Friday, May 27, 2016

Enclosed is the Power Promise

“Thank you for your communication and support of our products.  Enclosed you will find what was promised.” 

While sorting through the mail (May 16th) I found a letter from a company that my husband contacted concerning a product that wasn’t what it should have been.  As a matter of fact, part of the product was missing. 

This was the first time I saw the letter and for some reason it didn’t make it to the recycle bin.  There were only a few sentences, but the word “promised” really stood out in my mind.  That phrase is what I drew on later in the week. 

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3:30 PM 5/23/16 

All week long I’ve had trouble getting online due to electrical storms.  On Monday Hubby was out in all this (trying to get a clip for his BiPap machine that had broken) when he called to tell me to turn off the computer.   In my spirit I had already heard “shut it down.”   

The skies grew dark as if it were night; the wind whipped the branches back and forth pushing them to their limits.  All of a sudden the heavens opened as if a floodgate from a river had been unlatched. 
 
Walking past the window I couldn’t see outside because the water was like a sheet of frosted Plexiglas blurring my sight.   

In the middle of one of the thunderstorms I watched the birds and squirrels as they continued their fine dining in one of our “elegant” backyard feeding stations … this particular feeder is an upside down metal garbage can underneath a makeshift roof.  Not the prettiest thing to look at but it’s really functional and keeps the seed dry during wet weather.  

I noticed that the squirrel remained in the same spot all that time.  At first I wasn’t even sure if it were alive. The cardinals were chasing one another, and the squirrel continued to eat as I watched a thick bolt of lightning strike the ground across the street from our house.  We were in the middle of the storm and they weren’t afraid! 

What Exactly Did Jesus Do? 

I know it may seem strange but thoughts about how Jesus handled weather conditions began to direct my actions.  While walking with Jesus on a daily basis the disciples saw some pretty heavy stuff, and a bit of it took place in unusual locations.   

During those life lessons Jesus expected them to carry out what they had seen and learned.  One of those teachings took place in the midst of a terrible storm that many believe was a hurricane.   

The day had already been filled with “how to” classes and Jesus had retired to bed when his fearful students fell smack into another test.  Only this time they failed it. 

“On the same day, when evening had come, Jesus said to them: Let us cross over to the other side.  Now when they had left the multitude, they took Jesus along in the boat as He was, and other little boats were also with Him. 

And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling.  But Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a pillow.  And they awoke Him and said to Him: Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 

Can’t you picture the look on Jesus’ face about then?  He had been teaching all day and went to bed like normal (for His life). 
 
Why in the world would His followers need to wake Him for anything after they had been in class getting directions for these kinds of situations? 

“Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Peace, be still! And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” (Here comes the reprimand …)  But He said to them: Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith? (Have you still no faith?) 

And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another: Who can this be that even the wind and the sea obey Him?” (Mark 4:35-41 NKJV emphasis mine) 

Supernatural Life Lessons  

Something continually on my heart is that I don’t want to disappoint my journey leader, especially when it comes to my faith falling short just when He expects it to be strong. 

I’ve been talking to storms of all sorts by faith for about twenty years now.  One of the first times was during a fire that surrounded our house.  My pups and I were trapped inside, but God showed me what to do and say by taking authority over it in the name of Jesus.  I haven’t forgotten that lesson. 

Faith Walk in Power 

Two hours later my husband called again to warn me of the latest weather reports about tornados in the surrounding areas.  I heard the sirens blowing and remembered the commands Jesus gave while the disciples looked on in amazement. 

If we truly walk with Jesus we are to do as and command as He did.  Jesus spoke to the storm and commanded it to be calmed, but even after all they witnessed the disciples faith wasn’t where it should have been.  Their teacher was with them and they were still afraid.  What does that say about us if we do the same on our faith walk with Jesus? 

As children of the KING we have authority to act and command as Jesus did.  Do you recall how He was disappointed that they disciples didn’t speak to the storm? 

Before Jesus went to the cross He openly told the disciples that they had authority and power to destroy the hand of satan over a situation.  The power was given through the Holy Spirit and He is the one who acts when we give voice to the authority we’ve been given. 

The Holy Spirit power was given to Christians at the time of salvation as part of the promise package of favor to God’s children.  I merely acted on that promise.  Think of it as if Jesus spoke to you and said, “I give you power over the works of the enemy, now use it correctly.” 

Power over the enemy … 

“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19 NKJV) 

Power Promise from Heaven … 

“Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but wait in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on High.” (Luke 24:49 NKJV) 

Power for a Purpose … 

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you (when you ask Christ into your heart to forgive you of your sins); and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth (basically anywhere).” (Acts 1:8 NKJV emphasis mine) 

Power to Increase our Faith … 

“… that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” (to have faith in God’s power, not faith in what man can do) (1 Corinthians 2:5 NKJV) 

Power to Keep Calm in Difficult Situations … 

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7 NJV) 

This is where most of us fail.  We don’t really understand the promises of God that we receive through the Holy Spirit.  What Timothy was trying to tell us is that we have been given a spirit of power, along with the spirit of love and discernment to know how to respond when the spirit of fear from the enemy arises.  

So why aren’t we using this favor power promise from God in all situations?  Shouldn’t it be the first thing that pops into our thinking during storms, or do we need Jesus to arise again (go back to the cross for a do over)? 

Peace Be Still 

Holding Jewel in my arms to take her to the “potty” I heard the storm roaring louder, and commanded it to go declaring it had no right to come near our property.  I shouted, “Get out … Go!  Go!  You cannot come here.  Peace, be still!” 

By 3:45 PM the winds calmed and there was a slow rain still falling.   

It was 3:50 PM when the traffic picked up again in the bordering streets as I heard the thunder rolling off in the distance.  Storms of this kind (along with others) kept trying to come back, over and over.  With each one I remembered that letter I found at the beginning of the week … “Enclosed you will find what was promised.” 

God has given us the power to trample over the enemy, but the only way we’ll learn how to use what we’ve been given is to open the Word of God and read it. Enclosed in the Bible are all the promises we’ll need for any situation.  It’s where we learn about the favor shield, the blessings gifts, the surrounding of mercy on our lives and the steps to take for every circumstance. 

We Have Authority 

The letter was addressed to my husband, but because I fall under the authority given to me through marriage the promised gift was also meant for me.  As children of God, we also have authority to use given to us by Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit.  It’s our choice to use what is “enclosed” in the Promise Book.  When we don’t use all of what was promised, something is missing in our battle over the enemy. 

 
The multiplication of God’s divine grace, favor and power is given to believers for use in this lifetime for godliness, wisdom, knowledge and understanding to do exactly as Jesus did on this earth.  Peter refers to is as “precious promises” so that we can partake of the Divine nature to escape the evil of this world. (2 Peter 1:2-4)  In terms we can understand … as Jesus is, so are we to be in this world. 

“We are meeting the needs of God's people and reviving them spiritually, emotionally, physically and financially with the Word of God! For ...as [Jesus] is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17)."
 – Pastors Tony and Cynthia Brazelton. 

The power of the Holy Spirit is essential in every believer’s life if we are to carry out the works of Christ and win souls to the Lord. It’s something we should cry out for daily so we can be used as vessels for Him. 

It’s not only the first disciples, apostles, pastors and Christian leaders like the Brazeltons that can call on the power of God in the name of Jesus to combat evil …so can we.  It’s time to let the devil know that we are a POWERful force and that no weapon formed against us will prosper. 

This Week’s Challenge:
Use the Promise of God’s Power 

When I was preparing this for publication once more I called on the power of God over a situation. 
 
The devil really didn’t want me getting this message out on Daily Favor Blog and was trying to get me frustrated.  No it wasn’t over a physical storm or anything like that.  

As I was checking for an item in the cupboard I dropped my phone and it broke.  Picking it up to reassemble the pieces I couldn’t get it to work.  All I could think of was the topic I was trying to convey in my post this week. 

When I sat down at the computer to continue working, out loud I asked the Lord, “Does this principle apply to phones as well?  Of course you know what I heard …”Yep!”  (Does God really say yep?) 

Applying the same promise principle against the enemy I commanded my phone in the name of Jesus to work and guess what?  It did.  Why would God care about my phone? He knows that it is used for communication in spreading good news of the gospel. 

Our challenge this week is to search out the endued power promises of God through the Holy Spirit and use them as Jesus did.  We have the power in Jesus’ name to bring about a change.  We need to let Him speak through us. 

What enemy is coming against you?  It doesn’t have to be as big as a storm or tornado watch like I was experiencing, but can be those small things that just aggravate the stuffing out of you. 

By faith Jesus is right there watching the same thing as you are (like He did with the first disciples). How would Jesus command the situation?  Learn to speak as He did by staying in continual communication with the Lord and His promises will manifest.  They have to because the power of God is “endued”, already enclosed in our gift pack of salvation!  Read it for yourself, it’s in His letter.
  
Speak to the Storm by Brenda Lewis 

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of My ministry.  Enclosed in my letter you will find what I promised.”  - Jesus Christ 

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Stormy Weather

Experiencing stormy weather so I’m offline for now, but hopefully will be over soon.  If not enjoy your weekend. 

In the meantime take a look at some of my other sites or archived posts.  

Appreciate you … see you soon Lord willing.    - Fay
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Friday, May 20, 2016

Enjoying “This” Day

The cool breeze washed over our faces as we stepped off the boat onto the tropical island.  What a beautiful sight to behold.

As far as the eye could see there were glorious trees and fields of flowers with an intoxicating aroma; I wasn’t sure what they were but was exhilarated with each breath I took. 

We settled into our suite that overlooked the balmy sea … billowing waves gently rippled toward the shore disappearing as they touched the white sand.  By now the sun was setting and the night grew quiet. 

Standing out on the terrace I watched as sweethearts walked the moonlit beaches hand-in-hand.  Oh what a beautiful day, one that will live in my memory … 

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I am so happy for your visit and hope that you come back each week to participate in the weekly challenges.  God has been faithful and we expect His favor to abound in the lives of those who chose to Journey with Jesus on Daily Favor Blog.
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Memories of Other Days 

Yep, it was a day in my memory only … rather, one that I wished happened!  Oh, there was an actual tropical island that we were supposed to visit when we were on a cruise ship, but the excursion was canceled due to a hurricane while we were at sea.  My not so joyful memory included me sitting in a port hole in our state room, with my life jacket on as the waves crashed over the top of the ship. Even though things didn’t go as we planned we found a way to entertain ourselves and enjoyed the journey. 

As you could tell a romance writer I’m not, but a visionary I certainly am.  When life gets a little “overboard” I need to get out my life gear and stand on the solid ground of the Word of God which allows me to enjoy each day He has given me.  

In the Midst  

Lately my “daily routine” has been squeezed with round the clock care for Jewel.  It’s not a burden, but a situation that has to be dealt with properly so we can give her the best care and still do everything else we need to throughout the day.  Having done this twice before with other rescues you’d think we would have this down to a science, but each animal is different. 

Every session of feeding, meds, bathing, massages (to stimulate the organs) and “juicing” takes between 2-3 hours, and doing that 3-4 times daily leaves little time for much else. 
 

I feel like my hands are always in water.  After washing about 30-40 syringes, feeding bowls and nappies each day, we decided to buy a few baby bibs to help keep her cleaner.  Dear Madge would be proud of my dishpan hands.  

Actually my husband and I have come to enjoy each “this” day along our journey, and quality time together has been quite calming in the midst of it all.  

Enjoying This Day

One day when we finished giving Jewel breakfast, instead of getting right to work I decided to take a new approach to my day by doing something to take my mind off the situation.  Call it a diversion if you like.  This isn’t new for me, but something I do often based on my life and career.

Right now I’m in the process of coming up with things to enter into this summer’s county fair. One of the experiments I’m doing is drying flowers with clean, unused cat litter.  It was something I had seen in a video so I wanted to check it out for myself as an alternative to the expensive Silica gel crystals I’ve been using.  Hey, I’ve got the litter anyway right? (When I see how it turns out I’ll be sharing it on Favored Crafts.) 

So I gathered my “project” and went outside for an hour to regroup.  The time was well spent and my conversation with the Lord was wonderful as I enjoyed “this day” He had given me.  

It was picturesque with birds singing, the wind blowing gently and NO bugs!  I couldn’t have set it up more perfectly, and even tried videotaping the scene when the birds suddenly stopped making a sound.  They must have known they were being recorded. I’m telling you they didn’t make one chirp! 

Coming back inside it was time to get into the swing of things again, but spending those sixty minutes doing something different did me a world of good.  I was able to relax and calmly finish out the day with energy to spare.   

Did I feel guilty about taking some time out of the day to focus on something that I loved to do?  Not a bit.   You see, God gives us each “this” day to fulfill something in His plan, and enjoying it as we journey is part of the favor He distributes with each sunrise. 

It’s Okay to Enjoy Life 

Did you know that it’s OK to enjoy life?  As a matter of fact, that’s one of the main reasons why Jesus came to earth.  My husband’s favorite verse is John 10:10 (AMPV) and it describes exactly how believers should be living. 

“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I (Jesus) came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).

Our lives are to be lived to the fullest every day, not just on holidays or when a great event is going on in our lives.  Instead of making joy a part of our day, we go about doing the same thing day after day, week after week, etc. drudging life and all it has to offer. 

This isn’t what God wants for our journey with Him.  When we forget to include joy into our busy schedule we become the joy stealers we complain about in other people.  What kind of partner does that make for Jesus as He travels with us along our journey? 

A verse that I like to claim in the morning helps me put things into perspective from the moment I put my foot on the floor.  Here’s my version of Psalm 118:24. 

This is the day that the Lord has made.
I will rejoice and I will be glad in it. 

Part of being able to be glad when things look bad is having God’s word engrafted into our thinking.  Knowing that God wants you to enjoy your life isn’t the same as comprehending and living joyfully.  Not living in joy is a favor breaker, because it is telling the world that Jesus’ life failed somewhere along His journey.  Since we know that’s not true, joyful living falls on our choosing to live by the Word. 

You Are Blessed with Life 

Do you realize how blessed you are that you woke up this morning, even with all the junk that is going on in the world?  That doesn’t happen to everyone.  
 
When my husband was a boy he and his mom said their goodnights and went to bed.  He woke up, she didn’t … but she enjoyed her journey and learned to laugh, joke and have fun through the most difficult times as a young widow raising her son.   

If we’re still here, our journey gets to continue, and we have the choice of whether or not we enjoy it.  Every time we awake it’s an opportunity for the Lord to show favor on His children in a new way for a new day. 

“Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23 NKJV) 

“Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; but he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him. (Psalm 32:10 NKJV) 

“For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.” (Psalm 5:12 NKJV) 

We are surrounded, covered and overshadowed with promises of God as His children.  The Lord’s mercy/grace is new each day, and so is His favor.  I love that.  These gifts should cause us to rejoice and be glad don’t you think? 

Endurance Isn’t Part of the Blessing 

It’s easy to get caught up in the daily routine of life and forget to take time to enjoy what is right in front of our eyes.  We ask God to “help us endure this” while we trudge through the day.  Nothing seems to be particularly great, so thinking about adding peaceful or fun time-outs isn’t even in our mind-set. 

People with this mentality don’t enjoy their jobs, don’t have many friends and really only tolerate their families.  I remember one lady telling me that she loved her kids, but didn’t like them.  If being around people who never have any joy is hard for me, I can imagine how much it grieves the Holy Spirit. 

God isn’t looking for His children to endure, but thrive no matter what the trial because we know He is right there with us.  Remember He knows our pain because He is the One who endured it on the cross. 

Since part of our journey together is helping people and pets, I try to find good things in any situation but sometimes it doesn’t quite turn out as expected.  

It was the last feeding of the night (around 10 pm) and I was placing things in position when I knocked the napkins off the folding table. 
 
When I bent down to pick them up I noticed I also knocked my bread that was wrapped from dinner onto the floor.  Retrieving it I took a bite and began to take my seat.  It didn’t take long before the entire situation was turned around. 

The scene is set with hubby holding Jewel in position for the feeding waiting for me to sit down. 
 
With the bread in my mouth I realized I needed a quick drink of water, but that’s not exactly what came out of my lips.   

“Ooh, I need a dink.” (Did I say dink, here it comes I thought …) 

“You need a dink, you are a dink!” 

With water now exploding out of my mouth from laughter … 

“Why did you call me a dink? I could have choked.  The bread was in my throat.” 

“I’m sitting here with her nails digging into my arm and you need a drink.” 

I was laughing so hard I got hot then stood up and walked over to the other side of the room to turn on the fan; mind you he’s still holding a cat patiently waiting to eat. 

“Oh, when I’m hot it’s the medicine, but when you’re having a personal summer … look out Jewel, 40 below in here!” 

I don’t know what Jewel thought about all this as she watched, but it was the best feeding we had for her yet.  Thank you Lord for those baby bibs.  We only used five napkins as opposed to the fifteen or more for the previous feedings and she didn’t have any on her body (except what hubby got on her head.) No wonder parents like them. 

“This” Day as Every Day is a Gift 

Even though I don’t feel I’ve accomplished all I wanted to do or things haven’t gone as planned, I enjoy every “this” day God graciously gives.
 

 
Going to parties, events and activities are great things to look forward to, but taking time to “smell the meat” (okay that’s not how it goes, but you smiled didn’t you) can bring a whole lot more happiness into a rather routine life.   

Somewhere in the middle of things learn to be thankful. Rejoice in the simplicity of the “little” things that God allows along the journey. God has given us the power to enjoy life if we choose.  Make a decision to enjoy your life and make a difference for the Kingdom.  

“As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor – this is the gift of God.” (Ecclesiastes 5:19 NKJV) 

Today is the only time you will have to enjoy “this” day, so why not make the most of it?  Don’t wait until something happens before you appreciate the *vapor time you have here on earth.  Be sure that with every encounter you leave with something positive as you journey with Jesus.  (*James 4:14) 

This Week’s Challenge:
Enjoying This Particular Day 

Gaining a new approach and attitude on how God wants us to live our lives will cause His favor to flow regularly because we comprehend He is in control for our journey. 
 
Learn to enjoy everything that you are doing, by changing how you look at it. 

Our challenge this week is to enjoy “this” day, meaning every day that God gives us life here on earth find something good in it and give Him praise. 

In 1 Peter 3 the Bible talks about how we are to enjoy one another and be a blessing.  We are to enjoy life as a testimony of what God’s covenant means to us in the way we act and live. God isn’t asking us to love the trials, but to find something to give Him praise for while we are traveling through them.  With God good is always happening, we just need to let it be a part of whatever we’re experiencing. 

We’re not always going to be able to take those nice tropical island vacation trips to get away when we’re stressed, but that’s ok when you’re walking with Jesus.  No matter how God works things out it will always include His mercy, grace and favor on those who joyfully trust Him. 

“Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 MSG) 
 
Rejoice, be glad … this day God chose to give you “life” favor. 

 
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“I came to give life abundant with favor .”
Jesus Christ 

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