Praying for the Mid-east conflicts

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Psalm 1 How  blessed are those who reject the advice of the wicked, don’t stand in the way of those who practice evil, don’t sit where scoffers sit!  Instead, their delight is in Adonai’s commands.  They meditate day and night on His word, not the word of humanity.  They are like trees that are planted by streams— they bear their fruit in season, their leaves never wither, and everything they do succeeds. This is our promise and we ask it for the believers in the Mid- east at this time. Not so the wicked, who are like chaff that is driven by the wind.  For this reason the wicked won’t stand up to the judgment, nor will those who practice evil stand at the gathering of the righteous.  For Adonai watches over the way of the righteous,  whose righteousness is in Christ Jesus, but the way of the one who practices evil is doomed. And do by your Word, Lord, we stand against the actions of the practicers of evil in the Mid-east today.  We call on your Spirit to do Your Will in that place; releasing the captives, protecting the innocent and avenging the oppressed.

the pain of the innocent

the pain of the innocent

Matthew 4:4,7,10,17 and 20 “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of Adonai.”  “Do not put Adonai your God to the test.” “Worship Adonai your God, and serve only him.”  “Turn from your sins to God, for the Kingdom of God is near!” “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 5:3,4 “How blessed are the poor in spirit! for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.  How blessed are those who mourn! for they will be comforted.   Words to meditate upon.  Words to keep when rising up, going down, at home, in the way, on the hand, on the forehead, on the doorway…immersed completely in his word.  These words can be applied to the events all around us that are contrary to God’s word in prayer and His power will be released as we continue to pray.  As Aaron and Hur held up the hands of Moses and the battle was to the people of God so let us raise the plight of believers and the innocent before the throne. The battle is not only physical, but also spiritual.  Let us not be weary to pray and the victory will be the Lord’s.   If you’ve been to the cross… See you at the throne…

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God is NOT dead…

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Psalm 10

 

 Why, O LORD, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

 In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised.

 For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD.

In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”

His ways prosper at all times; your judgments are on high, out of his sight; as for all his foes, he puffs at them.

He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved; throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.”

 His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.

 He sits in ambush in the villages; in hiding places he murders the innocent. His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;

 he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket; he lurks that he may seize the poor; he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.

The helpless are crushed, sink down, and fall by his might.

 He says in his heart, “God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”

Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted.

Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?

 But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless.

 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none.

 The LORD is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land.

 O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear

 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.

 

The wicked then and now remain and are the same. The deeds are the same. The oppression and poverty remain.

 His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.

 He sits in ambush in the villages; in hiding places he murders the innocent. His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;

 he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket; he lurks that he may seize the poor; he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.

The helpless are crushed, sink down, and fall by his might.

Therefore the prayer remains and is just as effective.

The LORD is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land.

There is no God is heard throughout the land accompanied by a push to remove all evidence in our language of His existence.

In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”

Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?

The remnant of his people who believe remains. This said, let us pray with the psalmist and we will see the same results. God is NOT dead and he has not changed; nor is he hidden.

Believers, do we believe what we pray?  Our weapons are not weapons made by human hands.  Our weapons are weapons of the spirit and we are able to defend those who face the persecution perpetrated by the evil one.  We stand in the gap and fight for them with our prayers.  Raise the swords of prayer in their defense.  Pray and when we pray, believe!

Pray:   Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none.

The LORD is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land.

 O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear

 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.

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Crossing our Jordan…

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 4:1-7

 

When all the nation had finished passing over the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua,

 “Take twelve men from the people, from each tribe a man,

 and command them, saying, ‘Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests’ feet stood firmly, and bring them over with you and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.'”

 Then Joshua called the twelve men from the people of Israel, whom he had appointed, a man from each tribe.

 And Joshua said to them, “Pass on before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel,

 that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’

 then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.”

 

We, as believers, have our Jordan crossings. Those times when the hand of God and His glory is shown in our lives as we move into that place of living abundantly in our promised land. His mercies are great every morning, new every morning; as the day dawns and the joy in the morning comes. Let our praise rise before him as we recall those times he went before us and parted the waters of our circumstances, allowing us to cross over to a place of complete trust in Him.

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Peace, rest and singing…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 14:1-8

 For the LORD will have compassion on Jacob and will again choose Israel, and will set them in their own land, and sojourners will join them and will attach themselves to the house of Jacob.

  And the peoples will take them and bring them to their place, and the house of Israel will possess them in the LORD’s land as male and female slaves. They will take captive those who were their captors, and rule over those who oppressed them.

  When the LORD has given you rest from your pain and turmoil and the hard service with which you were made to serve,

  you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon:

 

“How the oppressor has ceased,

the insolent fury ceased!

  The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked,

the scepter of rulers,

 that struck the peoples in wrath

with unceasing blows,

that ruled the nations in anger

with unrelenting persecution.

 The whole earth is at rest and quiet;

they break forth into singing.

 The cypresses rejoice at you,

the cedars of Lebanon, saying,

‘Since you were laid low,

 no woodcutter comes up against us.’

There is peace, rest and singing when oppression ceases.

There is peace, rest and singing when a sin-oppressed soul is set free.

There is peace, rest and singing when Christ enters our life.

Peace, rest, and singing follow those who trust in the Lord.

“… The whole earth is at rest and quiet;

they break forth into singing….”

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One in purpose, one in love…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 2:1-5

 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

 It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it,

and many peoples shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.

  O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD.

Hope, a hope held by all, of a time when we shall make war no more.  That time comes when all nations turn to the Lord and follow his commands.  The Lord shall judge between men and between nations.  With that judgment comes peace for the disputes are settled.  There is nothing left to fight over.

When we turn to the Lord and we follow his commands, there is no room left for argument.  Disputes are settled and we become united, a unity that brings peace.  The phrase “can’t we all just get along?” becomes reality.  Christ speaks and we know this day is coming.  In Christ there can be no dissension for we have one Lord, one Savior, one God.  We become one in purpose and in love.

let us walk in the light of the LORD.

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Comfort and hope…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Psalm 119 Zayin 45-56

 Remember your word to your servant,

 in which you have made me hope.

 This is my comfort in my affliction,

 that your promise gives me life.

 The insolent utterly deride me,

 but I do not turn away from your law.

  When I think of your rules from of old,

 I take comfort, O LORD.

Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked,

 who forsake your law.

 Your statutes have been my songs

 in the house of my sojourning.

  I remember your name in the night,

 O LORD, and keep your law.

This blessing has fallen to me,

 that I have kept your precepts.

Here there is comfort and hope in God’s Word.  Here there is promise of life.  The word of God is held in high esteem.  Today that is not generally true with the exception of a few.  It may be spoken of with words that honor but it is not used; it is not lived.  It is often traded for words issuing from mankind.  Even in the church it is only given a passing glance as congregations lean on what the pulpit delivers rather than what the Word of God says.  Many believers could tell us very little about what is actually in the Word.  David demonstrates the opposite.  The word of God is life to him.  And to those of us who can say the same, it is encouraging to hear one who loves God’s principles as much as this passage declares.  We would do well to develop a hunger for God’s word.  

“The blessing has fallen to me, that I have kept your precepts.” 

Principles to live by that bring hope, comfort and blessings.  May we continue to find time to seek the face of God in his Word.   May we continue to thank Him for His Word and live by it daily.  Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Prayer is power…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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II Corinthians 1:11

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God that is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in the whole of Achaia: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.   If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer.  Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.  For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself.  Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.  He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.  You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.

Our prayers are effective.  They include praise, worship and raising the needs of others before the Lord.  Our sufferings have purpose as well.  They remind us each time that our God is able to deliver and enable us to be of comfort to others who suffer, pointing them to the one who comforts us all.  What happens to us is mere circumstance, much like the resistance in weight training that we use to exercise and build our muscular strength.  The Balm of Gilead, a salve that soothes is Christ and he is our comfort.  This can be shared with others who suffer. We receive encouragement when we encourage others. Let us spread the comfort of the sweet cream of Christ over those around us who suffer.  Let us take it for ourselves when we suffer and know its comfort.  Spread prayer over our land so it may be healed of the evil that has invaded like an insidious infection.  Spread prayer before the infection gets into the blood stream and vital organs and kills the living organism of our nation.  Spread prayer to give comfort to the oppressed, neglected and abused.  Spread prayer and know its power.  Spread prayer and see its power.

“…You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. …”

“…Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, …”