BIRTH is Imminent: P.U.S.H. [Pray Until Something Happens]

 

2 Chronicles 7:1-3 ~ When Solomon finished praying, fire flashed down from heaven and burned up the burnt offerings and sacrifices, and the glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple. The priests could not enter the Temple of the Lord because the glorious presence of the Lord filled it. When all the people of Israel saw the fire coming down and the glorious presence of the Lord filling the Temple, they fell face down on the ground and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying “He is good! His faithful love endures forever!”

Oh to pray like Solomon!  He prayed Heaven DOWN upon the Temple of God.  This did not strike fear in the people, but FAITH.  They proclaimed His goodness, faithfulness and love, falling on their face to worship and praise Him.

 Humility is the foundation of prayer.

OUR PRAYER LIFE STARTS WITH THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT THAT WE NEED GOD FOR EVERYTHING!

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The more humble we are, the more connected to God we are. 

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. ~ Ephesians 6:18

The Scripture says pray “in the Spirit at ALL TIMES and on EVERY occasion”.  This is at every high and every low, in every positive and every negative. Aaron raised Moses’ arms (intercession; lifted him up) on the mountainside (high) for the battle to be won in the valley below.

Israel Defeats the Amalekites

While the people of Israel were still at Rephidim, the warriors of Amalek attacked them. Moses commanded Joshua, “Choose some men to go out and fight the army of Amalek for us. Tomorrow, I will stand at the top of the hill, holding the staff of God in my hand.”

10 So Joshua did what Moses had commanded and fought the army of Amalek. Meanwhile, Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of a nearby hill. 11 As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. 12 Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. 13 As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle. ~ Exodus 17:8-13

We must not be poor in spirit. Don’t only pray for yourself. Pride sets in when all of our needs are satisfied. 

Prayer is our need crying out for help.  Unbelief cannot pray; it can only utter words. ~ E.W. Kenyon

Requesting prayer shows a desire for God’s involvement in your life. If we are not praying, do we really desire God’s involvement in our lives? We should want God to be involved! WHY? Here’s a good answer:

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. ~ Ephesians 3:20

What I see is that many want God’s blessing… but do we want His involvement

Prayer is not about getting heaven to do what we want on earth…Prayer is about getting earth to do what heaven wants!

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 Luke 11:2-4 ~ The Lord’s Prayer

  • Do we really want the Kingdom to come?
  • Is my life a reflection of that?

 

OUR BIGGEST PRAYER NEED: Lord, change me so that I can help others.

Preaching affects time; prayer affects eternity.

The secret of praying is praying in secret.

A sinning man will stop praying and a praying man will stop sinning.

He who kneels before God will stand in ANY situation.

~ Leonard Ravenhill

It requires NO FAITH on our part to do what is possible, and only a mustard seed of faith is required for God to work the impossible to miraculous.  The thing that keeps us from being BOLD in our prayers is our heart ♥. Knowing that He shed His blood for us, what will He withhold? If we are not pure of heart in coming to Him (repentant), we will not ask boldly – for we know the response…

If, according to Oliver Wendall Holmes, a man’s mind, stretched with a new idea, can never go back to its original dimensions, then what shall we say of a soul that has heard the whisper of the Eternal Voice? ~ Leonard Ravenhill

 Our battleaxe: THE WORD

Our strength: FAITH in that WORD

The Whole Armor of God

10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. ~ Ephesians 6:10-17

NOTE that this Scripture precedes the admonition to PRAY in the Spirit at ALL TIMES (Ephesians 6:18).  In other words, we put on the armor for battle and the battle is won in PRAYER.

We battle FROM victory, not FOR victory.  It is finished. 

 “The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” ~ JESUS (John 6:63)

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“I cried out to you, O Lord. I begged the Lord for mercy…You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing…” ~Psalm 30:8,11

Are we praying that we might DANCE when we have yet to MOURN? There shall be great sorrow for our sins…godly sorrow that brings freedom, not human sorrow that brings bondage…

 “For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. Just see what this godly sorrow produced in you! Such earnestness, such concern to clear yourselves, such indignation, such alarm, such longing to see me, such zeal, and such a readiness to punish wrong. You showed that you have done everything necessary to make things right.”

~ 2 Corinthians 7:10-11

Prayer is going into the presence of the Father and Jesus in an executive meeting, laying my needs before them and making my requests for the ability, grace, power, healing for someone, victory for someone, financial needs, or whatever.  Whatever my need, I am requesting for a Promise to be fulfilled.  I am making a demand on His ability.  Let’s look at this in the Word.

43 Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, 44 came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.

45 And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?”

When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’

46 But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” 47 Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.

48 And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”

~ Luke 8:43-48

The woman made a demand on his ability.  She had to be CLOSE TO HIM to touch Him. Closeness is INTIMACY. 

There are only two ways of getting acquainted with Jesus:

  • through the Word
  • by prayer

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Through prayer, we can be co-laborers with our Lord. “We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.” ~ 2 Corinthians 6:1

We can be His spokesperson, His voice, His ambassador in Jesus’ Name through the Word in our lips!  Jesus did not exercise ANY authority that is not operative in His Name today.

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. ~ Matthew 28:18-20 [NKJV]

ALL authority was given to Him.  He makes His home in us: “ By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.”~ 1 John 4:13

So now, LOOSE that authority!  He says “and lo, I am WITH YOU ALWAYS…”

To see a need is to have a call to prayer.  If you have neglected to pray, it is no longer a privilege it has now become a strict order.  He longs for companionship with us.  He wants to co-labor with us so that it will be on earth as it is in heaven!

Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. ~ John 14:23

Will you PRAY?  Will you learn God’s will by reading His Word?  The time to P.U.S.H. is now, for what He has conceived and we have labored for, He is ready to deliver!  The Word is BIRTH!  But we must P.U.S.H. that delivery through!  Come on saints! Let me hear from YOU! 

O, Lord let my actions speak loudly and let my words be few. I pray that others who don’t know Jesus can see His love and light in me and like a magnet be drawn to it. Help me to spread the Message. Help me to draw others to You. This salvation is not for me, Lord. I long to see the lost come to You, to love You, to praise You, to worship You longingly, fervently, and without ceasing. I pray for revival that draws out the roots and shakes off that filth, where repentance is to the point of death – fleshy deaths where we want to RISE only when the Spirit of the Lord is breathed into us. Help us, O God, to walk and speak and worship you in Spirit and in Truth. Help us to fight these principalities. Impart FAITH and courage to us, O God, that we can be soldiers in the fight and restore lives, reconciling Your people to You. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN

10 Discipleship NO-NO’s: If you can’t see JESUS in me, Don’t follow too closely!

The idea of accountability and mentorship, or submitting yourself under the tutelage of another is foreign in America.  We live in a democracy where our voice WILL be heard and our vote DOES count (LOL) and we WILL get our way and we MUST demand our freedom and independence, after all that is what our forefathers fought and died for. RIGHT???

As a Christian, I have decided that I don’t know what I need to know, so I have chosen to submit to those who know.  This is called humbling yourself…reducing yourself…becoming less so you can be more.  In my short journey, I have learned a few things from watching others.  I want to share with you up-and-comers what NOT to do, as a leader.  I hope you can laugh at some of these, but also take it to heart as well because while comical, there is much truth in these statements…

1.  New believers are usually broke but they won’t tell YOU that they are.broke

I know when I came into the church and began to get connected, people were always inviting me to go out to eat.  As a new believer, my pockets were void of deniro.  I wouldn’t be able to fellowship at times because I didn’t have the cash to go eat where they were eating.  I had dollar menu bucks and their tastes and preferences were much more refined and pricy. Be mindful of those around you.  Build one on one relationships and recognize where someone is financially. And remember, they haven’t gotten the Kingdom principle of tithing down yet.  Teach them!

2.  The ladies may need a little help with their wardrobe, but they don’t have to dress like youladieschurch

I will never forget the “shopping trips” that I was talked into.  I despise shopping and I did not dress inappropriately, I just didn’t dress like the other ladies at our church.  I don’t accessorize. I don’t own jewelry or a purse.  Unless your disciple is showing more skin than clothing, give her some grace. And PLEASE don’t use her as an excuse to go on your own shopping excursion! (YES, this happened to me!)  You don’t have to have keen spiritual discernment to recognize that someone is broke or they are not enjoying watching you try on clothes that neither of you should be buying.

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A new believer (and a mature believer) cannot afford to drink coffee at a coffee shop almost every day.  The “meet me for coffee” line is just as good when you are making coffee in YOUR coffee pot (Mr. Coffee is fine…he needs some love too) at YOUR house in YOUR dingy old cups.  It’s much more personable.

4.  Cleanliness is next to godliness, but pristine is pretentious and intimidating

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If someone comes into your house and it looks as though it is staged for a sale, it can make others uncomfortable and they don’t want to sit or touch anything.  Be real.  Don’t try to run around for a whole day cleaning your house because you know that life group is happening over there today. Yes, you should keep your house tidy and it should smell nice, but no one should get a headache from the barrage of scents that flood their nose when they enter the door. I believe that anyone who wears too much perfume or sprays too much air freshener is definitely trying to cover something up.

5.  A disciple wants to learn from you because they see JESUS in you, not because you are so great and wonderful.

Choosing to submit under someone does not mean that they will be your best friend.  It’s not hang out time all the time.  Be purposeful in your meetings. She wants to know about your relationship with Him.  The relationship that you build with her should draw her closer to Him, not just closer to you. Actually, very clear boundaries should be drawn early. Be mindful of how much you share with those who are accountable to you. She doesn’t need to hear about your issues.  YOU should be accountable to someone else, not her.  Dump UP, not down.

6.  Your integrity is your witness

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If you struggle with being on time, don’t promise that you will meet at 7 AM to worship and pray, knowing that you don’t get out of bed until 9:30 on most days. Keep a calendar or set reminders so that you don’t over-commit yourself. And for the love of all that is holy, do NOT lie to get out of a commitment and don’t lie about your daily routine.  If you don’t read the Word everyday, don’t say that you do.  Trust me, it will be obvious when you begin to say, “Well, you know it says somewhere, I’m not sure where, something about how light and dark don’t go together…”  It just doesn’t sound like you are a mouthpiece for God and you misrepresent Him.

7.  Be mindful of touchy topics like homosexuality, abortion, abandoning children, drug addiction, alcoholism, etc.

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We don’t know what others are dealing with currently or recently.  People come to the Lord in a moment of brokenness and desperation, so when you are casually talking in mixed company, don’t say things like “I just don’t know how someone could give up their child…” or “Abortion is murder.  Plain and simple.  I just don’t see how any mother could do that…”  or “All these waiters look like druggies…”  or “Doesn’t he look gay?” or “OMGoodness! Look at all those tattoos…” All of these statements carry an undercurrent of judgement and simply distance you from someone who may have experienced any or all of these.

8.  Remember the details.

If someone chooses to share the inner workings of their heart and their personal history, remember the details.  Do not discount any of their feelings or experiences as insignificant or surmountable.  We can find the similarities and not look at the differences.  Someone’s worst is just as bad as my worst…the emotions are the same regardless.

9.  Progress, not perfection

New believers don’t always want to hear how right you are or how perfect your life is.  I will never forget listening over and over to what almost sounded like bragging from a couple of leaders when it came to their parenting.  They made it seem like their child was perfect (a teenager, okay!!) and that they had just imparted all this mighty wisdom to her and she was completely obedient in every area.  Talk about feeling inadequate and under-qualified for anything! Needless to say, I didn’t want to tell this person any of my struggles in parenting because I just knew they couldn’t relate (or so it seemed).

10.  Don’t assume that people know the Bible, no matter how long they have been a believer.

“We all know the story of David and Goliath…” Well, no not really.  I didn’t.  However, this provoked me to learn it.  Everyone doesn’t have that bone.  Go easy.  And some of those words like propitiation, sanctification, justification, regeneration…I felt “tion-ed” when I had no idea what people were talking about. Be patient to teach and never make anyone feel small.

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Thankfully, God’s grace is sufficient.  I am so grateful that I was looking at JESUS and though I saw a lot of flaws in people, it didn’t deter me from following Him.  I just learned what NOT to do as I grew in grace and hopefully won’t make the same mistakes…I’ll just make different ones!!!

I would love to hear your stories of blunders and bloopers in this movie reel of a life we live!  Share them, please!!!  Thanks for reading!