Handling the Realities of Life

365 Days of Growing Together 
“Under Construction”

Hi WR2W, the realities of life can be a handful and too much at times.  Some days we feel like not today, I cannot take anymore and other days we are floating on “cloud nine”.  Life can be a roller coaster at times and to be honest it has been many days where I just wanted to get off the ride.  When handling the realities of life, we need to turn to God for the first step and every step to follow.  Let me tell you something, do not ever think we can do this without God because we will not make it through successfully.  Life is hard enough and trying to handle it on our own strength makes it more difficult.  One of my daily prayers is “Lord, whatever You are doing in this season, please do not do it without me because this thing called life, is too hard to handle on my own and I need Your strength!” 

Now, for those of you who know I am not alone, seek God for wise counsel.  The only way we can seek Him is through His word.  If we want to truly get a handle on the realities of life, we must read the word of God and not just read it but get an understanding.  How can we get an understanding?  The answer to this question is simply by going to God in prayer.  He wants to hear from us WR2W and we want to hear from Him—I know I do!  Another one of my daily prayers is “Lord order my steps and handle the realities of life for me.”  Psalms 37:23-24 (NLT) states “The Lord directs the steps of the godly.  He delights in every detail of [our] lives.  Though [we] stumble, [we] will never fall, for the Lord holds [us] by the hand.”  I love this scripture because this is a good indication that if we got Jesus, Jesus got us.  But how many of you know that even when you do not have Him, and you are connected to somebody who do have Him and are praying for you, He still got you!  “Won’t He do it” and “Ain’t He Alright” —- Yes, He is!  So, if you do not have Him and I was you, I would get Him for myself, continue the power of connection, and turn over to Him the realities of life.

Because reality is things in life, that we have no control over, will happen and all we can do is handle whatever and however it comes our way.  Let me explain what I mean.  We have no control over what God allows and if we are not in Him, we will not have the peace we need to handle our reality.  For instance, the news we receive from the doctor, the bill that must be paid and all the interest that continues to capitalize no matter how much we try to negotiate, the child that continues to get in trouble and he or she is the problem and not everybody else no matter how much we have a hard time accepting this truth, the spouse that is a jackass instead of a Boaz and no matter how much we lift him in prayer he still seems to work on your nerves and the list goes on and on, but God…..  WR2W, instead of complaining about our realities, give them to God in prayer and consider that maybe we were “given [this] thorn in [our] flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment [us] and keep [us] from becoming proud” (2 Corinthians 12:7 NLT).  But the good news is God says, “My grace is all you need, My power works best in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT).  “Won’t He do it” and “Ain’t He Alright” —- Yes, He is!  Again, the only way we can handle the realities of life is by letting God do it, so I encourage you to join me for discussion of this topic on this Thursday night, May 31st at 8:30 PM CDT/9:30 PM EDT on Late Nights with Minister Tam.  I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!

Signed,
Letting God Handle Them

Slow Down and Pay Attention

365 Days of Growing Together 
“Under Construction”

Hi WR2W, I want to serve us notice this day to SLOW DOWN and PAY ATTENTION!  Sometimes we move so fast, we miss what God is trying to show us.  There have been so many times when I am sure many of us have been moving so fast toward what we have set before us that we have not made the time or disciplined ourselves to slow down, pause, and consult God on the very thing He is trying to teach us in the moment because we did not have time for the moment and therefore, we miss the moment.  About three years and seven months ago, I went to the movies to see War Room.  I arrived early enough to the movie theater where there was no need for me to rush once I purchased my ticket and entered the front doors.  However, this was not the case.  Once I was told what direction to go and the room number where my film was playing, I proceeded to move fast (although I walk fast most of the time), never looking up or paying attention to the doors.  I opened the first door I came to and walked in with great anticipation.  I was told so many wonderful things about the movie and was eager to watch.

Well, let me serve you notice, although you are eager to enter, you need to learn to SLOW DOWN and PAY ATTENTION to what door you are entering because it could be the wrong one!  And come to find out, it was exactly that, the wrong one!  I sat in the room for about 15 minutes, watched two couples (one young and one older) come in and then I looked at my watch.  Something did not feel right, I became very uncomfortable, and did not feel at peace.  Then I felt God through the power of His Holy Spirit tell me to get up and check the door.  He kept showing me doors, but at first, I did not move.  Mainly, because I did not feel like getting up, and secondly, I was trying to convince myself that I was in the right room.  So, I sat for about another 15 minutes, looking around while nobody else came in the room and then the previews and film started to play.  It opened with a war scene and men shooting guns and fighting.  Ok, so now I am looking crazy, but then I found myself trying to convince myself again that maybe this is how it starts, and I am in the right place.  A minute later, I knew this could not have been War Room, so I turned around and asked the younger couple that was sitting behind me the name of the movie.  I do not remember what the young lady told me, but I knew I did not hear her say War Room, so I got up in a hurry and ran outside the door and this time, I looked up.  I was in the right vicinity but should have entered the second door.  How many of us have been so close, but because we were moving so fast and were too eager, we entered door one when we should have entered door two? 

Again, I tell you SLOW DOWN and PAY ATTENTION.  Although I entered the right door the second time, I had missed so much of the movie by this time, if I would have stayed to the end, I would have missed the foundation and would not have acquired what I needed to understand the middle and end of the movie so after about 5 minutes I got up and left because God started showing me doors and I felt Him pushing me to get up and move.  This time, I was not wasting time, I was following His lead.  I got up, went to the guy who took my ticket and told him what happened.  He went with me to the window where I purchased my ticket and he told the lady what happened and asked her to give me a ticket for the next feature at no cost.  Thank God for Favor!  When God is in the plan, it does not matter how much time has passed or how long you stayed behind the wrong door, He will set you up to enter the right door, at the right time, and at no cost, trust and believe!  WR2W, had I been ashamed or afraid to talk to the person God was instructing me to tell my situation, I would have missed a valuable lesson and would have never understood the purpose of the movie because I would have missed the most important part, the beginning.  I tell you my sisters, SLOW DOWN and PAY ATTENTION so you can avoid missing your graced opportunity because catching the beginning is always better than catching it at the end to gain a greater understanding.  “Getting wisdom is the wisest thing [we] can do!  And whatever else [we] do, develop good judgment (understanding)” (Proverbs 4:7 (NLT).  To be a true Ambassador and effectively serve others, we must SLOW DOWN and PAY ATTENTION.  I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!

Signed,
Not Rushing and Staying Attentive

 

Just Have Faith

365 Days of Growing Together 
“Under Construction”

Hi WR2W, I want to encourage us today to JUST HAVE FAITH.  I believe the teachings of faith are so important and exactly what we need.  Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6) and every day of our life, we should be living to please Him.  I can tell you from experience, without faith there is no true peace, and without faith, we could never accept the will of God.  The will of God is whatever God has ordained to happen and nothing we have control over.  Are you ready to accept the things you cannot change and surrender to His will?  I hope today you make the choice to say Yes to His will and No to your own.  

I am sure most of us know the definition of faith provided in Hebrew 11:1(KJV), “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  The word Now is an attention-grabbing word.  For instance, when we want to get someone’s attention we may say: “Now, look a here” or “Now, let me tell you something.”  This is what God is telling us, “Now, let me tell you about My faith that only I can give.  It is the substance/confidence of things you all hope for/expect/anticipate that will happen if it is in My will, I promised it, and you believe I have the power to bring it to pass at the appointed time. 

WR2W, as Christians, we must have faith in God and trust His timing instead of trying to force His timing!  God does not want us to know everything that is going to happen in our life, what is going to happen, when it is going to happen (month, day, year, and time), where it is going to happen, why it is going to happen, and how it is going to happen.  If we knew these things, would there be a reason to expect the unexpected?  Most importantly, would there be a God to Glorify?  We are so busy focusing on the What, When, Where, Why, and How that we have lost the Faith!  It is time for us to stop looking for man to make us at ease in the things God has promised and time for us to JUST HAVE FAITH!  If God promised it, He will deliver it in His Perfect Time!!!  Man’s time is not perfect, we may be off by years, months, days, hours, minutes, and/or seconds but God’s appointed time is JUST THAT — ON TIME; all we need to do is JUST HAVE FAITH!  I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!

Signed,
Just Having Faith

A Prayer of Faith and Forgiveness

365 Days of Growing Together 
“Under Construction”

Mark 11: 17, 22-26 (NLT) 

(17) “He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves.”

(22) “Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God.  (23) I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen.  But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.  (24) I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.  (25) But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.  (26) But if you refuse to forgive, your Father in heaven will not forgive your sins.”

WR2W, we face challenges every day of our lives and we will always face them until the day the Lord calls us home and says well done my good and faithful servant.  I am here to encourage you that we must have faith in God and forgiveness in our heart because there is no mountain (symbolizing no issue insurmountable, meaning too great, too difficult, too elevated) to overcome.  But we must always remember that the only way we can overcome our mountains is through the power of prayer and praying in the will of God and not in our own interest as Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane; “Abba, Father,” He cried out, “everything is possible for You.  Please take this cup of suffering away from me.  Yet I want Your will to be done, not Mine” (Mark 14:36 NLT).  As we know, Jesus still bore the cup of suffering for you and me, but His prayer was still answered because the will of God was done.  When we can get to a place in our heart where we can accept the Father’s will, then we can go to the Father and pray for anything and it will be ours!

Let us go to the Lord in prayer …. Father God in the name of Jesus, we join in unity to come before Your throne of grace pressing into Your presence, asking You Father to give us the strength to P.U.S.H (Pray Under Sacrificial Holiness) in faith and forgiveness to the point where the mountains of life are uprooted and nations are healed, churches within the nations are healed, and people within the nations and churches are healed. 

Nation – Father, in the name of Jesus, we plead the blood of Jesus upon all things You have made.  That no weapon formed against us shall ever prosper God in the name of Jesus.  Father shake this nation loose of the mountains we are currently facing such as the elimination of 66 federal programs.  Father God, in the name of Jesus, cover with Your blood, all federal and state programs that You have ordained well for Your people.  Protect social security, housing and urban development, education, health and human services, tax inflation and laws, and block the hands of the enemies who sit in a decision-making position in this administration, those who have the power of the land to keep Your people in bondage and in a place of struggle.  Change their hearts and for those who have a hardened heart, uproot them now God and cast them into the sea of forgetfulness, move them out of position, and put Your people in position.  Bring about Your wrath and indignation and give Your sons and daughters refuge Father in the name of Jesus.  We are believing You to rule no matter who has the power of the land to rule.  Father God, for You are in control. 

Church – Father now as we come before You, praying for the healing of churches all over the world.  We ask that You close the doors of churches that are not open in Your name and are not truly professing the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Those churches, like the fig tree Jesus describes in Mark 11:12-14, leafy, but is not producing any fruit.  Those who are falsely professing the faith by its appearance, looking ripe but indeed fruitless.  “May no one ever eat [their] fruit again!”  Father, we place into Your hands, those who have turned Your House of Prayer into a den of thieves.  Cut them off now and take back Your Temples Father in the name of Jesus.  Please forgive us as a unified body in Christ and allow the hearts of Your people who are acting in this manner to be changed.  Grant us all Your grace and mercy, for we come boldly before Your Throne.  And Father for the churches You have declared a House of Prayer, those that are teaching sound doctrine and producing ripe fruit, allow prosperity to overtake them and their stores to be filled with plenty and their vats to overflow with Your finest wine.  Father God in the name of Jesus strengthen our faith in You God and give us hearts of forgiveness that we shall repent before You and receive answered prayers for the sanity of the church.   Father God, for You are in control.       

People – Now Father, as we come together as a people, unified in faith, we asked that You bless us as a people as well as the individual desires within our hearts.  Some maybe standing for one thing, while others are standing for another, but God, we know You are All-Powerful (omnipotent), All-Knowing (Omniscient), All-Over (Omnipresent) and All-Loving (Omnibenevolence).  We pray in the name of Jesus that You lift the mountains of sin, financial debt, and illness.  God heal and restore our minds, internal organs, and physical bodies.  Father uproot the weed seed of doubt that is blocking our faith in You.  For Your word says Have Faith in God and that is what we shall have, so we decree and declare Your word over our lives this day until eternity.  Father God, in the name of Jesus, if there is any unforgiveness in our hearts, remove it now in the name of Jesus.  Allow us to pray with no doubt and say to the mountains of cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, stroke, pulmonary disease, liver disease, muscle disease, tissue disease, autoimmune disease, mental illness, blood disorders, nerve disorders, reproductive disorders, and any other form of illness, sickness, and disease be “lifted up and thrown into the sea” and while we are praying and after we have prayed, let us know in our heart, it will happen!  For it is done in the name of Jesus! Father God, there is nothing too hard for You, for You are in full control.    

Now Father, thank You for inclining Your ear to hear from Your servants dear Lord.  We seal this prayer with the blood of Jesus and in Jesus Mighty and Matchless name, we pray and receive Your bountiful blessings, Amen!  I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!

Signed,
Praying in Faith and Forgiveness