I Surrender All of my Dreams, Plans, and Life to You, Lord.

We serve a great big God. How often do we try to confine him into our boxes of doubt? We pray and say that we trust God with our lips; then we ponder our situation until we can’t think of any thing else but the problems that grow bigger as we feed them. The more we nurture our problems, the greater they become and the more desperate we become. Sometimes it clouds our vision until we can’t see God working to bring us through to our good. “My grace is sufficient” he said and sometimes God, who is sovereign, decides to let us keep the thorn in our flesh. . He’s still God.

“And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after; and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Luke 12:29-31).

Scripture after scripture reminds us of God’s provision and love for us, yet there are times when we still don’t comprehend that he really does love us. Are we so hardened by our circumstances that we can’t feel his love? Have we been so beaten down in the daily grind of living that we are unable to allow the warmth of his presence to wash over us and soothe our souls? It’s time to let God into our lives.

“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him” (Psalm 34:8).

“Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way because the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth” (Psalm 37:3-9).

It is true that I will get discouraged if I don’t stay in the Word and find the strength to hold up my shield of faith. The shield of faith and the breastplate of righteousness will protect me from the fiery darts that try to steal my joy, kill my dreams, and destroy my walk with God.

He promises us that if we’ll delight in him that he’ll give us the desires of our heart. If we have not fulfilled our part, why do we think that God would give us our deepest desires? It’s time to restore our commitment and to do what he commands for us to do: Rest in the Lord. I am convinced that the Lord has my life in his hands and that every step that I take is ordained by God.

“I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart” (Psalm 40:8).

“And now, Lord, what wait I for? My hope is in thee” (Psalm 39:7).

“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears (Psalms 34: 1-4).

This week’s Lattereign lets us know that it’s time to be Committed to God’s Purpose in our lives, and when we learn to do that, then there’s nothing that can stand in our way of reaching God’s full potential.

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Our Call to Prayer is Today.

“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:9-15).

If there ever was a time to pray it is now; if there ever was a place to pray, it is here; today is the day that the Lord has given to us. We can’t change yesterday, and we can’t live in our tomorrow. We only have been given today to do our best.

What will you accomplish for the Lord, today? Will you give him your wholehearted praise and worship? Will you be a cheerful giver from the abundance that he has blessed you with? Will you give him your time? When you do go before the throne of grace, will you be waiting for him with your wish list of demands?

Have you placed your order for the miracles that you want him to perform? If you have, are you willing to perform what the Lord has called you to do? If you will have faith in God you really can move mountains, but before the mountains will fall you must back up your prayer with unconditional obedience to God’s Word. If he has called you to sacrifice your time, then you must do it, before you can release the Lord’s blessing into your life.

When we live a life of obedience to God’s word, we can come before the throne boldly. In Hebrews 4:16,  “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

As we come into his presence, we can worship him with a clean heart and a renewed vision for his will and purpose for us. Never will our prayers be mere rote or memorization. They will not be a spiritual exercise, but they will take on a new dimension, one of power and purpose. When we learn to get honest with God and truly give our lives and our wills over to him, our relationship with him will grow stronger. The more we yield our self-will over to his will, the greater revelation of Jesus Christ we will experience. Without total obedience to what he has called us to do, we’ll never reach our full potential in Christ.

How can God trust us if we don’t pray? Every time the trials come into our lives, we should be thanking the Lord for trusting us; when the answer comes, we should give him all of the glory, honor, and praise due unto his precious name.

In this week’s Lattereign, we are reminded that the Lord still has everything under control. He will not leave us without hope; he is ever faithful to stand by our side or even carry us through every situation. God will renew our strength

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If You can Only Believe…

 

Since I was a little girl I always enjoyed looking up into the sky and I often wondered did it ever end. Our eyes can only see so far and we are limited in that respect, but God sees and knows that we are important to him. We matter to God enough that he sent his only begotten son Jesus Christ to die on the cross and be raised again for our salvation. I desire to understand just how much love he has for us, but I can’t even begin to fathom that depth of love, because I am limited by my own vision.

Then I think about his vision for us. Doesn’t he have greater plans for us than we could ever imagine on our own? He is waiting for us to be ready to receive his goals for our future. Are we ready to allow faith to rise up in us, instead of fear of the unknown? We can speak faith all day long, but until we really take hold of what that means, and believe it, we will miss the whole point that God can do anything! “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

Anything is possible if we believe. It’s a fact that we have learned the art of limiting God. No matter what we are faced with, we have a choice to make whether we will believe God or not. I have experienced God’s provision and healing power. I have cried out to him during some of the darkest times of my life when I felt alone only to realize that God had never left me or forsaken me. It was a choice that I had made to walk away from where I belonged. The choices we make in life have consequences, and at the same time, if you are a child of God those consequences can cause us great victories as we learn to lean on the Lord and to trust him. He is faithful to me, even when I question him, and at all times will his praise be in my mouth.

The Lord never promised that life would always be easy, but no matter what, He promises to be with us.

Today’s Lattereign, offers hope to people who may be struggling, remember: God is Still on the Throne-It is Well.

 

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It’s Time to Let the Lord Fight Your Battles.

It’s about trust. Trust in the unknown. I wish I could say that I always trust God fully in everything and that I never try to make things happen on my own behalf. It’s like a bull in a china shop, this life of trusting God. No matter how much I pray or believe when the flesh gets in the way, I fumble around and begin to doubt God and his promises.

I know that God is well able to meet every need, but Lord, I pray that you help my unbelief. Try as I might I don’t always let God control my life. I have to get in the way. I have to be in control of everything and it is impossible, I have since discovered, to let go of my control, so that makes it a challenge for the Lord to direct my steps. He is always in control and he doesn’t forget to guide me through in spite of my issues.

The Lord knows what lies ahead and we would be wise to follow his lead and stay on the right path. One misstep could open us up to attack from the enemy that if we had but trusted God and obeyed his voice, we could have been protected.

Never in my lifetime have I know the Lord to turn his back on me when I humbly sought his face. He is longsuffering of all of my imperfections, and the bottom line is I need God. Not only when times are challenging or there is trouble on the horizon, but when times are wonderful and I am living in his blessings.

I have a choice to make: to be cursed or to be blessed. Ultimately it is my decision to live for God, and to be honest, I really do desire to live in his blessing. The blessing will overtake us if we learn to listen to the voice of the Lord. It says in Deuteronomy 28:2, “And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.”

Isn’t it time to stop fighting your battles alone and allow the Lord to fight for you? I am ready to just listen to God’s word and let him take control:

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

In this week’s Lattereign, we learn to trust in the Lord and hide Under the Shadow of His Wings.

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Whatsoever Ye Shall Ask in my Name, I will do it

Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth, I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his Lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain that whatsoever ye shall ask of the father in my name he may give it you.” (John 15:14-16)

Here I am, Lord, on a journey that leads me beyond what I can see.

I’m the one who has a plan that is safe and secure, but not your will.

You lead me away from myself to a place in you where all I can do is trust. There is no logic in this path I take; by man’s standards it’s destined to fail, but you have a plan that is greater than I, although I don’t fully understand. Why would you, God, the Almighty, take away all of the treasures that I dearly hold on to, and require that I be willing to lose them? It doesn’t make sense, while the darkness enshrouds me, and the storm is raging all around me; I will trust you, God, because you promised that if I’d seek your face early, I’d find you.

I feel so lost on this journey I must take. There’s no one who can save me, but you. I try to remember to wait on you, Lord, because every time I have needed you before, you came; yet, once again, I find myself asking, “Where are you, God?” I desperately search, not knowing if the next step will cast me away into utter despair, but I keep walking deeper into the darkness, believing that you are leading me through. I can’t lose hope, so I will keep on trusting in you and have faith that you will bring the victory as a result of my obedience. I know that you have never left me, Lord, but I sometimes feel alone…. (This was written during a dark time in my life; yet, God saw me through it.)

How often have you felt lost?  It seems that just when we are ready to give up completely, God steps in to rescue us. When we feel the warmth of his presence, we can rest assured that he hasn’t abandoned us, but he is moving heaven and earth to lead us through to victory. Not all of the roadblocks that we are facing are to prevent us from having good things, in life. Those obstacles are there to channel us to the destination that the Lord desires for us. When we don’t understand, remember that God has everything under control. He is working all things for our good.

Have faith in God. Let God lead you into all truth and just allow yourself to trust him. The Lord is everything that you need.

In this week’s Lattereign, we are reminded that God’s grace is sufficient.

I Must Believe that His Grace is Sufficient

 

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Hold on to God’s Mercy and Truth

“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed” (Mark 1:35).

It is good to pray together because there is strength when two or three agree in prayer. It is good to capture fragments of time within your busy day to talk with Jesus Christ, the bible says to pray without ceasing. It is also good to come together in worship and praise, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him and bless his name” (Psalm 100:4). However, there is more to learn.

Although we have the best of intentions—to grow closer to the Lord—committing to obey the Lord in every area of our lives is one of the most challenging obstacles facing Christians today. We’re overscheduled and undernourished in the richness of fellowship with Jesus Christ. Before we were inundated with technological advances in our society, people actually carried on conversations. It was commonplace for families to gather on the back porch or outside even under the stars to talk. I remember sitting out on the porch until way after dark, and I promise we didn’t run off to our rooms in front of a video game or computer screen.

Times have changed; but, God has not changed. I’m thankful that we can gain the victory over our time in prayer. There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God, and he’ll never leave us nor forsake us. Are we hungry for his presence? It’s time to separate ourselves into a solitary place of prayer. All of our day to day dilemmas can be eradicated if we learn to use our weapon of prayer.

It’s his desire that we spend time learning to listen to his voice that will speak peace to our souls. Relationships take nurturing. If we neglect to pay attention to the most precious gifts that the Lord has given to us, we’ll miss out on some of the greatest blessings. Too often, when the glory of the Lord arises in our lives, we’re too preoccupied to embrace it and let the light of God’s love shine into our soul.

We may ask God for his anointing and for direction in the decisions that we must make; but too often, we do our own thing, and then expect the Lord to get us out of trouble when it doesn’t work. Thankfully, he is merciful and understands that we are like sheep, so he helps us to find our way back into his will and presence.

I have heard it said that our time—two hours and forty minutes of every day—belong to the Lord. This time is usually spent getting to church or studying a Sunday school lesson, or even writing the Lattereign. When I step back and see it through the Lord’s perspective, I find that I’m guilty of not spending enough quality time with Jesus. I’m BUSY being a Martha, but the Lord desires me to be a Mary, and to sit at his feet and learn of him.

In this week’s Lattereign, we are encouraged to keep holding on to God’s mercy and truth.

It Seems Like it Was Only Yesterday

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Don’t Give Up on God!

“Then will all your people be righteous and they will possess the land forever. They are the shoot I have planted, the work of my hands, for the display of my splendor. The least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. I am the Lord; in its time I will do this swiftly”NIV (Isaiah 60:21-22).

The Lord isn’t slack concerning his promises, yet at the same time, he is in no rush to fulfill a request until it is the appointed time of harvest. All of the details are carefully planned out for answered prayers, and it is up to us to abide in him, and allow those seedlings to take root where the Lord planted them so that they will produce fruit.

The Lord doesn’t deny our petitions when he delays his answer. Rather, he hears us and knows that when the perfected time arrives, we’ll be ready to receive the answer to our prayers. If he arrived any sooner, we may not give God the glory; any later, we may forget to recognize his hand at work in our situation.

Sometimes the steps towards our miracle are not at all the way we anticipated it would be, but we can trust that God has the right time and circumstance for the miracle. He knows the people that need to hear the Truth. He has set us in this place to be a witness. Before we were even born, he knew the steps that we’d need to take in order to get his will accomplished and the answer delivered, but if we really want to reap our full potential in Christ, we must learn to wait on the Lord, get established in the Word, and seek his face.

Faith opens doors in our lives, and without faith it is impossible to please God. If this is true, then many people struggle to live for God, because they don’t believe that their faith will work. Even people who do believe, buckle under the pressure of daily living, instead of bending their knee in prayer asking God to help them to endure. When life gets real, and you see no easy answers; it’s time to wait on God. It may seem that he has turned a deaf ear to your requests, but there are reasons that may not be evident to you for years to come.

Don’t give up on God! Throughout the Bible, men and women have gotten into trouble when they stepped outside of the protection and authority of the Holy Ghost, to pursue their own way.  If it seems that your prayers are never being heard, take heart, Joseph felt the same way for all of the years that he was in Egyptian bondage after being sold into slavery. He may have felt abandoned by God, but he never allowed himself the opportunity to dwell on it. He never let it rob him of his victory. He later understood that God’s plan saved a nation in famine.

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience: And patience, experience; and experience, hope:” (Romans 5:1-4).

In this week’s Lattereign we look at what it means to be  Refined through the Fire. We will all go through difficult seasons in our lives, and sometimes we may get discouraged when life happens to us. If we feel out of control, it is easy to want to give up on God, but you must not quit. You are closer to your miracle than you think. The Lord has a plan for your life, and that doesn’t mean that everything that you are going through will be easy. Still, hold on to the Lord and he will give you peace that will pass all understanding.

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The Lord Will Never Leave you Nor Forsake You.

No matter where we are in our journey in Christ it is good to know that he already has a  plan for us to prosper and be in good health. This doesn’t mean that we will never face another hardship, but it does mean that the Lord will be faithful and he will never leave us.

1O Lord, thou has searched me, and known me. 2Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 4For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. 5Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. 6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

7Whither shall I go from thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. 9If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. 11If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

12Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

13For thou has possessed my reins: thou has covered me in my mother’s womb.

14I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

15My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. 17How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! 18If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. (selected verses from Psalm 139)

Today, we celebrate the men of the church who have taken the responsibility to help lead our children to the Lord. Thank you for being faithful to the house of God, providing for your families, being a good Christian role model, and leading your household. You had the greatest example to follow in Jesus Christ. He took the time for children and he learned how to connect with young people. We are fortunate to have many men in our church who have become the models for children without fathers.   May the Lord richly bless you on this Father’s Day.   You know who you are.

In this week’s Lattereign we honor men of God who have made a difference in the lives of so many young people. Thank you for all you do. What is the Role of man?

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On The Day of Pentecost They Were all in One Accord

If we could all be in one accord, image how much we could accomplish! Today, we are celebrating the Day of Pentecost, when the Lord poured out his spirit on all flesh. It didn’t just happen, it was a result of seeking God in prayer. They were instructed to go to the Upper Room and pray until. It wasn’t revealed how long they would be in the Upper Room. Sometimes we have to be willing to trust, without knowing all of the details.

It is hard for me to step out in blind faith and just trust that God will have a plan for me. I know what it’s like to be disappointed by circumstances, so over the years I have been skeptical when someone has made promises. If it comes to pass, great, and I’ll praise the Lord, but if for some reason it doesn’t, I have learned to control my emotions so that I don’t feel the sting of broken promises.

Maybe that is a good thing, and maybe it isn’t, nevertheless, that is how I survive. God is good all of the time, when I have plenty and when I don’t. No matter where I find myself in the journey of life, I have learned to believe God. He is my provider, my healer, my comforter, my banner, and everything else that I need in this life. I am thankful that he saved me, and he has promised me that there is nothing that can separate us from his love, so I have nothing to fear.

The disciples were in the Upper Room to pray and wait for the promise, and when that promise wasn’t delivered immediately, they kept praying and believing until the Lord poured out his Spirit. It was a glorious time; one that started the New Testament church, but it never would have happened if they had not waited for it.

Today, we are a fast-food church expecting miracles in the instant that we pray the prayer, but how does God know that we are willing to trust him? If he gave us exactly what we wanted, when we wanted, without our investment, would we still live for him? If it doesn’t cost you, what is it worth?

In this week’s, Lattereign, we look at how Naboth was willing to face adversity to keep his inheritance. Are you willing to humble yourself

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Waiting on the Promises of God

When will I realize that the Lord does care what happens to me? Nothing that I can say or do will ever change that, yet I find myself doubting God’s promises are also meant for me, at times. I’m nothing special and certainly there are hundreds of other people who deserve the Lord’s favor more than I ever could. You see, I make mistakes; I fail God sometimes. While my heart is in the right place, I forget to remember that God is faithful to me and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.

My prayers may go unanswered because, in the first place, I only wished for something to happen, and I didn’t actually pray about it. If we want to get our prayers answered we must first be willing to pray. Too often we are too distracted to invest the time in prayer. After all, prayer requires commitment and time. It doesn’t always fit nicely into our schedule; in fact, we have to make the time to pray because there will never be enough time in our schedule to do it. It’s inconvenient, but if we desire to hear from God it is necessary to learn to listen. He speaks to us in so many different situations, but it is challenging for us to hear above the clamor of this world’s noise.

May I always remember to pray when my world may be falling apart. Even if my world is not falling apart, prayer will sustain me throughout my day. I definitely do not want to act outside of God’s will for my life, for I know the consequences of trying to walk without the Lord’s direction could be devastating.

Honestly, I want the Lord to fight my battles. I get so weary standing against the evil one alone, and it is so wonderful to just hand my problems over to the Lord so that he can direct my steps. Not being in tune with the Lord leaves a person lost and alone. If you feel that you are in this situation today, the Lord is only one prayer away from us at any time.

Instead of wondering whether God will answer your prayers, try trusting and believing as if it has already come to pass. Wait on the Lord. In this week’s Lattereign, we find that we gain Strength in Quietness and Confidence.

 

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