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“While I Waited” – ANNA

Who is that lady? She is always here. What is her name? Did you say Anna?  The story begins…there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of  Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old;  she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four.  She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.  Coming up to  that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

Anna’s marriage lasted only seven years and sorrow visited her home,  Anna’s husband died.  All of  her dreams of a family and children were suddenly gone.  Her friends constantly tried to get her to date after her mourning period was over. But something was happening on the inside of Anna and she could not explain it.  They did everything to get her to leave the temple but she refused.  She herself did not quite understand it all. But she was yielding daily to this tug at her heart.  Her husbands brothers were offended because the custom was that they would marry the widow and there by continuing the heritage of the brother.  But Anna was refusing to marry again.  The Lord would become her husband and provider.  She felt that God had given her his best and she would go on with just those memories of him and their last dance.  She gave her self to the Lord as his bondservant and continued to serve him in fasting, prayer and worship night and day.  It seemed almost seamless as she entered into this covenant  as an intercessor.  In the house of God, they called her a prophetess.  She was well-trained in the things of God and she could preach she had such understanding and insight into the things of God Her father Phanuel had noted it many times when she was growing up but hid the observation in his heart, because after all she was a girl.  The other children would be playing she would be lingering by him as he studied the Torah, asking many questions, beyond her years.  It was as though she understood the most profound things the Elders discussed.

Anna, remembered the words Jacob had spoken over her family and she cherished them. Asher’s food will be rich; he will provide delicacies fit for a king”. Anna, continued to dine on the richness of God’s table for many years after her husband passed.  She had found refuge in his house of prayer and she gave herself to the ministry of the house in fasting, prayer and worship.  Her vow as a Nazarite  would be fully honored. He captivated her heart and it became all or nothing for her.  There would be no compromise for her she was totally his to intercede on the behalf of the salvation of Israel. He (the Lord) needed a Gap Closer as some would say an intercessor who would not turn back from this call but would see it to the end.  It would a life time commitment in the ministry of intercession.

Anna, would seek his face daily the one she had fallen so deeply in love with.  She would sit for hours at his feet discovering the deepest communion with her Lord through prayer and fasting.  Others were jealous, but they were not willing to spend the time.  He taught her so many things during those times of prayer. He would share his intimate secrets with her at the altar and she would hide them deep into her heart until they would be fulfilled.  He shared many secrets with her, even the coming of his eternal son.  And the very day Mary and Joseph came to dedicate him she would be there on her watch in the temple to see what her eyes had so longed to glaze upon, “The Son of God.”   It would be a day she would remember that her waiting had not been in vain.  That day he had turned all  of her earthly sorrow into unspeakable joy, because she waited.

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PRAYER! Just Do It!

Prayer what an awesome opportunity! But we must not forget that we desperately need the power of the Holy Spirit to pray effectively. He alone empowers us to wait as the disciples waited in the upper room so long ago. We need his power more than ever, we have gone in our strength far to long. With no results and only minor changes.

We must learn how to wait and pray effectively for our families, our pastors and our leaders (presidents, governors etc.,) and all that are in authority. We have a promise from the Lord that if we pray, we will lead a peaceable life.

Imagine what would happen if the church was open 24/7 for prayer. Imagine what would happen, if women all across the globe would begin to “call upon the name of the Lord” for their children, neighbors and nation. Imagine what would happen if wives would begin to cry out for their husbands? Imagine what would happen if men, became “GAP CLOSERS”? Can God start with you? Can he depend on you to stand int the gap and take up the hedge? Can he depend on you to pray until something happens? (PUSH) The emphasis is on women and girls and I believe God is up to something. Are you available to watch and pray? Hannah was available and she received Samuel, Anna was available and she spent her life in the temple fasting and praying. What about you? Are you to busy to stand in the GAP?

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The ABC’s OF PRAYER

ADORE him.

Bow down and worship him at his throne.

Cast your cares upon him for he cares for you.

Delight yourself in him and he will give you the desires of your heart.

EVERLASTING arms protect us.

FEAR him.

GLORIFY him.

Honor him.

INCLINE your ears toward him.

JUSTIFIED before our Lord.

KEEP his commandments.

LOVE the Lord your God with all your heart mind and soul.

MAKE a joyful noise unto the Lord.

NOW is the time for salvation.

OPEN your mouth wide and he will fill it.

PRAISE him with your whole heart.

QUIETNESS will be your strength.

REST in his presence.

SING unto the LORD a new song.

TRUST in Him at ALL times.

UNDER the shadow of his wings we will hide.

VICTORY is ours when we pray.

WORSHIP him.

YIELD to him.

ZEAL of the Lord.

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TAKING THE LIMITS OFF GOD Part 1 THE POWER OF YOUR THOUGHTS

The subject of our morning prayer taking the limits off of GOD!

Write On The Farm by Mark Akin

Ps 78:40,41 “How often did they provoke Him in the wilderness, and grieve Him in the desert! Yes, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.”

Have you ever thought of God having any limitations?  People say, “Well, He’s God, He can do anything.” There are some things that God can’t do: 1- lie, 2- fail, 3- stop loving, 4- change, 5- be tempted. There are some things that He will not do: 1- over-ride someone’s will, 2- force someone to do His will, 3- turn someone away that comes to Him in faith, 4- leave us or forsake us.

God has some self-imposed limitations upon Himself. Such as not moving beyond the sovereignty of His Word, but as far as God goes, He has no inabilities, no restrictions; He is limitless, but we have the power to limit Him. How can we limit…

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Intercession

This is from the blog Kirjath Sepher: From: Sophereth at Kirjath Sepher To: the intercessors . Intercession is not prayer. . Yeshua was NOT praying a habitual, rote, vainly repetitious, charismatic, self oriented, christian prayer as He hung there on the cross. i.e. Now Father, I thank you in the name of Jesus that you […]

via Intercession Is Not Prayer — The Road

Intercession

The Road

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Old Testament Intercession:

Judges 14: 5-6: “Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath, and came to the vineyards of Timnath: and, behold, a young lion roared against him. And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand: but he told not his father or his mother what he had done.”

I Samuel 25: 7: “And now I have heard that thou hast shearers: now thy shepherds which were with us, we hurt them not, neither was there ought missing unto them, all the while they were in Carmel.”

I Samuel 25: 15-16: “But the men were very good unto us, and we were not hurt, neither missed we any thing, as long as we were conversant with them, when we were in the fields. They were…

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Some Great Quotes

The Road

oswaldchambers Oswald Chambers, 1874-1917

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“Be reckless immediately, fling it all out on Him. You do not know when His voice will come, but whenever the realization of God comes in the faintest way imaginable, recklessly abandon. It is only by abandon that you recognize Him. You will only realize His voice more clearly by recklessness.”

–Oswald Chambers

“I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for the day.”

–Abraham Lincoln

“I shall not live ’till I see God; and when I have seen him, I shall never die.”

–John Donne

“The most important thought I ever had was that of my individual responsibility to God.”

–Daniel Webster

“The tests of life are to make, not break us. Trouble may demolish a man’s business but build his character…

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Abraham Planted Tamarisk Trees

I love gardening and reading this reminds me of how God’s choice of a garden to communicate with us is still vital. Lessons from my garden brings me such great delight.

God as a Gardener

Tamarisk (2)Abraham  planted tamarisk trees Beersheba. Read Genesis 21:22-34.

In about 2091 B.C., God directed Abraham to leave Haran and travel to Canaan. God told Abraham that in Canaan, the Promised Land, He would make Abraham the father of a great nation (Genesis chapters 12 – 17). When Abraham left Haran he was about 75 years old. He traveled with his wife Sarah and his nephew Lot.  After entering Canaan, Abraham pitched his tents between Bethel (on the west) and Ai (on the east).  With the exception of a brief time in Egypt, Abraham lived in this region for the next 14 – 15 years.

When Abraham was 99 years old, he had a visit from three angels (Genesis chapter 18). The angels announced that Sarah would give birth to Abraham’s son and that they planned to destroy Sodom for the depraved sinfulness of its people. Shortly after Sodom’s destruction, Abraham…

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100 Quotes

http://www.thetravelingteam.org/articles/100-world-christian-quotes The Traveling Team

“Must you go to China? How much nicer it would be to stay here and serve the Lord at home!” She made it plain at last that she would not go to China.” -J. Hudson Taylor’s new ex-girlfriend

“You can do something other than working with God in His purpose, but it will always be something lesser, and you couldn’t come up with something better.” -Steve Hawthorne

“I have seen, at different times, the smoke of a thousand villages – villages whose people are without Christ, without God, and without hope in the world.” -Robert Moffat

“The command has been to “go,” but we have stayed – in body, gifts, prayer and influence. He has asked us to be witnesses unto the uttermost parts of the earth… but 99% of Christians have kept puttering around in the homeland.” -Robert Savage

“While vast continents are shrouded in darkness… the burden of proof lies upon you to show that the circumstances in which God has placed you were meant by God to keep you out of the foreign mission field.” -Ion Keith-Falconer

“I wasn’t God’s first choice for what I’ve done for China… I don’t know who it was… It must have been a man… a well-educated man. I don’t know what happened. Perhaps he died. Perhaps he wasn’t willing… and God looked down… and saw Gladys Aylward… And God said – “Well, she’s willing.” -Gladys Aylward

“Brother, if you would enter that Province, you must go forward on your knees.” -J. Hudson Taylor

“The man… looking at him with a smile that only half concealed his contempt, inquired, “Now Mr. Morrison do you really expect that you will make an impression on the idolatry of the Chinese Empire?” “No sir,” said Morrison, “but I expect that God will.” -Robert Morrison

“Here am I. Send me.” -Isaiah

“And people who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives… and when the bubble has burst they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.” -Nate Saint

“Jehovah Witnesses don’t believe in hell and neither do most Christians” -Leonard Ravenhill

“Had I cared for the comments of people, I should never have been a missionary.” -C.T. Studd

“Young man, sit down: when God pleases to convert the heathen, He will do it without your aid or mine.” -said to a young William Carey

“Oh, that I had a thousand lives, and a thousand bodies! All of them should be devoted to no other employment but to preach Christ to these degraded, despised, yet beloved mortals.” -Robert Moffat

“We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.” -John Stott

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” -Jim Elliot

“A tiny group of believers who have the gospel keep mumbling it over and over to themselves. Meanwhile, millions who have never heard it once fall into the flames of eternal hell without ever hearing the salvation story.” -K.P. Yohannan

“I have but one passion – it is He, it is He alone. The world is the field and the field is the world; and henceforth that country shall be my home where I can be most used in winning souls for Christ.” -Count Zinzindorf

“God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supplies.” -J. Hudson Taylor

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” -John the Baptist

“If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.” -C.T. Studd

“The greatest missionary is the Bible in the mother tongue. It needs no furlough and is never considered a foreigner.” -William Cameron Townsend

“Prepare for the worst, expect the best, and take what comes.” -Robert E. Speer

“The saddest thing one meets is a nominal Christian. I had not seen it in Japan where missions is younger. The church here is a “field full of wheat and tares.” -Amy Carmichael

“I used to think that prayer should have the first place and teaching the second. I now feel it would be truer to give prayer the first, second and third places and teaching the fourth.” -James O. Fraser

“It is just as proper, maybe even more so, to say Christ’s global cause has a Church as to say Christ’s Church has a global cause.” -David Bryant

“If you are sick, fast and pray; if the language is hard to learn, fast and pray; if the people will not hear you, fast and pray, if you have nothing to eat, fast and pray.” -Frederick Franson

“What are we here for, to have a good time with Christians or to save sinners?” -Malla Moe

“I tell you, brethren, if mercies and if judgments do not convert you, God has no other arrows in His quiver.” -Robert Murray Mc’Cheyne

“It’s amazing what can be accomplished if you don’t worry about who gets the credit.” -Clarence W. Jones

“Two distinguishing marks of the early church were: 1) Poverty 2) Power.” -T.J. Bach

“Do not think me mad. It is not to make money that I believe a Christian should live. The noblest thing a man can do is, just humbly to receive, and then go amongst others and give.” -David Livingstone

“From my many years’ experience I can unhesitatingly say that the cross bears those who bear the cross.” -Sadhu Sundar Singh

“I pray that no missionary will ever be as lonely as I have been.” -Lottie Moon

“All my friends are but one, but He is all sufficient.” -William Carey

“How little chance the Holy Ghost has nowadays. The churches and missionary societies have so bound him in red tape that they practically ask Him to sit in a corner while they do the work themselves.” -C.T. Studd

“I have always believed that the Good Samaritan went across the road to the wounded man just because he wanted to.” -Wilfred Thomason Grenfell

“The more obstacles you have, the more opportunities there are for God to do something.” -Clarence W. Jones

“Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.” -William Carey

“God’s part is to put forth power; our part is to put forth faith.” -Andrew A. Bonar

“All the resources of the Godhead are at our disposal!” -Jonathan Goforth

“I feel now, that Arabia could easily be evangelized within the next thirty years if it were not for the wicked selfishness of Christians.” -Samuel Zwemer

“The Indian is making an amazing discovery, namely that Christianity and Jesus are not the same – that they may have Jesus without the system that has been built up around Him in the West.” -E. Stanley Jones

“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” -Jesus

“All roads lead to the judgment seat of Christ.” -Keith Green

“Obedience to the call of Christ nearly always costs everything to two people- the one who is called, and the one who loves that one.” -Oswald Chambers

“Christians don’t tell lies they just go to church and sing them” -A.W. Tozer

“I have said that there is nothing in the world or the Church, except it’s disobedience, to render the evangelization of the world in this generation an impossibility.” -Robert Speer

“I will lay my bones by the Ganges that India might know there is one who cares.” -Alexander Duff

“Today Christians spend more money on dog food then missions” -Leonard Ravenhill

“It will not do to say that you have no special call to go to China. With these facts before you and with the command of the Lord Jesus to go and preach the gospel to every creature, you need rather to ascertain whether you have a special call to stay at home.” -J. Hudson Taylor

“We talk of the second coming, half the world has never heard of the first.” -Oswald J. Smith

“God cannot lead you on the basis of facts that you do not know.” -David Bryant

“And thus I aspire to preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named so that I would not build on another man’s foundation.” -Paul

“Why do we insist on building the largest and most impressive structures in our city when people on the other side of town are hungry, jobless and worshipping in storefronts?” -K.P. Yohannan

“If every Christian is already considered a missionary, then all can stay put where they are, and nobody needs to get up and go anywhere to preach the gospel. But if our only concern is to witness where we are, how will people in unevangelized areas ever hear the gospel? The present uneven distribution of Christians and opportunities to hear the gospel of Christ will continue on unchanged.” -C. Gordon Olson

“I spent twenty years of my life trying to recruit people out of local churches and into missions structures so that they could be involved in fulfilling God’s global mission. Now I have another idea. Let’s take God’s global mission and put it right in the middle of the local church!” -George Miley

“God provides the men and women needed for each generation.” -Mildred Cable

“Oh dear, I couldn’t say that my church is alive and I wouldn’t want to call it dead. I guess it’s just walking in its sleep!” -Church member

“When he landed in 1848 there were no Christians here; when he left in 1872 there were no heathen.” -said of John Geddie

“I am ready to burn out for God. I am ready to endure any hardship, if by any means I might save some. The longing of my heart is to make known my glorious Redeemer to those who have never heard.” -William Burns

“At the moment I put the bread and wine into those dark hands, once stained with the blood of cannibalism, now stretched out to receive and partake the emblems and seals of the Redeemer’s love, I had a foretaste of the joy of glory that well nigh broke my heart to pieces. I shall never taste a deeper bliss, till I gaze on the glorified face of Jesus himself.” -John G. Paton

“Save others, snatching them out of the fire.” -Jude

“The evangelization of the world in this generation.” -Student Volunteer Movement Motto

“Other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring.” -Jesus

“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” -John Piper

“His authority on earth allows us to dare to go to all the nations. His authority in heaven gives us our only hope of success. And His presence with us leaves us no other choice.” -John Stott

“Today five out of six non-Christians in our world have no hope unless missionaries come to them and plant the church among them.” -David Bryant

“Tell the students to give up their small ambitions and come eastward to preach the gospel of Christ.” -Francis Xavier

“Christ for the students of the world, and the students of the world for Christ.” -Luther Wishard

“We who have Christ’s eternal life need to throw away our own lives.” -George Verwer

“Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell, I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of Hell.” -C.T. Studd

“When I get to China, I will have no claim on any one for anything. My claim will be alone in God and I must learn before I leave England to move men through God by prayer alone.” -J. Hudson Taylor

You Know You’re on an International Flight when…

Diary from the Desert


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Below are some random observations I have made on flights to and from West Africa.  Do you have any to add?

You take a bus to the plane.

The bus ride is 30 seconds long.

A man gets up to give a woman his seat on the bus.

A young man gets up to give an old man his seat on the bus.

The vast majority of people on the bus don’t speak your language and are holding various colored passports.

You understand what some of the people are saying because you speak their language.
You are the foreigner.

The bus takes you to the waiting plane on the tarmac where you carry your carry-on up a huge flight of stairs while wishing you had packed lighter.

The safety demonstration on the plane is done in 2 languages.

The safety demonstration suggests loosening your tie and removing your high-heeled shoes…

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Crutch

CRUTCH
A crutch is something you lean on when you’re hurt or weak. It can be a physical crutch you use because you broke your leg or a friend you depend on a bit too much when you’re having a tough time.
A medical crutch is a device that helps you walk when you’re injured. A psychological crutch helps you when you need it, or think you do. Medical crutches come in pairs and have soft pads that fit under your arms and handles to help you rest your body weight on them. Other types of crutches fit securely around the lower part of your arm. The Old English root word is cycle, “staff,” and the figurative meaning dates from about 1600.

What is your crutch? Is prayer your crutch or have you made man your crutch?

Let’s look at some verses where the Psalmist made God his crutch/source to lean in and upon when he felt helpless to walk alone. Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. Psalm 37:17 For the arms of the wicked will be broken, But the LORD sustains the righteous. Psalm 37:24 When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, Because the LORD is the One who holds his hand. Psalm 37:40 The LORD helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, Because they take refuge in Him. Psalm 41:12 As for me, You uphold me in my integrity, And You set me in Your presence forever. Psalm 118:7 The LORD is for me among those who help me; Therefore I will look with satisfaction on those who hate me. Psalm 119:116 Sustain me according to Your word, that I may live; And do not let me be ashamed of my hope. Psalm 145:14 The LORD sustains all who fall And raises up all who are bowed down. Make God The Father your helper and ask him to sustain you daily in all your untakings. Rely upon his word.

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