Here are two beautiful quotes from the book, “The Practice of the Presence of God”, by Brother Lawrence. “We cannot afford the dangers and the reefs of which this life is full, without the real and constant love of God. Let us ask Him for it without ceasing. But how can we ask Him without being with Him? And how can we be with Him without often thinking of Him? And how can we often think of Him without forming a holy habit of doing so?” The second quote says this. “The most holy practice, the nearest to daily life, and the most essential for the spiritual life, is the practice of the presence of God, that is to find joy in His divine company and to make it a habit of life, speaking humbly and conversing lovingly with Him at all times, every moment, without rule or restriction, above all at times of temptation, distress, dryness….When we are in doubt, God will never fail to give light when we have no other plan than to please Him and to act in love for Him.”
“It is the charism (charisma) of saints, who are enlightened and inspired by the Holy Spirit, to trust radically. Paul pours out his whole heart in Philippians 4:13 in the cry, ‘I can do everything through him who gives me strength’. That is raging confidence. When Jesus says in John 16, “Have confidence in Me, be brave, cheer up, He is calling us to unconditional abandonment to God’s mercy over the sins of our past, and to unwavering confidence that they have not only been forgiven, but entirely forgotten. ‘For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh.’ (Philippians 3:3) ——An excerpt from “Reflections for Ragamuffins” by Brennan Manning
Jack Flaherty, the newest rookie pitching sensation on the St. Louis Cardinals, is a Christian, but he admits he’s trying to become more vocal about his faith. He won his first big-league game last Sunday and tied a record with his 13 strikeouts. He also got his first big- league hit with a single. His favorite verse is Phillipians 4:13′ “I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me”. He said that his faith has always been an integral part of his life.
In his book, “Excellence in Music Ministry”, Steven James Ingram quotes Dr. Mark Barclay, Pastor of Living Word Church in Midland, Michigan. “This Bible is not just readable. It’s really livable!” Ingram then concludes the chapter, “Practice Holiness”, with the following advice. “Commit yourself afresh and anew to be a person of honor, integrity, and above all, live holy before God, your family, and your peers. Here are a few closing thoughts for consideration. Holiness is not freedom from temptation, but it is the power to overcome. Holiness is a virtue that often vanishes when you talk about it, but becomes gloriously conspicuous when you silently live it. ‘Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14 KJV) Only you can damage your character. Reputation is precious, but character is priceless. A flaw in one’s character will show up under pressure.”
While cleaning yesterday, I found this old prophecy that was given by Kenneth E. Hagin in 1982. Though it’s 36 years old, you’ll see that it is timeless. It’s definitely something you can strive to do.
“Don’t take up all your time with natural things. Some of those things are legitimate and it’s all right to take a certain period of time there, but see to it that you give heed – watch, listen to, pay attention – unto your spirit. And you will give your spirit opportunity to commune with the Father above, and build yourself up on your most holy faith. It doesn’t take a lot of time – just an hour or two out of 24. Just pay a tithe of your time unto me,” saith the Lord, “and all will be well. Your life will be changed. It will be empowered and you will be a mighty force for God.”
Kenneth Copeland is teaching in Lima Peru for 2 days. Yesterday I watched him in the morning service, (His own station is on 24/7 on dish and he also streams it from his website, kcm.org.) It’s amazing how we can read a Scripture a 100 times and then wow, you see something that really ministers to you or you can hear a story a zillion times and then you get a new insight. That’s what happened yesterday. I heard Kenneth say this so many times but it was just so simple to understand yesterday. He was talking about when symptoms attack, but it could be any adverse circumstances. The sickness, pain, lack, or any unwanted symptom is the fact. But the truth is that we are healed or delivered from it because the Word says so. Plus it’s the truth that will then change the facts as long as you stand in faith believing God’s Word. That is so simple, yet so powerful. We are healed and delivered no matter what the facts tell us. How powerful is that!!!
“Zachariah 13:1 says, ‘In that day a fountain will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem to cleanse them from sin and impurity’. It doesn’t say, ‘In that day a bucket, a pool, or a lake’, because a bucket has a bottom, a pool has sides, and a lake has an enclosure of land around it. But a fountain, as long as it’s a fountain, which is as long as it keeps flowing, is infinite – there’s no end to it. That’s why God’s love is not a bucket, or even the lake, because those things have ends and they run out. God’s love for you, his mercy and forgiveness have no end, no limit, and no running out. His mercies are new every morning, because it’s a fountain. That’s why you don’t receive it just once, but every day of your life. Rejoice because God loves you, and still loves you, and yet loves you more. Come to him today and be refreshed. Receive the new living waters waiting now to fill your heart again, because His love for you is like a fountain.” —–An excerpt from Jonathan Cahn’s Sapphires
“Counting it all joy during times of pressure shows that you believe God’s word is true….During times of pressure, what comes out of your mouth is a determining factor of what will happen in your future. Jesus said you’re going to have – mentally, emotionally, physically, financially, and relationally – what you say…. Learn to get a grip on your lip and speak the Word…. After counting it all joy and speaking the Word, don’t waver. Though hell will come against you, heaven is on your side! God will turn your darkness into light. He will turn things around for you and what He started He will finish.” —–An excerpt from The Word of Faith magazine entitled “Overcoming the Pressures of Life” by David Shearin
“As you share the faith you have in common with others, I pray that you may come to have a complete knowledge of every blessing we have in Christ” (Philemon 1:6 – God’s Word Translation). I heard Keith Moore share this Scripture on his TV program. He stated that Peter shared his faith by healing the crippled man at the gate of the temple in Acts 3:6-8. He told the man he didn’t have any gold of silver but “I’ll give you what I do have”. We probably won’t have such a dramatic outcome when we share our faith, but every Christian should be able to share their faith someone who needs it. I heard Lynette Hagin, Kenneth Hagin’s daughter-in-law, share how years ago her 5 year-old daughter led her little playmate to the Lord. How beautiful, a little soul winner at the age of 5. That story should encourage every Christian to want to share their faith today!
The movie “Dunkirk” that was released last year was a total war movie, yet it really was good. It retold the story of the British and French soldiers that were trapped by the German army on the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940. It looked like an impossible situation until a miracle occurred. Every serviceable and civilian vessel that could be found safely evacuated 330,000 solders. The story is told also in the film, “Darkest Hour”, which is a very good movie about Winston Churchill. This is what is so amazing. Years ago I read an excellent book on prayer and intercession called “Rees Howells Intercessor”. I happened to pick it up yesterday and found this most interesting entry in Rees’ journal. “May 29 was the day of the evacuation of Dunkirk. Let us be clear in our prayer that the intercession is gained. The battle is the Holy Spirit’s. See Him outside of yourselves tonight. He is there on the battlefield with His drawn sword. May 30 7:30 PM. From a worldly standpoint there’s no hope of victory; but God has said it….We are not to run into any panic thinking the Nazis are going to win.…I am not going to doubt the final issue. We state in plainest terms: the enemy will not invade Christian England.” Then years later he said. “Remembering the miracle of Dunkirk, acknowledged by our leaders to be an intervention from God, the calm sea allowing the smallest boats to cross, the almost complete evacuation of our troops and then the lead Mr. Churchill gave to the nation, how thankful we are that God had this company of hidden intercessors, whose lives were on the altar day after day as they stood in the gap for the deliverance of Britain.” WOW, how awesome is that!