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THURSDAYS’ PRAYERS!

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SELAH Daily Devotions!

Good Morning Family! GOTTA MOMENT? GREAT!

We’re delighted to have you join us today in our  Weekly Thursdays’ Corporate Prayer and Fasting! We appreciate every opportunity and privilege extended to us that we might entreat The Presence of our Great High Priest, pouring out our hearts desires, petitions and supplications with Thanksgiving. Humbled by such graciousness, we bow before Him, embracing Him in earnest expectation, confident that He Who Rules Forever by His Power is able to save and deliver us from any of life’s maladies, we grab hold to The Horns of The Altar now to worship Him…

 

I LOVE HIM! I LOVE HIM! BCUZ HE FIST LOVED ME! HE PURCHASED MY SALVATION, ON CALVARY! LET THE CHURCH SAY YYYESSSSS! YYYESSSSS! YYYEEESSS! YYYYEEESSSSS! YEEEESSSS! YYYESSSS! YES LORD! YYYEEESSSS LORD! YYYEEESSSS LORD! YYYEEEEESSSSS LORD! YYYYEEESSS LORD! YYYYEEESSS LORD! U BEEN SO GOOD! U BEEEN SSOO GOOOD! U BEEENNNN SSSOOO GOOOD! U BEEN SO GOOD! U BEEN SO GOOOOD! U BBEEEENNNN SSSOOOO GOOD! HAVE UR WAY! HAVE UR WAAYYY! HAVE UR WWWAAAAAY! HAVE UR WAY! HHHAAVVEEE UR WWAAAYYY! HAVE UR WAY! LET’S PRAY…

 

Father in Heaven, here we are before you once again. We come today with outstretched arms, open hands and grateful hearts, thanking You for blessing us with one more day! Great Is Thy Faithfulness, O Lord, unto me! For this is the day that You have made, therefore we’re rejoicing in The Splendor of Your Magnificent Glory! We know that it’s only by Your Grace and Mercy, that we’re yet here to enjoy life, health and strength! We bless Your Name for the continuous outpouring of Your Unconditional Lovingkindness towards us! As we present ourselves as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable unto you we’re trusting You to provide everything that we need today to sustain us thru whatever challenges that unfold during the course of this day! Abba Father, we know that You Alone are our God, Guard and Guide!

 

Abba Father, it’s with Eternal Gratitude that we bless You for allowing us to enter into Your Throne Room, with hope-filled expectation that You will entreat us graciously as we pour out the burdens that seem to overwhelm our hearts, releasing and committing everything that concerns us to You because You’ve proven Yourself to be Faithful and True.

 

Bowing before You, we acknowledge Your Omnipresence, Omnipotence and Omniscience! You see and You already know everything about everyone of us, yet You invite us to come fully expecting to find Grace and Mercy, comfort and strength that encourages us to hold on to every Word that You have spoken over our lives, even before we were born!

 

Daddy, yielding humbly before Your Sovereignty, we ask Your forgiveness for everything that we have spoken, done and even thought that was not pleasing in Your sight. We now thank You because You have assured us that if we would confess our sins, You, being Faithful and Just, will forgive us, and wash us in The Precious Blood of Jesus, cleanse us from all unrighteousness, and restore the breach that our disobedience has caused between our poor souls and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

 

Now, we pray Holy Spirit, that You will intercede on behalf of our family, our friends, even our enemies, knowing that Your love is the same for each and everyone of us!

We lift up all who have never trusted and accepted Your Son Jesus as Savior and Lord! We believe Holy Spirit is quickening that stony heart now imparting a Spirit of Godly-Repentance that’s provoking them to come, humbled by Your Lovingkindness, and they are now receiving Your Mercy and Grace to Save. We believe that You are leading, guiding and planting them into the fertile grown of a local church where they shall be accepted with Love and embrace with Joy by Your Family, taught and transformed by Your Word of Life to take their position in The Kingdom of Heaven. 

We pray for every backslider, who having been deceived by Satan, has turned their back on Your Salvation and Deliverance and gone back into the bondage of this dark, evil and sin-lusting world. Father, we know that because You so loved the world, You sent Jesus to die for sinners and saints! Because You are The Good Shepherd and full of Loyal Love, You are wating with open Arms and Heart to receive them back into The Fold if they will ask You to forgive them, recommit and dedicate the rest of their lives wholly unto faithfully serving You!

Abba, we know that You have instructed us, to look not at the temporary things, but to the eternal, yet because of the frailness of our flesh, we’re easily tempted to become overwhelmed by the cares of this world causing our hearts to become burdened with the pressures of this life! While we struggle to stay focused on Your Presence and Promises, sometimes our spirits become wearied with fear, doubt, unbelief, plagued with restlessness, despondency and hopelessness, sickness and disease, financial debt, marriage problems, wayward rebellious children, broken relationships, unprovoked threats, depression, addictions and insecurities that we lose sight of Your Everlasting Promises of Provision and Protection! Father, help us to stand still and keep us in the center of Your Will, as only You can!

 

Lord Jesus, we lift up  those whose bodies are afflicted by all manner of sickness and diseases. We ask that You touch our brothers and sisters, especially those who are enduring fatal and dibilitating illness caused by the Spirit of cancer, strokes, heart attacks, kidney failure, liver disease. We intercede on behalf of all those undergoing surgical procedures, those in recovery rooms, those on life-support systems, not knowing that they’re even in this world! We’re declaring and decreeing that as we’re praying You’re walking through every ward, touching, healing, delivering, miraculously rebuking fatigue, mistakes, mishaps, misdiagnosis and premature death for Your Name Sake.

As Your Eyes roam to and fro throughout the earth, we pray that You save and deliver speedily by Your Mighty Hand all those who are crying out and seeking Your Face at the very moment! Give us to know that because we belong to You, we are never too far that You can’t see us, reach us, and shield us from every weapon that our enemy would rail against us. Impart, wisdom and understanding that Your Name, Jesus is a Strong Tower to those that You have declared righteous can run into to be saved. Open up our minds and our hearts, fill us with confident assurance that You are LORD of, over, in and through ALL! You have sworn by GOD-SELF that You will never ever leave nor forsake us, even to the end of this Age!!

 

Grace us with hope-filled Peace that no trouble, test or tragedy can come near us except You allow it to prove our faith and Your Faithfulness to turn everything around to work in our favor, bringing about exuberant testimonies and praises of Your Eternal Magnificence, Honor, Glory and Power! Even we don’t know what to do, we’re trusting You to preserve us in every trial, keep us fully-confident that You have Pre-Ordained an expiration date and promised to bring them out wholly restored, renewed, refreshed and with the reward as You have promised them in Your Word!

 

Father, thank You for listening to the hearts of all those who are distraught by grief and fear, remember the elderly, the widows, the downcast who have borne the heat of the day, those who pushed and prayed us through! Father, give them sweet peace that our God is not unrighteous to forget or overlook the labor and love they’ve shown towards Your Name and how they have and continue to minister to the saints! Father we decree that every demonic-induced spirit of fear and confusion is defeated NOW because of Your Anointing and that the Spirit of Love, Power and Sound-mindness and Purpose is being released in the lives of Your people now, in Jesus Name!

Precious Lord, remember the children, our grands and great-grand children! By faith we plead THE BLOOD OF JESUS is covering them wherever they go! We abort and overrule every curse, cancel every scheme that Satan desires to inflict upon their lives! As we commit them into Your Providential care, we remember how generous You were and continue to be in dispensing Grace and Mercy towards us! Realizing that You have a Plan and Purpose for their lives too, we resist fear and worry, but through faith and patience, we walk in the Blessed Assurance that their steps and stops are being Divinely orchestrated by Your eyes! Therefore we speak The Peace of God over their spirits, minds and bodies releasing a spirit of Love, Holiness and Excellence to fulfill their God ordained destiny!

 
Abba, we lift up every Bishop, Pastor, Overseer, Apostle, Evangelist, Preacher and Teacher, Deacon, Board Member, Usher, Muscian, Choir, Praiz Team member, Nurses, Parking Attendant and Security personnel! Undergird them with Your Anointing to carry out their assignment, under the direction of Holy Spirit. Encourage and strengthen their hearts, souls and spirits as they endeavor to serve, reach, teach, preach, guide, guard and comfort those whom You’ve charged them to minister to. Lord You know how discouraging it can be when oftentimes they seem to turn a deaf ear to Your Word! Cover them as they go in and out amongst Your people and any who would seek to discredit, hinder and even destroy their faith, faithfulness and the ministry You have ordained.

 

Heavenly Father, as You have instructed us, we pray for the leaders of our nation, government, corporate, judicial, education, financial, health institutions, military and community service workers!  We’re asking that You touch their minds and hearts, speak to them in dreams and visions letting them know that You Who Sit Enthroned Above the Heavens are 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 pray for total deliverance from every cord that would bind Your people and come against our Divine Destiny! We rebuke the enemies of our minds and Thankya that nothing can stop the blessings or us from performing the greater works You have assigned to the covenant saints! Strengthen and renew the Covenant of Faith! We thankya for the courage and patience to stand, steadfast, consistent, always abounding in the work of our LORD!

Lord, there are so many other things, that we have yet to mention, but we’re trusting, believing You to fix it, Jesus, as only You can! Lord, we know that You are not just able, but willing to do anything that we ask, in accordance to Your Word, in Jesus Name! As we walk through this day, depending soley on You for an Abundant Life, Divine Health and Your  Unspeakable Joy to strengthen us for whatever lies ahead, we shall give You all the Praise!

As we offer us this prayer, Father we wait in confidence and quietness, rejoicing in hope and trusting wholly that all workers of iniquity are trembling and suddenly departing in shameful defeat, because You have heard the voice of our weeping, our supplications and received our prayer as a sweet savor coming up before Your Sovereign Throne of Grace and Mercy!

Sweet HOLY SPIRIT, we seal this prayer with A Holy Hallaleujahhh! For WE believe that it is done! In The Exalted Name of Jesus. Amen 3X

Now every child of God who is standing in agreement with this prayer, GO TELL SOMEBODY JESUS IS REAL, HE LOVES THEM , HE STILL SAVES AND HE’S COMING BACK SOON!

SELAH!
Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!

GOD IS HOLY, BUT MINISTRY IS MESSY

GOD IS HOLY BUT MINISTRY IS MESSY

 

SELAH Daily Devotions!

 

Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at His footstool—HE IS HOLY.

Moses and Aaron were among His priests, And Samuel was among those who called upon His name; They called upon the LORD, and He answered them.

He spoke to them in the cloudy pillar; They kept His testimonies and the ordinance He gave them.

You answered them, O LORD our God; You were to them God-Who-Forgives , on their deeds. Exalt the LORD our God, And worship at his Holy hill, For the LORD our GOD IS HOLY. Psalm 99:5-9

 

Considering all that God has done through the Life, Death, Burial and Resurrection of our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ, it’s just our reasonable service to esteem His Righteousness and exalt His Name as Awesome and Worthy of reverent adoring praise and worship! After all, except Jesus humbling Himself, leaving The Holiness, Glory and Majesty He’d known throughout Eternity Past, coming down to dwell among wormy humanity, we’d never know the Love, Justice, Equity and Righteousness of The Invisible Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Omniscient Living God and Creator!

And to think, He was so committed to fulfilling His Father’s plan and purpose for His most precious of all creation, He submitted Himself so graciously,  ignoring our rejection and despising the shame and bore the burden of our sin that we might become sons of God! #AWEMAAZING #GRACE

He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: John 1:11-12

Likewise, we who have accepted the Benefits of so great a Salvation, have been charged with the responsibility to carry out our Redeemer’s assignment that His Joy may be filled to the overflow! Unfortunately, as God’s Intercessors Moses, Aaron and Samuel discovered, the pathway of Righteousness is often plagued with test, trials, trauma and travesty! In other words, it’s not always easy to help those you’re assigned to minister to! Ministry is Messy!

Nevertheless, it behooves us to remember Whose we are and Who we’ve been called to serve!  In other words, since we represent Christ, we must take on the same character. It ain’t about making a name for ourselves but it’s about lifting up The Name of Jesus! This tremendous task requires compassionate gentleness, meekness, discipline, loads of tolerance and a whole lotta intentional knowing that Sinners sin and hurting people, hurt people!

“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me!” John 15:19-21

Didjaheardat?

Beloved, if it had not been for the LORD, reaching way down and snatching you and I out of our miry clay, where would we be?  I don’t know about you, but my heart yet flutters  shamefully at such thoughts! BUT GOD, huh? Yes Lawd!

For I say unto you, That except your righteousness, shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthews 5:20

Never 4get, we are all called to be intercessors, if for no other reason but eternal gratitude! Hence, don’t be so easily offended but gird up the loins of your mind, strap yourself in the whole armour of God and report for duty!

TRUST2KNOW, without the test, there’d be no testimonies and without treking though the swamp of human misery, there’d be no ministry! #ijs…MINISTRY IS MESSY! #CARRYON!!!

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!

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MY CUP

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SELAH Daily Devotions!

But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father. Matthew 20:22-23

WOW! I’ll never forget that look that came across her face when I innocently reiterated that jealousy, envy, coveting and competitiveness had no place amongst the Saints of God! Was I really that naive or was I simply rightly dividing The Word of Truth? Either way, I must admit that there’s a whole lotta this stuff going on in the Body of Christ. And apparently, it started long before we came in, huh?

According to our scripture text, even those who literally walked with Jesus from the beginning of His Earthly ministry until His Ascension didn’t understand the real mission of The Kingdom of God in the earth. Mrs. Zebedee, the mother of James and John, went to Jesus, supposedly to worship Him, but was actually trying to get a hook-up for her boys. Seems like the more things change, the more they stay the same, huh? Hence, believe it or not, there are still folk today who play the same kinda religious games. Perpetrating, as if they’re following Jesus, but knowing their true motives,  Jesus also knows them that are His! Sunday after Sunday, folk will pack out churches everywhere; unfortunately, not out of a genuine personal love for Him or pure adoration for Who He Is, nor in sincere appreciation for all that He’s done, but rather for what they can get out of it! As if God is a Sugar Daddy! #Don’tshoutmedown! #ijs

Jesus warning the Mother, ‘be careful what you wish for, you just might get it! And chances are it won’t look like anything you thought it would.’ As a parent, naturally, we want our children to be successful, however, our personal desires must never take precedence over praying for God’s specific Will for their lives!

Turning to The Sons of Thunder, Jesus asked, ‘Can you drink the cup I’m going to drink?’ Both responded in ignorant arrogance, (having no idea what the true cost of The Anointing entailed) “We can!”  Finally, Jesus told them in so many words, ‘Ok, be it done unto you as you have said!’ And as history records, indeed they would! James would be imprisoned and eventually executed and John would be exiled for spreading The Gospel of The Kingdom!

Looking from the sidelines, perhaps bedazzled by the illusion of glitz and glamor, one might misinterpret the Glory of Transformation! (Ref. 1 Peter 1:16-18)  The lust for power, fame and wealth has lured many a soul to judge, criticize, complain and even compare themselves to someone that God’s using to carry out His Plan! However, wisdom suggests that until you’ve actually walked in their shoes, you don’t know the contents of the cup and the weight of the cross they’ve borne to prepare them for the Crown! Remember, to whom much is given, much is required!

Consequently,  21st Century Millenniums, who ascribe to the dictates of a ‘instant-gratification-go-getter-Burger King’ contemporary society, are ill-prepared for the challenges incurred while waiting on The Lord to promote them! In fact,  there are many who seek positions without persecution! Could this be the reason for so much back-biting, brown-nosing, coveting and competitions in churches, huh? You do know that  a slick suit, dob hat, pointed-toe leather shoes and an alligator briefcase does not denote a personal relationship with God anymore than carrying a BIG Bible, drapping your body in a prayer shawl, and wearing Red-Bottom  7 inch Stilettos equate one’s anointing?  That’s not what The Bible means by, ‘count up the cost’!  #4REAL!

Looking into The Cup, tasting the bitterness, seeing the pressure of Gethesemane, nevertheless, Jesus humbled Himself to the tyranny of human hatred, the bruising inflicted by the cat-of-nine tails, the shameful slander and mockery of His accusers, enduring the painful piercing of crucifixion, the unspeakable agony of being separated from His Father’s Presence, went through Hell for The Glory of redeeming you and I back  into rightstanding  with The God of Compassionate Grace and Mercy!  (Ref. Matthew 26:39) #Didjaheardat?

Beloved, Jesus’s Life was an illustrated sermon to teach us that real ministry means submitting to the process, making a courageous commitment to stand up for Jesus  in the face of testing and trials and power and authority based on serving rather than being served! Right? Question is, are you really willing to drink from His cup to follow Him?

SELAH!

Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!

Ann Caffee