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Encouragement

February 1, 2011

Hi my friends,
Sometimes it seems like I have been in training for this hour on this day at this time.  I think about a friend who has gone on to be with the Lord now, George Atkins.   I mention him often as he had a wonderful intercessory prayer ministry at the end of his life.  I counted on his prayers.  As time goes along, I know more and more how important it is to pray and seek God’s face.  Prayer begins the process of Victory in our lives.

One of my devotions  that comes to my email box  was from David Wilkerson.  Here is a little excerpt from that devotion and a link to the whole thing if you want to go there online and read it.

GOD’S SPECIAL FORCES

You’ve heard of the U.S. Army’s Special Forces—a highly trained army-within-an-army, an elite unit of dedicated soldiers. Special Forces are made up completely of volunteers, fighters who have been noticed and called out
by their superiors.

God has been at work in the heavenlies on a covert operation. He’s raising up an army-within-an-army, searching his regular troops to form an elite unit of volunteers. This special force is made up of warriors he can touch and stir, to
do battle with the enemy. We see a picture of this in the Bible, with Saul’s special militia. The Word tells us, “There went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched” (I Samuel 10:26).

“The people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits” (Daniel 11:32).

“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

Link to this devotion:  http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/devotions/2010/gods-special-forces

That holds a wonderful Message.  We are in God’s Army and we should renew our strength and encourage ourselves through Prayer and  reading God’s Word.

A few weeks ago  I was listening to Joel Olsteen preach talking about  having a NOW faith –  Asking God to do it right now.  Send prosperity NOW – Send healing NOW – It is okay to be bold like David and say God “I am expecting God to do something now”.    Jesus talked about the Centurion – “I have not seen this much faith in all of Israel”  God I am asking you  to do it for me today.  He said most people had future faith – faith to believe for future miracles – future healing’s – future deliverance’s.  He said we should  switch back to NOW faith –  Asking God to send breakthroughs NOW – When u release that NOW faith the NOW blessings will come about.  Send favor today, send prosperity today – U stay in the NOW.  When we don’t see the prayers we are asking for we should just keep getting up every day and start again.asking God to do it NOW.

I am not sure that I remembered this just as he said it but I liked this encouragement.  That we should stir ourselves and keep and create  an expectancy in our own heart – the drive and the passion to keep expecting God to answer our prayers.  That it matters to God how we pray and that we should have an attitude of expectancy  believing that this could be the day.  We should be on the lookout for the answer to prayer NOW.

We do meet plenty of doubters don’t we.  They are on every hand.  Doubt can come at us in waves.  In the still of the night when we get still from the day’s activities and our minds wonder.  So how do we combat this doubt.  I think Joel may have touched on it. – We can continue every day by starting the day believing and asking afresh that God answer our prayer NOW.

TODAY could  be the day.  Stay in faith when it’s taking a long time. – Every day tell yourself – this could be the Day
Wait with expectancy –  Ask God every day to send favor NOW –  send break through NOW – Believe to see the goodness of God  NOW

I like that concept – NOW FAITH –  LIVING WITH THIS NOW FAITH –   Don’t get discouraged and think in future faith
Look into the unseen realm  – God will release His goodness.  Stay in faith.  Suddenly you will see what is happening behind the scenes and God’s deliverance will surely come TODAY.

I want you to know that my intent is to encourage you with this blog.  I am asking God to give me something to say to you – something to lift your spirits – some Word that will keep you going.  Something to build your faith in your time of need – on this day and in this hour.  In doing so, God also lifts my spirits.

Here is an Irish blessing that I received by email some some time ago.  Be blessed and Have a great day.

This is worth the watch.   Beautiful!  Turn up the sound…..

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