In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Last night as I was laying in bed, I was very restless (that part is normal). I could not get comfortable and when I prayed it felt "off". After a few minutes of me praying and tossing around I finally decided to change up my prayer a bit. I asked God to remove the obstacle that I felt between us as I tried to find rest. When He showed me what the problem was, I was relieved. It was that I have not been in the word the last day or so. Time has interfered with my reading and prayer time and He was gently reminding me of that fact. So feeling better knowing what it was that felt so "off" about my prayers I tried again....to sleep. Again, not happening. The next prayer I said was something of this nature, "Lord please help me rest, my brain is fried from to much computer stuff at work and I need to pray for my friends who need you, I will make changes and start back in the word tomorrow, I SEE now that being out of the word has caused me to start that spiritual lean, yet again. Please help me rest tonight"......Still I'm wide awake and I feel this response
"You realize that Knowing is only half the battle right? If you are not in the word yet and still putting it off until its convenient then what good was it for me to show you the problem? Now you know and still you lay."
I'm sure you can imagine my response, it was a silent Thank you Jesus, amen....as I went to get my bible and dig in.
Ephesians 6:12: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].
There are many things about this precious time I had with the Lord that I learned. He reminded me that anything we know and don't act on is utterly useless. For instance as Christians we are all aware that we are living spiritual warfare daily. Our Jesus is under attack and the way we live to follow Jesus is under attack. So you see, knowing that battle is growing daily and quickly heading our way we have to prepare. If we don't prepare, then it did us absolutely no good to even know. The Lord also reminded me that I'm fully equipped for battle, I just have to remember to put on my armor and use my bible , His word is alive and its sharper than any sword. I have been under attack spiritually to the point that all I could pray was "father I believe, help my unbelief " scripture holds more power than we give it credit for, its God breathed as in by the creator of the universe !
Ephesians 6:13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
The days seem to be getting worse and worse. My friends who I love dearly are suffering with faint relief in sight. A beautiful young man was shot while jogging because some kids "just felt like killing someone." Today, a 5 year old brought a gun to school in Memphis and it went off in his backpack, no one was hurt but....WHAT? Another man goes into an elementary school and had full intentions of killing with those 500 rounds of amo he had in his duffle bag.
We need a revival, we need to get stirred up in our spirit and pray. We need to be prayed up to deal with this kind of tragedy.
I choose to trust Jesus when he reminded me to get prayed up and put on His armor, I'm choosing to not only to be a "knower" but I want to be a "mover" get up, get suited up and get down on my knees. If revival doesn't come soon to the USA I shutter to think of the USA my kids will know. If we are not prayed up and prepared how can we stand in the gap for hurting people who just can't stand for themselves right now? We have to pray and stay in the word. Continue to stand up for what is right and show the world what Jesus looks like. I want someone to look at me and see my savior all over me. That's who I want to be.
Thanks for not letting me rest last night Lord, the lesson was so much more important. Pray for my friends as they are afraid, sick and in pain. Cancer does not care who you are, or how strong of a believer you are it will try to destroy you and not just physically. Many people are suffering in the world, just turn on the news and start praying. I have been called specifically for 2 families currently and I ask that you join me. These 2 families have a hard road ahead and their journey with cancer is very draining.
We must be prayed up in order to stand in the gap for the Steve Dillard family and for the Lyndsey Taylor family. The Lord is preparing many to continue to stand in the gap for you. Love you all !!
I keep reminding myself these are battles, but the war is already won. Until I die, this is who I long to see coming in the clouds. Faithful and True. And FYI I bet he had to move Jackson off of His horse :)