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I hope this is allowed.... [Aug. 19th, 2009|11:17 pm]
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lovelylilacs
I've cross posted this in a few other places, but I started a group called fast_and_pray, for people who need/want support or to help others concerning fasting matters and their walk with God.

Just for christians who want to live the lifestyle of prayer and fasting.

Feel free to join :)
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Noah [Jan. 29th, 2009|08:27 am]
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Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God.

Ever thought about the persistent obedience of Noah? I marvel at it really. The only blameless person living on the earth at the time. Wow.

Such faith, and consistent and persistent obedience? Ever look at an example in the Bible and go, "Yep, I sure don't have that." Some days, I feel more like Lot, the 'righteous one' living far too close to the world, and far too accustomed to the world's ways.

I want God to change me, yet I feel trapped, in too close a proximity to the things that grieve my soul.

Heavenly Father,

Help me to be set apart for you. Help me to obey You more than my own desires. Help me to be consistent and persistent in my obedience. In any way that I have ridden the slippery slopes of compromise, reveal it to me, so that I can reclaim the ground in my heart and mind that you so desire. Help me to reflect upon You and Your word, so that I may be a more accurate reflection of you, and not one marred by worldly fascinations and distractions.

Amen
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(no subject) [Oct. 8th, 2008|11:07 pm]
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broken_skai
[Current Mood |Humble]

Psalm 131
Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.
2 Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.
3 Let Israel hope in the Lord from henceforth and for ever.


MyThoughts:
Verse one is a declaration of humility. While verse two speaks of corrected behavior, trust, and growth. The last verse speaks of hope.


Heavenly Father, precious Jesus... forgive my proud heart. Forgive my stubborn spirit, my arrogance, and vanities. Teach me your ways Lord. Lead me in paths of righteousness, meekness, goodness, temperance, faith, and brokenness. Keep me humble and broken before you that you may use me. Cast down high imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against your Spirit in my life. I thank you for instruction Lord and for blessing me with a heart that is able to receive correction. My hope is in you O Lord of my salvation. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever...
Amen
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(no subject) [Sep. 25th, 2008|08:54 pm]
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broken_skai
[Current Mood |Blessed]


John 10:37-38
37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.
38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.



MyThoughts:

Believe the works... to me, this speaks of the Holy Spirit. For the works of Jesus were performed by the Holy Spirit. If you can't accept Jesus at his word then believe for the Holy Spirit's sake. When a notable miracle is performed, how can we deny it. I believe to do so is to grieve the Holy Spirit. I feel sad for people that don't believe in miracles... or believe that the time of miracles has ended. Some don't believe God works that way anymore. He is more likely to use a doctor to heal someone than perform a miracle. While I believe the Lord may use a doctor, I also believe that the Lord may heal in miraculous ways as well. Some aren't willing to believe in that, and because of their unbelief it is something that they may never see. You see, when Jesus went back to his hometown no works could be accomplished for the people's unbelief. Sometimes when Jesus wanted to do something miraculous he had to put all unbelief out of the room. Only those that knew him were aloud to stay. Only those with faith were aloud to stay. I believe that a lot of people in church judge God only by what they see happening in America. They've never seen the miraculous in their church so, obviously God doesn't do those things anymore... Where as in places like Africa where there are witch doctors, open manifestations of the demonic, and the like you have to have the power of God on your side to survive. Those people living in climates such as that won't be convinced by a little feel good sermon. Only when the Spirit of the Lord shows up can the captives truly be set free. Satan tries to duplicate miracles... but when the power of the Lord shows up demons are cast out. Shadows flee, love abounds, hearts can be touched, lives can be changed, eyes opened, ears opened, the lame walk..... At the name of Jesus cancer has to leave, AIDS has to leave, tumors have to go.... but how can such awesome power be manifest to the people if the church doesn't even believe it's possible? How can you pray for someone's healing and at the same time not even believe it is the Lord's will to heal? Without the gift of faith these things truly are impossible. But I say that with God, all things become possible. It is not by might or power, but by my Spirit! I've come to a place in the Lord where I no longer just pray for the miraculous, but for the faith required to pray such prayers. If I don't even have the faith to see such things come to pass.... I don't believe prayers like that can be answered without the ability to believe as God does. This is the gift of faith. I believe there is a difference between the seed of faith, the fruit of faith, and the gift of faith....


Dear Jesus, precious Lord and savior... forgive us for our unbelief. Forgive our heresies, doubts, lack of faith, trespasses.... You were faithful when we weren't. You believed when we wouldn't. You spoke truth when we were full of deceit. You forgave when we couldn't. Heavenly Father, I ask that your grace abound, and that your Spirit be poured out upon all flesh; that you may be glorified through your mighty works. That the lost and unbelieving might believe and be saved.  Give us all eyes to see, ears to hear, and lips that will confess. How long will your face be hidden from us Lord? We stumble in darkness... spiritually blind, deaf, and unable to speak without you precious Spirit. Help us to heed the call, to recognize your voice, and to follow where ever you may lead, to whatever end. May your glorious will be accomplished in the earth. For it is yours and everything in it that was made. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory.
Amen.



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(no subject) [Sep. 17th, 2008|07:35 pm]
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broken_skai
[Current Mood |contemplativecontemplative]

2 Timothy 3:7
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

MyThoughts:
I believe some people can learn the bible inside out, memorizing ever scripture until they know it like the back of their hand.... and still not know the Lord. They can speak ancient languages, learn histories, theologies, philosophies, religions... and still never know God. Their search for truth leads them in endless circles of debate. They can only see the natural and are unable to see the spiritual behind the natural. God is spirit. The only way one can ever know him is by his Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost. How can a person know God if they can't accept the spiritual? What does faith in earthly knowledge profit a person? In the end it will pass away. Faith in religious knowledge only puffeth up. Again, what good is it? Only by knowing Him can one truly live. Only living by the knowledge, wisdom, and understanding of His word, revealed as we have communion with his Spirit, can we begin to understand His truth. And in that understanding we begin to understand ourselves. We're given fruitful purpose, vision, direction, protection, favor, mercy, peace, grace, strength, freedom.... Every good thing comes from the Lord, and all things work together for the good of them that love Him. For these things are birthed out of relationship. But there can be no relationship without knowledge, no wisdom without trust, and no understanding without faith. It is impossible to please the Lord without faith. And it isn't that those who don't know Him have no faith.... it's that their faith is misplaced. If they can't understand things perfectly, logically, their way... then they can't accept it. But God doesn't want your perfection, he wants your surrender.

Precious Jesus, lead the unrepentant to repentance. Help those that are truly seeking you to find you. Draw them nigh unto you that they might be saved and come into understanding of your love. Help those with misplaced faith to place they're faith in you. Bring them to the understanding of the truth of your Spirit. For in the end, your truth will be the only truth that matters. Deliver them from the spirit of unbelief, from unforgiveness, the critical spirit, and that evil, controlling spirit of religion. You are God, sovereign and all powerful. There is none above you. None like you. I adore you Lord, and I ask this in your mighty name. I ask this in Jesus' name.
Amen.

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rainbow II [Sep. 11th, 2008|06:44 pm]
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rainbow [Sep. 10th, 2008|10:41 am]
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(no subject) [Sep. 8th, 2008|10:41 pm]
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broken_skai
[Current Mood |indescribable]

John 12:28,29
  Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.  The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.

Psalm 77:18
The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook.


MyThoughts
The voice of the Lord sounds like thunder. At the last trump when we are told to come up hither, we will hear the voice, but I believe all the unsaved will hear is thunder. Just as thunder is also a symbol of judgment, what always precedes thunder? Lightning. Jesus said his coming would be as lightning shines from the east to the west. Under grace, His mercy always precedes His judgment. We'll hear the voice, be caught up in the twinkling of an eye, and the rest of the earth will be left with the sound of thunder.

In the name of Jesus,
Heavenly Father, help us. Forgive us our sins, and iniquities. Help us to hear your voice. To heed your precious Spirit. Help us to reach out to the lost, and to be the examples to the world that you would have us to be, for your glorious name's sake. For the time is short, the harvest is plenteous, and the workers are few. I ask that you would magnify your name, and show the world your signs and wonders that the lost would believe. I adore you precious Jesus, and ask that you be merciful, gracious, and longsuffering to us all....
In Jesus' name I pray.
Amen.


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FOR SERENITY... God bless you sis. [Sep. 9th, 2008|08:51 am]
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vita_trionfale
[Current Mood |gratefulgrateful]


Luke 12:48 (Whole Chapter)
But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

Romans 8:17 (Whole Chapter)
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.


1 Peter 4:1 (Whole Chapter)
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;


1 Peter 4:13 (Whole Chapter)
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.




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sincere love of the brethren [Sep. 9th, 2008|08:34 am]
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1 Peter 1:22-23 reads:

Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.

I know this verse by heart, memorized it by accident back when I was a new believer. Yet, this week I've been avoiding this particular verse. It is strange to find within me both a love for, and a shying away from, the Word of God.

I remember the first time I read this passage. It didn't find within me a "love for the brethren." My heart was full of fears and insecurities and jealousy. I had my own personal sibling rivalry with the family of God. It was so freeing to have the Word of God challenge and purge my heart. It was so freeing to discover that everyone else need not change so that I could feel free, loved, and accepted. No, merely my heart environment needed to change. It is also a wonderful feeling to recognize that I can "be the grown up" in a situation; that, I can choose the path of spiritual maturity and be the one to love and forgive first, even if others never get a clue.

So why do I shirk back today? Because I have set my heart to love as Christ called us to, I thought I loved as Christ prayed we would. And naively, foolishly, I expected that the end result in my life would be that I'd become part of one happy family. What did I get out of it? What was I met with? Some of the sufferings of Christ, of course. Even so, in the sufferings of Christ, there is fellowship with Him, and the comfort of the Holy Spirit. Paul knew this, he lived there, and his commitment to live there made him useful in God's hand and a blessing to the rest of the Body of Christ.

Heavenly Father,
It is easy to love you. It is easy to love your son, yet you call us to love each other, and it is in this commitment, and only in this commitment, to love as you love, that we can be transformed into your likeness. forgive me; I have shirked back. I've allowed indifference to creep into my heart, to shield myself from potential hurts, instead of trusting you the Healer of the brokenhearted. Please, help me to be willing to put my heart on the line again, to love as you loved, to stop waiting for others to change, to love them as they are, as you love me. In all of this help me to put my trust in you, not in my naive expectations, to love unconditionally, trusting all the results to you, to be seen in heaven. For truly, if my love is based on seeing some results, some change to gratify and heal me, then it isn't yet Your love reaching others through me. Lord, you see the limits of my love, I consent to your commandments to love, please come in and help make up the difference. Cause your love in me to bridge the gap, where my own love has failed. Help me to be satisfied if the only result is my own obedience to Your Word and Your call. Help me as I set my heart to once again obey your most beautiful words. Amen.


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