God is Looking for Intercessors

This is another of Greg Laurie’s great daily devotionals on his Harvest.org site. Why not browse his site while you’re there reading the rest of his post?

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God is Looking for Intercessors

By Greg Laurie

Then the Lord said, “I have seen how stubborn and rebellious these people are. Now leave me alone so my fierce anger can blaze against them, and I will destroy them. Then I will make you, Moses, into a great nation.”

 

Moses had many frustrations with the Israelites. He had complained to God on multiple occasions about them. But when God told Moses that He was going to wipe them out, Moses pleaded with God to relent.

Read the rest here.

Used by permission from Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, PO Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514.

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Holding Fast To Good : Teshuva

Life in this world has gone crazy lately. At least it seems that way to most of us. If you’re wondering how to handle all the upheaval without falling apart, please read this wonderful post by my bloggy friend, Ugochi Oritsejolomisan, of Teshuva. And while you’re there, check out the rest of her great site.

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July 13, 2015 by ugochi oritsejolomisan

Sometimes thinking about all the craziness going on in the world we live in right now can make even the happiest person depressed. Especially one who looks away from the word to the world. I was in a discussion with some family members (Church family) and so many issues came up.

Random killings, terrorist attacks, kidnaps, robberies, sexual immoralities, divorces, Christians falling out of the faith…

The evil being exposed is so deep, intense and scary. Things that were formally unheard of are now being talked about with so much levity and casualness that boggles the mind and makes one wonder where exactly the world would be in few couple of years.

What’s a Christian to do?

Read the rest here.

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Do Not Be Shaken

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I have set the LORD always before me.
Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
-Psalm 16:8

My Sunday posts are typically and purposely low-key: an image with a Bible passage or uplifting quote. However, in light of last week’s Supreme Court ruling to approve same-sex marriage, I have felt the Holy Spirit’s urging to share some thoughts with you.

The ruling about same-sex marriage should not surprise any of us. Our nation has been headed in this direction for a long time. And it isn’t just this ruling that is changing our nation from one that was founded on belief and reliance on God to one that is discarding God to appease our own desires, leaving God completely out of the process.

  • Where is God in our schools and government buildings now?
  • Why is prayer no longer allowed in our schools?
  • How did our flag go from being respected and cherished by American citizens to being stomped on and burned?

Our country has turned drastically from “one nation under God” to one of tolerance for every religion except Christianity. This should not come as a shock to any of us who have been alive long enough to witness first-hand the deterioration of the Biblical principles upon which America was founded.

But Beloved, I am not here to tell you what you already know. I want to encourage you today to never give up what you know to be true:

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God is the same yesterday, today and in the future.
He has never changed—
mankind has.

Here are some Bible passages that go along with this:

“I the Lord do not change.
So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.”
—Malachi 3:6

Yet this I call to mind 
and therefore I have hope: 

Because of the Lord’s great love
we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 
They are new every morning; 
great is your faithfulness.
—Lamentations 3:21-23

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
—Hebrews 13:8

Every good and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,
who does not change like shifting shadows.
—James 1:17

Beloved, God is still God, and we can absolutely continue to trust that He is still in charge of the universe. Instead of getting angry or worrying about the way things are going these days, pray…

  • for the Holy Spirit to give you boldness in telling others about Who you believe in and why you follow Him
  • for opportunities to share your faith with those who need to hear it
  • for people whose beliefs are in direct conflict with yours, that they will allow God to remove the “scales” from their eyes [Acts 9:18] and soften their hardened hearts to see and hear the Good News that Jesus Christ saves!

Please keep this Luke 6:27-28 passage in mind, “Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.”

Remember that this isn’t the end of the story. God will prevail because He is Holy and causes all things to work together for our good and His glory!

He who testifies to these things says,
“Yes, I am coming soon.” 

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
—Revelation 22:20

 If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, please visit my ABC page to read about how easy it is to ask Jesus into your heart. You will never regret it!

 

Love in Action

 

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Love in Action

Love must be sincere.
Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
 
Be devoted to one another in love.
Honor one another above yourselves.
 

Never be lacking in zeal,
but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord
.
 
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction,faithful in prayer.
 

Share with the Lord’s people who are in need.
Practice hospitality.


Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
 
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
 
Live in harmony with one another.
Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.
Do not be conceited.


Do not repay anyone evil for evil.
Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.
 
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you,
live at peace with everyone. 

Do not take revenge, my dear friends,
but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written:
“It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
 

On the contrary: 
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
 
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. 

In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”


Do not be overcome by evil,
but overcome evil with good.
—Romans 12:9-21

 

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