Archive for » September, 2012 «

Sep
13


God’s Word – For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. 2 Chronicles 16:9

Encouragement Shared:
Hope deferred make the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12 It is during the storms of life if we are paying attention and seeking God with all our heart, mind and strength that we can hear the voice of the Lord speaking to us directly… It is in the storms of life; that we learn perseverance through God’s all sustaining grace through Christ Jesus. The verse that brings this truth to reality; For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. 2 Chronicles 16:9 Yes, when we are fully committed to God there is peace and joy yes, even in our suffering; No one likes to speak of suffering and on top of that to associate it with joy. The truth is if we are paying attention and to seek the scriptures diligently yes, God the Father directs our paths. It becomes about truth, revelation, restoration- and not about emotions, feelings leading us astray.

Feelings Are Not Standards for Biblical Truths:

As daughters of the King we must base our decisions on biblical truths that set us free. There is power in the scriptures; There is destructions with our emotions. Feelings are fleeting; But the word of God remains faithful and true. Sisters we are justified by faith through the peace we have through Christ, we have gained grace to move forward in His all sustaining grace. In other words we rejoice in the hope of glory, we also rejoice in suffering because it produces perseverance- perseverance builds character; character fosters hope and hope never disappoints! [Read Romans 5:1-5] May he fulfill the desires of your heart…

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
In Christ Love,
Jennifer Pettiford

Psalm 37~
Do not fret because of evil men
or be envious of those who do wrong;
for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when men succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Sep
10


God’s Word – Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner. Exodus 17:15

Definition: Jehovah Nissi (The Lord My Banner)

Encouragement Shared:
As we grow in widsom through the word it builds us up, along with builing of our faith.
Yes, the Lord is our banner… Our protector… Our Shield.
So we are faithfilled to put on the full Armor of God that will equip us for the good
work we are called to do in Christ. It will protect us from the evil one and give us
the weapons in the Spirit to attain the victory that is there for us.

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
Love in Christ,
Jennifer Pettiford

Scripture References:

Exodus 17:15-16 – NIV
15 Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner. 16 He said, “Because hands were lifted up against[a] the throne of the LORD,[b] the LORD will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.”
Deuteronomy 20:3-4 NIV
3 He shall say: “Hear, Israel: Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not panic or be terrified by them. 4 For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”

Isaiah 11:10-12 – NIV
10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious. 11 In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the surviving remnant of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush,[a] from Elam, from Babylonia,[b] from Hamath and from the islands of the Mediterranean.
12 He will raise a banner for the nations
and gather the exiles of Israel;
he will assemble the scattered people of Judah
from the four quarters of the earth.

Ephesians 6:10-18 – NIV
The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father,
You are our banner… Our protection and shield…
Thank you for your full armor that equips and protects
us in our daily life…Thank you for your word that equips us
For every good work you call us to in Christ…
You are the Great I AM…Our Great LORD … Our Banner!
Thank you Father for all you do… In Jesus name-AMEN!

Sep
07


God’s Word – He has given us his very great and precious promises…He gives his king great victories; he show unfailing kindness to his anointed. 2Peter 1:4; 2Samuel 22:51

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Encouragement Shared:
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7… This brings to mind 2 Corinthians 10- We have been given power and authority in Christ to grow in wisdom, knowledge and understanding to know his will for our lives. So we should not fear, be dismayed God is with us and will strengthen us and up hold us with his righteous right hand. Yes, we have an enemy that does wishes to kill, devour and destroy us. We must stand firm on the word of truth, keep our eyes on the faith, the Bible states the enemy will flee.

Standing Firm on the Word:

Our Faith is determined by the way we react in times of trouble. It becomes so easy to allow emotions to take control creating a platform to distort the voice of the Lord speaking to us through the power of his word. We fall into that depression that keeps our eyes and focus on self instead of the cross. Yes God the Father created us as emotional beings, but emotions out of control cause commotion in our lives. Not that we are unaware, but we sometimes fall into that temptation of isolation that keeps us from receiving God’s Glory and feeling defeated in our circumstance. God is the strength of our heart dear sisters in Christ; My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my [your] heart. Psalm 73:26 James 1 reminds us to consider our trials as joy, maturing to completion- [James 1:2;3;4]
[ Paul states the same; Romans 5:1-5] God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? ”Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrew 13:5-8

Prayer:
Heavenly Father,
May our whole spirit and minds be strengthen as we grow during our trials.
Father we ask you to reveal the lessons you desire for us to learn for the character building you are forming in and through us. Thank your Father for all you do for us… In Jesus name I pray-AMEN!

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance
Love in Christ,
Jennifer Pettiford