“The Man who mobilizes the Christian Church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelism in history.”
“For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you, and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers” (Eph. 1:15-16).
Your love for other Christians is as much a mark of true faith as your love for God.
The Ephesian Christians demonstrated two important characteristics of genuine Christian faith: faith in the Lord Jesus and love for fellow believers.
Your “love for all the saints” is as much a mark of true faith as your love for God. John said, “The one who says he is in the light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now” (1 John 2:9). In that passage “light” is a metaphor for righteousness and truth, and “darkness” is a metaphor for sin and error. It is sinful and erroneous to claim you love God if you have no love for other believers. Those who love God will love fellow believers as well.
If you love others, you will pray for them and praise God for their spiritual progress—as Paul did for the Ephesians—and they will do the same for you. That’s a wonderful dynamic within the Body of Christ, and one that you must diligently pursue.
Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints; (Colossians 1:4 NKJV)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
I’ve ended every prayer I’ve ever uttered with “Amen.” You probably have, too. As a child I learned that amen meant “so be it,” but recently I discovered something about amen that has deepened my appreciation of its meaning.
Amen comes from a Hebrew verb, aman, which means “to support” or “to bear in the arms.” In our English Bibles, aman is translated in a variety of ways. Most of the time translators use the verb “believe.” Sometimes it’s translated as an adjective: faithful, sure, steadfast.
What intrigues me most about aman is that it is sometimes translated “father” (KJV) or “nurse”(NIV). It referred to anyone who was faithful or trustworthy, someone that could be leaned upon for support. In Numbers 11:12 Moses asked, “Why do you [God] tell me to carry them [the Israelites] in my arms, as a nurse [aman] carries an infant?” Another example is in 2 Samuel 4:4, which says that Mephibosheth’s nurse [aman] picked him up and fled.
These verbal pictures of aman paint a beautiful image of amen in my mind. When I end my prayers with amen, I am placing them in the capable hands of my heavenly caregiver. Just as a mother or nurse takes full responsibility for all the needs of a child, my heavenly Father takes full responsibility for all my needs. His care is so firm and so faithful that there’s no reason to fret about the concerns I’ve placed in His hands.
The next time you say amen, pause and hold the image of God cradling your prayer in His arms. Carry that picture in your mind throughout the day with full confidence that your heavenly aman is a trustworthy caregiver.
Denise K. Loock
Andrew Murray said, “A dead Christ I must do everything for; A living Christ does everything for me.”
“Humility is perfect quietness of heart. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised. It is to have a blessed home in the Lord, where I can go in and shut the door, and kneel to my Father in secret, and am at peace as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and above is trouble.”
― Andrew Murray
2015 – The Year of Visitations, Manifestations and Demonstrations
Experiencing the greater glory is still My plan,
And you’ll see The Great I Am shall visit your land.
Manifestations of My Spirit as never before,
And demonstrations of power from shore to shore.
Supernatural provision and greater breakthroughs, too.
Yes, this is My plan and My will for you.
The power of darkness will no longer stand,
For I will show them the strength of My right hand.
I’ll have My way, and all shall see,
No power is greater nor equal to Me.
My people will rise up and take their place,
And no enemy will stop them from finishing their race.
Yes, 2015 you’ll surely see, will be a year that will go down in history.
So, lift up your hands and boldly decree,
Something great is about to happen to me!
Prophetic Word Received by Jerry Savelle
For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and seek those things which gratify the [Holy] Spirit. Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever]. (Romans 8:5, 6 AMP)
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Romans 8:5, 6 NKJV)
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1, 2 NKJV)
Two basic spiritual laws in operation today.
The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus and the law of death and sin. A law is an established principle that can be expected to function the same way every time. Under the law of life, you find love that gives and gives. The law of death, you find total selfishness. The most powerful force in the realm of the law of life is the force of faith. The universe itself is the product of faith filled words.
By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. (Hebrews 11:3 NKJV)