Tag Archives: Holy Spirit

I didn’t ask you to take them to the water and make them drink

I didn’t ask you to take them to the water and make them drink

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“You can take a cow to the water but you can’t make it drink”

This was a statement that I was famous for saying when it came to talking about families. At that time I did not have any children and would often remark that there was only so much a parent could do in creating a environment for their children to grow and thrive, but the children still had to choose. Everything I said was true, but I was missing something important. We can create an environment where our children take part in ministry, go to church regularly and we can only hope that when they get older they will continue to follow on the path we have placed them on.

But is that our only job as parents?

A guy I was acquainted with said that when he was a salesman, he told his boss the same line I quoted earlier and this is what his boss told him,

“Your job is not to make the cow drink. Your job is to create thirst in the cow.”

We aren’t to live in such a way that our children will simply go to church. We are to live our lives in a way that our children will desire to know God, they will thirst after God and choose to “drink from the springs of living water”.

I am learning to allow God to mold me. I don’t just want to lead my children to the water’s edge, I want them to see me drinking, see me enjoying that water so much, that just watching me drinking it all up, they will become thirsty and drink from that same water.

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 I didn’t ask you to take them to the water and make them drink by Tanya  (click to tweet) 

 

Tanya – from God’s Character

Tanya is a child of God, wife, stay at home mom and homeschooler. She loves the Lord and loves telling people about who He is. By God’s grace her husband and she intend to live out Joshua’s statement “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. And so her greatest desire is to see her Lord face to face and along with her family, join in the joyous strains of triumphant voices praising our Lord and King. Check out her blog at God’s Character.

 

How One Labours in Prayer

How One Labours in Prayer

He labours in prayer. Watch carefully. The old man rises while it is still dark. Gathering a worn robe around his thin shoulders, he glides, silent as a shadow, to the kitchen table.

by Ron Hughes

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This is his time to work.

From between the back page and cover of his Bible, he withdraws several pieces of paper and a map, and spreads them strategically before him. When everything is in its place, he picks up the stub of a pencil and begins to review their contents.

His lips move silently as he makes notes beside names. Sometimes a smile tugs at his lips. At other times, a tear slips unheeded from his eye. Occasionally, a deep groan breaks the silence. Dots, checkmarks, and underscores reveal his careful attention to every person, project, and passion on the pages before him.

Once-strong fingers flutter over the map as he remembers fellow-servants of His Lord seeking to make a difference in the strongholds of enemy territory. If you listen carefully, you’ll hear him speaking aloud now — challenging the evil one to remember his ultimate defeat and beseeching the Spirit to move in power in the lives of His people and in the communities where they live.

We didn’t notice the mounting tension in the small frame, but intensity grew from the moment he sat down.

Now suddenly, we are aware of release.

His face leaves the cluttered surface of the table and rises to see beyond the confines of the room. Shoulders relax. His face beams. Upturned hands resting on the table turn palm-up to receive the invisible strength refreshing him after his labours.

They say he is too old to work now. He knows he has never worked harder.

He labours in prayer.

Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. (Colossians 4:12 NKJV)

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank You for reminding me that spiritual work is done by your Spirit.  Thank you for giving me a part to play through prayer even when the people and situations in which You are working are far away.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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How one man can seek to make a difference in the strongholds of enemy territory. (Tweet this)

 

Ron Hughes

Ron is president of FBH International , a multi-language media ministry and maintains an active itinerant speaking ministry in churches and conferences.  Ron is a professional member of The Word Guild and has one published book, “Refresh: 19 ways to boost your spiritual life”, and is working on several other writing projects. Much of his writing is published on the ministry website and has been used in radio broadcasts.

Ron has been married to Debbie since 1976.  They have four children, one of whom is married.  They live on a 100 acre farm in the Niagara region which they share with a few horses, chickens, cats and a dog.

 

How Does God Prompt Us to Pray?

How Does God Prompt Us to Pray?

by Sandi Somers

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Paul wrote to his protégé Timothy,

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them (1 Timothy 2:1 NLT).

Mr. Meller came to our church only occasionally, and I didn’t know him well. However, I did know that his first wife and children had been killed in a plane crash many years before.

On one particular Sunday when he visited our church, I wondered if he still had open wounds or unhealed memories from that tragic loss. Later during the service, he stood up to share the story of his family’s accident. Choking back tears, he said that this day was the anniversary of their deaths and that losing them was still a painful memory for him.

This was a powerful experience for me. It was no coincidence that I had thought of his loss before he mentioned it.

God had been nudging me to pray.

I became convinced that God brings specific people to mind because we are meant to pray for them.

He prompts us, sometimes with a thought or question about their welfare.

Who is God prompting you to pray for?

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, guide us today to pray when we think of specific people. Teach us that thoughts of people are a call to pray for them. Amen.

Tweetables:

God brings specific people to mind because we are meant to pray for them. (tweet this)

Who is God prompting you to pray for? (tweet this)

Sandi Somers

Sandi Somers

Sandi  is a former teacher and Instructor of English as a Second Language. She has lived in Colombia, South America, and has travelled widely. She now lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Her current passion is writing about faith, prayer and the writing life. Sandi also enjoys reading, quilting, gardening, walking and connecting with friends and her extended family.  She belongs to the InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and The Word Guild.

 

Who’s Praying?

Who’s Praying?

by Brenda Wood

Prayer requests

Every now and again, I am shocked to spot my name on the prayer list of the writing group I belong to. Why ever do they pray for me? Just because they can, that’s why. They pray regularly for every member.

That begs the question…do we really know who is praying for us? (click to tweet)

No, we do not. Somewhere, perhaps across the ocean, in another country, or even in the home of someone you consider to be an enemy, someone, led by the Holy Spirit, is praying for you.

So then when God brings even a difficult person to mind, can we do any less?

When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person (Luke 6:27, MSG). (click to tweet)

Prayer:

Lord, as you direct us in prayer today, we will listen and obey. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

Brenda J. Wood

A popular motivational speaker, Brenda, of Barrie, Ontario is known for her common sense wisdom, sense of humour and quirky comments. Brenda especially enjoys speaking at women’s retreats and conferences, community events, Mops, World Day of Prayer, and Stonecroft Ministries.

A prolific author, her current books include:

The Big Red Chair: a children’s book dealing with the loss of a grandparent.
Meeting Myself: Snippets from a Fractured Mind:  the author’s recovery from abuse and eating disorders.
Hearts Under Construction: A motivational cookbook designed to feed both body and soul
Heartfelt: 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living.
God, Gluttony and You: a Bible Study dealing with our relationship to food.
Read more at:
http://heartfeltdevotionals.wordpress.com
facebook – www.facebook.com/brendawoodspeaker

Are You Unleashing the Power of the Holy Spirit?

Are You Unleashing the Power of the Holy Spirit?

by Janis Cox

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I have started to read a great book called Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman.

It is a challenging read and I am taking it slowly.

Get out your highlighter and let Kyle take you back to the core of Christianity. You may never enjoy being challenged more than reading this clear, compelling, and winsome book (Lee Strobel).

Lee Strobel, is the author of Case for Christ, a book that changed my understanding of Who Jesus is.

Kyle Idleman’s, is the author of Not a Fan, a book that is changing my understanding of the Holy Spirit.

Today I read a chapter on the Holy Spirit. I am not even finished the chapter but one part startled me enough to want to tell you about it.

I have heard people say, “Wouldn’t it be great to have lived in the times of the Old Testament?”

What would it have been like to hear God’s voice and see him move in such powerful ways? (Kyle Idleman)

And then are those who say the same about the New Testament. They wished they could have been with Jesus and see the miracles.

But then Kyle reminds us that we have a more powerful connection to God through the Holy Spirit.

YES

While God with you is good, God in you is better (Kyle Idleman).

Jesus could be with his followers, but the Holy Spirit would live in his followers (Kyle Idleman).

So let’s give the Holy Spirit time to work in us this week.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for loving us; for sending Jesus to live with us; for sending the Holy Spirit to live in us. Help us to learn more and listen to You, through the Holy Spirit. We pray in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.

Tweetables:

Lee Strobel, is the author of Case for Christ, a book that changed my understanding of Who Jesus is.

Kyle Idleman’s, is the author of Not a Fan, a book that is changing my understanding of the Holy Spirit.

While God with you is good, God in you is better  ~Kyle Idleman.

Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters.

Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild andInscribe Writers Fellowship.

What is the Power of Jesus?

What is the Power of Jesus?

by Janis Cox

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When I was younger I did not fully understand Who Jesus is. I remember one thing that stood out from attending church in those years  – as our minister said the Lord’s Prayer he emphasized the word “power” in the last words of the prayer.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever (Matthew 6:13, KJV). [the emphasis is mine]

My minister would always accentuate that word – POWER. As he did that I felt something – yes I knew that this was an important fact. But I didn’t understand it. I didn’t understand it until I understood Who Jesus is.

It took another twenty-five years for me to ask and for Jesus to reveal Himself to me. And He showed me His Power. And He keeps showing me His Power.

Now I understand. Now I realize what God did on the Cross through the death of His Son.

God brought His power to earth by Jesus’ death & resurrection & the release of the Holy Spirit. (tweetable)

God’s Power is here – now. That is why we see miracles. That is why we have strength in our weakest moments. That is why we can have joy in our saddest times.

This is the Power of God, through Jesus and through the Holy Spirit.  Love, hope and faith – all wound up in One.

Jesus is our Connector to God.

When we preach the Cross, the energy of God is released (Oswald Chambers, November 25).

If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God (1 Corinthians 1:31, The Message).

So let us continue to pray in His Name – the Author and Perfecter of our faith.

Prayer:

Father, oh we so want to think we can do it. We apologize for such “stinking” thinking. Instead we reach out and call on Your Name and Your power to be here in our world. We thank You, Jesus, Who let the Power of the Holy Spirit be unleashed here on earth. Come, Lord Jesus, come. We pray as always in Your Name, Jesus. AMEN.

Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters.

Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild andInscribe Writers Fellowship.

Is the Fountain of Living Water Flowing Through Our Lives?

Is the Fountain of Living Water Flowing Through Our Lives?

by Violet Nesdoly (reprinted with permission)

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There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High (Psalm 46:4, NKJV).

Though there was no actual river flowing through Jerusalem, it seems the city had a subterranean water supply that was the source of various fountains and pools throughout the city (K. R. Dick Iverson – study notes on Psalms, New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, p. 723).

That unseen river makes a wonderful symbol of the hidden life of God for believers
then and still today. (tweetable)

All three members of the Godhead have a part in that flow.

God the Father: He begs the wayward to come back to Him as their life-giver – “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water” – Jeremiah 2:13.

God the Son: After a chapter in which the prophet Zechariah foresees Jesus’ death (specifically Zechariah 12:10) he says: “In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness” – Zechariah 13:1.

God the Holy Spirit: Jesus’ offer of life-giving water to the Samaritan woman:
“‘…but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life'” – John 14:4,

Continue to read The River of God by Violet Nesdoly.

Violet Nesdoly

Violet freelances in several genres and has been published in a variety of print and online publications.

Her articles, stories, and activities have appeared in Keys for Kids, Devotions for Girls, Devotions for Boys, Clubhouse, Guide, Primary Treasure, Partners, Pockets and others. She has also published two books of poetry and is an avid blogger. She is a member of Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and a professional member of The Word Guild.

Sunday Stillness – Change

Sunday Stillness – Change

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Each year around this time we leave our community in Canada and head to the States. We winter in Arizona. We have developed a community here as well. But it is always hard to make the changes. Besides the jet lag – I miss family, friends and my activities.

But we know it is good for us to be here – and God led us here. So we enjoy every minute.

But I am so thankful that God never changes.

And our God – our Father, Son and Holy Spirit do not change.
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It is well for us that, amidst all the variableness of life, there is One whom change cannot affect; One whose heart can never alter, and on whose brow mutability can make not furrows. – Charles Spurgeon.

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Do I Think Too Much?

Do I Think Too Much?

by Janis Cox

Do I think too much?

Obviously if you are reading this blog, Under the Cover of Prayer – UTCOP, you are interested in prayer and the facets surrounding the practice of prayer.

It seems to me the more I read, the less I know. Why is that? I believe it’s because my brain is trying to learn it all.

But indeed I know that my spirit knows more than my brain thinks.
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As I read Oswald Chambers every morning I realize I do think too much. This week I tried to listen to the Holy Spirit rather than my brain.

Oswald Chambers says the “I” factor takes us from interceding for others. We think of what is on the “to do” list. We think of “ifs”. Or we question what should we do.

Chambers asks:

How long is it going to take God
to free us from the morbid habit
of thinking about ourselves?
(Oswald Chambers, June 21) (click to tweet this)

Here’s a Haiku I wrote:

Saved
Jesus Christ
Freed, Open, Peace
Accepting the Holy Spirit
Life

Now I can:

Pray on the realization that you are only perfect in Jesus Christ, not on this plea – “O Lord, I have done my best, please hear me” (Oswald Chambers, June 21).

Prayer:

As I give over my thoughts to the Holy Spirit, help me hear the names of those I am called to pray for. As I become open to the Spirit I thank You for that connection. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

In the coming weeks I will choose to do the priestly work of prayer.
(click to tweet)

I will let the Holy Spirit guide me.

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Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters. Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild and Inscribe Writers Fellowship.

SUNDAY STILLNESS – Vessel

Sunday Stillness – Vessel

Vessel - Proverbs 25:4

Three Vessels by Janis Cox – Watercolour 2013

I have taken the liberty to change “silver” into “pottery” from Proverbs 25:4.

Remove the dross from the silver,
and a silversmith can produce a vessel

I took a few pottery courses and know that when I am using the wheel there are pieces that must be cut off while the wheel is spinning. Even in hand building the potter must smooth out the rough edges.

In order for God to produce a vessel to hold the Holy Spirit we need to get rid off the dross that clings to us. Think of what clings to you: indecision, fear, lack of trust, worry, self-image, pride and on and on. Let’s give this dross to God and ask Him to refine us.

I love the Scripture of 2 Timothy 2:20-21 as written in The Message:

Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing.

Wow – that is pretty clear. We are to become the vessels where people can see Jesus.

I found an excellent analogy called Spinning Off the Dross by Grace Anderson. She states:

The potter molds, re-shapes, removes all the dross and spins off the lumps of the clay to make the jar completely clean, clear of any flaws.

And of course Refiner’s Fire is one of my favourites. Here it is sung by Brian Doerksen.



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Today is Sunday Stillness – Do you have a Scripture that spoke to you this week? Please link below. If you post to Twitter use #sundaystillness and @authorjaniscox.

Feel free to pin the picture. Follow me at AuthorJanisCox on Pinterest.

I would love it if you would subscribe to my blog. See the sidebar to enter your email address.

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I would appreciate if you would link only about God’s Word. If you have a linky party that’s okay if it is about the same thing. Please no sales or prizes. I want this to be friendly but I must ask you to abide by the rules. Others want to read God’s Word – and that is what I would like the links to be about. I must take down the links that don’t follow the rules. Thanks so much.

JOIN THE SUNDAY STILLNESS COMMUNITY – 
READ OTHER POSTS AND ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER.

Please check out all the places I link to during the week. Thanks to everyone who has joined Sunday Stillness. I do try to get to your posts every week but I admit sometimes I don’t have the time.

The Sunday Community

 

Missional Women – Faith Filled Fridays

 

Still Saturday

 

Scripture and Snapshot

The Weekend Brew