Esther 8:15-17 (NIV)
The Triumph of the Jews
15 When Mordecai left the king’s presence, he was wearing royal garments of blue and white, a large crown of gold and a purple robe of fine linen. And the city of Susa held a joyous celebration. 16 For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor. 17 In every province and in every city to which the edict of the king came, there was joy and gladness among the Jews, with feasting and celebrating. And many people of other nationalities became Jews because fear of the Jews had seized them.
- List what you feel is the enemy’s plans against you
- List any accusations others might me leveling at you
- Ask God to handle the “Hamans” in your life
I had every intention of putting down a first and last and security on a house that is rent to own. Previously, I was tricked into a car that I didn’t want. This car as I’m pricing houses, had the transmission go out yesterday!! God has been with me every step, knowing the future (because He is already living in the future) and preparing timely transportation with co-workers and friends. I now have to buy a new car and my house money is now car money. I now have to stay where I am at. Not exactly ideal. Finances are super tight. As far as others leveling at me accusations, well, all I can say is I’m sure there are. Actually I’d be a little upset if there wasn’t. (Matthew 5:10-11) (Psalm 35:19-20) (Isaiah 54:17) (Proverbs 11:9) I have had a “pastor” shun me to my face. I was like dang is the freezer door open? I’ve listened to pastors talk about being offended. Most recently I thought, HECK YES!!! The twist to that is this….. they aren’t talking about themselves (if it applies). Everyone is a “know-it-all” and that is correct. I KNOW, I USED TO BE ONE!!! It took many months of diligent, agonizing, painful teachings for me to see that when I first met Shane. Until one day I asked God to help me UNDERSTAND!!! Like Saul, I physically felt the scales fall from my eyes. I fell to my knees and started just balling. I was so broken, I was so upset at what I had put Shane through as he kept trying to tell me and guide me because of his unconditional love for me. Most of all, because I had been in wrong doctrine therefore I was hurting God the Father and Jesus. Though, I had always sought after God and was in the Word. My UNDERSTANDING and DISCERNMENT and KNOWLEDGE of the Word was off. I have always been starving for the TRUTH, and asked for it daily. So God brought Shane and I together so that I may know the TRUTH. Is it in the Bible? Best way to know the Truth. Is what you’re hearing in the Word of God? Either directly or by example (like a situation)?
Dear Heavily Father, I come to You in the name of Jesus Christ. I thank You Father, thank You Jesus, for giving me VICTORY through You and by You. In all of my trials and transgressions and attacks from the enemy. Father, I ask that You take care of all these situations. Lord, I ask You to fight my battles and keep me safe. You never fail God, You never leave Jesus. Your Word does not return void. Father, take of anyone who is trying to discredit what You are doing and who You are in my life, the messages that You give through me. God, ALL honor, power, glory, praise, and worship is Yours, is Yours Jesus. I do not want any of it. It’s only You God, for I am nothing without You. I thank You for knowing every need, every want, and every desire of mine and my kids. You know what is going on in my life whether I can I see it or not. Thank You for VICTORY. I trust, love, and worship you Father, You Jesus. All this I ask and seek in the Holy and Righteous name of Jesus Christ. AMEN
Luke 12:8-9 (NIV)
8 “I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. 9 But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God.
Titus 1:16 (NIV)
16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
One place I need to speak up is at work and among the non believers in my life. As well, as those who are within incorrect doctrine. God give me the words, let them not be of me but of You Lord.
One place to step it up is to give more time to serving. God give me the hands and feet of Jesus, loving and helping those who need You most.
One place I have spoken up is all social media and in 1 on 1 conversations.
One place I have stepped it up is to sticking to what Shane taught me, and holding firm in my faith. In my studying and prayer.
Where is the one place in your life that you need to speak up ? Step it up? What about the places that need you to? Stand strong and speak up about Jesus and your Faith. Follow your words by examples and actions in your life. LIVE THE WORD!!
Psalm 121:1-2 (KJV)
121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
1 Kings 20:22-23 (KJV)
22 And the prophet came to the king of Israel, and said unto him, Go, strengthen thyself, and mark, and see what thou doest: for at the return of the year the king of Syria will come up against thee.23 And the servants of the king of Syria said unto him, Their gods are gods of the hills; therefore they were stronger than we; but let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they.
Where do you limit God? Where do you believe He can’t or won’t win for you? He is the God over your family but not over your finances, God over your relationships but not over your hurt, etc.
To me this is about control. Can God do better than me type of thinking. OF COURSE!! I am learning how to keep faith in areas that concern me; finances, relationships, attitude, etc. The Bible tells us to be happy with our wages and work as if we are doing unto God Himself. (Luke 3:14, Colossians 3:23, Ephesians 6:7) Those who are trusted with little are trusted with much.(Matthew 25:14) I am continuously bring brought to the realization that I am not in complete and total surrender to Jesus. I still worry. I still have doubts. God it’s Your will, not mine, to be done in and throughout my life. I am in deep prayer and thought about the steps it takes to let God have control over ALL areas in my life. Am I influencing the outcome of a particular situation. Does my words and my actions reflect Jesus, and the love of Jesus? Are others seeing God in me?
Holy Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ. I ask You Lord to help me to release to You ALL areas of my life. To let go of my own will and trust Yours. I seek and ask for Your help in my loneliness, my finances, raising my kids, and sticking to Your will. I need You Jesus. Thank You for loving me. Thank You for Your Blood. Thank You for my kids and all the blessing You have given me. All good things come from You Lord. I ask all these in the Holy and Righteous name of Jesus Christ. AMEN
Acts 4:24-31 (NIV)
24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. 25 You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David:“‘Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?26 The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed one.27 Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. 28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken.And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
With the situation I am the most worried about today, I can’t take care of and raise my children. I fear more not being in the Will of God.
If the worst thing does happen, then the way God could have a different or better plan for me, is to show He is in control of ALL THINGS. Keeping peace in my life. Working miracles and speaking to me by the Holy Spirit. Showing His POWER, mercy,grace, and love. Giving me more understanding, knowledge, wisdom, and discernment that ONLY He can give
In all my worries and concerns today, God could have the final word by bringing all things together for my good. By showing me how He is in every detail in my life.
16 my inmost being will rejoice
when your lips speak what is right.
17 Do not let your heart envy sinners,
but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.
18 There is surely a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.
Ask Jesus for His ears and mouth!
The situations where I feel I most feel I can’t speak my mind is at work.
The situation where I feel I usually say too much is when I’m over stressing my point.
The place I want the Holy Spirit to speak through me is when someone is around me and God has a message for them. Point to Jesus.
Dear Heavily Father I come to you in the name of Jesus. I ask Father, for the eyes and and ears of Jesus. I ask and seek that You help me see others with pure love and compassion the way Jesus did. I ask God, for the ears to listen without intention to respond. I mean REALLY listen to others. I seek Your wisdom, understanding,POWER and discernment. I ask Lord, that when I speak that it is You that people hear. I pray Father God that by the Holy Spirit that the words that come from me are not from me but YOU. I love you God, thank You for Your son Jesus. Thank You Jesus for Your Blood. Thank You for the Holy Spirit, that You sent to dwell within me. God, I seek Your presence. I ask You to use me and my life for Your Glory!!! To lead others to You. Jesus, You say that we are to all You did and MORE while You where here on this earth. God, Matthew 22:29 says that we perish because we do not know the scriptures AND the power of God. I ask you for the knowledge of correct doctrine of Your Word and Your Power. Lord, I give my all to You. Jesus, I am nothing without You. Thank You for loving me. I ask for all of these things in the Holy and Righteous name of Jesus Christ. AMEN
9 “You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. 10 And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. 11 Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
What does Standing up for your faith look like? What does speaking up sound like in your circle? Who would distance themselves from you? Who would affirm you?
Standing up for my faith is simply speaking the Truth. Sticking to the Word of God and not wavering. Living the Word… it’s much different than just speaking it. Lead by example! I lead prayer with my kids so they know how to pray and effectively. (side note there is a strategy to prayer) The ones who don’t understand are the ones who would distance themselves from me. I think close family members, and friends would pull away. Understanding is only given by the Holy Spirit. You have to ask for it, and receive it with an open heart. God’s ways are higher than our ways, His thoughts Higher than our thoughts. There will be a slew of “christian’s” that lack in faith that will say, ” God wouldn’t want this.” “Don’t embarrass yourself” “you can’t win” Etc…… DO NOT ever stand up for your faith and belief in Jesus and allow these partial christian’s to sway you from what God is telling you, the Jesus you love and stand for, the Truth and the Word of God. After all, we are to not worry about what to say when standing before those prosecuting us. The Holy Spirit will give you the words. I can only pray that when I do come under fire, I’ve instilled so much in them about Jesus that they hold onto the hope, the Truth, and trust in Him the way I try to show by example.
Job 42:1-6 (KJV)
42 Then Job answered the Lord, and said,2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
Write doubts and fears about your Faith. Be honest and open with God, He already knows. Then talk to Him about them. It will strengthen your Faith and Belief in Him.
I can say that I had doubt for Shane at times. I have doubted God and what He was doing with us. I doubted His timing, and was impatient with my own desires. Shane passing has was the biggest wake up call to my life. God showed me where I was disobedient and proud and arrogant. It broke me, broke my heart so completely. I broke because I hurt my Shane and most of all God in those times of rebellion. I fear that because of my backslides and my past God won’t use me. I struggle with my own sins and desires. I feel terrible when I don’t devote time with God, or get swept up in life. If I think I wasn’t brave enough to talk to others about Jesus. I worry that I don’t seek Him hard enough or strong enough or long enough. I struggle to be more like Jesus, like Shane. I want that closeness and relationship with God. Lord, You know my heart and what I need in this life. Give me the strength to endure it and bless what is meant for Your glory Father.
Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah
13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.
Who do you say Jesus is?
Jesus is the Son of God. My Lord and personal Savior. My God. I couldn’t stand without Him. He has shown me, in so many ways, how He is in every detail and ever with me. Jesus walked this earth 100% human AND 100% God. He taught and spoke ONLY TRUTH. Jesus IS God, therefore, He couldn’t tell a lie. He never sinned, not even in His thoughts.I had the best earthly mentor. I was fortunate enough to to even know a tested and proven true Profit, Shane. He clarified and corrected me in my doctrine and the Truth of God.
Luke 6:27-31 (KJV)
27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also.30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
Write a personal prayer for boldness to bless, give, serve, and love as God loves.
Dear Heavenly Father, I come to You in the name of Jesus Christ. I ask You, God, for the boldness to bless, give,serve and love as You do. As Jesus does. Thank You Father for Your Son Jesus. I thank You Jesus for Your Blood shed on the cross for my sins. Psalm 91:11, God give Your angels charge over me and my kids. I plead Your Blood Jesus over us. God keep our feet steady on the narrow path. You God are the lamp to our feet, guide our every step. Thank You Jesus, thank You God, thank You Holy Spirit for all that You are and all that You do. Thank You for Shane, thank You for my kids, thank You for my job, thank You for housing and a car, thank You for Your blessings in my life. Thank You Father for being in every single detail of my life. Who am I? I am nothing without you Jesus. I need You every second of every day Lord. Thank You for never failing me, though I fail You constantly. I LOVE YOU!! I don’t know what Your plan is for me and my life, God.I ask that You use me in great and radical ways for Your glory Father. To tell others of You and bring hope to them boldly. I ask You to use me like You used Shane, Father. I ask and seek Your wisdom,discernment, understanding, power, strength, and courage. All these things I ask in the name of Jesus Christ. AMEN