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Complete In His Power by Martin A. Cisneros October 25-31, 2009

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Genesis 17:1

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.”

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A farmer and his son were working together in the field. The father told the boy to throw all the large stones he could find into a nearby ditch so they would not interfere with plowing. After working a long time, the son called out, “Dad, there’s one rock here I can’t move even though I’ve tried my hardest.” “No, Son,” replied the father, “you haven’t tried your hardest until you’ve called for me to help you. I can give you the strength you need.” The father came alongside the boy and added his strength. Together, they moved the stubborn rock with ease.

God also called upon Abraham to do something that was impossible for him, if tried under his own power. God commanded him to “walk before Me and be blameless.” The Hebrew word for blameless is (tamym) which carries the sense of being complete, whole or mature. It implies a level of integrity that is rarely found among men. Such blamelessness would have been impossible for Abraham, except for one condition: the One who called him to such a level of maturity was the Almighty God.

Many people have tried to live the Christian life in their own power, and they all have failed. Some have come to believe that it’s impossible to achieve such maturity in a sinful world. And, apart from the Almighty God, it is. But God said, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” (Jer. 32:27). The apostle Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13, emphasis mine).

Cast yourself upon the mighty power of God. Only He is able to present you faultless before the throne. In His power your life can be complete and your walk can be blameless.

With God’s power behind us, nothing can stand before us.

Martin A. Cisneros


 

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Get up and Pray! by Elaine Davenport Week of October 25-31, 2009

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IT’S ABOUT YOU!!!     WAKE UP SLEEPYHEAD!!!!

Are you too sleepy to get up to pray?  It’s no accident; it is warfare.  But…you gotta overcome it!

God needs you to get up and pray.  He is hoping for you to get the enemy on the offense instead of the enemy having you on the defense!  But you have got to GET OFF THE FENCE!  Stop sitting back and watching the game.  It’s time for you to go in.  Are you a first string player?  Are you a second string player?  Are you Junior Varsity?  Are you a bench player?  Are you on the team?  Only you can answer this.    This is warfare!  There is no time for sleep!  Don’t let the devil distract you.

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MY PRAYER STORY…

When I first started going to the early service of prayer held at my church; I had no idea that it would be life changing but, it was.  As time went on, I would hear people say that they had actually been up praying for hours before that and that the Lord had them to do it.  It did not sound appealing to me; I’m being honest.  After years of being an insomniac; I had been healed and was now getting god, peaceful and restful sleep.  I had managed to get up and go to early prayer and that seemed good enough for me…or was it?

 

About a couple of years down the road, I came to know a lot more about prayer, watchmen, holding up the hedge, repairing the breach and praying for others.   So, I decided to do it.  It’s a fact that I didn’t know enough, but I wanted to do it.  I tried getting up at 3 am to pray and that did not work.  Then, I tried 4am and that didn’t work either.  Next, I tried 5 am and of course it didn’t work because  I did not have enough time to do the proper amount of praying.  So, I stuck to my schedule of getting up at 5:30 and continuing prayer after the prayer service totaling to around 3 hours or more.

 

Of course, I had no discipline; that would come much later.

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My own prayer schedule is not important even though it is very refined now and extensive.  I personally see the need to focus my prayers and I do not hesitate to stop anything I am doing to pray with anyone that I am speaking with no matter who they are.  I have been delivered from any inhibitions when it comes to prayer.  I don’t care about  the approval of others,  the position of others …I am bold about praying, I am serious about it.

 

I wake up at 2: 30 am or various times to pray for people all over the world, then for prayer intercessors, the ministry, friends and family; and every day God takes me to a different angle, a different strategy, a different focus that I never thought of…it is wonderful.

 

I see and hear about prayer answers all of the time.  God answers prayer!  Did you know that?

 

You just have to give Him something to work with.

Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.   1 Thessalonians 5: 6

 

 

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DOES GOD HEAR YOUR CRY FOR HELP? by Elaine Davenport Saturday, October 31, 2009

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$600.00 may not sound like a lot of money to you but I needed it by the end of the day; or within 4 hours.  I had no plans to borrow it; I needed a miracle!  I dropped to my knees in prayer.  God was all I had.

I don’t believe in the Lottery. I don’t gamble.

I felt led to call a certain number and after that call I couldn’t “see” the answer…but it was in front of me.  It did not make sense in the natural.  But before the day was up; I had the $600.00.

GOD HAD TRULY HEARD MY CRY…

Another time, it was a health crisis, another time someone was near death, another time someone needed a job, the list kept growing and everytime…He came though!

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People are more alike than they think that they are.  They all want an answer to their prayers instantly!  But the bible says that God hears you and will save you.  Is that all that you need to know?

FOR SOME THIS IS A DEAL BREAKER…THEY SIMPLY CANNOT HANDLE THE WAITING AND NOT KNOWING!

FOR GOD…IT IS ALSO A DEAL BREAKER…YOUR NOT BEING ABLE TO TRUST HIM IS AN ACT OF DISOBEDIENCE A STEP OFF OF THE FAITH PATH!

KNOWING THAT GOD HAS HEARD YOUR CRY FOR HELP AND THAT HE’S GOT IT IS GOING TO HAVE TO BE ENOUGH…IT IS ACTUALLY MORE THAN ENOUGH FOR ME.


Psalms 34:17-19

Yes, the Lord hears the good man when he calls to Him for help, and saves him out of all his troubles. The Lord is close to those whose heart is breaking; He rescues those who are humbly sorry for their sins. The good man does not escape all troubles – he has them, too. But the Lord helps him in each and every one.