Going Through The Motions

My phone connected to my car like usual, and the podcast I had listened to last begin playing through the speakers. I saw my charging cord and thought, why not get a little more charge to my phone on the way to work. So, I connected my phone to the cord. When I arrived at work and disconnected my phone from the charging cord, I noticed it had not charged at all. Weird!

Not weird, once I realized that my charging cord had not been connected to the charging port. I had simply gone through the motions; expected powerful results without being connected to the power source.

This is how we live life sometimes. We go through the motions, but until we are truly plugged into The Source of Life, we will never have powerful living! God wants us to recharge our batteries, and remain connected with Him.

John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.”

Have you ever felt disconnected from God? It isn’t because He has changed addresses or moved away from us. It is because we are not connecting with Him. It is never too late to pick up where you left off. Take a moment to charge your spiritual battery. God is waiting.

Photo by Andreas Haslinger on Unsplash

Live Faithfully, Not Fearfully

“No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. . .” Isaiah 54:17a
“. . .in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome ALL the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” Luke 10:19
“The Lord is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid?

The Lord is on OUR side!!!! Whom shall we fear? He has promised that weapons made against will fail. He has given us authority and power over ALL the enemy’s powers. Furthermore, God said, “I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you. (John 16:33 ampc).

All of this, because He loves us so much. He has equipped us for everything! The enemy wants us to live in fear and doubt. Be encouraged today by these scriptures that the Lord is on your side! He has equipped us to live faithfully, not fearfully. What a mighty God we serve!!

Releasing Faith & Power; Praying Scriptures

There is nothing more powerful than praying out scriptures. I’ve been praying this prayer- these scriptures- below, and I wanted to share it with you. Change the pronouns to fit your dear loved one, and even pray this over yourself; and stand back and see the glory of God’s Word fulfilled!

God will direct and order __________________’s steps. (Proverbs 16:9, Psalm 37:23) And even though she has many plans, the Lord’s plans for her will prevail!  (Proverbs 19:21) Not only are His plans for her are good, (Jeremiah 29:11)  but when the time is right, God Himself will make it happen. (Isaiah 60:22)  With Love in His eyes, He will teach her, and give her instructions.  (Psalm 32:8) The Lord is her Shepherd, (Psalm 23:1) and He will continually guide her and will satisfy every need! (Isaiah 58:11) Her times are in His hands! (Psalm 31:15)

In faith, I declare this in the name of Jesus because I believe that God’s Word is full of power, and is alive and active for me and my family today!!


My Weapon! My Praise! My Prayer!

Prayer is my weapon
Prayer is my praise
Prayer is my connection to the God of my days

Crying out in grief; in sorrow; in utter desperation
My aching heart soothed in a wash of anticipation

As He bends down to listen
To every word spoken

Every sound, every thought, making its way
To my Father who knows I’m broken

Who collects my tears, knows my sorrows and removes my fears
He holds my hand every step of the way
Lifts my head, turns my sorrow to praise

He hears it all! My petitions made known!
Boldly brought before His throne

There I stand after having said all,
Voicing my worship to the God of my soul

Praising Him for Perfect Love covering imperfections
Seeing beyond faults
Transforming me to His reflection

He only, deserves my attention
My thoughts, my ways
Worshiping a God that defies comprehension

His thoughts, His ways much higher than mine
Yet on me His love does shine

Overcome and amazed, my heart in awe
Standing still in His Presence
Know that HE! IS! GOD!

A Warrior before me Who teaches me to fight
With weapons of warfare full of His might

Armed by His Word on the tip of my tongue,
I speak out truths that have already won
The battle. I will not be discouraged, I will not be afraid

Because I know that prayer is my weapon
Prayer is my praise
Prayer is my connection to the God of My days

by Tracey Ray

Psalms 3:3, Isaiah 41:13, Psalms 116:2, Psalm 56:8 , Psalms 34:4

Are We Slobbering All Over Our Keys?

My husband and I were next in line at the grocery check-out. We were enjoying exchanging smiles and silly faces with an adorable little bundle sitting in a grocery cart. She looked to be about five or six months old. While her mom was paying for their food, this cutie-pie was slobbering on a set of real keys. Real keys. Her mother’s keys. She happily gummed the keys that grants and denies access to everything her mother owns.

Then it hit me like a ton a bricks: WE have our Father’s keys to the kingdom of Heaven!!! In Mathew 16:19 Jesus describes it like this, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”  But are we slobbering all over Heavenly keys unaware of their significance?

To be given the keys to a city today, is mostly ceremonial. But back in medieval times, it meant something. Many cities were guarded by walls, and locking gates. To be given a key to the city literally granted the recipient access ‘in’ and ‘to’ all city resources. Occasionally, a non-resident would be honored by receiving such a key. Here’s what it means to be given the keys to the city: “the possession of the rights and privileges of a freeman of the city; conferred on one not a resident as a mark of honorary distinction(The Free Dictionary).

This is exactly what God has done for us. We once had no citizenship in Heaven, but the cross has granted us residency through Salvation (Philippians 3:20). We’re no longer slaves, but free (Galatians 4:4-7)! We are His chosen people (I Peter 2:9) that have been granted joint-seating with Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:6).

BUT THERE’S MORE! And this is where we can find ourselves slobbering and gumming on Heavenly keys: God has made us Kings and Priests (Revelation 1:6). In other words, we’ve been given power, authority, and access but we many of us don’t act like it!!

Kings have recognized power and authority.
Priests have direct access to God.

When Jesus died on the cross HE transferred to US power and authority that Satan recognizes; and He granted us access directly to the Presence of God: once a privilege only bestowed upon priests. God wants us to come boldly before His throne to make our petitions and requests known: so use your access. I think its past time that WE recognize that God wants us to live an empowered and victorious life. Let’s use the keys He gave us!