Sweet Surrender


“And when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”
John 12:32

I read the sixth chapter of R A Torrey’s The Power of Prayer –Praying in the Name of Jesus Christ.
And have come back to my child like faith in that it is only in Jesus Christ I can pray -Making claim to His promises because He is the Son of the living God and has been given all the inheritance which He dispenses as our provision. I can now pray knowing He has secured my salvation and everything I need is released from Heaven from the Father’s throne because my Savior, Jesus Christ, purchased me and I belong to Him. I can ask anything in His Name and receive it based on His great love and affection not my own.

Lord, show me what I can do for you, be lifted up above myself and all circumstances, afflictions, worries, be exalted, manifested in my life as I remain hidden and you exposed- in all your glory so as to draw men and women and children to yourself.

“Lord, I surrender my mind , body, soul and spirit – releasing all into your loving hands & Grace, allowing You to do according to your perfect will. I trust in You, in only You do I put my trust.” DF

I was overwhelmed with doom as I remembered my sins and failures, then I was reminded of God’s great mercy and steadfast love which is not temporary but everlasting. Psalm 40

He will empower me to do His will. If He allows my body to die, but He is glorified in the process, then I can cross heaven’s threshold with joy in my heart. Sweet Surrender equals Sweet Peace forevermore.

“Into your hands, I commit my body, mind, speech and works to do according to your perfect will because I love you, Lord.” DF

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The Trumpet Call to Prayer


The Trumpet Call to Prayer
Zechariah 4:6

Our country founded upon the promise of liberty through faith in God and His Son, Jesus Christ has approached a turning point as a result of prayer. When Vice President Pence quoted this scripture in his recent speech, referencing the need for prayer, he left out one important phrase, “turn from their wicked ways”.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

King David who reigned over Israel asked God to search his heart to reveal any wicked ways. He knew his prosperity and hope for himself and God’s people was dependent on faith in a righteous God who seeks obedience to His commandments. He also believed in the compassionate God who loves and desires to forgive and also to heal. Psalm 139:23-24

First, let us ( those in Christ Jesus ) pray for ourselves to be once again revived by God’s Holy Spirit, confessing our sins while abstaining from the ways of this world. Then we will know how to pray for revival in this land. True worship and prayer is directed to God the Father, through God the Son, Jesus Christ (His atoning blood) by God the Holy Spirit’s guidance based on the Word of God. John 4:23

Second, Let us pray for revival to come into the White House among the leaders of our nation, to bring about conviction and conversion by God’s Holy Spirit; praying for the infilling and anointing of God’s Holy Spirit; His Presence fill the White House and all branches of our government. 1 Timothy 2:1-2

Thirdly, Let us pray the conviction and conversion of God’s Holy Spirit take place in our educational institutions among the leaders , teachers and then the students across our land.
Let us not cease from praying until the Coming of the Lord. James 5: 7-8,16

Fourthly, let us pray for our families and friends and especially those who do not know Jesus as Lord and Savior as we abstain from the world without compromise and walk in the light. 1 John 1:7, 2 Peter 3:9, James 1:27

There are spiritual forces in high places working against the restoration and revival of God’s righteous influence, while perverting justice and promoting lawlessness. Please pray Psalm 35 for our present United State’s administration. It will not be through politics, knowledge or by any secular force the Body of Christ and our nation will be restored back to God, except through prayer. The biblical resources I have noted will teach you why and how to pray. Ephesians 6:12,

Ask for the help of the Holy Spirit to guide you in prayer.
There is no greater work to do then to pray so the Lord will work to bring down the evil spiritual forces which have invaded our lives, homes and our land. Romans 8:26

Please commit with me in consistent prayer.This is the Trump Card that brings about God’s victory every time.

God has is answering our prayers, with His trumpet, the call to prayer has come. He is rebuilding the wall of protection, while exposing the enemy through prayer. Our weapons of warfare are not carnal but are spiritual bringing down strongholds and wickedness in high places; everything that works against God’s Truth and righteousness.

2 Corinthians 10:4, Isaiah 54:17

God has begun His restoration process through prayer. It will not be done by any might or power but only through His Holy Spirit in response to our ( those called by His Name) prayer. Don’t let the enemy distract you from this important task.
The Lord, Himself will route out the enemy within, and abroad when we call upon Him in prayer. Deuteronomy 31:8

Blessed be the Name of the Lord Who has sent His Son, Jesus Christ and defeated the enemy forevermore! Colossians 1:13-14, Hebrews 2: 14-15

Please read Nehemiah 1-6 and Psalm 35 with meditation and prayer

“Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!” Nehemiah 4:20

Have you heard God’s call to join the spiritual battle through prayer?

See The Art of Deception and Why America is Under the Bus

Resources: Biblehub.org
Books: The Power of Prayer by RA Torrey
Holy Spirit Power by Charles Spurgeon

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The Power is in the Gospel


 

1 Corinthians 15: 1-5

I have discovered this to be the truth. It is not the messenger who holds the power to bring about the regeneration of a life, “born again” in the Kingdom of God, but it is in the response to God’s powerful message of salvation which quickens the dead and creates new life. (John 3)

It is the gospel message which has the power to bring to salvation all who believe.  It is not the messenger who holds the power but the Word of God. (Hebrews 4:12)

The Apostle Paul spoke of the gospel being preached from selfish ambition and also from good will, but rejoiced, nevertheless the gospel was being preached.  It is not the vessel (servant) who determines salvation by righteousness, but the response to the Truth – Good News, which is led by the Sovereign will of the Father through His Holy Spirit. For unless the Father calls someone they cannot understand the message and enter His Kingdom.  (Philippians 1:15-18, John 6:44)

I heard the gospel message when I was a child: believed and confessed it to others. After sharing the gospel message through a letter to my grandfather I received confirmation of God’s Truth and received His Holy Spirit.  The letter was a simple testimony of God’s faithfulness to forgive my grandfather’s sins because Jesus Christ paid the price and suffered on the cross and then rose again to proclaim eternal life. It was a simple message that my grandfather could be saved from hell and go to heaven if he believed in Christ’s salvation. It was a simple message written by a child who believed.  I simply carried the Truth to my grandfather who was terminally ill.  It was God’s spirit bringing about conviction causing him to repent and confessing Jesus as Savior that brought about the power of God to receive Him into the Kingdom of Heaven.  My grandfather reported to us after praying that the power of God’s presence filled the small cubicle (bathroom) where he repented and believed. God told him he was forgiven and was going to heaven.  He died shortly thereafter, but I knew where he was.  He did not do anything else to merit salvation except to accept it and confess his belief ( Romans 10: 8-10) in Jesus Christ for his salvation, much like the thief on the cross proclaimed, which Jesus responded,
“Today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43). It was not me but simply the gospel which saved his soul.

Paul did not mean we had to do something to keep our salvation by saying, “work out your salvation”, but was emphasizing the importance of demonstrating it in our life by following Christ and His righteousness. Our salvation is not something to be taken for granted but demonstrated in a changed life through obedience to God’s Word. (Philippians 2:12)

The Apostle Paul did nothing to bring about His baptism in the Holy Spirit and anointing and election. Remember, he was persecuting the church before God stopped him in his tracks and anointed him to preach the gospel.  So it is not by our own righteousness we obtain salvation nor our own righteousness we are called into servanthood, but God’s Sovereignty, anointing whom He will to carry out His plan and purpose. Remember, Jonah ran from God and refused to preach repentance to Israel’s enemy. But God did not choose another, but brought him to the place of repentance and obedience while entombed in the belly of a whale. God separates us for His calling and purpose. (Acts 9, Jonah)

There is no formula, secret or devised method for the anointing except to believe and receive it. If there is sin in the believer’s life, the Holy Spirit brings conviction, sifting, separating falsehood from truth; enabling the believer to walk in His ways. ( Zechariah 13:9) Then the believer represents Him and carries the message with the power of the Holy Spirit, not by eloquent speech (1 Corinthians 2: 1-5), but simply through the power of God’s Holy Word. (Zechariah 4:6) His Word does not return to Him void but accomplishes what He alone has purposed (Isaiah 55:11). Just as the world was created by His Word spoken,(Genesis 1, John 1) so is the new generation and birth of the one who simply believes and responds to His Word by surrendering His old life for the new life in Christ. ( John 3) After judgment, God will create a new heaven and a new earth for the sake of His new creatures in Christ. The new has no part in the old and the old has no part in the new. Everything will be made new where Jesus reigns forever. (Revelation 21:1, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Mark 2:22, 2 Corinthians 6:17)

It is Christ’s sacrifice, not our own which wins souls to Christ.  Our love is not enough, our sacrifice cannot equal His own which brings about salvation.  We are simply to “follow” Him wherever He calls us to present the gospel without compromise by our speech and our lives. (Romans 1:16)

In that day, they will say, “Didn’t we cast out demons in your name and perform great works” (paraphrase).  He will say, “I never knew you”, depart from me doers of iniquity.” (Matthew 7:22-23)

It is the Holy Spirit who begins the work in a true believer and it is the Holy Spirit who will complete the redemption process and sanctification. (Philippians 1:6)

His promise is everyone who has faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is sealed wih the promise of salvation and kept from His wrath. ( Ephesians 1:13-14) In ancient days, whenever a king would pronounce a  decree, He sealed it with his signet ring so not one word of it could be changed. Jesus Christ with His blood seals all those who have faith in Him with evidence of His Holy spirit who remain forever as a confirmation of God’s great love and acceptance.( 1 John 5:12) Those who are not sealed receive His wrath and judgment because they refused His great salvation and would not turn from their sins to receive His grace. ( John 3:18). Those who remain are those who are sanctified by His Spirit and no longer slaves to sin but to His Holiness which produces the righteousness of Christ. The Lord is faithful to purify all who believe and present them to the Father as one in Him without spot or blemish; His eternal Bride. (Ephesians 5: 25-27)

Rewards in heaven will be per what His beloved did with the measure of faith given and the work appointed by His election. Some are given a small measure of faith to accomplish God’s appointed task by way of the gifts given through His Holy Spirit. Some are given more faith for the task of their anointing. Nevertheless, we as believers are not our own, but are to be about our Master’s business with the gifts and faith received. (Romans 12:3 Ephesians 4: 1-13, 1 Corinthians 12)

It is knowing Christ which determines our ability to also know how to serve Him.  Who can serve their Master without first knowing His desires. Delight yourself in Him and you will fulfill the desires of your own heart. (Luke 10:41-42, Matthew 24: 25-27, John 17:3, John 4:24, Psalm 37:4)

“Who is the man ( or woman) who fears ( reverence) the Lord, He will instruct him in the way he should choose.” Psalm 25:12

Resources:
Bible Hub – biblehub.com
What is the Gospel? – qotquestions.org

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