A time to tear down and a time to build up

Spiritual warfare – Pray, Pray, Pray

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I have not been praying and spending time in God’s Word as much as I should. I’m guilty. Guilty of been a lazy Christian. It is such unacceptable behaviour and a really bad habit I formed – tomorrow is another day. I write on my blog, yes, but the personal, secret time I need with the Father has not been as it should.

The enemy seems to be winning. But no more.

Today, I received a wake up call. The cross of Christ spoke to me – Spiritually and physically. The physical part, well, is funny, but a wake up call, a message, I didn’t not expect. We have a wooden crucifix hanging on our bedroom wall. Today, it fell off and it me on the head. If that’s not a wake call, then I don’t know what is. The physical knock on my head from the Cross, woke me up Spiritually.

I need to be praying a lot more. I need to be in God’s Word a lot more!

Hear my prayer, Lord;
    listen to my cry for mercy.
When I am in distress, I call to you,
    because you answer me. Psalm 86: 6-7

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Prayer is a powerful way to join the fight in this spiritual battle. If you’re not sure where to start, there’s good news. God intended it to be as easy as talking to a friend. He doesn’t care how we say our prayers, He just wants us to talk to Him. 

In fact, if God had His way, we would pray without ceasing throughout the day. It doesn’t necessarily mean praying long prayers one right after the other. It simply means that in every moment, with every breath, we have the opportunity to intentionally acknowledge God’s presence and invite Him into our thoughts so that we can be more open and in tune with what He’s saying. 

Hear my cry, O God;

    listen to my prayer.

From the ends of the earth I call to you,
    I call as my heart grows faint;
    lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:1-2

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For example, we may quickly ask for safety while we’re driving or thank God for His creativity when we see a beautiful flower. We may invite Him into our conversations with friends or ask Him to guide us in making a business decision. We may ask Him to guard our hearts and minds when we look in the mirror and don’t like what we see. The reality is, the voice of the enemy could become the constant in our lives if we don’t intentionally fill the space with God. The enemy loves to get us feeling isolated, he has been doing that to me lately, but with prayer, we’re never alone.

The night before His crucifixion, Jesus was overcome with grief. The Bible says He threw himself facedown on the ground and poured out His heart to His Father. He begged and pleaded for a different outcome but ultimately, surrendered to God’s will. This should be the example we follow. Our prayers don’t have to feel pretty. They don’t even have to be words! God knows the mournings of our heart and He fights for us. So, we can cry or be angry. God can handle our emotions. We don’t need to avoid our feelings when we feel attacked, but turn to God for help.

He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
Matthew 26:42

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Jesus, I know you’re here. And because I know your heart, I can trust that the negative things I’m hearing aren’t from you. I render them powerless in my life and ask you to remind me of the truth. Thank you that the enemy is already defeated and has no power. Show me where I need to fight. Show me how to fight. Thank you, Jesus, for never leaving me to fight this battle alone. In your precious name, Amen.

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2021 – Renew your Hearts and Minds

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May this prayer for the New Year bring you comfort and gratitude for another year on earth and fill your heart with hope for the coming year. 

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The arrival of a new year brings a great opportunity to renew our faith and love for God and Jesus. It’s also a wonderful time to renew the joy of salvation in our hearts, as a new creation in Christ.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Whether 2020 brought you success, fulfillment, and joy or you faced grief, setbacks, and struggle, you can look ahead to 2021 with hope.

Jeremiah 29:11 tells us “for I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

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Let’s end this year with a thankful heart and start the new year with peace and faith. Let us release the bitterness and frustrations of the past year. Let us move into the next year knowing that God loves us and wants the best for us. Let’s pray that the new year will be focused on healing ourselves through repentance and the renewing of our minds. We were not meant to do life alone! We can bring the light of hope into our own heart, home, and world.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” ~ Romans 12:2

May these prayers for the new year bring you comfort and gratitude as you step into the next year! Share them with your friends and family to inspire the hearts of those you love most. God Bless!

Heavenly Father, thank You for making all things new!  As another new year begins, help me live each day for You.  May I continually have a new song in my heart to sing to You, no matter what comes my way. I trust in You because I know that Your mercies are new every morning, and nothing ahead of me will take You by surprise. At the start of each day, help us to recognise you above all else. Enlighten the eyes of our heart that we might see you, and notice how you’re at work through our lives. Give us the wisdom to make the best choices, fill us with a desire to seek after you more than anything else in this world. Let your Spirit and power breathe in us, through us, again, fresh and new. Thank you that you are greater than anything we may face in our day. Thank you that your presence goes with us and that your joy is never dependent on our circumstances, but it is our true and lasting strength, no matter what we’re up against. We ask that your peace lead us, that it would guard our hearts and minds in you. We ask for your grace to cover our lives this day. We love you Lord…we need you. O Jesus, our Savior and our Lord, by the proclamation of your grace, you took the yoke of the law from our necks, and removed the burden from our shoulders to your own; Hear the prayers of your Church, that we may joyfully serve you here, and see your glorious presence in all its joy in the life to come; through your mercy, O our God, you are blessed,
and live and govern all things, now and forever. We pray for your Spirit to lead us each step of this New Year. We ask that you will guide our decisions and turn our hearts to deeply desire you above all else. We ask that you will open doors needing to be opened and close the ones needing to be shut tight. We ask that you would help us release our grip on the things to which you’ve said “no,” “not yet,” or “wait.” We ask for help to pursue you first, above every dream and desire you’ve put within our hearts. We ask for your wisdom, for your strength and power to be constantly present within us. We pray you would make us strong and courageous for the road ahead. Give us ability beyond what we feel able, let your gifts flow freely through us, so that you would be honored by our lives, and others would be drawn to you. We pray that you’d keep us far from the snares and traps of temptations. That you would whisper in our ear when we need to run and whisper in our heart when we need to stand our ground. In Jesus mighty name, Amen.

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Every Season in life has a purpose

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10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.  (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV).



Life is full of contrasts. We go through mountains, and we go through valleys. We go through successes, and we go through failures. We have wins, and we have losses.

In weather, there are four seasons. But in your life, there are dozens of different seasons. And every season of life includes both good and bad times.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 gives us a representation of different life experiences: “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace” (NLT).


Life is a combination of contrasting seasons. All sunshine and no rain make a desert. If you’re following God’s will, if you’re trying to live your life according to the way God wants you to live, then you’ll eventually see that these experiences can have purpose and value in your life.

You may think that the only time you’re in God’s will is when you’re at church or having a quiet time. You can be in God’s will as you’re cleaning out a closet. You can be in God’s will as you’re mowing your lawn. You can be in God’s will when you move to a new location or stay right where you are.

There’s a time and season for everything.


But is everything beautiful? That’s not exactly true. Everything is not beautiful. Cancer is not beautiful. Child abuse is not beautiful. War is not beautiful.


The Bible says it differently in Ecclesiastes 3:11: “God has made everything beautiful for its own time” (NIV).

That’s very different from “Everything is beautiful in its own way.” Because the Bible is saying that God can take even the bad things and, in the proper season, turn them around and use them for good in the way He intends.

You may be going through a season right now that is not beautiful. Your finances look ugly. Your health looks ugly. Your marriage or a friendship looks ugly. Your future looks ugly. Your addictions and bad habits have you tied down.

But God can make something good out of it as you trust him with the pieces.

Talk It Over

  • What difficult situation do you need to entrust to God today?
  • How might the world explain the purpose for a difficult season of life?
  • What are some ways you can know if you’re in God’s will?
 
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