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Sunday Stillness Link – Man it’s dark

Sunday Stillness Link – Man it’s dark

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Have you ever woken up in a room in the country where there are no lights. I do that each night to use the washroom. I used to walk without any light by feeling my way. As I age I am thinking that isn’t too bright. Now I use a flashlight. It is small and I cover it with my hand so as to not wake up my sleeping hubby.

But dark is DARK. Unless there is a moon I can’t even see my hand.

In John 12:35 it says:

Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. (tweet this)

That really makes sense to me now. We need light to see where we are going.

Lately I have been reading scriptures about spiritual warfare. We are told to put on the suit of God’s protection. We are told to not fret, worry or be anxious but pray. We are told to trust in God – that the battle has all ready been won. Jesus is the conqueror. And the battle is the Lord’s.

The readings that have been on my mind are:

2 Corinthians 10:3-5

The words that stick out are: We have been given weapons to demolish strongholds, demolish arguments, We are to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:8

We need the armour of God in order to stand firm. We are covered head to foot (with a helmet of salvation, a belt of truth and feet in readiness – and carrying a shield of faith).

then I thought of 1 Samuel 17:47 (NASB):

and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands.

Prayer:

Lord, for those who are in the dark, I ask that you send Your Light to shine in to their lives. And I pray when we get into dark places we remember to turn on the light – right away. Help us to stay in the light – Your light. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

 

Today is Sunday Stillness.

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request. Janis also is a contributor to Hope Stream Radio. Join her on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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WHAT COMES OUT OF YOUR MOUTH?

What Comes Out of Your Mouth?

by Janis Cox

What Comes Out of Your Mouth?

Every time I think, act, and speak negative thoughts I make a curse that Satan grabs for his evil purposes. (by the way – this includes gossiping)

This plays out in our families, at work and in politics. Everywhere we interact with another human being we open doors to God or to Satan.

We see the negative results in emotional and physical illnesses.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Proverbs 18:21 NIV).

I am learning (slowly), but it takes practice and more practice; prayer and more prayer; study and more study.

What comes out of your mouth? Blessings or curses.

Prayer:

Lord continue to work in me teaching me to say blessings and not curses. Teach me self-control. Forgive me when I fail. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Praying Revelation 22:3:

“And there shall be no more curses: but the throne of God and the Lamb shall be in it: and his servants shall serve him” (Rev. 22: 3, NIV).

I am currently reading Spiritual Warfare by Drs Piscopos.

My Gratitude List for this week – Counting to 2000

        • renewing acquaintances here in Arizona
        • getting settled quietly with no rush
        • amazing water pressure in the desert
        • clear blue skies
        • Tadeo is at the printers 

Tadeo Almost Ready

 

        • encouragement from friends
        • winning 2 books
        • reading one of the books won – Holy Nomad by Matt Litton and saying yes yes yes
        • Skypeing my daughter back in Canada
        • dinner out with friends

 

        • Colossians 1:6 – memorized “All over the world this Gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since you heard about God’s grace in all its truth”… by memory.
        • meeting new friends
        • time to get back to painting
        • a new Beth Moore study – James, Mercy Triumphs

 

        • walking at night under the stars – no bugs, no coat and no sweater
        • flowers in October in Arizona

Blooms in the Desert

 

        • friends who care about other people
        • Michael Bull Roberts
          – going to speak into the hearts of children in our schools
        • wonderful son who helped me figure out a WordPress problem

 

Jan Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

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. Jan has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive will be publishing this story and it will be available October 2012. See more about Tadeo at Jan’s Website.

LAYING ON HANDS

Laying on Hands

In Prayer

by T. L. Wiens

“Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure”  (1 Timothy 5:22 KJV).

Several local church ladies went to a convention where one of the speakers prayed over them. When the ladies got home, they felt they’d been anointed by this man with special gifts and wanted to spread this new thing. This group was forceful, demanding to lay hands on all members. One member of the church, on his deathbed, begged this group not to pray for him or come near him. They trapped another woman in a room so they could pass their anointing on to her. It wasn’t long after this event that this church moved away from Bible teaching. These women didn’t bring home an anointing from God but from a false prophet.

I’ve been reading through the Epistles and I noticed something. Sometimes Paul asks for prayer in his letters and other times, he doesn’t. I know nothing is an accident in scripture–there are reasons Paul doesn’t ask for prayer. Paul warns Timothy not to be reckless when laying on hands. This is something that needs to be done with prayer and discernment.

Prayer is a powerful tool that needs to be used properly. When you add laying on hands to the mix, it becomes even more effective if done in accordance with God’s word. Let’s not take the weapons of our warfare lightly or put them into the enemy’s hands by using them carelessly.

We would love to hear your thoughts. Please comment or connect through the page called “Want to Chat?”.

Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit T. L. Wiens for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.

ARE WE BOUND TO JESUS?

Are We Bound to Jesus?

by Mary Haskett

Recently my special friend and I discussed the turmoil in the lives of young people today, including members of our own families. She had read Liberty Savard’s book  Shattering Your Strongholds and she loaned her copy to me. I’ve lost count the number of books I’ve read on spiritual warfare, but there is always something new to be explored in God’s Word, to be savored and reflected upon.

Ms. Savard delves into many aspects of strongholds and how to pray about them. But the point she makes about binding ourselves to our Saviour, gives an in-depth revelation, at least to me, on that specific issue.

I read with a new perspective some familiar Scriptures that instruct us to have the mind of Jesus Christ. In a sense we must bind our minds to His and we have Scriptures to back up this truth:

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5 KJV).

Then in Proverbs 3:3, we are told to bind mercy and truth, to place them on our hearts and of course these are attributes of our Dear Lord. Proverbs 6:21 and Proverbs 7:3 urge us likewise.

It’s not that we boast or puff ourselves up when we realize we can have the mind of Christ, as Paul writes:

“Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” (Philippians 2:3 KJV).

And at the end of chapter 2 in 1st Corinthians Paul writes;

“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”

So it’s with humility and grateful hearts we recognize the privilege and invitation to bind our minds, our thinking  to Jesus and to be at one with Him when we pray.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I confess that sometimes when I pray my mind wanders. Help me to dispel that and fix and bind my heart to Yours.

Mary Haskett

Mary is a writer and speaker. Since becoming a Christian she has served as Director of Women’s ministries, Singles Fellowship, counseling and prayer.

She is a member of The The Word Guild. and Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship. Mary is the founder of Ready Writers, London

Her book Reverend Mother’s Daughter was a finalist in the 2008 Word Guild of Canada Awards and won an IPPY award in the states. Her second book Because We Prayed was released last year.  She has had many articles published and  has been a regular contributor to the community publication Christian Life in London. You can visit her on her website.