If you have a specific prayer request, please feel free to forward your
request by email. We will have a team of diligent people praying for you
and your specific need. We know that our Lord answers prayers according to
"May my prayer be set before you like incense;
may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice."
Forgiveness vs. Guilt
Guilt is one of the strongest emotions that have the tendency to plague
lives. While we know that God forgives every sin, most people find it
difficult to forgive themselves. No matter what sins are committed, the
Lord is quick to forgive. In our minds we attribute certain sins worse than
others. In God’s Word, He says that all have sinned and fall short of the
glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption
that came by Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:23, 24)
In reality, different sins result in weightier consequences. Most people find
sexual sins the most difficult to accept and forgive. However, God forgives
murder, abortion, rape, incest, fornication, adultery, and all others as long
as we ask and receive his forgiveness. We have the assurance that as far as
the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
When we sin, we must immediately admit our sin before the Lord and ask
for his forgiveness, before we become deep rooted in our rebellion and
destroyed by our own demise. We must choose to trust the Lord for our
victory and deliverance. Then all of the emotions, tragedies, and crisis we
have in our lives will surrender to the battle of the Lord.
Forgiveness is a part of our daily lives; living in the healing of his
forgiveness, knowing that we are forgiven, and healed from our
transgressions. Oppressive and condemning thoughts infiltrate our minds.
These thoughts are not from the Spirit of God. 1 Peter 5:8 tells us that our
enemy, Satan, the devil prowls around likes a roaring lion looking for
someone to devour. The enemy wants to keep us bound by guilt and our
past transgressions. Jesus has freed us from our sins and past. He assures us
that whom the Son sets free is free indeed! (John 8:36)
Our thoughts must be fixated on truth; the infallible Word of God, for
without it man cannot live. Jesus said in Matthew 4:4, “It is written: 'Man
does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth
of God.” So when oppressive and guilt ridden thoughts come, speak the
Word of God, believe the Word of God, and know that your sins are
forgiven and covered by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. You are free
Faith vs. Fear
In our lives there are specific times when our faith is put to a test. God
allows test and trials in our lives to strengthen and mature our faith in
Him. Tests feel like storms and have the ability to create emotions like
insecurity, failure, defeat, depression, anxiety, etc. The breaking waves in
storms feel almost catastrophic and chaotic and have the tendency to affect
our visibility and accuracy.
In Matthew 8:25-27, the disciples were fearful that they were going to
perish in a storm. "25And his disciples came to him, and awoke him,
saying, Lord, save us: we perish. 26And he saith unto them, Why are ye
fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the
sea; and there was a great calm. 27But the men marveled, saying, What
manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!”
In the midst of any storm, we must seek the face of God. The Lord’s vision
is perfect and guides us safely in the right direction. He has the power to
calm any raging storm within us and around us. The Lord gives a peace
that is beyond measure or comprehension. God is with us, if we put our
faith and trust in His power alone.
He gives us visibility and clarity during storms. Although we cannot see in
the spiritual realm, we know that by faith He will take care of us. God will
come through on our behalf every time. Our Lord has more power than any
storm in our lives. God is with us before the storm, during the storm, and
after the storm. What we see in the natural is not what we are promised in
the spirit. We are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus! (Romans 8:37)
James 1:2 tells us, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face
trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith
develops perseverance.” We will face trials of all sorts and we will
overcome if we put our faith and trust in Jesus.
Placing our trust and faith in anything other than the Lord our God will
result in an empty unfulfilled life. Our lives cannot operate through our
own human strength instead we need God’s provision and principals. Our
faith must out weigh our fear.
Rejection vs. Acceptance
All of us have been disappointed and rejected at some point in our lives.
Perhaps people intended to be sincere, but because of extenuating
circumstances they failed us. In our lives we deal with rejection from our
friends, our children, our spouses, our family, and many others. Rejection
leaves us feeling vulnerable and hurt. Rejection is painful.
God on the other hand, will never reject us and never forsake us. The Lord
speaks to our hearts in the midst of our rejection, disappointments and pain.
If we need answers, he has them; if we need comfort, he provides it, and if
we need peace, he is peace. Where a man’s words reject, fail and disappoint
us, God’s Word will always sustain us with his knowledge and TRUTH. He
accepts us when others reject us.
In John 8, a woman caught in adultery was brought to Jesus. She was put
on public display for rejection, ridicule and scorn. The crowd wanted to
have her stoned to death; instead Jesus showed compassion and forgiveness.
He asked that anyone that was without sin to cast the first stone. Then her
accusers could not be found. Jesus did not condone her sin, but accepted her
and told her to repent and leave her lifestyle of sin.
When others reject us, Jesus accepts us. No sin is too great, or too many that
the Lord’s forgiveness and acceptance cannot reach us. Jesus loves us and