Worship over Worry


#worship & #pray over #worry 

Desperation breeds either worry or worship. We always have a choice. 

Worship over worry is the better way! Choose worship and prayer over worry.



No, it’s not easy! But it works! Usually what’s harder and takes more discipline and an act of faith is always harder. That’s why so many of us are worriers instead of worshipers, prayers & trusters 🙄 – that’s probably not a word (?), but it fits.
Do not worry about anything!

Worship God thru everything!

Pray constantly and about everything!
Lord, help us practice what what we say we believe.🙏 We aren’t blessed by what we know, but we are BLESSED and live victoriously as we PRACTICE the Truth we say we know. We are blessed when we hear and obey, not when we hear and keep doing things our own way.



John 13:17 If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them. #wordsofJesus



(Also see Isaiah 1:19; James 1:22)


Philippians 4:6-7 The Message:

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. 


Psalm 34:6-9 The Message:

When I was desperate, I called out, and God got me out of a tight spot. God’s angel sets up a circle of protection around us while we pray. Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see— how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him. Worship God if you want the best; worship opens doors to all his goodness. 

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Oh So Spiritual One

The truly godly and spiritual are called to a ministry of restoration. So, how “spiritual” are you?

#youwhoarespiritual #restore #withgentleness #Galatians6 #ministry #reconciliation #restoration #imitateChrist #loveinaction

How are you doing spiritual one in your ministry of restoration?  How is your spirit of gentleness?

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#neverstoppraying

#21daysofprayer and beyond 🙏#prayfirst Genuine heartfelt repentance and prayer is the pathway to restoration.

Pray for all who lead and are in authority first.

Repent. Turn. Change your mind, your heart, and your direction. Return to the Lord with ALL your heart.  

Fast, weep, and experience fellowship with the Lord restored. God is merciful above all others, and loves us ALL like no other.  He is a God of restoration and The Restorer of ALL things – hearts, souls, lands, and nations. 
The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live. He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth. Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray—not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God. And I want women to get in there with the men in humility before God, not primping before a mirror or chasing the latest fashions but doing something beautiful for God and becoming beautiful doing it. 1 Timothy 2:1-10 (The Message)

The Year of More Glory #2017

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I believe in my heart and spirit that 2017 will be a year of God revealing more of His glory and power in and through His glorious bride, the church, the “ecclesia” – the called out ones. 
As followers of Jesus, it’s time to get in alignment with what the Lord and His Spirit are saying in order to shine for such a time as this.  We are called out of darkness, to shine God’s glorious light in the earth.*  Even in and through all the darkness that surrounds us and the trials that have come against us to shake us to our core, God’s power and glory will be revealed as we continue to press more into His presence through prayer, worship, and trusting in His Word above all other words.
Haggai 2:6-9:
“For this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: In just a little while I will again shake the heavens and the earth, the oceans and the dry land.  I will shake all the nations, and the treasures of all the nations will be brought to this Temple. I will fill this place with glory, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. The future glory of this Temple will be greater than its past glory, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. And in this place I will bring peace. I, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!”
Just as a light bulb can’t burn if it’s not connected to a power source, we must stay plugged into God through His power source, which is the Holy Spirit.  Let the Holy Spirit lead you in all you do. 
God’s glory is not revealed or manifested through our flesh, our natural thoughts or minds, or human rationale and reasonings.  Rather, God’s glory is only displayed as we are more full of His Holy Spirit than any other spirit or spirits.*

Love the Jesus culture song lyrics:

“Where you go, I go

What you say, I say

What you pray, I pray…”

 

Whatever He says do – do.  Keep in mind that Jesus gave some unusual commands preceding several of His miraculous signs.  So, even if it doesn’t make sense to your finite mind, as long as it lines up with the Word of God, just do it.  And, whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.*   
If He says no, don’t go.
If He says wait, wait.
If He says speak, speak. 

God desires to do something new in and through you, but it won’t come without the presence of His Holy Spirit flowing through you. 

I feel something NEW brewing – how about you?  “Don’t you see I’m about to do a new thing?” Open our spiritual eyes of faith, Lord, so that we may walk by faith and not by sight.*
“You are worthy, O Lord our God,
    to receive glory and honor and power.
For you created all things,
    and they exist because you created what you pleased.”  Revelation 4:11
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. 2 Corinthians 4:7
We are confident of all this because of our great trust in God through Christ.  It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.  The old way, with laws etched in stone, led to death, though it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses’ face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away.  Shouldn’t we expect far greater glory under the new way, now that the Holy Spirit is giving life?  If the old way, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new way, which makes us right with God!  In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new way. So if the old way, which has been replaced, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new, which remains forever!  2 Corinthians 3:4-11
But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18
All glory to God you glorious ones!
#itsanewseason 
#Hemakesallthingsnew
#HappyNewyear
#gloriousones
#thebrideofChrist
#leadHolySpirit
#shineYourlight
#showusYourglory
#allthingsforHisglory
#glorytoGod
*More Scripture references:
 Isaiah 60:1-3; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 Corinthians 1:29; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Isaiah 43:18-19; 2 Corinthians 5:7

#Prayanywhere #Godiseverywhere

One thing I love about prayer is we can pray anywhere and at any time anywhere we are.  Our prayers are powerful and the effect of our prayers releases the flow of God’s power beyond what we can see.

Being especially reminded today that even when I am limited in my availability to others or in other ways, God’s omniscient presence and power knows no boundaries or distance.  I can always pray and expect God to answer and move by His Spirit.  Our prayers are limitless in that respect.  Why?  Because God is everywhere.  I may be limited with my time, resources and/or the ability to change any situation for the better, but my prayers and God’s power to answer sovereignly and miraculously are never limited.

We can be overtaken with worry, doubt, and fear or we can pray, believe, trust, and expect God to display His unlimited power, resources, and glory. The choice is ours. Prayer is simply communicating with God openly and honestly. He already sees and knows all anyway.  Anytime we are tempted to worry, doubt, or fear, our first response should be to pray in faith.

In Acts 12, believers were gathered praying and Peter was miraculously delivered from prison.  These “believers” were quite shocked when this miracle of deliverance actually occurred.  Often this is how we so called “believers” are too. We pray without really expecting God, or we don’t dare ask God to even do something that would be impossible in the natural.  We forget He is the “ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE” GOD of the universe.  When the unexpected, unexplainable, or what seemed impossible occurs, many of us are even guilty of discounting God’s intervention, miraculous or otherwise.  Lord, forgive us.

Jesus said we should always pray and not give up or stop. He said His house should be called above everything else a “house of prayer.” Luke 18:1; Matthew 21:13

Pray at all times. Pray believing. Pray expecting God to do more than you can ask, think or imagine. Pray, pray, pray. 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Mark 11:22-25; Ephesians 3:20
The prayers of those who have been made righteous before God through the sacrifice of Jesus are powerful. James 5:16

The prayers of the righteous are powerful, and our prayers can reach out to others anywhere they are from anywhere we are.

#castallyourcare

#prayandrelease

#prayandbelieve

#prayandexpectGod

#prayerispowerful

#Godisallpowerful and He is everywhere!

#Prayfirst 🙏

Pray throughout your day🙏

Pray continually in this New Year🙏

#pray #pray #pray

A Prayer Acronym:

P praise and thank God first for Who He is – great and greatly to be praised!

R – repent of sin & unforgiveness, remember God’s amazing grace, love, and mercy.

A – ask God in faith for what you need on behalf of others & yourself

Y yield to the Holy Spirit daily

#neverstoppraying

The Greatest Gift of All

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#thegreatestgiftofall #joytotheworld #joy to all people!
The greatest gift of Christmas is not the presents, but rather the GIFT OF GOD’S PRESENCE.
As the angel stated in Luke 2:10, this gift brings “NO FEAR,” “GOOD NEWS,” and “JOY” to all people.  This gift is available to all who will receive Jesus.  This is why we celebrate CHRISTmas. JESUS IS the reason for the season.
Have you received the greatest gift of all?  Did you receive this gift at one point in your life, but now you have locked it away somewhere in a drawer or a closet?  This gift was given to bring us light, love, joy, peace, freedom from sin and every form of fear and bondage, and, ultimately, life eternally and abundantly.  These are the blessings of this gift.  These blessings are from the true Father of Christmas.
Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us THIS IS A FREE GIFT.  It is not earned or deserved.  THIS IS GOOD NEWS.  God’s angel messenger declared it to be good news of great joy for all people.  All we “peoples” have to do is receive or “open” this gift from God.  The gift of Christ is the most valuable Christmas present of all.  We just ask God through a heartfelt prayer to forgive us, and then ask Jesus to come into our hearts and fill us with His Spirit.  This is the true Spirit of Christmas, and the greatest gift of all. 
THIS GOOD NEWS WILL BRING “GREAT” JOY TO YOUR HEART AND TO YOUR LIFE.  This kind of joy is not based on what’s going on around us, but rather this joy overflows out of God’s Spirit that is alive within us.  The presence of God’s joy by His Spirit is always present within us, irregardless of our circumstances.
Joy to the world, The Lord has come!  Light and life to all He brings!
If you haven’t received the gift of Christmas, receive Christ this Christmas. 
If you already have this gift, then keep “Christ” at the center of your Christmas, and MAY THE GIFT OF HIS PRESENCE BE YOUR GREATEST JOY and your greatest gift above all other gifts. Jesus is the greatest gift of all!
#itsthemostwonderfultimeoftheyear
#worthcelebratinganddecorating
#Jesusisthereasonfortheseason
#thegreatestgiftofall
#PEACE and JOY are both #priceless 
You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. (Psalm 16:11)
 
He gave the right and the power to become children of God to those who received Him.  (John 1:12 NLV)
“The Savior – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” (Luke 2:11)
A Prayer:
Thank You Lord for the gift of Jesus, who died in my place paying the price for all my sins.  I receive Your gift of love, salvation, mercy, forgiveness, grace, and healing.  Thank You for giving me life eternally and abundantly.  Thank You for filling my mind, heart, spirit and body with your supernatural joy and peace this Christmas season.  Help me, Lord, by Your Spirit, to also give these same gifts to everyone around me.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.
God’s gift of grace is amazing!:
God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.  Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.  (Ephesians 2:8-9)
See also:  Romans 3:23; 5:8; 6:23; Romans 10:9-10, 13; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; John 10:10

It’s Time for #Restoration & #Release of God’s #Freedom #Healing & #Joy

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This is the passage Jesus quoted when He began his public ministry here on earth.  Of all the scriptures He could have chosen, He picked this one to announce His mission (Luke 4:14-21).
#Jesus is the #Healer of #Hearts #chainbreaker #freedommaker #releaserofcaptives #joygiver – This is the #goodnews of the #gospel #joytotheworld
God has sent me on a mission.
I have some great news for you.
God has sent me to RESTORE and RELEASE something.
And that something is YOU.
I AM here to give you back your HEART and set you FREE.
I AM furious at the Enemy who did this to you, and I will fight against him.
Let Me comfort you.
For, DEAR ONE, I will bestow beauty upon you
where you have known only devastation.
JOY, in the places of your deep sorrow.
And I will robe your heart in THANKFUL PRAISE
in exchange for your resignation and despair.*
Jesus made this announcement after being tempted in the wilderness for 40 days by the devil.  After we go through our own “wilderness,” resist all the temptations the enemy throws at us, keep pressing into God in prayer and worship, and receive His restoration and healing, we too can go out in the power of the Spirit to release the restoration, freedom, healing and joy of the Lord to others. (See Luke 4)
*Excerpt from John & Stasi Eldredge’s book, Captivating