Category Archives: Salvation

GOT JOY?

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SELAH Daily Devotions!

 

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.  John 15:11

 

If the only evidence that the prosecution had to convict us of being Christian was our countenance or our dispositions, our case would be thrown out and we’d get off scott-free! A lot of  church-folk are claiming salvation, naming the Name of Jesus and on their way to heaven anyhow, but most of them don’t seem to be enjoying the trip. If so, they forget to send an IM from their heart to their face!

One would think that if anybody should have joy, it’s the saints of the Most High God., right? But if the Saints are walking around with our heads hung down, broke, busted and disgusted with everything and everybody, then how can we persuade a lost world that life goes better with Christ? Don’t shout me down , now!

Don’t get it twisted, I’m not jus preaching to the choir, I’m talking to myself too. Since I’ve been saved, sanctified and walking with Jesus some thirty-sumptin years now, I learned that while it makes for a good shout, however, not everyday gets sweeter than the day before!  LIFE HAPPENS 2 the saints and the sinners!

Perhaps, some of us have become wearied on this journey  because we’ve mistakenly equated joy with happiness. While happiness is an emotional response based merely on enjoyable circumstances, joy is a constant internal state embedded in the Love of God, producing serenity and tranquility totally independent of external conditions.

Jesus looking from eternity past and seeing the many souls that would be saved, overwhelmed with joy made a conscious commitment to endure the pain, despise the shame, become obedient, even to death on the Cross of Calvary that His joy, might be poured out upon His people. (Ref. Hebrew 12:20) Guess what, that makes YOU the JOY of Jesus!

There’s more to Joy than goose-bumps. Nehemiah 8:10 says, “The joy of the Lord is our strength”.

Jesus Joy is a weapon of mass destruction in the believer’s arsenal. Hence, Jesus Joy is empowerment to overcome any challenge with courage and confidence!

Just knowing that every promise in The Bible is ours to claim with the assurance that Jesus will never ever leave nor forsake us should make every Born-again, Blood-washed child of God’s heart swell up to the overflow with pure Jesus Joy until we can’t help but HOLLA and THROW UP BOTH OF MY HANDS! JUS REMEMBER, JEHOVAH HAS THE FINAL SAY!

Didjaheardat? JESUS OVER YOU! WOW,  NOW DATZ POWERFUL! C’MON NAH, U GOT JESUS, U GOT JOY!

SELAH!

Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!

Ann Caffee

 

DON’T LOOK BACK!

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Selah Daily Devotions!

 

The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back, I gave my back to the smitters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair; I hid not my face from shame and spiting. For the Lord God will help me, therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I SHALL NOT BE ASHAMED. He is near that justifieth me; who will content with me? Behold the Lord will help me, who is he that shall condemn me? Isaiah 50:5-9

 

The Psalmist said, ‘Before I was afflicted, I went astray’. Well, King David, you’re not the only one! Can I get a witness? Before our ears were opened,  you know, before our personal encounter with The Divine Kind, before we met Jesus, all of us rebelled against God’s Righteous standards! Amen 3x!

But! Just like The Prophet Isaiah, when we finally heard that ‘un-mistakable’ Voice of Our Lord speaking to our heart, we turned our face to God and our back to Satan! We made the conscious, irrevocable determination to commit ourselves to our Redeemer, begin a new life, walk a new path, and emphatically denounced our former Task Master, declaring—‘I’m so through with you!’

However, I must confess! Much to my surprise, not everyone celebrated! In fact, some of the same folk that we used to kick it with backndadaydon’t treat me like they used to, since I laid my burden down’! Many of your peeps, who used to ‘have your back’ become back-stabbers or now avoid you like a bubonic plague. Don’t think it strange if some even set traps to get you to fall, just to let you know that you ain’t no better then they are! #ijs For real!

I know we’ve heard the seasoned saints testify, “I’m so glad God delivered me from a miserable life of sin!” But honestly, all of our past life wasn’t miserable! In fact, some of it was down right pleasurable! Y’all, don’t play me nah!

The problem is, the partaa didn’t last! That’s when we realized that we needed some ONE Greater than ‘self’ to pick up the pieces and put our lives together!

But guess what? No one who walks away from the world ever comes up short. Nothing that you give up to follow Jesus is ever in vain. So don’t worry about your haters. Remember, you now have a Friend who sticks closer than any brother; and He has promised to never leave you or give up on you. (Ref. Proverbs 18:24; Hebrews 13:5)

Don’t try to defend yourself, just let your life speak for you! Trust me, some of those folk who walked away, they’re still watchin’. And guess who they’ll come to when they hit that pothole? EXACTLY! The ‘new and improved you’!

For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. Hebrews 4:2

Now, before we go any further, it’s important that you understand, that not one of us can claim that we’re in any way, shape or form deserving of such great a SALVATION! It’s totally a Gift of God and not due to anything we ever coulda, shoulda, woulda earned! That’s what’s so awemaazing about GRACE, huh? (Ref. Ephesians 2:8) Hence, clearly Salvation doesn’t make you better than anyone else, however it does make us better off than those who’ve yet to come into a  personal Saving Knowledge of Jesus Christ!

It’s also imperative to note that while Salvation does not exempt us from experiencing many of the same maladies as the ungenerated souls, it does guarantee us that life goes better with Christ, a Surety of a Peace that surpasses all understanding and a Hope that’s beyond this world! #ETERNALLY!!!

Precious one, TRUST2KNOW, God’s got your back! Just keep walking, unashamedly, looking unto Jesus! Trusting in His Promises, with all of your heart, knowing that God’s got a Plan and a Purpose for your life and I hearrrd (in my best preacha voice) that what’s coming is better than what’s been! (Ref. Jeremiah 29:11) #Didjaheardat? #WOW!

So the next time that ol’ lying devil tries to make you doubt God’s Faithfulness and derail your Divine Destiny—tell him—”Obviously, you’ve mistaken me for someone else! I ain’t Lot’s wife! I WON’T TURN BACK!” #BOOMMMM #Didjaheardat? 

SELAH!

Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!

Ann Caffee

WHAT? FAITH-Based INITIATIVE!!!

WHAT FAITH-BASED INITIATIVE

SELAH Daily Devotions!

And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came, and drew nigh to meet David, that David hastened, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. 1 Samuel 17:48

Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled. 1 Samuel 17:51

 

Honestly, still not sure when it happened! Anyhow, us ‘baby-boomers’, have witnessed some major transformations to the systemic culture of this nation and the world at large!  We’ve seen the  so-called ‘powers that be’ set into motion a myriad of legal and judicial orders, reforms and deregulations calling for separation of church and state, which under the radar, were unquestionably directed to push the very Presence of God out of the focus of our daily lives.

This Satanically-induced plot was introduced under the guise of safeguards to protect our human rights, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of choice, etc. But while the flesh was enjoying its emancipation from the ‘antiquated codes of morality’ and moving into the land of parta hardy, it’s your thang, do what you wanna do, we were lured into a false sense of security. Never realizing that there would be consequences of this so-called liberation. When you eliminate God from the equation, what you’re left with is hell on earth!

Along with free love, free sex, free drugs, fast money, came increase in teen pregnancy, abortions, STD’s (and worse), drug addictions, divorce, fatherless homes, suicide, fraud, just to name a few by-products of an ‘it’s all about me’ generation! WHO KNU?

In January 2001, President George Bush signed an Executive Order establishing a program that would ‘Rally America’s Army of Compassion’ to stimulate and enable private, charitable and religious organizations to access federal funds for social service programs to address the rising challenges and concerns that the nation was experiencing. At least, these were the “TALKING POINTS”  of  what The White House Press Release report.

But in ‘laymen’s terms’, America was jacked up, unraveling at the roots, and they were clueless as to how to turn this mess around! Hence, somebody realized that the Church was the only real hope to preserve this nation. They invited churches and community leaders to come get this free money (grants) and do something to calm the restless beasts who were getting out of hand. Perhaps you’ve already guessed, this program was dubbed ‘Faith-Based Initiatives’.

#IJS! If the world got sense enough to know that God is the ONLY ONE who can fix the wiles of this world, what’s up with the real faith-based people—THE CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD? Decades have passed, and what’s changed? TRUTHBTOLD, this world has pludged deeper into the depths of apostacy than we ever could’ve imagined!  Looking through the lense of the natural eye, which is generally aimed at getting a few more dollars in my pocket, unfortunately many (saved and unsaved) are rallying around the insane partisan ideology of  “LET’S MAKE AMERICA GREAT…AGAIN!

What are we waiting for? When will we start taking some faith-based initiative and start walking in the power and authority that we shout about in the sanctuary?

According to today’s scripture text, 1 Sam 17:45-51, we see one individual, David, who was bold enough to actually put his faith to work to impact the environment and to make a difference in the lives of the people. May I submit for your consideration, that the underlying strength of Satan’s kingdom is the persistently passive complacent ‘Saint.’ His whole kingdom is utterly reliant upon what I call the ‘spirit of toleration’ that has many believers shut-up and locked down by a ‘victim mentality’. DON’T SHOUT ME DOWN, NAH? #ijs

The Apostle James says, ‘You show me your faith without works, and I’ll show you my faith by what I do’. (Ref. James 2:14-26). The devil is not impressed because your faith gets a bigger house, a new car, 20 credit cards—for a season.  While you’re walking around so high and lofty=minded, that thieving liar knows that with you paying 32% interest rates, any time he’s ready, he can pull the rug right out from under you!  However, what Satan really fears is ‘a BELIEVING BELIEVER’ who actually takes their faith to the trenches of the marketplace, hospital rooms, schools, court room, prisons, crack house, state house and certainly not into your own house!-

Unfortunately, many of God’s elect have become lethargic, disgruntled and are merely biding their time, waiting for Jesus to show up and rapture them off to Heaven? Can you imagine what could happen if instead of blaming God for what’s going on in the earth somebody would actually believe that God is Sovereign and satan ain’t running nothing?  Quess ain’t nobody got time for dat, huh?

Saints, this is war! Like David, when challenged by Goliath, we must stop waiting for the devil to make his next move. The Bible says, “Since the days of John The Baptist, the Kingdom of God has suffered violence, but the violent shall take it by force.” (Matthew 11:12)

It’s time for the Church to take the initiative and confront the devil on our terms! God has given us weapons of mass destruction that enables us to pull down Satan’s strongholds — THE WORD OF GOD, PRAYER & PRAIZ!  “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land”. 2 Chronicles 7:14

Those who recognize their Godly lineage and legacy, will not be content to sit behind the doors of the church, bracing for the devil’s next blow. There’s a remnant of true believers, who will activate their faith, as the Anointed Army of The Living God, and take dominion over the works of the kingdom of darkness!

Precious Warrior, God has not given us the spirit of fear, but a holy bodacious faith!

#SATANICSPOILERALERT! We ain’t scarred to let the devil know, “I am not losing my mind and I’m not giving in! I will bless The Lord at all times! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! I’m fully persuaded that Greater is He that’s in me. I am more than a conqueror through Christ and ain’t no devil in hell gonna walk on the Jesus in me! NOW BACK UP OFF OF ME, YOU LYING DEVIL!”

Didjagetit? NOW, GET UP AND DO SOMETHING! TAKE SOME FAITH-BASED INITIATIVE!

SELAH!

Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!

Ann Caffee

 

THURSDAYS’ PRAYERS!

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SELAH Daily Devotions!

GM FAMILY! GOTTA MOMENT? AAAWWWMAZING!

We’re delighted to invite you to join us in our Weekly Corporate Prayer and Fasting! We are so grateful for one more opportunity to lift our hands heavenward and in one voice shout out to The One True God, the Author and Finisher of our faith! For this is The Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our sight!

There’s a sweet, sweet Spirit in this place,And I know that it’s the Spirit of the Lord;There are sweet expressions on each face,And I know they feel the presence of the Lord.Sweet Holy Spirit, Sweet heavenly Dove, Stay right here with us, filling us with Your love. And for these blessings we lift our hearts in praise;Without a doubt we’ll know that we have been revived, When we shall leave this place…. Shall we pray…

 

Father of All Grace and Glory, as we come humbly before Your Holy Presence, our souls are eternally thankful for one more day! For without a doubt we can truly confess that ‘If it had not been for the LORD on our side, our enemies would’ve swallowed us up!’ BUT THANKS BE TO GOD, The Good Shepherd, The Righteous Judge,The Shield and Strength of our lives, who keeps us as the apple of His Eye! For this cause we bow in holy reverence and in awe of Your Lovingkindness and tender Compassionate Care!

Precious Jesus, as we lift up Your Name high above the earth, proclaiming You as the ONLY Savior, Redeemer, High Priest, King of Kings and Lord of Lords! For it is in YOU that we live, move and have our being! We shall never fail to bless You for that day when You lifted the veil from our eyes, removed the hardness of hearts revealing the Face and Love of God to our sin sick souls! Because of Your Mercy and Grace, You have opened up to us a way out of no way, allowing us to accept Your Sacrificial death, Burial & Ressurection as Atonement for our unrighteousness and receive the miraculous gift restoration, even to become Sons and Daughters of GOD! For this cause, we decree and declare, You Alone are The Door to Eternal Life!

We thank You Lord for looking beyond all of our frailties, faults and the fickleness of our frame, seeing the potential of the gifts You put in us from our Mother’s wombs, and with compassionate patience You continue to mar and mold these earthly clay pots into vessels of honor, reflecting The Glory and Hope of Your calling to a lost and dying world! For it is only Your Goodness, that leads the lost to repentance! For this cause, we will never take Your Merciful Love for granted and now ask You to forgive us for any and every deed, word and though that we have committed, willfully or unwillfully that was in rebellion against Your Kingdom Constitution!  As we plead The Blood of Jesus over our spirits, souls and bodies, we believe and receive Your Promise that if we would confess our sins, You are Faithful and Just to forgive us, wash us in The Blood of Jesus, cleansing us from our iniquities, and restoring us to our rightstanding in The Fold!

According to Your Word, no man can come to The Father, except You draw them, therefore we interceded on behalf of all those who have yet to come into the knowledge of Your Saving Grace, we ask that as You Sit enthroned upon the circle of the earth, knowing the hearts of every man, intervene the satanic scheme of the adversary and accuser of those whom You called MINE! Quicken the hearts and minds with a Spirit of Godly-Repentance and a ‘SINCERE YES’ that causes them to acknowledge their sin and need for a Savior! Let today be their day to ask for Your Forgiveness and receive Your gift of Grace and Mercy, claiming You as their personal Savior and Lord! Lead them to a Bible-Believing, Teaching, Preaching and Living Church of the Living God, where they will be loved and nurtured in Your Will and Ways, that their family and friends might see their good works and Glorify The Father in Heaven!

Father, while we’re praying, we remember those who for whatever reasons have heeded the seduction of familiar satanic spirits, turned and walked away from You, doing those things that seems right in their own minds! We ask that You touch their hearts now that they might see the error and danger of living outside of The Covenant of The Redeemed, and bow their heads now, asking and receiving the Precious Gift of Grace to repent and be restored, even as The Prodigal Son returned to The Father’s House. Let them know that You have not given up on us, and will never forsake any who calls on Your Majestic Name confessing a “COMMITTED YES’! Direct their steps to a local Kingdom fellowship where they will be embraced with The Love of God, nurtured, healed and delivered by Holy Spirit and take their position as joint-heirs, reflecting the Light of God to this dark world that’s destined to eternal destruction and separation from The Way of Truth and Life!

Abba Father, as we entreat Your Throne of Mercy today, we remember the sick, shut-in, those who are grieving and mourning the death of family and friends, those whose lives are being tormented by fear, failure, unbelief, unforgiveness, doubt, anxiety, stress, mental disorder, hopelessness, shame and guilt, disappointment, rejection, broken marriages and relationships, ungodly soul ties, addictions, perverted sexual orientations! We rebuke and renounce every sickness, disease and all manner of afflictions to cease now and by faithin THE POWER AND AUTHORITY OF THE NAME OF JESUS,  we release physical healing to be manifested in the lives and bodies  of Your elect! As God’s anointed, we stand in agreement that everything that does not align with Your Will shall bow, be bound and cast down immediately! We call everything in the atmosphere surrounding Your Chosen, into Divine Alignment now, In Jesus Name!

 

Heavenly Father, Your Word warns us that many are the, afflictions of the righteous therefore Your children are not exempt from experiencing the troubles of this fallen ungodly world’s systems, nevertheless, You have also assured us that nothing happens in our lives except it is cleared through You and we are fully persuaded that trouble has an expiration date but Your Faithful Power to deliver, heal and set us free DOES NOT END!. Therefore, while weeping may endure for a night, Joy SHALL COME in the morning! And at Your appointed time, we shall be delivered from all of life’s maladies, rewarded double for our troubles and EMPOWERED with a burning testimony in our bellies we shall convince, encourage and convict those who we come into contact with that JESUS IS THE SAME, YESTERDAY, TODAY AND 4EVER, and the Promises of GOD are tested, tried and proven in the furnace of affliction to be Yea and Amen!

Father, we know that man shall not live by Bread Alone but by every Word that proceeds from Your Mouth, however sometimes we are so overwhelmed by the noisy pestilence of this DECAYING world that we find ourselves walking in fear and not by faith! Dear Lord, as we lift up every believer who is struggling with temptations to give up and give in to the threats BUT yet have a desire to faithfully hold on to Your Word, we ask You, to send Your assurance that we are never alone and never without Your Very Present Help! Holy Spirit, to ignite a SUPERNATURAL DIVINE POWER OF HOPE, STRENGTH, HEALTH, POWER, PROVISION AND PEACE!

 

Precious Lord, we’re grateful that You always desire that we come boldly before You, honestly and openly casting all of our care upon You, trusting that You shall perfect everyone of them as we commit them into Your Able and Willing Hands!

 

Sweet Jesus, as we lift up our children and our children’s children, help us to remember that such were some of us! By faith, we decree and declare that every scheme that Satan desires to inflict upon them, IS HEREBY CANCELLED IMMEDIATELY! We commit them into Your providential care! Realizing that You have a plan and purpose for their lives. we have the blessed assurance that YOU HAVE A PLAN AND PURPOSE FOR EACH ONE OF THEM, EVERY STEP AND STOP IS BEING ORDERED UNDER THE WATCHFUL CARE OF YOUR EYES!

Heavenly Father, as You have instructed, we pray for the leaders of our nation, corporate, judicial, education, financial institutions and our churches! We’re asking that You touch their minds and hearts of those that You’ve ordained for leadership for such a time as this! Lord speak to them in dreams and visions reminding them that POWER BELONGS TO YOU Who Sit Enthroned Above the Heavens! Convict them that Your eyes are going to and fro throughout the whole earth, keeping record of the deeds of every man’s heart and will reward accordingly! We believe that because their hearts are in Your Hands, they are being continuously opened to hear and obey Your Will! Lord Jesus, we’re standing on Your Word as decreed that The government of this world shall rest upon Your shoulders and that You are The Eternal King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

Holy Father, we lift up every Bishop, Pastor, Overseer, Apostle, Evangelist, Preacher. Teacher, Missionary, auxiliary leader, usher, musician, choir member and director and church member! Undergird them with Your Anointing and conviction to carry out their assignment, under the direction of Holy Spirit. Cover them as they go in and out amongst Your people with honor, wisdom and favor!All who would seek to discredit, hinder and even destroy their faith, faithfulness and the ministry You have ordained from their mother’s womb, shall be rebuked and restrained by The Power of Holy Spirit. In Jesus Name!

LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, we pray that every demonic-induced spirit of fear, failure, hopelessness and disappointment be annihilated by Your Anointing and that the Spirit of Power, Love and a Sound-mind be released now, in Jesus Name! We may not always understand what You are doing because Your ways continue to baffle our finite minds and sometimes we don’t understand what and why things are happening to us, we trust and KNOW 4 SURE, that when it’s all said and done, SATAN SHALL BE DEFEATED AND THE NAME OF OUR GOD SHALL BE EXALTED!

ABBA Father, we wait in confidence and quietness, our souls resting, trusting wholly that all workers of iniquity are suddenly trembling, retreating in shameful defeat, acknowledging that the JIG IS UP because You have heard the voice of our weepings, supplications and received our prayer as a sweet savor coming up before Your Sovereign Throne of Grace and Mercy!

We declare and decree that we shall awaken each morning armed with Grace to stand and accomplish every assignment and earnest hope-filled tomorrows! We know that our God is worthy of all worship and that we shall continue to lean on His everlasting arms blessed, safe, secure and assured of His Love and Care in this life and in the next, in the Name of Jesus!

Heavenly Father, we seal this prayer with gratitude, honor and a praise! We believe that every prayer request that is aligned with YOUR PERFECT WILL IS ALREADY DONE! In The Exalted Name of Jesus we shout Halleleujahhhh!!!! Amen 3x!

SELAH!

Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!

 

 

 

U HARVEST WHAT U PLANT!

U HARVEST WHAT U PLANT 2. 2018

SELAH Daily Devotions!

Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Now, son of man, will you judge, will you judge the bloody city? Yes, show her all her abominations! 3Then say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “The city sheds blood in her own midst, that her time may come; and she makes idols within herself to defile herself. 4You have become guilty by the blood which you have shed, and have defiled yourself with the idols which you have made. You have caused your days to draw near, and have come to the end of your years; therefore I have made you a reproach to the nations, and a mockery to all countries. 5Those near and those far from you will mock you as infamous and Ezekiel 22:1-5

In you they take bribes to shed blood; you take usury and increase; you have made profit from your neighbors by extortion, and have forgotten Me,” says the Lord God. full of tumult. Ezekiel 22:23

Can your heart endure, or can your hands remain strong, in the days when I shall deal with you? I, the Lord, have spoken, and will do it. 15 I will scatter you among the nations, disperse you throughout the countries, and remove your filthiness completely from you. 16You shall defile yourself in the sight of the nations; then you shall know that I am the Lord.”’” Ezekiel 22:12, 14-16

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:7-10

 

While, a lot of us readily agree that the most prominent characteristic of The Creator of Life is Love! However, there is that other part of GOD that we prefer to deny or attempt to IGNORE as being an EQUALLY intricate component of God’s Holiness…Justice! According to Ezekiel 22, God sends His servant, Ezekiel, to admonish the people of Jerusalem that their cantankerous sinfulness and unrelenting rejection of His Holy standard of Righteousness has provoked God to the end of Mercy! While this would break God’s heart to do so, they were about to personally experience the boiling point of frustrating The Grace of God and triggering the out pour of His anger…Wrath!

Ezekiel was tasked by God, The Righteous Judge, to inform God’s chosen of the list of charges indited against them. Jerusalem, once renowned as God’s Beautiful City of Peaceful Habitation, had now become infamously known as the Bloody City! Although Jerusalem’s sins were many, showing disregard for human life and leading to violence and death, their sinfulness didn’t exceed the bloodiness of the other pagan cities surrounding it! Yet, because they had the Word, prophets, and priests of God, they were justifiedly held to a much higher standard. However, like many of the 21st Century creme la crème have totally misinterpreted the purpose and intent of God’s blessings, assuming that somehow their physical attributes, heightened intellectual aptitude, financial wealth and elite social status entitles them to esteem themselves above everybody! Kinda reminds you of #45, huh? #SERIOUSLY!

God’s people erroneously believed that because God had claimed them as His own Holy Possession, they were exempt from adhering to His Commandments and excluded from Eternal judgment. They were absolutely convinced that they were IN LIKE FLYNN (or is it Flint)! In other words, we can do whatever we want, as long as we want to, and to whoever we want to… and there will be no consequences, after all God calls me, “MINE”! Besides that we got The Temple!

Over many generations, God had been graciously patient with their bullheadedness! However, after searching for someone to stand in the gap, interceding on their behalf, upholding The Righteousness of God to advert God’s judgment, yet finding not one who would commit to this lofty task, THEIR JIG WAS UP! Eventually, because of the wickedness of their own hearts, time ran out! As they continued to defile His Name with their importunate unfaithfulness, despising His Holy Things with gross idolatry, profaning The Sabbath and their blatant propensity to repulse God’s generous offer of repentance. As a result of their lack of obedience, rejecting His HOLY Code of moral ethics, lethargy for the disadvantaged and making a mockery of God before the gentile nations, FINALLY GOD said, “You Have Forgotten ME! That’s when God resolved to invoke The Sovereignty of HIS NAME!

God’s tactical reversal proved to His Beloved that there MUST be a difference between their own life or for the people they were called to serve! And while it’s extremely rare today to find ENOUGH circumstantial evidence to support it amongst the lifestyle of the saints and the sinner man, there IS A difference between the fate of the unclean and the clean!

God elected to remove the hedge of protection from around them and pour out His indignation upon them, He gathered them into a furnace of affliction! Ezekiel would warn all who rebel against God’s Will, violating the Law, would receive their just reward according to their own deeds! As silver is melted in the midst of a furnace, the fury of God’s anger would be a consuming fire, refining and purifying their hearts corrupted by the dross of fleshy carnal lust, leaving only that which will glorify God! In the midst of the fire of God’s Wrath, “Ye shall know that I the LORD HAS DONE THIS! Hence, demonstrating that if we insist on having our own way, we will be rewarded with the harvest we have planted!

Unless you were born late last night or arrived on planet Earth early this morning, you’ve probably heard some folk making excuses to deceive themselves and relieve the guilt and shame of habitual disobedience. At the same time, depending on whose presence they happen to be in at any particular time, they’ll put on a show! Don’t get it twisted, we’ve ALL BEEN THERE! And as the ol’ skool Preacha said, “You might fool some of the people, some of the time…BUT U CAN’T FOOL GOD…NONE OF THE TIME! Remember, GOD WILL NOT BE MOCKED! As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest…will not cease!

Every day that you wake up in the present, is seed time and the world to come (Eternity) is where we shall reap what we sow NOW!

When one forgets God and leaves his ways, the path into every kind of abomination opens before him.” (Alexander)

‘Cuse me, jus wondering? Does this whole scenario sound disturbingly familiar to EVERYDAY 2018 NEWS, OR IS IT JUST ME? I guess it’s true, huh? The more times change, the more we remain the same! I remember Grand Ma saying, ‘U NEED TO WEAR THIS OL’ WORLD LIKE LOOSE-FITTING OVERCOAT…AFTER ALL WE DIDN’T COME HERE TO STAY” #WOW! #IJS!

SELAH!

Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!

Ann Caffee

 

 

THE HEART OF THE FATHER!

THE HEART OF THE FATHER

 

SELAH Daily Devotions!

 

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23:1

Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. 29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:28-31

 
Uuuh forgive my intrusion into your alabaster box, howeverrrrr! Do you sometimes cry out, as I have, “God, don’t You see my tears? Can’t You see my broken heart? God, never mind me, but how can You bear to see the agony of my loved one? God, I know that You care. I just don’t understand why You don’t intervene in this situation right now. Why don’t You do something? And, God, why did you do that?”

Then,  in the midst of my lamenting heart,  I seem to hear His still, small voice whispering, “Ann, trust Me. I know what’s best.”

…And I’m left to wonder, “Hold up, Ms. Smarty pants, why  would  you ever think that you know better than God what’s best for yourself  or your loved one, huh?”

Perhaps, that kind of thinking is the product of humanity’s naivety to presume that once we finally surrender our hearts to The Saving Grace of Jesus Christ, from that point on life consists of floating down rose, hydrangea, tulip and lilly clad pathways of ease, on our way to the Pearly Gates of New Jerusalem!  Unfortunately, there’s nothing in The Holy Writ that remotely resembles such a scenario. In fact, there’s more evidence to support that following in the Footsteps of Jesus is more likely to parallel swallowing big gulps from the cup of imminent suffering and sacrifice! #SERIOUSLY!!!

Remember, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.”  Job 14:1

Don’t get it twisted!  I am not being sacrilegious nor am I craaazzzy enough to dare imply that our Heavenly Father is a Dead-Beat Dad or some kinda Narcissistic Sadist! Quite the contrary!  I am fully persuaded that before the Beginning began, The Creator of Life, in the Sovereignty of His Own Will, determined that purpose trumps pain! Hence, God has Divinely orchestrated the terrains of our journey to include sporadic detours through wilderness pit stops as well as ecstatically triumphant mountain top encounters to perfect in us the same Godly Character and Radiant Glory of our Kinsmen Redeemer!

Remember, “His Ways are not our ways and His Thoughts supersede our severely limited intellectual capacity to comprehend the length, width and depth and wonder of His Omnipotent Omniscience! (Ref. Isaiah 55:8-9)

Nevertheless, by Faith, we know that all things work together for our highest good and His Greatest Glory! (Ref. Romans 8:28) Consequently,  as  Blood-washed, Born-again children of The Most High God, no matter what it looks like, in the end VICTORY BELONGS 2 JESUS! Thus, WE SHALL OVERCOME!  #DIDJAHEARDAT? #WOW!!!

 Beloved, thru test, trial, toil and tragedy, wisdom has revealed through experience that the quicker that you and I acquiesce to the promptings of The God In Me//You, the sooner our po-wearied-soul is encompassed about with the Comforting Presence, Joy and Peace of The Only Wise Savior and Lord of our Life! 

Holy Father, time and time again, You’ve  proven to be The Loving and Compassionate Shepherd who leads and guides my steps and stops according to what’s  best for me! Therefore, I humbly bow, submitting myself under Your Mighty Hands,  declaring and decring “Lord whatever You’re doing… don’t do it without me!  Abba, when my circumstances appear to contradict Your Promise and I am tempted  to doubt Your Faithfulness, please help my unbelief and give me a double portion of Your Supernatural Grace 2 Trust  the Benevolence of Ur Heart  even more than what my natural eyes can see! In Jesus Name, AMEN 3X!

SELAH!

Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!

Ann Caffee

THURSDAYS’ PRAYERS!

 

 

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SELAH Daily Devotions!

Good morning Family! GOTTA MOMENT? Ooh Glorraa!

Welcome to a new day! We’re so excited that you’ve joined us in our weekly Thursdays’ Corporate Fasting & Prayer! We appreciate every opportunity to entreat The Presence of our Great High Priest to pour out our hearts desires, petitions and supplications with Thanksgiving. We know that our Heavenly Father delights in our embracing Him in earnest expectation, confident that He Rules Forever by His Power and is willing and able to save and deliver us from any of life’s maladies! Shall we go in?

 

OH Sweet WONDER! Oooohh SWEET WONDER! Jesus The SON of GOD! OOOOH SWEET WONDER! OOOOOHHHH SWEET WONDER! JESUS! THE SON OF GOD! OOOH I WANT TO SEE HIM, LOOK UPON HIS FACE! THERE TO SING 4EVER OF HIS SAVING GRACE! ON THE STREETS OF GLORRAAAA, LET ME LIFT MY VOICE! CARES ALL PAST! HOME AT LAST, EVRRRR TO REJOICE! GLORRRRAAAAA! GLOOORRRRAAAAA! GGGLLLOORRRRAAAA! GGGGLLLOOOORRRAAAAA! GGGGLLLOOORRRRAAAAA! GGGGLLLOOORRRRAAA!

 

Abba Father! We come before You now, giving GlorRRRAAAAA to our Heavenly Father for Your Goodness, Mercy and Grace! We bless and Honor You, for You are God and God Alone! We thank You for watching over us as we slept last night, shielding and protecting us from hurt, harm and dangers! We thank You for gently stirring and waking us up to see one more new day! We bless You for this IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE! We know that there’s NO GOOD THING that we’ve done to deserve such Graciousness! But, it’s because of Your Lovingkindness that we yet live, move and have our very being!

For this cause, Master, we bow humbly before Your Presence, eternally grateful for the privilege You have afforded unto us to come boldly, presenting our concerns and casting all of our cares upon You; confidently assured that You, Our Great High Priest, welcome us, embracing us with outstretched arms, soothing all of our fears and calming all of our doubts!

Heavenly Father, because of Your Divine Favor resting upon us, we can rejoice in the Eternal Hope of Glory, Christ In Us! We bless You for the Blessed Covenant Promises that You’ve spoken over our lives! Therefore, we shall not want, for You Hands have provided everything that is needed pertaining to life and godliness in this world and the next to come! Even as the gross darkness of this sin-lusting world grows dimmer and deeper around us, we who are called by Your Name, yet abide in the Light of Your Peace and Safety under the shadow of Your Almighty Wings, fully persuaded that no weapon that is formed against us shall prosper because You will never leave us nor forsake us!

Sweet Jesus, we bless You for Your Love and Faithfulness to complete The Father’s Plan of Salvation that caused You to volunteer to remain on Calvary’s Cross, endure the suffering, despising the shame, joyfully surrendering Your Precious Blood to Death, went thru Hell and arose from the Grave, to redeem from the penalty of sin, eternal destruction, all those Who would accept You as Atonement in our stead! Therefore, we consider it our only reasonable response to present our bodies as living sacrifice, endeavoring to live every day of our lives, acceptable, holy and pleasing to You! Knowing that without Holy Spirit’s empowering us we can do nothing, we ask that You consecrate our hearts as we yield our vessels to You that You might equip us with wisdom, knowledge and understanding that we might be used to build up Your Kingdom in the earth even as it is in Heaven!

Father God, because we are all sinners, saved by Grace and faith in Jesus, we ask that You forgive us for everything that we have done, spoken or thought that was in violation of Your Holy Will. Wash us in the Blood of Jesus, cleansing us from all unrighteousness and restoring us to right position in Your Family as sons of The Most High God! And Holy Father, while You have cautioned us to set our affections on the things above and not beneath, You knowing the frailness and fickleness of our frame recognize that in the midst of the deception, chaos and turbulent winds of adversity, perpetrated by the rampant demonic influence and the profuse corruption of morality in this decaying world, we struggle to keep our minds stayed on Thee!

Precious Lord, we ask that You release from Heaven’s Altar, a double portion of fresh oil, showering down upon all those whose spirits are weary, faint and vexed, that we might be bold encouragers, armed and ready to give a answer for the Hope that we have in The True and Living Father, Creator and Sustainer of All life!

God of ALL Mercy and Comfort, we pray that You embold us that we might be able to always testify that GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME and ALL THE TIME, GOD IS GOOD! Give us tongues of ready writers that we will proclaim YOUR OMNIPRESENCE, OMNISCIENCE and OMNIPOTENCE! And because You are EVERYWHERE AT THE SAME TIME, ALL-KNOWING and ALL POWERFUL, YOU are able and willing to save the lost, reclaim backsliders, heal the sick, restore relationships, reconcile broken marriages, make godly husbands, godly wives, transform rebellious children, make ways out of no ways, open closed doors, shut the gates of our enemies, restore sight to the blind, show mercy to the merciful; release captives, recover the addicts, pull down strongholds, destroy yokes, make crooked places straight, lift up the bow down heads, strengthen the feeble knees and empower the powerless and quicken dead things to life!

Heavenly Father, as You have instructed us, we pray for the leaders of our national, state, local governments and communities, military, civil service providers, corporate, judicial, education, financial institutions, health-care and daycare providers! We’re asking that You touch their minds and hearts, rebuke the demons that would tempt and influence them to do ungodly actions; visit them in the night, speak to them in dreams and visions and let them know that The Governments of This World, rests upon Your Shoulders and You Who Sit Enthroned Above the Heavens is keeping record of the deeds of every man’s heart and will reward accordingly!

Father, we lift up every spiritual leader, asking that You grant an immediate manifestation of that special miracle for each and every one of them who are yet standing on the wall proclaiming Your Word under the convicting Power and Anointing of Holy Spirit! Sweet Jesus, we’re trusting and believing that You will Grace them to be the examples in their homes, churches and community that will cause everyone who comes into contact with them to fall in madly love with You, trusting wholly in and committing to live their lives faithfully and obediently serving You!

Father, as we lift up our children and our children’s children, help us to remember that such were some of us! By faith, we decree and declare that every scheme that Satan desires to inflict upon them, IS CANCELLED! We commit them into Your Providential Care! Realizing that You have a plan and purpose for their lives. we have the blessed assurance that their steps and their stops are being ordered by Your eyes!

Father, we know that there’s so much more that perhaps we should ask, but we know that the Holy Spirit is making interception on all our behalf and stirring up the hearts and minds of those who are professing Your Name to pray without ceasing! We pray that we all will have a ever-burning desire for an even greater personal, intimate relationship with Creator God through fellowship of Holy Spirit that we might prove what is the perfect and acceptable will of The Lord Jesus!

Father, we believe that every demonic-induced spirit of destruction, temptation, selfishness, addiction, rejection, self-hate, suicide, fear and failure is already defeated by Your Anointing and that the Spirit of Love, Power and Sound-mindedness is being released now, in Jesus Name! We declare and decree that He who is pregnant with evil and conceives trouble gives birth to disillusionment. He who digs a hole and scoops it out will fall into the pit he has made. The trouble he causes recoils on himself and his violent schemes will come down on his own head!

 
In closing, we ask that You cover the hearts of Your people with a peace that surpasses all understanding and a confident expectation that our times are in Your Hands! Regardless of the deceitfulness of this world, You have promised to protect, provide and preserve the righteous who trust and obey Your Word! We ask that You continue opening the eyes of our understanding so that Your people are not easily deceived by those who would desire to entrap Your elect in bondage to anything which You have delivered us from! In Jesus Name, Amen 3x!

 
Father, we rejoice in confident quietness, trusting wholly that all workers of iniquity are trembling and suddenly departing in shameful defeat! We thank You for hearing the voice of our weeping and our supplications and have received our prayers as sweet savor coming up before Your Sovereign Throne of Grace and Mercy, therefore You will not withhold Your Mercy from us! Your Love and Your Truth is a wall around us!

 
Abba Father, as we align our spirits, soul and body with Your Eternal Word, believing that our requests and supplications are done, we bow in obedient reverence before The Hope of all the earth, trusting that as Your face shines upon us You are making Your ways and salvation known among all nations for You Guide and Rule justly! Father, we seal this prayer In The Exalted Name of Jesus with our Alleleujah! Amen 3X!

 
Now every child of God who is standing in agreement with this prayer, GO TELL EVERYBODY THAT JESUS LOVES YOU, YOU & YOU! #FRONTLINEMINISTRY

 

SELAH!

Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!