Be still…

“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

This is my favorite verse. It’s short, easy to remember, and so, so important to do. In our busy, complex, earthly lives, it’s hard to be still. One thing my husband would say to me when I would get worked up over something was, “Be still.” Being a New Yorker, my first instinct was to say, “Don’t tell me what to do!” But his calm and quiet voice stilled me and soothed me. I listened and obeyed.

Much the same it is with God. We mere mortals get so worked up over so many things. Sometimes they’re important things, sometimes they’re not. Sometimes we need to get worked up and take a stand, sometimes we need to sit down and let it go.

There was one Christmas time, quite a few years ago, when I worked at the cancer center, that I heard God’s voice say to me, “I want you to go upstairs and anoint the little girl who is dying.” This “little girl” was 21 years of age, had cancer, and had kept it from her family for a long time. When her mother finally found out, it was too late and her beautiful daughter was dying. The mother was so angry, not at her daughter, but at cancer, at the circumstances, and the fact that her beautiful child would not go on to finish her life. I knew the Lord’s voice and told Him, of course, I would but that I had forgotten my anointing oil at home that day. As this was also the season of Hanukkah, God said, “I will provide.” As I usually do, I argued with God (not a good idea ~ you won’t win) and He said, “I provided oil for 8 nights, I can provide oil for you!”

I knew God could provide oil but I didn’t listen. I called the chapel, I called the kitchen, I called the front desk. There was no anointing oil to be found. I quickly ran out to the store and bought some anointing oil, telling God, “I’ll be right back! I promise!” I went back to the patient’s room where the door was mostly closed and the room was dark. I could see her mother sitting in the corner of the room and I thought that, surely, she would not appreciate a disruption. I had to obey God. So I slowly opened the door and walked towards the little girl’s bed. She looked so beautiful. I asked her if she knew who I was and she answered me, “Yes, ma’am.” I asked her if I could anoint her and again she said, “Yes, ma’am.” Her mother, then, rose out of her seat and started walking toward me. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. She looked at me and quietly said, “Do you have oil? I have some if you need it.”

Oh, boy! Did I feel like a fool! God told me and I heard him but I didn’t listen. I couldn’t be still and KNOW that he was God. He tested my faith and I failed miserably!

Friends, we need to take time to be still and hear what God is saying. He may be saying, “I love you, my child.” or He may have a job for us to do. But we need to listen to Him, too. We need to listen and obey. We need to trust no matter how impossible it seems. He is GOD.

Spiritual Warfare

Today, I tried to post a spiritual warfare prayer for a friend on another social media site and it was deleted as soon as I clicked “post”~ twice. A PRAYER AGAINST THE ENEMY. People if we can’t come together against the enemy on other social media sites, we need to come together
Victor Matthews

(This is a most powerful prayer.  I would encourage you to print it out and pray through it often.)

Heavenly Father, I bow in worship and praise before you.  I cover myself with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ as my protection.  I surrender myself completely and unreservedly in every area of my life to You.  I take a stand against all the workings of Satan that would hinder me in my prayer life.  I address myself only to the True and Living God and refuse any involvement of Satan in my prayer.

Satan, I command you, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to leave my presence with all your demons
I bring the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ between us.
Heavenly Father, I worship You and give You praise.  I recognize that You are worthy to receive all glory and honor and praise.  I renew my allegiance to You and pray that the blessed Holy Spirit would enable me in this time of prayer.  I am thankful, Heavenly Father, that You have loved me from past eternity and that You sent the Lord Jesus Christ into the world to die as my substitute.  I am thankful that the Lord Jesus Christ came as my representative and that through Him You have completely forgiven me; You have adopted me into your family; You have assumed all responsibility for me; You have given me eternal life; You have given me the perfect righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ so I am now justified.  I am thankful that in Him, you have made me complete, and that You have offered Yourself to me to be my daily help and strength.

Heavenly Father, open my eyes that I might see how great You are and how complete Your provision is for this day.  I am thankful that the victory the Lord Jesus Christ won for me on the Cross and in His resurrection has been given to me and that I am seated with the Lord Jesus Christ in the heavenlies.  I take my place with Him in the heavenlies and recognize by faith that all wicked spirits and Satan himself are under my feet.  I declare, therefore, that Satan and his wicked spirits are subject to me in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I am thankful for the Armor You have provided.  I put on the Girdle of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Sandals of Peace and the Helmet of Salvation.  I lift up the Shield of Faith against all the fiery darts of the enemy; and I take in my hand the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.  I choose to use Your Word against all the forces of evil in my life.  I put on this Armor and live and pray in complete dependence upon You, blessed Holy Spirit.

I am grateful, Heavenly Father, that the Lord Jesus Christ spoiled all principalities and powers and made a show of them openly and triumphed over them in Himself.  I claim all that victory for my life today.  I reject all the insinuations, and accusations, and the temptations of Satan.  I affirm that the Word of God is true and I choose to live today in the light of God’s Word.  I choose, Heavenly Father, to live in obedience to You and in fellowship with Yourself.  Open my eyes and show me the areas of my life that do not please You.  Work in me to cleanse me from all ground that would give Satan a foothold against me.  I do in every way stand into all that it means to be Your adopted child and I welcome all the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

By faith and in dependence upon You, I put off the fleshly works of the old man and stand into all the victory of the crucifixion where the Lord Jesus Christ provided cleansing from the old nature.  I put on the new man and stand into all the victory of the resurrection and the provision He has made for me to live above sin.

Therefore, today I put off all forms of selfishness and put on the new nature with its love.  I put off all forms of fear and put on the new nature with its courage.  I put off all forms of weakness and put on the new nature with its strength.  I put off all forms of lust and put on the new nature with its righteousness, purity, and honesty.  I am trusting You to show me how to make this practical in my daily life.

In every way I stand into the victory of the ascension and glorification of the Lord Jesus Christ, whereby all the principalities and powers were made subject to Him.  I claim my place in Christ as victorious with Him over all the enemies of my soul.  Blessed Holy Spirit, I pray that You would fill me.  Come into my life, break down every idol and cast out every foe.

I am thankful, Heavenly Father, for the expression of Your will for my daily life as You have shown me in Your Word.
I, therefore, claim all the will of God for today.  I am thankful that You have blessed me with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.  I am thankful that You have begotten me unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  I am thankful that You have made a provision so that today I can live filled with the Spirit of God with love and joy and peace, with long-suffering, gentleness and goodness, with meekness, faithfulness and self-control in my life.  I recognize that this is Your will for me and I therefore reject and resist all the endeavors of Satan and his wicked spirits to rob me of the will of god.  I refuse in this day to believe my feelings and I hold up the Shield of Faith against all the accusations and distortion and insinuations that Satan would put into my mind.  I claim the fullness of the will of God for my life today.

In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I completely surrender myself to You, Heavenly Father, as a living sacrifice.  I choose not to be conformed to this world.  I choose to be transformed by the renewing of my mind, and I pray that You would show me Your will and enable me to walk in all the fullness of Your will today.

I am thankful, Heavenly Father, that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, to the casting down of imagination and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge God, and to bring every thought into obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, in my own life today I tear down the strongholds of Satan and smash the plans of Satan that have been formed against me.  I tear down the strongholds of Satan against my mind, and I surrender my mind to You, blessed Holy Spirit.  I affirm, Heavenly Father, that You have not given me the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.  I break and smash the strongholds of Satan formed against my emotions today and I give my emotions to you.  I smash the strongholds of Satan formed against my will today, I give my will to You and choose to make the right decisions of faith.  I smash the strongholds of Satan formed against my body today, I give my body to You recognizing that I am your temple.  I rejoice in Your mercy and goodness.

Heavenly Father, I pray that now and through this day You would strengthen and enlighten me.  Show me the way Satan is hindering and tempting and lying and distorting the truth in my life.  Enable me to be the kind of person that would please You.  Enable me to be aggressive in prayer and faith.  Enable me to be aggressive mentally, to think about and practice Your Word, and to give You Your rightful place in my life.

Again, I cover myself with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and pray that You, blessed Holy Spirit, would bring all the work  of the crucifixion, all the work of the resurrection, all the work of the glorification, and all the work of Pentecost into my life today.  I surrender myself to You.  I refuse to be discouraged.  You are the God of all hope.  You have proven Your power by resurrecting Jesus Christ from the dead, and I claim in every way this victory over all the satanic forces in my life.  I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ with thanksgiving. Amen.

Used with the permission of Victor Matthews

Are we without sin?

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
I came across a person today that claimed that Mary, mother of Jesus, was given Grace by God so that she chose not to sin for the rest of her life. He claimed she remained a virgin and never died, but ascended into heaven just as Jesus did. He stated it was perfectly ok to pray to Mary to intercede for us, to talk to Jesus for us. The “proof” of that was Jesus first miracle at the wedding when Mary asked Jesus for more wine. Apparently, some people interpret that as an intercession.
This person went on to say that all people have the ability to be sinless; that people can choose not to sin. The reference he used for this argument was when Jesus told the woman to “go and sin no more.”

I believe ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) We live in a fallen world and have been cursed by Adam’s sin. Genesis 3 gives us the account of God’s punishment for sin.

17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

“Cursed is the ground because of you;
    through painful toil you will eat food from it
    all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
    and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
    you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
    since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
    and to dust you will return.”

20 Adam[c] named his wife Eve,[d] because she would become the mother of all the living.

21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.

We are cursed to work hard and eat from the ground. God even made clothes from animal skin to cover Adam and Eve in their nakedness. This shame was part of the consequence of sin. We are surrounded by sin and, though we choose not to commit sin, we still live in sin. Sometimes we don’t realize we are sinning.

I used to walk in to church late, take the bulletin, sit down and read it, all while church was going on. Reading the bulletin, in and of itself, is not a sin. For me to read it during the service was a distraction to me and those around me. It was taking away from worshiping God. It was a sin.

When Jesus told the woman to “go and sin no more,” (John 8:11) he was referring to the sin of adultery that he had just forgiven her for. We are not to continue in our sin once we have repented however, we still live in a sinful world.

I was overwhelmed by this person’s beliefs. I have never heard of this before! I’m wondering what you all think. Leave your comments about sin. Are we sinful or can we live a sinless life?

Living in Bible Times

2 Timothy 3:1-9

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected.But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men,their folly will be clear to everyone.

Most of us know we are living in the last days before the rapture when we meet Jesus in the air to go home to Heaven. But did you ever think about how we are living Revelation? Reading the book of Revelation is like reading today’s newspaper. The descriptions are a little cryptic because when the visions were seen and they were written, there weren’t words for what they saw. I often thought it would be so cool to be living in Bible times and witness all those miracles! You know what? We are ~ and we do!

A lot of people see miraculous things as accidents or mistakes; even when they’ve been praying for a miracle and their prayer has been answered. Many times we don’t see God’s miracles for what they truly are.

Many years ago, I received a phone call at 3:00 am. My daughter was in the emergency room at the local hospital and needed me to come pick up my grandson. When I arrived, the doctors said she had an ectopic pregnancy, a non-viable pregnancy in the fallopian tube, that could rupture. The doctor said her tube had ruptured, she was bleeding into her abdomen, and they’d have to remove her tube and ovary. She may never be able to have children again. To make matters worse, my daughter had a blood disease, called Von Willebrand Disease, that made it extremely difficult for her blood to clot. There was a risk that the bleeding may not be controllable and she could bleed to death. She needed immediate surgery.

I started a prayer chain. I notified relatives and friends from church and they, in turn, called their friends and church members until prayers were being said all over the country. We watched in the waiting room as another family’s surgeon came out and told them their loved one had cancer. There was no privacy for them. There was no respect for them to hear a difficult diagnosis. So when my daughter’s surgeon came out and brought her husband and me to a small room and closed the door, I feared the worst. The surgeon didn’t speak, he reached in his lab coat pocket and pulled out an 8×10 picture of my daughter’s insides. Miraculously, they were intact! What they saw on the scan earlier just wasn’t there! They made a tiny incision in the fallopian tube, removed the non-viable pregnancy, and stitched her back up! There was no rupture, no bleeding, no need for removal of her tube and ovary.

People said the doctors had misread the scans but I reminded them that these doctors were all professionals who knew what they were seeing, they all agreed on what they were seeing, and they all agreed on the necessary surgery. The Lord had heard our prayers and miraculously healed my daughter just as if he had laid his hand on her himself. I didn’t allow people to blame it on a doctor’s mistake. It was a miracle of God! She went on to have 4 more babies!!

If you’ve had a miracle of God that you’d like to share, please do. I have many and will share more later. Some are big, some are small. But a miracle is a miracle. I’m looking forward to it!

New Beginnings

I am starting to feel like a business person. I’ve spent a lot of time working at learning about websites, constructing, how they work. Today I had my first business meeting. I was so excited. I set everything up in advance and had paper and pen handy, just in case. Most importantly, I talked to God about it. I want to keep my heart in the right place. I listened to Selah’s “I Surrender All” and “I’d Rather Have Jesus.”

Of course, Steve was right there with me, encouraging me and helping me when I needed it. I welcome visitors to leave their thoughts and comments here. Your comments are safe. I won’t put you in blog jail.

I will continue to post on different subjects as I become more familiar with everything. So keep checking back. I hope to see your comments coming in, too!

Christian Conservative Community

In these days of social media, sometimes our thoughts and comments seems to be controlled by unseen forces behind our computer screens. Occasionally we’re banned from a site or our comments are censored while others that seem completely inappropriate are boldly posted and accepted. Sometimes it just doesn’t seem fair.

My name is Annette. My goal is to provide a social media site where Christians and conservatives can post freely without fear of censorship or being locked out of a web site. I am new to this venture and would appreciate any tips from any of you who have them. I’m relying on God to guide me and show me what to do and how to do it. I’m depending on God to provide any funding I might need, any materials I might need, and to bring the people to this site that need to be touched. This will be a safe haven, a support group, a community where we can praise God and encourage each other. We need a place to stand strong together.

That being said, we still need to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every person. (Mark 16:15) We need to flood other social media sites with the love and light of Jesus. We are to fight against evil, pray for the sick, and bring people to Jesus.

Father, I pray that You will use this site for Your glory. I pray that there will be an overflowing of Your love and peace here; that You may be found here. I ask that You touch the hearts and lives of all who enter here. May we be a witness to Your mercy and grace. In Jesus name.