The Restorative Power of Being Covered by Prayer

Greetings fellow sojourners!  Do you know how God is indubitably fond of you!  I discovered this acknowledgment I had written some time ago while I was recently sorting through my papers.  I  pray it blesses you today…

On account of my many busy obligations, I was having a difficult time finding time with the Lord.  Because I had allowed this to happen my patience was rapidly diminishing.  Just this morning I had Bible study scheduled with the most beautiful ladies I know and regrettably my heart was not in the right condition because I had been shamefully neglecting it.  I got particularly angry over the continued disobedience of one of my kids and sadly lost my patience.  I decided it was imperative that I go to church early and enter into the quiet sanctuary to seek the Lord (by myself) and pray.

When I walked into the sanctuary I found myself even more distressed and internally felt I was quickly coming to the end of my rope because what I found was a far cry from what I thought I needed.  The Easter season was quickly approaching and there were many people in the sanctuary building a backdrop for the Easter service.  Their hammering and scurrying around was more than my short supply of patience could handle.  I sat down in one of the chairs with my head in my hands for a little while.  When I looked up I saw a pillar in the church praying.  At this point, I did not have a prayer to pray for myself so I listened to hers and accepted the glorious words as my own.

The more I did this, the quieter it seemed to get in the sanctuary (don’t get me wrong, they were still hammering but it was no longer my focus).  I then saw something I had not noticed when I entered. There were several people in the sanctuary prayer-walking and touching the seats as they walked.  I was so distracted by the ‘noise’ in my own head and by the ‘noise’ in the sanctuary that the people praying were invisible to me when I initially came in.  The peace that came over me was incredible as I could now hear the voices of four people praying.  I had my meeting in less than five minutes but I did not wish to move from my spot!  My mind went to the temple in Jerusalem and the days when sojourners entered to pray and as a result, they filled the temple with their powerful prayers.  I realized since we are the temple of the Living God we must do the same thing.  We must cover ourselves with prayer at all times.  When we are covered with prayer the ‘noise’ of life gets quieted; otherwise, it seems to have the unnerving power of cleverly diverting us from the things of God.

Historically, rebuilding the temple signified a time of restoration.  When your temple, which houses the Holy Spirit of Almighty God is ‘rebuilt’ with HIS solid foundation and when you clean out the clutter, distractions, and idols, and fill it with prayer, expect to find restoration for your mind, soul, and body.  Hallelujah!

In His grace,

Amanda

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Fully Illuminated by THE Eternal Light

“No one lights a lamp and puts it in the cellar or under a basket, but on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see its light. Your eye is the lamp of the body. When your eye is good, your whole body is also full of light. But when it is bad, your body is also full of darkness. Take care then, that the light in you is not darkness. If, therefore, your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be entirely illuminated, as when a lamp shines its light on you.”  Luke 11:33-36

You are Divinely Inspired and Victoriously Anointed!  Are you acutely aware that your spiritual vision affects your whole body?  I LOVE those words:  NO ONE lights a lamp and puts it in the cellar or under a basket!  No one.  What on earth would be the point?  Jesus Christ of Nazareth did not light a fire in you so that you would then store yourself in a ‘cellar’ or pull the blanket up over your head and wait for time to pass!!  Don’t even think of doing that.

Christ’s ministry was free to anyone with an ear to hear; He was out in the open and plainly seen.  He effortlessly excelled in Solomon’s wisdom and swimmingly surpassed Jonas’ preaching power.  When the light has been lit in us we illuminate and imitate Christ.  The disciples likewise did not seek to preach in a corner, in a private house, or in a secret place but out in the open city streets and in the public places of worship.  We also are disciples of Christ and our call is the same.   We do not speak of Jesus in quiet places with whispered voices!  He deserves to be front and center in our everyday conversations.

The focused eye gives light.  The evil eye, like a lamp under a bushel, leaves one in darkness.  If the eye, which is the one responsible for perceiving light, is sound and healthy, then the whole body will be illuminated.  But, if the eye is diseased or unaware, no light will be seen; the body will be full of darkness.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises, of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9

Let’s look further into the Lord’s brilliance.  One of the meanings of the word translated ‘darkness’ in this verse is ‘of darkened eyesight or blindness’.  If a person has not been called out of darkness by God then that person remains in darkness and it will hold them sway.  Their darkness is made plainly visible by anyone who has God’s marvelous light in them.

If a person gives way to passions, jealousy, prejudice, impurity, and lawlessness, it will only be a matter of time before the spiritual eye of the soul becomes diseased, and therefore incapable of rightly discerning any heavenly sign. It was this danger that the Lord was pointing out.  If anyone is seeking a heavenly sign to substantiate Jesus’ lofty claims; it will indeed come if your eye can see and your ear can hear.  If, however, blindness is present due to wickedness, you will be incapable of seeing any heavenly sign let alone your own depravity.

Jesus’ crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension may be clear to us but are there other promises of God we have trouble seeing?  Allow the holy fire of the Lord’s light in you to shine brightly on ALL God’s promises and take hold of them with utmost confidence that He who promised is quite capable, faithful, and praiseful.

Thank you Jesus that when our entire body is illuminated with Your light there will be no darkness in it.

In His grace,

Amanda

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What Has Been Your Burden?

“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

Greetings fellow sojourners.  It is such a blessing to walk this Spiritual journey alongside you!

Have you ever seriously reflected on the weight of the Heavenly burden vs the weight of earthly burdens?  Seems to me if you earnestly weigh the extreme value and far-reaching importance of the heavenly kingdom vs the paltriness and trivialness of Satan’s earthly kingdom that the kingdom of Heaven would be the significantly weightier burden to us.  How is it then that the weight of earthly burdens seem to be the ones primarily receiving the most attention?  They typically rob us of peace, contentment, and joy and leave us yoked with sleepless nights, disillusionment, anxiety, bitterness…

Jesus, however, is suggesting a different yoke.  Reading the verse again, what does being yoked to Jesus give you?  Jesus says to “Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened” by the demands of Satan’s kingdom and He will give us rest.  He wants us to be attached (yoked) to Him; He who is gentle and humble in heart and learn from Him.  His yoke is easy and the burdens of His heavenly kingdom are light.  In Him, we will find rest for ourselves.

Why is it that so many of us seem to have spiritual malaise?  Why so tired?  So uninterested?  So distracted?  Are we taking on our OWN burdens, our OWN disappointments?  Have we yoked ourselves to created things instead of the Creator?  Are we believing things the Bible has not promised?  Are we measuring what we should have (even relationally) based on what we see others having?  Is it what the Bible says we should have?  What if the Bible says it is good to have yet we don’t have it?  We love anyway.  We pray that our own life is lined up with the Word.  We pray for OUR hearts to change.  We may decide in our minds that things are not fair and if it were up to us we would decide a different path but to quote a famous movie line, it is not up to us to decide our path, “all we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”  What will you decide to do with the time given you?  Will you be yoked to Jesus and learn from Him?

Thank you, Lord, for allowing us to be yoked to you.  Reveal to our hearts how much lighter the burden of heaven really is compared to the kingdom of this world.  In YOU alone will we find the true rest and refreshing our souls crave.

In His grace,

Amanda

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You Are Not Your Own

“Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price.”  1 Corinthians 6:19-20a

Greetings fellow sojourners!  Have you ever fully considered the second sentence ~ You are not your own, for you were bought at a price?  The ‘price’ was the blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19) and the ‘your not your own’ means you are not the sole proprietor.  We should not, therefore, use our bodies as though they were absolutely under our exclusive control.

This verse in 1 Corinthians is an exhortation because of our oneness with Christ and the price paid by Him to make us His.  If our bodies are not our own to do with as we like, as this verse instructs, then we have no right to give them over to sin.  As we are fully aware, sin relates to what we are capable of committing behaviorally as well as what we commit mentally; in our thoughts.

From a mental perspective, what sins have we allowed to take up residence in us (the sanctuary of the Spirit) by allowing thoughts out of line with the Word of Truth, permission to proceed?  Considering the definition of the word ‘allow’,  when we ‘allow’ lies access we have given them (1) permission, (2) a share, (3) granted them access to rights, (4) acknowledgment, and (5) claims.  What?!  We have allowed lies permission to have a share of what God has redeemed?!  The only way lies are even able to enter our bodies/sanctuaries is by neglect or oversight on our part.

Are we primarily thinking thoughts that bring edification to ourselves and to others?  We were bought at a price and given His Spirit not because God needed a temple for His Spirit but as a necessary empowerment for us.  It is His indelible mark that also indicates His seal of ownership (2 Corinthians 1:22) which is not hidden from the malevolent forces of evil.  Because our bodies are the temple and the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit which was given by God (1 Corinthians 3:16-17) we should not allow anything in the temple to be defiled and dishonored by allowing things that pollute ~ this includes our thoughts.  If a thought is contrary to the Word then consider it a pollutant.  When our heart is filled with either love or pollutants it will overflow and the point of overflow is our mouth (Luke 6:45).  What we say is an indication of what we have allowed in the temple.  Our job is to guard our temples and not allow anything in that is out of line with the Word.

Your body has dignity and you must do your part to maintain the purity of your mind, your soul, and your body.  Do not neglect to guard against allowing harmful thoughts from attempting to distract you from a focused and a devoted mind set completely set on Jesus Christ of Nazareth.  You are much loved.

“And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them.”  2 Corinthians 5:15

In His grace,

Amanda

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