HAPPY 4TH JULY AMERICA – MAY GOD BE WITH YOU AND PROSPER YOU, AMEN!

May God Guide The Leadership Of Our Nation

How do we pray for our nation and its leaders, current and future? Does our vote really matter? And for whom do we vote? Can we or our prayers help turn the tide of our nation? If you’re seeking answers for any of these questions, here’s a prayer that might help!

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Lord God, we desperately need your wisdom. You have given us a great country, founded on principles and truths from Your Word. We need men and women who will honor You, trust You, and lead us once again back to You. We pray for servant leaders who love the things You love and who care more about others than themselves.

Give us leaders with discerning hearts, bold faith, and wise minds that model Your character. Teach them—and us—not just what is good, but what is best. Guide them in the way our country should go. Give them purity in their intentions, and godliness in their convictions. Energize their spirits and bodies physically and spiritually, and keep them emotionally secure in the knowledge of who You are—and whose they are. Help them to be bighearted and sincere, energetic in goodness, and courteous in their manners.

RELATED: 10 Scriptures To Pray For Our Nation And Our Leaders

Raise up leaders with the greatest potential of godly leadership, those who can ease confusion, expose illusion, and heal delusion. You alone hold the power to turn the hearts of leaders, but You listen and use our prayers to move them into right action. Help us to be faithful to care and to pursue Your heart in prayer.

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Help our leaders to be quick to admit failure, but ready to rebound in persistent resilience. Encourage them to choose wisely, and when they don’t know what to do, help them keep their eyes on You. Let them take a firm stand on issues that truly matter to You, regardless of the consequences or approval ratings. Make them God-pleasers, not puppets; leaders filled with conviction, not corruption.

As a nation, God, help us to desire righteousness more than rights, and to mirror sacrifice more than selfishness. You know us well, and You understand our flaws. Turn those weaknesses into strengths; bathe us with Your grace and mercy, though none of us deserve it. Fill us with the boldness to choose the kind of freedom that will benefit all, rather than a few. Open our eyes to see others as You do—with godly potential and value. But help us, too, to recognize our own pride in trying to elevate ourselves and others above You and Your purpose for our lives.

We need, You, God. Oh, how we need You! You have exercised nothing but faithfulness and fairness in Your treatment of our country, even when we’ve turned our back on You and forgotten Your goodness to us. Your discipline at times is hard, but You are just. Your purpose is always to draw us close to You, to bless us, and to make us a great nation who honors You. You are a good, good, Father—and Your love for us has a proven track record.

Forgive us for wanting our own way and making our own paths—often the ones paved with least resistance. Forgive us for fence-walking, or for ignoring completely the truths that can so easily set us free. Deliver us from mindless quarrels and destinations that lead us nowhere, but away from You. Free us from divisiveness, and melt our hardened hearts to love, not hate, and to heal, not debate.

Make us a great nation, yes. But more than that, make us good, Lord, with a heartbeat that wants every person of every creed and color to know Your love, Your goodness, and Your worth. Make us wise as serpents, but gentle as doves. Turn our fears to faith, as we look to You and You alone for the future of our country. Give us God-confidence that no matter what happens, we will believe You are not only in control, but that You know exactly what is needed to accomplish Your purpose. Help us not to second-guess Your moves, but to move at Your command, always without hesitation.

RELATED: A Cappella Performance Of Patriotic Classic  http://www.godupdates.com/patriotic-america-acappella/ (click here for song)

We look to You and to You, only, Lord. Help us make wise decisions that move our country in the right direction. Help us to do our part in praying and in staying with what we know is right according to the truth of Your Word. Teach us to make our actions count and our words matter, and line them both up to Your sense of rightness, not ours. Guide us with Your eye; grip us with Your strong arm; teach us what we need to know to make our lives—and our nation—count for you. We pray for our leaders, but we ask You to make us both leaders and followers: leading in the way of Truth, and following those who honor You.

In the precious and powerful name of Jesus,
Amen (SOURCE: godupdates)

INSPIRATION THAT WILL FEED YOUR SOUL – BY R.A. TORREY

I recently came across R. A. Torrey-a great evangelist with interesting things to say that caught my eye (see link) –R.A.Torrey history.

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 HERE IS SOME FOOD TO FEED YOUR SOUL

It is very easy to put our trust and beliefs in the power of man, but not so in giving God the gratitude He deserves. Giving gratitude to God who allows goodness and success into our lives and who takes away what is harmful and evil, are often dismissed as coincidences or the work of men.  Because these are often intangibles and that which we cannot immediately see, they often go unnoticed.  Make no mistake about it, God is at work in our lives moment by moment, weaving a web of connectedness that will affect all spheres of our lives and others around us.

Some things God does are to teach us something, some things are to give us something, some things are for us to hold on to and some things are for us to give away. Some things are immediate while some things take time because all that we think and do is in keeping with the gift of free will. Sometimes we hold ourselves back because we don’t understand things or because we don’t trust in God. But God is patient, loving, rich in mercy and kind. Think of Him as your Father and what does a Father want for His children? The best of course!

In patience and trust is how we should live our lives, because God has mapped out all of it for us. All we need do is pray and communicate with God through prayer. All we need do is claim it, that which God has already given to us in a box and is sitting there with Him in heaven with your name on it. We should ask for mercy and forgiveness and have a heaven perspective. Make each day a little sacrifice or offering to God so that He can grant you His peace, His grace and His abundance.

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PRAYER 

Come Holy Spirit and infill us afresh with your gifts of patience, love, awe in your presence, kindness, knowledge, wisdom and understanding so that we may know and fulfill Your will for us. AMEN

PSALM 23 – Explained

FEAST OF THE SACRED HEAT OF JESUS-Friday, 23rd June, 2017

The symbol of Jesus’ heart represents His great love for all mankind

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Lamb of God Latin: Agnus Deī [ˈaŋ.nʊs ˈde.iː]) is a title for Jesus that appears in the Gospel of John. It appears at John 1:29, where John the Baptist sees Jesus and exclaims, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”Image result

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Psalm 23 Explained

The Lord is my shepherd –

That’s Relationship!

 I shall not want –

That’s Supply!

 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures –

That’s Rest!

 He leadeth me beside the still waters –

That’s Refreshment!

 He restoreth my soul –

That’s Healing!

 He leadeth me in the path of righteousness –

That’s Guidance!

 For His name’s sake –

That’s Purpose!

 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death –

That’s Testing!

 I will fear no evil –

That’s Protection!

 For Thou art with me –

That’s Faithfulness!

 Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me –

That’s Discipline!

 Thou preparest a table for me in front of my enemies –

That’s Hope!

 Thou anointest my head with oil –

That’s Consecration!

 My cup runneth over –

That’s Abundance!

 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life –

That’s Blessing!

 And I will dwell in the house of the Lord –

That’s Security!

 Forever –

That’s Eternity!

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GRATITUDE FOR MOTHERS- A PRAYER

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Gratitude for my Mother

Dear Lord, today I turn to you to give you thanks for my mother. With your own gift of life, she bore me in her womb and gave me life. She tenderly, patiently cared for me and taught me to walk and talk. She read to me and made me laugh. No one delighted in my successes more; no one could comfort me better in my failures. I am so grateful for how she mothered me and mentored me, and even disciplined me.

Please bless her, Lord, and comfort her. Help her loving heart to continue to love and give of herself to others. Strengthen her when she is down and give her hope when she is discouraged.

Most of all, Lord, on this Mother’s Day, give my mother the graces she most needs and desires today. I ask you this, in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior forever and ever. (from Prayers by and for Mothers)

Mary -100th anniversary of Fatima miracle – A woman of our time, why she is still relevant today?

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“The universal motherhood of Mary”‘mother of all living’ (Pope Francis)

titles of Mary-song (click here) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWfx50CrYrw

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Universal depiction of Mary-art ( click here)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVVy7pN4_cg

On the Cross, Jesus did not proclaim Mary’s universal motherhood formally, but established a concrete maternal relationship between her and the beloved disciple John and us all. (John 19:26-27) 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman,[a] here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

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Our world is in turmoil right now, many of us have lost our way, people are leaving the church in droves , there is little or no regulation, relativism is growing, evil is destroying our nature – the nature that God gave us. We need to turn back to God Jesus and Mary our mother.

Mary, at Fatima in 1917, felt the need to make herself known to us because of the evil in the world. The thing is, nothing’s changed, if anything, we have not learnt by our mistakes. We need to consecrate ourselves to Her.

Jesus showed us how He listens to Mary at the wedding at Cana, this is where Jesus performed His first miracle (John 2:1-11).

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Mary is our link between Heaven and Earth, She can help you when you pray to Her.

 

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As we approach the 100th anniversary of the miracle of Fatima (13th May)- where Mary appeared to the three children on the 13th of the month till 13th October. there is more reason now to pray to Her.

Written recount of miracle (click here for more)

Movie version of Miracle at Fatima (click here for more)

  • Mary gave us the miracle of the son at Fatima, this was witnessed by 70,000 people.
  • Mary identified herself as our Lady of the Rosary.
  • One of those messages  was to pray the rosary. Mary had many message for the three children to pass on to the world.(see links)
  • Mary is our intercessor that can help us through her Son Jesus Christ.
  • Mary predicted, the end of the First World War and the prediction of the second. She also predicted Hiroshima, monks who were there, living the message of Fatima, were unharmed by it.
  • Mary gave the three children visions of hell and told them that praying the rosary would prevent others going to hell.
  • We’ve seen the end of the cold war, walls come down, Jubilee 2000 was a global campaign that led ultimately, to the cancellation of more than $100 billion of debt owed by 35 of the poorest countries.
  • Many catastrophes have been prevented because of Mary, our intercessory prayers have reduced the time and effects of wars.
  • Russia today has returned to international politics after it was consecrated to the heart of Mary. Saint John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square on 25 March 1984, for example, consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  More recently, Pope Francis in October 2013 consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in front of some 150,000 pilgrims in Rome.
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  • If you would like to pray the rosary but need help, here it is easy as 1,2,3,           (click here) Virtual Interactive rosary

THE UNDISPUTABLE, UNDISMISSABLE, UNDENIABLE POWER OF PRAYER

When I hear of sadness and iniquities, it hits me to my core, then when it’s someone close to me, it brings me to a depth of sadness. Many people just learn to live with sadness and evil, but that’s not what God has in His plans.

Jesus prayed for direction and resolutions in his life. Jesus had a relationship with His Father, Jesus was in sync with the will of God. Jesus accepted death on the cross for the greater good that it would bring to mankind but, throughout His tribulations, God had not intended for Jesus to go through it alone.  Jesus was comforted by the affirmations God gave Him, He was comforted by angels every step of the way. You might think that Jesus was different, but He had a human side like all of us. He felt pain and heartaches too.

Someone close to me described some toxic situations happening to her at work, she had tears in her eyes, her heart was aching, but so was mine. No one should have to endure such evil. So, there was something I could do and that was to pray.


God answers prayers when they are prayed, God answers prayers through other people.

  • Together we asked Jesus to bring the truth and light into this situation, Jesus said in John 14:6 “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
  • Together, we cast out every form of evil she expressed.                                             (Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness-Matthew 10:1) Jesus passed on that power to us mortals too.
  • Together we asked God to  erase memories and words spoken over her that affected her spirit.
  • Together we asked Jesus to go before her and infill her space with joy peace, truth, honesty, love, kindness, knowledge, wisdom and understanding (The gifts of the Holy Spirit).
  • Together we praised and thanked Father God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit for Their glory, Their almighty power, mercy, abundance, forgiveness, love and redemption.

The next day, she messaged me, she was overjoyed at how quickly the situation had turned. Peace had come and apologies were given with strategies to make the workplace better.

PRAISE THE LORD! ALLELUIA!

So when bad things happen and bad things happen to good people, enter into prayer and allow Jesus to help you.

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WAR LEAVES A STAIN, PEACE CLEANS IT UP!

PARIS IS NOT AT WAR!!!!! THE PEOPLE OF PARIS SHOULDN’T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS.  MY HEART IS BREAKING AS I ADD THIS, BECAUSE NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO ENDURE SUCH DISRESPECT AND DESTRUCTION TO THE MORALE AND SAFETY OF THE PEOPLE OF PARIS. AN ATTACK ON PARIS IS AN ATTACK ON THE FREEDOMS OF THE WORLD. I THOUGHT WE LIVED IN A DEMOCRACY NOT IN AN AUTOCRACY!  YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS.

I BELIEVE THAT ONLY GOD CAN HELP US GET THROUGH THIS.

Despite the immense evil of war, Jesus said it is inevitable that wars will continue until He returns (Mark 13:7-8), and He did not oppose earthly governments or their right to maintain armies (Matthew 8:5-10). 

God listens to prayer and the more people pray the better

PLEASE JOIN ME IN PRAYER FOR WORLD PEACE AND HELP FOR THOSE DISPLACED BECAUSE OF WAR. 

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.’
(Psalm 34:18)

We pray for all whose lives                                                                                                 have been touched by tragedy,
whether by accident
or a deliberate act.
For those who mourn,
immerse them in your love
and lead them through this darkness
into your arms, and light.
For those who comfort,
be in both the words they use
and all that’s left unspoken;
fill each heart with love.
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
whose own suffering brought us life,
here and for eternity. Amen

©John Birch