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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 4 

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!  Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.  Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.  And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.  Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:4-9

 

If the only evidence that the Prosecution had to convict us of being Christian was our countenance or our dispositions,  how many of our cases would be thrown out and we’d get off scott-free!? A lot of 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!  #ijs

If anybody should have joy, it’s the saints of the Most High God. 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!

Perhaps, some of us have become wearied on the journey of life 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 that makes you wanna  HOLLA and THROW UP BOTH OF MY HANDS AND RUN AROUND THE ROOM!

Didjaheardat? JESUS OVER YOU! WOW,  NOW DATZ POWERFUL!

SELAH!

Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!

Ann Caffee

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THURSDAYS’ PRAYERS!

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SELAH Daily Devotions!

 

GM FBF! GOTTA MOMENT? GREAT GOD ALMIGHTY!

We’re delighted that you have joined us today in our Weekly Corporate Thursdays’ Prayer and Fasting! While the world is foolishly looking to man to deliver us, we, Your Children, in faithful obedience, look to You, JESUS, The Author and Finisher of our Faith to cause us to NOT JUS SURVIVE BUT THRIVE in the day of evil! Let’s pray…Ooops Care2Share?

Reach out and touch The Lord, as He goes by! You’ll find He’s not too busy to hear your cry! He IS PASSING BY THIS MOMENT! UR NEED HE WILL SUPPLY! REACH OUT AND TOUCH THE LORD AS HE GOES BY! O, Sweet Wonder! Oh Sweet Wonder! Jesus, The Son of God! Ooohh Sweet Wonder! Oh! Sweet Wonder! Jesus! The Son of God! Here I am to worship, Here I am to bow down, Here I am to say that You’re my God, You’re altogether lovely, Altogether worthy, Altogether wonderful to me!

Our Father and Our God, we come this morning, eternally grateful for Your Loving-Kindness and Tender Mercy us that has been bestowed upon us! For this is the day that You have made and we SHALL REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT! With joy-filled humbled hearts, we set our attentions on things above and not below, knowing that You Forever Rule and Reign! You are Elohim, LORD, GOD, ALMIGHTY, JEHOVAH all by YOURSELF! Beside YOU, there is none else to revere, fear and none to compare! For You are HOLY!

Throughout the Ages, You Alone have proven to be The Only Wise God, Savior and Lord of all, in and through all! As You have blessed and favored us, we now come boldly before Your Throne, lifting up The Name that is above all names, The Sweetest Name we know, JESUS!

SWEET JESUS, we’re thankful that because You are Enthoned at The Right Hand of The Father, clothed in Majesty as The Great and Eternal High Priest, Who voluntarily stripped GODself to come down and walk amongst us, allowing Yourself to be wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, bore our guilt and shame and have been touched with the feelings of our infirmities! It’s only by Your Graciousness, we are able to approach You confident that Your Mercy has imputed ALL THAT JESUS IS unto us! Therefore, we stand in this Amazing Grace, resting assured that In Christ Jesus, we are The Righteousness of God, Forgiven, Redeemed, Restored and inheriting all the riches and glory of Thine Eternal Kingdom!

Abba Father, as we come today with our our hearts rejoicing, hands lifted up and our lips forever praizing You we declare, Oh, how awesome are Your deeds! For You have preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping! Because You know our frame, Your faithfulness and compassion continuously allows You to look beyond our human frailties, faults and iniquities to see and yet minister to all of our real need! Because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God You keep right on blessing us over and over again! With sincere Godly-repentance, we ask You to forgive us this day for any and everything we have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to Your Heart. As we confess our sin, You are Faithful and Just to forgive, pardon and restore us back into rightful fellowship with You, we ask now for Your forgiveness, in The Precious Name of Jesus!

And because no man can come to The Father, except You draw them, we pray for the lost and the blind who have no personal revelation of Who You are an all that You’ve Done for us! We ask that You open their eyes to see the lawless of their sin through Your eyes and to acknowledge it as evil wickedness and rebellion against the Creator and Lover of our souls, The Giver and Sustainer of All Life! Hence, we pray that You quicken their spirits to repent immediately, and confess with their mouths their wrongdoing that they might receive the Gracious forgiveness of our Heavenly Father! As You have forgiven me, Lord forgive them for their sins, because they know not what they do!

Lord God, because Your Word declares that You are married to the backslider, we ask You to put a  “committed YES” in the heart and mind of every backslider! Let today be the day that they come back to You and come back to YOUR church where they will submit their lives to the sound teachings of Your Word, and learn to love and live their lives walking to please You First!

Father, there are so many who are faced with many different situations. Some are dealing with hurt, pain, illnesses, sorrow and grief. Some are battling depression and oppression; addictions, low self esteem and the list goes on and on. Many are contemplating throwing in the towel on your spouse, your family; some simply don’t know what to do. As Your Word has instructed, we now look to the hills from whence cometh all our help; knowing that whatever challenges we’re faced with, You are still in control.

Jehovah Rophe, touch our brother, touch our sister whose body has been afflicted by sickness and disease, especially the spirit of cancer, kidney disease, heart/lung disease and rebuke and cast it out at the root, for Your Name Sake. You are Alpha and Omega, the same yesterday, today and forever! Therefore, even as You walked this earth healing all who were sick, feeble, lame we know that You’re Well Able to do the same right now! Your Word declares that Your stripes have redeemed and healed us and we’re yet standing on your promises that the prayer of faith shall save the sick and raise them up! In Jesus Name we declare and decree that The God of ALL Peace, Love, Hope, Wholeness and Serenity is covering and comforting each one of us even as we pray! Amen 3x!

Dear Lord, we’re believing that as You are releasing Divine power, Supernatural strength and health, provision, prosperity and protection, we’re trusting that You will keep us constantly aware of YOUR PRESENCE and fully-confident that at the appointed time, You, will bring us out wholly restored, renewed, refreshed and with the reward as You have promised in Your Word!

Heavenly Father, as You have instructed us, we pray for the leaders of our nation and the world and every corporate, judicial, education, financial institutions! We ask 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 thatThe government of this world shall rest upon Your shoulders and that You are The Eternal King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

Abba Father, we lift up every Bishop, Pastor, Overseer, Apostle, Evangelist, Preacher, Teacher and auxiliary leader. 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 and those who would seek to discredit, hinder and even destroy their faith, faithfulness and ministry, You have ordained!

Father, we’re lifting up our children, our children’s children by faith, as many of them are about to begin a new school year, some are entering the workforce, hence, we’re committing them into Your care, realizing that You have a plan and purpose for their lives too; we have the blessed assurance that their steps and stops are being Divinely orchestrated by Your eyes!

Lord Jesus, when the cares of this world begins to close in on us, help us to slip away and find a quiet place to pray! And in those moments when we can’t pray, we know that You listen to our hearts and interpret every moan, groan and sigh of our spirits! Father, we thank You that despite our fractures and dysfunctions, You yet continue to bless us that we may be a blessing to others. You keep us strong that we may help the weak. You will keep us uplifted that we may have words of encouragement for others. You will strengthen our hearts to pray for those who are lost and can’t find their way, pray for those who are misjudged and misunderstood, those who don’t know You intimately and for those who don’t believe that You sent Jesus not to condemn us, but to convict us and to free us from the power, pain and penalty of Sin!

Abba Father, we know that You have instructed us to look not at the temporary things but to the eternal, so please help those whose hearts are burdened with the pressures of this life, wearied with fear, doubt, unbelief, sickness and disease, financial debt, broken relationships, unprovoked threats, depression, addictions, insecurities and grief, the widows, the downcast who have born the heat of the day, those who pushed and prayed us through! Lord, give them sweet Peace! Lord, keep us as only You can!

Father, help us to not complain about things that are out of our control and enlighten us to recognize that faith in God not only changes people, it changes me; and only You, O God have the Power to change things!

As we near the close of our prayer, we’re praising You for peace, unity, love and joy in our homes; believing that Your Divine Favor is being poured out upon everyone now and their faith is rising to a level that they’re faithful and obedient to live everyday as You have commanded, allowing You to release supernatural abundance in every area of our lives, because we have committed to put You first,all our needs are met. In Jesus Name!
Lord, save, heal and deliver speedily all who are crying out to you, seeking Your Face at this very moment! Give us to know that because we belong to You, we’re never too far that You can’t see us, reach us, and shield us from anything that the devil would rail against us. Help us to understand that Your Name, Jesus is a Strong Tower, and those that run into it and are saved!
Lord Jesus, while there are many other things that we have yet to mention, we’re trusting that You are not just able, but You’re willing to do anything that we ask and imagine, according to You Perfect Will. We decree and declare, believing You to fix IT Jesus, as only You can!
Abba Father, we wait in confidence and quietness, rejoicing in hope and trusting wholly that You have listened, 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! We thank You and seal this Prayer In The Holy Ghost, for WE KNOW 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 THAT JESUS LOVES AND CARES ABOUT U2!

SELAH!

Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!

 

 

REFUGE

REFUGE

 

SELAH Daily Devotions!

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. Nahum 1:7

 

One of those most prominent desires of humanity is a sense of security. Thanks to our progenitors, Adam and Eve, the moment that we submitted to the diabolic deception of The Tempter, Satan, we got what we wanted but lost what we had! Scriptures reveal the absolute perfection that they enjoyed walking in The Will of Creator God! Any and everything their pure hearts desired was readily available to them just for the asking. Yet, the one thing God required of them was the same thing that the devil used to lure them away from what God commanded, faithful obedience!

Since mankind’s expulsion from The Paradise of The Garden Eden, we’ve been trying to find our own piece of peace in the midst of this sin-fated world we’ve been forced to inhabit. Adding insult to injury, from the moment Abel’s blood hit the earth, all of Cain’s descendants, were destined to sojourn throughout the earth, cursed and marked for The Righteous Vengeance of The Lord! This spirit of rebellion soon gave way to anger, spiraling into murder nailing the coffin shut for any hope of returning to the blissful state of innocence and intimacy that once endowed God’s Most Precious Creation!
Despite the culmination of 21st Century’s technological achievements and the once unimaginable creative creature comforts and conveniences, a quick glance at any day’s breaking news headlines, confirm that man’s aspiration for attaining such lofty state of uninterrupted serenity, equanimity and freedom from disturbances continues to evade us!

BUT! Thanks Be To GOD! Jehovah’s Loyal Love (refusing to be denied) ordained before the foundation of the world, a Perfect Rest for anyone who cries out to Him earnestly, in sincere contrition for Salvation IN THE PERSON OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST! (Ref. 1 Peter 1:20)

Sometimes, looking back from this side of Calvary’s Cross, it’s more convenient to blame the horrid conditions of our world on the careless apathy of our first parents. And, depending on the weight of the trial or struggle, we just might point our fist toward God. After all, HE’S GOD and HE could’ve stopped sin in it’s track, right? Yet, Wisdom and Grace soon deter us from persisting in such foolishness!

The truth of the matter is that the seed of sin has regenerated, thus degenerating our morality, perverting our sense of right and wrong to the extent that we can no longer trust in the arms of flesh, particularly our own hearts!

BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD!

In the midst of these perilous times, we need to know that God has prepared (by HIS Own Hand), a safe haven for those of us, who will place our personal trust, confidence and absolute reliance in the immutability of God’s Righteous Character: Holy, Just, Truth, Honor and Omnipotent Power!

When life is raging beyond what you can weather and the billows of trouble threaten to devour you, remember there is a prepared place of Refuge! In God, believers, escaping from the cares of this world, dwell under the Wings of Adonai and find rest and safety from hurt and harm in this life and the life to come!

“The name of the Lords a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” Proverbs 18:10

Beloved, the moment you make a conscious irretrievable decision to not lean to your own interpretations, but determine to acknowledge, from the seat of your soul, that regardless of all of the circumstantial evidence, God’s Unfailing Love shall never forsake you, you will begin to experience unspeakable Joy and overwhelming Peace that jus don’t make no sense! Didjaheardat? Awemaazing, huh?

YEP! TRUST2KNO, WHEN THE STORMS OF LIFE ARE AUDACIOUSLY RAGING AND THE  FRENZIED SURGE OF UNCERTANTY ARE THREATENING TO MAKE YOU LOSE YOUR FOOTING, THERE IS A DEATH-DEFYING ROCK OF REFUGE FOR THOSE WHO DARE TO COMMIT THEIR BEING TO THE FAITHFULNESS OF THEIR HEAVENLY FATHER…HIS NAME IS JESUS!

SELAH!

Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!

Ann Caffee