory prayer group that prays the word of God. Here you will learn how to pray and experience the presence of the Holy Spirit. He is that still small voice in your spirit who helps you make decisions, and gives you understanding about things when you ask.

If you want to learn how and what to pray, I include a link to my website that has prayer books to help you. All prayers are scripture-based and I provide a list of the scriptures that I used to create each prayer. Hopefully, they will give you a jump-start on having a prayer life that affirms the truth about what you might be experiencing. My inspirational book contains a few short stories where I share about some of my personal struggles. My past was a lot like yours, but now I have exceeding joy and freedom in my life.

For now I hope this helps you. Please feel free to contact me if you have any other questions. I am not a bible scholar, but I share my Christian experience as best I can. It is because I want others to know about and trust the God I serve. He has helped me, healed me so many times, and blessed me, my children and grandchildren so much that I can never deny Him.

On the “Free Gifts” page of the website, are PDF versions of some of my other books. You can download (no strings attached). I just like to share to hopefully encourage others to trust and love God even more than I do. Bless you child of God and have a wonderful day. Don’t forget you have the Best Friend of all — the Holy Spirit of our God, Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. You will come to know Him as long as you desire to.

In His Love and Service, Christine

http://www.praywhatgodsays.weebly.com
2016

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

Building Something For God


Do you believe you are here on this earth for a specific purpose? If you said yes without hesitation, then that’s great. Is there something that you know will be successful and please God, but you can’t figure out how to get it accomplished? That’s good because I’m going to send you on a treasure hunt. The mine is in the Bible… in the book of Nehemiah. I’m quite sure you know everything in the word of God is treasure.

So expect the book of Nehemiah to give you the pattern for achieving the manifestation of your purpose. There are 10 points to look for throughout the book. I am prayerful you will find the keys for successfully “Building Something For God.”

Here are your points to look for:

1. Purpose

2. Plan

3. Permission

4. Passport

5. Provision

6. People

7. Protection

8. Production

9. Presentation

10. Presence of God

Areli MediaWorks | 2015
http://www.praywhatgodsays.weebly.com

Tithing Your Time


Have you ever considered tithing your time? When we hear the word tithe, we attribute it to the action of giving monetary currency. Malachi 3:10 is commonly used as the basis for adherence to the instruction from God to tithe the first fruit of our increase.

Malachi 3:10 (NLT) says, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!”

Our obedience, out of love for Him, gives us an assurance of blessing in every area of our lives. But I pose the question to you again. Have you considered tithing your time? We have 24 hours in a day which is 1,440 minutes. A tithe of your time is 144 minutes or 2 hours and 24 minutes. You have a laundry list of your Christian doings. You thank the Lord everyday for your existence, family, job, finances, health, etc. Your life is so full of things that have to been done. You do things with and for the ministry. You read the word everyday, pray with and for others. Time is a great commodity and so much of it is consumed with your “must do” business. And when it’s all done you need to rest and sleep. Before you sink into a deep sleep you might utter “Thank you Jesus for another day.” Then off to La-La Land you go until the alarm clock rings to wake you for another day, repetitious of the days before.

Deuteronomy 12:10-11 (NLT) says, “But you will soon cross the Jordan River and live in the land the LORD your God is giving you. When he gives you rest from all your enemies and you’re living safely in the land, you must bring everything I command you—your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, your sacred offerings, and your offerings to fulfill a vow—to the designated place of worship, the place the LORD your God chooses for his name to be honored.”

You say, “I don’t have time to tithe time.” Believe it or not, you do have expendable time. How much time do you engage in social networking, watching TV, listening to your favorite music, reading books in your favorite genre, spending time with friends, chitty-chatting (maybe gossiping) with your family and friends, in addition to other leisurely indulgences?

Don’t you think you can offer up the bare minimum of your day by dedicating it to no one but God? Can you take 144 minutes of your time just for Him? It’s where you shut up and shut off EVERYTHING. Get quiet, get still and wait on Him. He is your audience. You are His audience. Even if you don’t hear anything in the spirit, give Him His time with you. And when you do, you will be amazed at how close and intimate you will get with Him. The hidden man of the heart needs the nourishment of His presence and glory. And there is a wonderful benefit of tithing time to and with God. It will be unique and wonderful.

Deuteronomy 12:28 (NLT) says, “Be careful to obey all my commands, so that all will go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and pleasing to the LORD your God.”

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

Areli MediaWorks  |  2015

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

 

A Prayer for Watchfulness


Proverbs 8:34
Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates,
waiting at the posts of my doors.

Lord as the time draws near for your return, we remain earnest and disciplined in prayer. We are not like others who fail to be vigilant, but we are on guard as spiritual watchmen and intercessors. We do not slumber on our posts. But we are alert and clearheaded in every situation. We are faithful to intercede for others, to stand in the gap and make up the hedges. There is no fear of suffering for you Lord. As we work at telling others about the Good News, it is fully carrying out the ministry you have given us as the body of Christ.

Devoting ourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart is our passion. We pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Our spiritual eyes and ears are open, making persistent prayers for all believers everywhere. Through our prayers, we declare that the plans, purposes and destiny of your people will not be cutoff. We invite the work of the Holy Spirit to bring kingdom alternatives to every situation.

We remember our leaders who taught us the word of God, thinking of all the good that has come from their lives, and following the example of their faith. We don’t know the exact time of your coming but we are your servants who have received instructions through your scriptures about what we must do.

As gatekeepers, we watch and pray for your return and resist temptation. You have said that you will come unexpected as a thief, but blessed are those who are watching for you. Our garments are ready for your inspection and we will not be found spiritually naked and ashamed. We have vision, anointing, integrity and spiritual health because we abide in the vine.

REFERENCE: 1Peter 4:7, 1Thessalonians 5:6, 2Timothy 4:5, Colossians 4:2, Ephesians 6:18, Hebrews 13:7, Mark 13:33-34, Mark 14:38, Revelations 16:15

From the book: Little Book, Big Prayers: Intercession for the Body of Christ

Areli Mediaworks  |  2015

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