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Unless You Repent

At church our interim pastor shared from the letter to the church at Ephesus:

“…I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place–unless you repent.
(Revelation 2:4-5)

My heart is heavy yet hopeful, knowing God will have His way with or without us. I can’t truly say what I’m feeling today is of me, because I too need God to change me tremendously, and think I could actually be feeling God’s own grief over us as a church! (I’m personally asking God to give me His heart and passion, and to continually show me my part in His purposes.)

This fall I had a vision in which I saw God touchdown on our church, and something like two shockwaves rushed out from it. One wave went out around the church itself, and the second went out through our city.

I feel God has said this is what He wants, but that this won’t be unless we humble ourselves and repent, fervently praying and seeking His face. This feels imminent!

If it doesn’t come I feel God is saying to us in even His indescribable grace and mercy:

“I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place–unless you repent.”
(Revelation 2:5)

God’s Fortress of Strength

Do you need freedom from the worries and stresses of this life? Do you need strength? It is in God alone that we find true strength and freedom from the burdens we needlessly carry. Through God we have strength, protection and freedom.

…the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.
(Nehemiah 8:10)

  • “Strength” in this verse means “a fortified place, fortress, stronghold”
  • The dictionary definition of “fortress” reveals more deeply what it means to have God as our strength and fortress:
    • “a heavily protected and impenetrable building”
    • “a person or thing not susceptible to outside influence or disturbance”

Wow! With God as our strength, we can truly embrace living as one who is “heavily protected” and “impenetrable”“a person…not susceptible to outside influence or disturbance” and instead be a person living by the Holy Spirit, who lives in us and guides us as followers of Christ.

The Lord is my Light and my Salvation–whom shall I fear or dread?
The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid?

(Psalm 27:1)

In Christ alone we are strong. During these end times, let us trust in our mighty God who will guard and protect us even when we experience fear or are burdened by life’s trials and challenges.

Prayers to Pray Daily

Below are some prayers that I try to pray daily. I thought these were worth sharing.

Pray “your armor on” via Ephesians 6. Do it every day when you wake up! I pray something similar to this:

  • Lord, [according to Ephesians 6:14-17], I put on the belt of [Your] truth and the breastplate of Your righteousness [given me through Christ.] I put on my feet the preparation of the Gospel of peace, and take up the shield of faith so that I can extinguish all fiery darts of the enemy. I put on my head the helmet of salvation, and utilize the sword of the Spirit – the Word of God itself. Jesus, in You I stand firm. Fill me with Your Spirit and let me live by Your Spirit, walking in step with You every moment.

[You don’t have to pray the parts in brackets but I wanted to include them because sometimes it helps me to speak/pray them as well—expanding on the truth of God’s Word! And of course, you can put all the prayers in your own words!]

Other prayers to pray daily:

  • God, give me a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of You and who I am in Christ. Let me know and be firmly rooted in the height, depth and width of Your love and the riches of my inheritance in You (Ephesians 1:17-18 and 3:17-18).
  • Lord, give me wisdom, understanding, knowledge, discretion and clarity, and how to use these according to Your will and purposes. Give me discernment, clear recognition of it and how to use it according to Your will. (via Proverbs)
  • God, bind my mind to the mind of Christ. Let my soul (mind, will and emotions) be governed by Your Holy Spirit, and let my body be yielded to You. Fix my heart and soul fully on Jesus at all times. (Colossians 2:5; Psalm 57:7; Psalm 45:10-11)

Something I learned more at a recent conference was to speak out God’s truth! And just worship, too, and fix your eyes on Jesus! Even more when stress/worry/doubt, etc. hits us. That’s what I’m trying to do more and it helps!

Colossians 2:5 from the Amplified Bible is worth sharing as well (plus, I need the reminder!) It expresses what it is to be fixed on Christ/steadfast in faith:

“…the firmness and the solid front and steadfastness of your faith in Christ [that leaning of the entire human personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness]”
(Colossians 2:5 Amplified)

More Prayers to Pray Daily: pdf

One more prayer worth praying for all believers is Acts 4:28-31:

…To carry out all that Your hand and Your will and purpose had predestined (predetermined) should occur. And now, Lord, observe their threats and grant to Your bond servants [full freedom] to declare Your message fearlessly, while You stretch out Your hand to cure and to perform signs and wonders through the authority and by the power of the name of Your holy Child and Servant Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place in which they were assembled was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they continued to speak the Word of God with freedom and boldness and courage.


Eat This Scroll

“Then he said to me, ‘Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.’ So I opened my mouth, and He fed me this scroll. And He said to me, ‘Son of man, feed your stomach, and fill your body with this scroll which I am giving you.’ Then I ate it, and it was sweet as honey in my mouth.”
(Ezekiel 3:1-3)

What a great picture of what we’re supposed to do with God’s Word. God recently showed me a vision of this, intensifying this message on my heart. This morning I searched for the passages in the Bible that speak of this, and already I’ve discovered deeper meaning that I did not possess before.

These verses brought great encouragement, confirmation and inspiration to me today. I pray that myself and all of you grow in hunger for God and His Word.

I pray that we do not gloss over our reading of God’s Word. Let us chew on it and devour it, letting it roll over and over in our minds throughout the day, giving us true strength and joy in living as the nutrients of God’s Word nourish every part of us! This is how meditation on the Word is defined.

The other part of this passage regards Ezekiel being told, “go, speak to the house of Israel.” Lord, let us devour Your words in such a way that we can make them known to others as You put it on our hearts to do so.

God, help me to feast on Your Word more and more. Help all of us do this for both our benefit and the benefit of others. Equip us to do so. Teach us Your truths and open our eyes to the wonderful things in Your Word (Psalm 119:18). Bring it to our minds continually throughout each day. Amen!

God’s Rest in the Here and Now

The other day I asked God for an acronym for “rest” (that is, trust and rest in Him), and this is what I felt He spoke to me:

REST = Reserve Established by the Spirit of Truth

I shared this with a friend, and he shared with me an acronym using the word “busy” – which actually describes the counterfeit of true rest in God:

BUSY = Being Under Satan’s Yoke

If we are resting in God, we’ll have a reserve of energy in every way at all times! His Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, will do just as Jesus said – Guide us into all truth and reveals to us the things and words of God (John 16:13), comfort us, counsel us, help us. He will point our eyes to Christ in all things (John 15:26).

God fills every part of us with His Spirit: “they were all filled (diffused throughout their souls) with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:4)– our “souls” mean “our minds, will and emotions,” every part of us as well as the Spirit of God living inside of us! He will remind us of who we are as believers–children of the Living God saved by grace. He will teach us continually about who God is and who we are in Christ!

We’ve no reason to worry, fret, doubt or have any concern! God carries all our burdens if we let Him and renew our minds with His truth. He–the Uncreated One who created all things–holds everything together, and takes care of it all! Let us have holy UNconcern! (I heard this at a conference this weekend.)

Some other “R-words” come to mind as well:

  • Righteousness
  • Rest/Restoration
  • Reliance (dependence on God)
  • Rooted (in Christ)
  • Right Response (because rest and trust in God are just that!)
  • Reality (of living in complete trust with God)
  • Renewal/Renewed, Refreshing/Refreshed, Revival/Revived
  • Relaxed (we can be because God has everything under control!)
  • Redemption/Redeemed
  • River (as in “Rivers of Living Water”) – John 7:38

“He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water.”
(John 7:38 Amplified)

“[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him, by having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints…”
(Ephesians 1:17-18 Amplified)

Can you think of any more “R-words” or related things to add to what has already been shared? Feel free to respond!