Prayer for Today

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January 26, 2016

Father, as I press towards the mark of the higher calling in You (Philippians 13:12 – 14) and I seek after the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33), I find my inner voices reminding me of my past failures. Failed marriages, failed businesses, failed projects and failed relationships all come flooding back to me as I work to set plans to fulfill my God given purpose.

The feelings of disappointment that each failure caused begins to sweep over me like a storm driven wave. I end up thinking, “how can the God of all possibly use me to accomplish greater?” I find my steps slowing, my optimistic outlook weaning and my spiritual esteem faltering.

Then Lord, I consider the life of David. He was an adultery, a cold-hearted murderer and less than a stellar parent, yet You Father God, gave him the title of “a man after my own heart.” (Acts  13:22 – 23) Then I know there’s hope for me!

You Father God are not a respecter of person (Acts 10:34). If You allowed David to be the beginning of the greatest dynasty in history and showed him favor despite his failures, You will do the same for me if I do everything You want me to do.

So I press towards the greatness that has been deposited in me! In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Scripture references:

Matthew 6:33

Acts 10:34 – 35

Acts 13:22 – 23

Philippians 3:12 – 14

Living Above Mediocrity

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Reputation Matters

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So Saul said to his attendants, ‘Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.”’ “One of the servants answered, ‘I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the Lord is with him.”’ Samuel 16:17 – 18

When Saul was sickened with a mental illness caused by an evil spirit that God leveled against him, he told his attendants to start looking for someone who could play the lyre (harp) that would soothe his spirit.

One of the servants spoke up and told Saul about David. The servant said, 1. David was a gifted musician. 2. David was brave. 3. David had mastered the language. 4. He know how to carry himself and 5. God was with David. David’s reputation is what got him the interview for the job. If a leader is looking for someone with your skill set, what would your reputation say about you?

Some of us get upset because we didn’t get the promotion or recognition we think we deserve but, before we get upset, we need to examine our reputation at work, at home, in our churches and in our community.

There are some questions we need to ask ourselves:  Are you known as someone who is skilled and gifted at your work? Are you willing to take on challenges and bravely do something new? What about your attitude and how you treat other people? Can people trust you to handle yourself in an appropriate manner when you’re dealing with leaders? Do you look the part? Do people know there’s something different about you because God is with you? The answer to these questions will lead you to the answer to the big question: “What type of person am I known as?”

All these pieces go into our reputation and we need to pay attention to every facet of our reputation to ensure when our opportunity for elevation comes, we don’t block our own blessing because we’ve destroyed our reputation.

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.Proverbs 22:1

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God’s Call

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Sharing God’s Word: Motivating God’s People

January 5, 2016

I Samuel 16:12b (NIV)
Then the Lord said, ‘Rise and anoint him; he is the one.”’ 

Have you ever been placed in a position that no one thought you were good enough to hold? This is the place where David found himself when Samuel told Jesse, David’s father, to call David in from the field tending the sheep so he could be considered as a candidate for the position of the next King of Israel.

Seven of Jesse’s sons were presented to Samuel and all seven were rejected by God. Samuel asked “Are these all the sons you have?” and Jesse replied no, there’s still the youngest. Samuel, had to ask Jesse to send for David and, low and behold, he was the one God had chosen.

In verse 7 the Lord tells Samuel, “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Many times in our lives we may not look the part or have the education that someone else may have but when God has chosen us to fulfill His plan, nothing else matters. God doesn’t judge us the way the world judges us. God judges are heart, which means He judges our character, our intentions and our ethics.

During our journey to greater heights in Christ in 2016, we must keep in the forefront of our minds that we are the ones that God has chosen for our particular assignments. God didn’t ask anyone else if you or I were good enough, smart enough, pretty or handsome enough for our assignments. God wrote our assignments in our DNA and on our hearts before we were born.

Decided that in 2016 you will not allow what others say or do deter you from fulfilling your God given destiny of greatness. If God called you, you’re the one!

for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.”  Romans 11:29
Living Above Mediocrity,

Anita Wamble

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F.I.T (Frequency, Intensity and Time)

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I Thessalonians 5:16 – 18 (NIV)

When I hired a personal trainer one of the first things he told me was, “I believe in F.I.T., which stands for frequency, intensity and time. If you really want to better your health and fitness you need to work out frequently, be intense in your workout and give ample time to complete the workout.”

The philosophy of F.I.T has stuck with me through the years. I found it to be true in every facet of life, including my spiritual life. If I want to save money, I have to monitor my spending frequently, by intense about self-control and make routine assessments (time) about where I am with my financial goal. The same thing is true for my spiritual life.

In the King James Version of the I Thessalonians scripture mentioned above says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing”. In this scripture the Bible sums up our F.I.T for prayer. It speaks to how often we should pray, how intense our prayers should be and how much time we should spend in prayer.

Some people think that intensity means flat out all the time. That’s not the case. Intensity means the correct amount of effort to achieve your desired results. Everyday I workout I’m not a sweaty mess. Some days I’m  lifting weights which doesn’t require as much intensity from me as floor exercises or cardio. What I am trying to achieve determines the amount of intensity I use.

Sometimes you may be praying, crying and laying prostrate on the floor. Other times, you may be praying while you’re driving, while you’re working or during an event. Your intensity will be different because your amount of effort is different.

Daniel is a wonderful example of praying continually. He prayed three times a day whether he was under attack or not. David and Paul are also good examples of F.I.T. prayer. But the best example is Jesus. When he was about to be delivered into the hands of the Roman soldiers he prayed until he cried blood. But when he prayed to raise Jairus’ daughter from the dead, the prayer wasn’t nearly as intense as the one he prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane.

So, how F.I.T. is your prayer life? Plug into the power of prayer