For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
March 28th, 2012
It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God. Have you ever sat down and evaluated your life? Have you noticed where God has brought you from? Can you see growth within yourself? So often in our lives, we miss the move of God because we are in the wrong position. We never sit down long enough to see where the Lord has brought us from. We become focused on our own agendas. We’re constantly moving. Constantly doing something. Are you a better person than you were this time last year? Have you graduated to new levels? Are you still imprisoned by the same test and storms as last year?
Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you. My friend, When You Look Back Over Your Life … can you see how good God has been? (Briefly close your eyes) Think back to the time in your life when nothing seemed certain. Think back to the time when your back was pressed against the wall. The time when you had no money, no peace, no joy, no job, no vehicle, no spouse nor children. Think back to the time when your friends walked away. The time when sickness attacked your body. The time when depression attempted to destroy you. The time when death tried to overtake you. The Bible declares in Genesis 18:14 - Is any thing too hard for the LORD? … When You Look Back Over Your Life … have you neglected to give God the rightful praise? When no one understood your pain, God gave you comfort (John 14:26). When no one could be trusted, God reminded you of all He has done for you (Psalms 118:8). When you wanted to give up on life, God strengthened you (2 Corinthians 12:10).
My brother, my sister, what are you currently facing today? What decision are you battling with today? Have you forgotten about all of the things God has done for you? Dear friend, When You Look Back Over Your Life … you will notice that God never forgot about you. The Bible declares in Psalms 91:1 - He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. When attacks came against you, God was your shield (Psalms 28:7). When the weapon was formed against you, God promised that it would not prosper (Isaiah 54:17). When cancer or any other disease tried to take you out, God sent Jesus to die for your healing (Isaiah 53:5). When You Look Back Over Your Life … you have to testify that God has been good.
Thought to Ponder: Is your current problem greater than your eternal Father?
Scripture Reading for the Day: Romans 8:38-39
May God Bless you at Your point of need!
Minister Darrick D. McGhee
March 27th, 2012
It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God. I have been commissioned to come and minister to you. My brother, my sister, did you wake up this morning in a hurry? Rushing to get you and the kids ready. Rushing to get things in order without being late for work or class. Did you get out of bed dragging? Hating the fact you have to go to work or class another day. You are concerned something is going to go wrong. While getting your kids ready, did you gripe and moan the entire time? You nagged about everything they did or did not do. While you were in the shower, did you complain to the Lord about “that job” you hate? Knowing you need the job, you go but you complain the entire time you are getting dressed and the entire ride there.
My friend, we should be ashamed of ourselves. As faithful as God is to each of us, we spend more time complaining about what He is not doing for us than thanking Him for all He has and is doing. It is a shame to think our personal, intimate time with the Lord is spent murmuring about all that is wrong in our lives. We complain about everything from clothes to traffic. Beloved, Just Tell Him, “Thank You!” Learn how to thank the Lord in stead of wasting His time being ungrateful. Do you realize there are many people who would love to have what you have? They would love to have what you consider worthless. The Bible declares in Psalms 100:4 - Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
From this day forth, Just Tell Him, “Thank You!” Thank Him for …
·This morning’s rising AND Last night’s lying down
·The food on the table AND Clothes on your back
·Healthy kids AND Activity of your limbs
·Being in your right mind
·A job to go to AND A car to drive each and every day
·Peace in the midst of the storm
·Shelter from the devil and every demon under his authority
Scripture Reading for Today: Psalms 69:30
May God Bless you at Your point of need!
Minister Darrick D. McGhee
When Jesus’ disciples asked Him how to pray, He gave them what we know as “The Lord’s Prayer” (Matthew 6:9-13). As you meditate on each phrase, you’ll see how The Lord’s Prayer touches on each facet of our lives and God’s character. It is a wonderfully complete outline for our prayers and is a good model to build on. As we pray The Lord’s Prayer, we begin by acknowledging God’s sovereign fatherhood when we say, “Our Father, who art in heaven.”
Then we adore His name. Because His name represents His nature, we praise His very being when we say the next phrase, “Hallowed be Thy name.”
Next, we must be concerned about the extension of His kingdom. We must care that people should come to know Him and submit to Him, so we say, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Then we turn to our personal concerns and ask God for our daily bread — not only literal bread, but whatever we need to carry out His work. This prayer is for His daily provision for our immediate needs, and so we pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.”
Next comes a prayer of release from sin and guilt, the prayer of confession, repentance, and forgiveness: “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Here we are asking God for His grace in our relationships with other people, because His forgiveness of us and our forgiveness of others go hand in hand. If we are going to expect answered prayer, we must be willing to forgive other people, even as God is willing to forgive us.
Finally, we seek God’s protection from temptation and evil: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” We ask Him to keep us walking in His way, so that we might be covered by His power and anointing and might not be susceptible to evil influences.
Another way to pray is to organize your prayer time according to the different modes of prayer. The first part should be praise for our heavenly Father, followed by intercession for the needs of others. Then, in prayers of petition, you ask for your own needs to be met. All prayer should close with praise and thanksgiving to our Father, who out of His love for us provides answers to our prayers.
Conclude prayer with praise, like Jesus concluded The Lord’s Prayer, saying, “For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever, Amen.” (Matthew 6:13b)
Prayer is a two-way conversation with God. It is the most intimate relationship with the Creator you can have. In prayer, the depths of your spirit are in communion with the depths of the Spirit of God. Out of this can come instruction, guidance, and suggestions for new focal points in your prayers.