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COUNTING ON GOD

Counting on God

by Jan Cox

Psalm 59 (The Message Psalm 59:8-10, 16-17)

“I can always count on You
God in dependable love shows up on time
Strong God, I’m watching You do it
I can always count on You, God, my dependable love.”

I’m in a fight not physical
I’m in a war but not with this world

Those words from Counting on God have been running around in my head this morning. I awoke from a frightening dream. I couldn’t sleep so got up very early. As I read my Bible I realized that Satan loves to plant fear into our hearts and minds.

I had to remember what is Truth. And that came to me from a passage in Isaiah.

“Yet I leave it all with the Lord’s hands
I will trust God for my reward” (Isaiah 49:4 NLT).

God gives me the Truth. Through Jesus I can see clearly. My job is to hear that Truth and allow His peace to reign in me. And through everything Trust in Him at all times.

My “God conversation”, aka prayer, helped me see through the deception that Satan put up.

After that I had wonderful peace and joy. Remembering that He will take care of me always – that puts fear to rest.

The battle is the Lord’s. But as Oswald Chambers told me this morning I can kick out a mood and get back to my relationship with God. So sometimes it needs action on my part, too.

“If you have the whine in you, kick it out ruthlessly. It is a positive crime to be weak in God’s strength. (Oswald Chambers, April 14)

And from that song, Counting on God, here are the words that helped me through:

“just enough strength to live for today”.

Here is the song and the words.

Counting on God

VERSE 1
I’m in a fight not physical
And I’m in a war
But not with this world
You are the light that’s beautiful
And I want more
I want all that’s Yours

PRE-CHORUS
Joy unspeakable that won’t go away
And just enough strength
To live for today
So I never have to worry
What tomorrow will bring
‘Cause my faith is on solid rock
I am counting on God

CHORUS
I am counting on
I am counting on God

BRIDGE
The miracle of Christ in me
Is the mystery that sets me free
I’m nothing like I used to be
Open up your eyes you’ll see

Prayer:

Father, when we are weak – You are strong. Thank You for being my strength, just enough for today. May my strong faith in You help me in the battle against Satan’s lies. I do not need to fear – You will protect me. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

My Gratitude List – counting to 2000. I am at 1235.

Olive Branch at Queen Creek

  • 3 days away with my hubby
  • a hacienda for 2 nights – the room where John Wayne stayed
  • good breathing – hurrah
  • crossing the border to Mexico – fun to meet the people
  • visit to Tubac
  • meeting a watercolour artist – Roberta Rogers; had a lovely chat
  • renewed my love of art
  • took lots of pictures in Tubac – was inspired
  • visited Old Tuscon – the wild west era – more painting ideas
  • so much fresh air for 2 days – and my allergies were under control – praise the Lord
  • ideas for writing
  • getting ready to go home – excitement
  • fascinating new Bible study – SEED by Priscilla Shirer
  • God connections
  • good walking weather
  • smell of garlic and spices cooking
  • Snowball was so excited to see us after our little holiday
  • being able to walk outside in Arizona without breathing problems
  • time with friend at the pool and in steam room
    • learning tap dances using my new IPOD
    • soaking up the Arizona sun (won’t be long now before we revert to spring)
    • a funny mocking bird – such a variety of songs from one little bird (wish I knew how to let you hear these wonderful sounds)
    • a goose who stood up to Snowball

A goose protecting his/her young.

    • boats on the lake

Contributors

Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan is working on a couple children’s books in which she is also the watercolour illustrator.

PRAYER FOR OUR CHURCHES

Prayer for our Churches

by Jan Cox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A prickly subject – pastoral abuse! Too many times have I heard stories of churches being torn apart by exploding and imploding church boards. Everyone is hurt, especially the pastor.

Can we see it coming?

In hindsight yes. Most often not as it happens because it seeps into our congregations bit by bit.

How can we help?

PRAY

Yes, we need to be in constant prayer for our churches, pastors, and leaders. They are the frontline.

They are the ones who will be most in Satan’s sight and line of fire. When a church starts to grow or look outward toward a community. Watch out! Satan will try every means to close doors or add frustrations.

Each one of us has a job to do. And that is to pray. Pray for the member of your team that you don’t agree with. Pray not for them to change but for God to work in both your lives.

Don’t nag and complain about something – pray for God’s wisdom in how to deal with it. And get over yourself. I am the worst offender here. I am learning to watch, look and listen – praying constantly for “the knowledge of His will, through all spiritual wisdom and understanding” (Col 1:9 NIV).

I recently finished reading a book called My Fanatical, Regrettable Tour of Ministry by Ron Mahler. Ron opens our eyes to what can happen when church leaders bicker.

A most eye-opening and interesting read.

PRAY ON!

Prayer:

Father, we know we need to pray for our church leaders. Remind us. Encourage us. Help us to look to You for answers. Jesus – You are the Head of the church. Help us to help our leaders. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

My Gratitude List for this week: Counting up to 1000 – I am at 588.

  • A washer and dryer to keep clothes clean
  • Yummy leftovers – a quick meal
  • Praying for a wonderful friend and her family
  • A piano keyboard to relearn how to play
  • Toes not as sore as last year in tap dance
  • Connections via the Internet
  • Prayer – can’t say enough
  • Rain in the desert
  • Building up muscles in my legs from tap dance
  • Hearing from my 90 year old Arizona friend
  • Oswald Chambers – God can hear me even when I don’t consciously pray

Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan has written a children’s book in which she is also the watercolour illustrator. She hopes to publish it some day.

A REASON TO PRAY (part 2)

On Monday, September 19, Staci Stallings wrote the first part of A Reason to Pray.

Here is part 2.

A Reason to Pray (part 2)

by Staci Stallings

When you use Satan’s attempts to upset you as a reminder that “This is a reason to pray,” you are using one of the best spiritual tools in the weapons God has given you.  Why?

Because God drives Satan insane. In fact, Satan cannot be where God is. Even better, Satan doesn’t want to be where God is.

A friend of mine was having financial trouble. She had creditors calling who did not have a claim on the payment they were requesting, but that didn’t stop them from calling—every day. At home, at work, on her cell phone. Despite getting solid legal advice that she did not owe this money, they kept calling. The situation was sending her into panic attacks and had anxiety wrapped over her like a wet blanket.

When she finally told me what was going on, as we talked, the Holy Spirit whispered the answer to me. “Tell her to use this as a reason to pray.” Not in general terms, like at night saying, “Please, God. Take this away.” But directly.

As crazy as this is going to sound, I have now seen the following work miracles not just in this situation but in others. When the thoughts come (or the creditor call comes in, or the angry co-worker shows up, or the ex-husband calls), in your spirit say, “Oh, thanks, Satan. You’re right. I need to pray about this. Bless you for reminding me… Thank You, God, for being in my life and for showing me Your best way to handle this. Be with me Holy Spirit. I give this situation to You. You are the most awesome friend I have! Thanks.”

Let me tell you. Satan does NOT want to be the reason you remember God. Remember the dis- words mean separation, away from, negation. He wants to separate you from God, to negate the good God is doing in the world. It drives Satan crazy to be the reminder that God is present and all you have to do is put the situation in God’s hands to handle. And it’s become very clear to me that Satan will pull up stakes and RUN from a situation where you do this.

You can even get more specific in the salutation you use for the minions Satan has sent to torment you. “Oh, fear, thanks. You’re right. I need to pray about this. Bless you for reminding me.”

Oh! I can hear the demons cartwheeling away from the situation even as I write. They have no power where God is, and an aside, they hate to be blessed! It’s quite fun actually because you are learning to spread love even to your enemies. You will feel better and more at peace before you ever even get to the point of beginning to handle whatever is going on.

“Oh, thanks, Satan. You’re right I need to pray about this. Bless you for reminding me.”

Use Satan as your reason to pray, and in no time, he won’t be lurking around your doorstep. Try it. You’ll see what I mean.

A REASON TO PRAY

A Reason to Pray

by Staci Stallings

Recently I was reading Nancy Stafford’s Beauty by the Book. She pointed out something I hadn’t thought of. Words associated with Christ often start with the prefix re- as in renew, refresh, restore, resurrection. Words associated with Satan, however, often start with either de- or dis- Destroy, discourage, disappoint, despair, depression. Re- means to bring back to the original state. Even though as a root word de means “of” as in desire—of the Father; as a prefix de- or dis- means away from, down, or separation or negation, which pretty much describes Satan.

Of course you know this to be true in your own experience. When you’re with Christ, you feel a sense of rebirth and rejuvenation of your soul. When you’re hanging with the devil, there’s a lot of disease, disappointment, disillusionment, distrust, and despair. You know the signs when the devil is working on you. Now you can let that disempower you—as he is trying to do. In fact, Ms. Stafford sums up Satan’s agenda in one very powerful sentence. “His sole purpose is to isolate and destroy us, either emotionally or physically.” That’s about as succinct a goal statement for Satan as I’ve ever read. Isolate and destroy. And I’m quite sure you know how that feels.

So, like I said, you can use the knowledge that Satan is working to destroy you as a reason to give up, quit, surrender, and let him take you down. Or, you can recognize what’s going on and use it as a reminder to fight back.

Now you and I both know that Satan is a wily little booger who will use our greatest weaknesses to crack us in two—or several hundred—pieces. We also know that on our own fighting him, we are sunk. That’s why at some point in the past we accepted Christ’s work on the cross on our behalf so that Satan no longer can lay claim to our lives.

Great and good.

But what about when it feels like Satan is winning in the here and now? What about when he uses those bills we haven’t paid to tell us that we are worthless dust, unworthy of God’s love much less His help?

What about when Satan throws our past sins up in our face? “Yeah, you think you are so holy, but what about when you…?” From personal experience, he’s good at this. He knows what we most fear. He knows what angers we harbor deep inside. He knows what we haven’t forgiven, and he uses these things to eat away at us, pecking at us like chickens do a sick chicken until it dies.

Finally, after many years of searching, I have found a weapon that combats Satan right where he’s working. It’s effective. It’s easy. And best of all, it gets quick results.

It’s remembering this phrase, “This is a reason to pray.”

Staci’s post will continue on Wednesday, August 21st. Keep watching and see how “Satan cannot be where God is.”

BUSY – ??

BUSY – ??

“if the Devil can’t make us feel really bad, then he’ll try to make us really busy.” – anonymous

That quote reminded me of Satan’s Meeting.

SATAN’S MEETING: (Read especially if you’re busy) – original author unknown

Satan called a worldwide convention of demons. In his opening address he said, “We can’t keep Christians from going to church.”

“We can’t keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth.” “We can’t even keep them from forming an intimate relationship with their Saviour.”

“Once they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken.”

“So let them go to their churches; let them have their covered dish dinners, BUT steal their time, so they don’t have time to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ.”

“This is what I want you to do,” said the devil:

“Distract them from gaining hold of their Saviour and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day!

“How shall we do this?” his demons shouted.

“Keep them busy in the non-essentials of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds,” he answered.

“Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, and borrow, borrow, borrow.” “Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work 6-7 days each week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their empty lifestyles.”

“Keep them from spending time with their children.”

“As their families fragment, soon, their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work!”

“Over-stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still, small voice.”

“Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they drive.”

“To keep the TV, VCR, CDs and their PCs going constantly in their home and see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays non-biblical music constantly.”

“This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ.”

“Fill the coffee tables with magazines and newspapers.”

“Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day.”

“Invade their driving moments with billboards.”

“Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, mail order catalogs, sweepstakes, and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering free products, services and false hopes..”

“Keep skinny, beautiful models on the magazines and TV so their husbands will believe that outward beauty is what’s important, and they’ll become dissatisfied with their wives.”

“Keep the wives too tired to love their husbands at night.”

“Give them headaches too! ”

“If they don’t give their husbands the love they need, they will begin to look elsewhere.”

“That will fragment their families quickly!”

“Give them Santa Claus to distract them from teaching their children the real meaning of Christmas.

“Give them an Easter bunny so they won’t talk about his resurrection and power over sin and death.”

“Even in their recreation, let them be excessive.”

“Have them return from their recreation exhausted.”

“Keep them too busy to go out in nature and reflect on God’s creation. “Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, plays, concerts, and movies instead.”

“Keep them busy, busy, busy!”

“And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences.”

“Crowd their lives with so many good causes they have no time to seek power from Jesus.”

“Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their health and family for the good of the cause.”

“It will work!” “It will work!”

It was quite a plan!

The demons went eagerly to their assignments causing Christians everywhere to get busier and more rushed, going here and there. Having little time for their God or their families. Having no time to tell others about the power of Jesus to change lives.

I guess the question is, has the devil been successful in his schemes? You be the judge!

Does “BUSY” mean: B-eing U-nder S-atan’s Y-oke?

What do you think? Have you made time for God? Have you put Him FIRST?