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Friday, 29 October 2021

The Eternal God is our Refuge

(Note: An unusual history  on this post.

The main body of this post was written a good number of weeks ago. I'd totally forgotten the Lord had given it me, came on with idea after quiet time for post. 

Lo! clicked on this post, to find it already done! "Coincidences are God's way of remaining anonymous", is a saying of a dear sister. So here it is, warts and all, the post God gave me twice. I did edit it then and after publishing if received emsils. This I frequently do.)

God sees what we cannot.

We are temporal beings, living in the here and now. 

God is eternal, He is not limited by time or space as we are.

He sees workings, happenings, occcurences about which we have no idea.

"The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good." Prov 15:3

God alone knows what today will bring.

Others before us - Abraham, Moses, Daniel, so VERY many have interceded, wrestled in prayer by faith to the Living God.

They wrought by their prayers great mercy of God's blessings upon those requests. God, our Heavenly Father loves us deeply and delights in our prayers.

Think of how many times the LORD punished the children of Israel in the wilderness, even to the point of threatening to wipe them off the earth and make a new nation of Moses descendants??

Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation. 


 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.

And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.

(Vs 10, 12, 13. See all in Ex 32:9-14)

Yet dear faithful Moses, the meekest, most humble man who ever lived (Numb. 12:3), trusted in God's mercy and pleaded yet the more for God to bless and keep Israel from destruction! 

And God repented of the evil He thought to bring upon His beloved people.

Can’t we see the similarities to today? How we likewise need to intercede for our nations?

Yes, OUR nations are in the very throes of judgement by our God. He has allowed Satan a stranglehold of confusion - see Job chp 1. Job suffered from Satan’s overreach into his life, his family through God’s permissive will, and so do we.

Overreaching controls upon every area of our life, a Gov decree deciding if we may keep our job, feed our families or attend God’s house! When God created Adam and Eve, He gave them (and us) a free will. At certain times in history the free will is undermined, restrained, seemingly common sense is not as common as it was once. 

 Then it is very, very good to remember that Satan’s power is limited, and His power is the more limited especially as we pray.

How much more do we need to follow Moses’ example, especially today, pleading for our nations, for our beloved towns and cities, for our dear workers who'll lose their jobs over current Covid mandates. Some fellow believers have said to let this prayer burden alone. This is God’s battle, not yours. 

Let God have His way. 

However, I see a different path, as illustrated so often in scripture. Not taking this battle out of God’s hands to fight it alone, but lifting it before Him in prayer, pleading for mercy, “against hope believing in hope” as Abraham, et al before me .

This life we live as believers IS a battle, that is the point. I wonder if they said the same to Moses? For “HE BESOUGHT the LORD” his God!

Or of Daniel, David, or Esther, the Queen who interceded for her people that that they might not be slain.

Esther the Queen went against the express command of the King Ahasuerus’, entered into his presence without his royal decree or permission, and faced certain or possible death. 

Yet said her uncle Mordecai, perhaps you’ve come for such a time as this?

For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?  Esther 4:14 

This life we live, dear brethren, IS a battle - we must never, ever forget that! 

It is no accident or coincidence that WE are alive here, where we are, in 2021!

It’s not a walk in the park, we WILL suffer persecution, “for servant is not greater than his master”, as Jesus Himself said. (See Here John 15:20)

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:12, 13

Our Saviour, our Ensample, was the greatest of prayer warriors, He spent nights in lonely vigil with His Heavenly Father. If the perfect Son of God needed it, how much more do we?

I am compelled by God’s Holy Spirit to pray, constrained to be informed of folks needing prayer, of current events, and so intercede more wisely… “the love of Christ constraineth us” 2 Cor 5:14a

It looks grim, dark, foreboding WITHOUT the eye of faith.

But FAITH does NOT need to see.

"Now faith is the substance of things HOPED for,

 the evidence of THINGS NOT SEEN." Heb 11:1 

FAITH BELIEVES, even though it sees not. 

Jesus said to his frightened disciples, who did not see with that eye of faith:

"Be of good cheer, it is I, be not afraid!" Matt 14:27

PRAY pleading earnestly yet again for God's great mercy, not because it’s  deserved because it’s its never deserved ...

.. but because of His great grace.

Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?

 He retaineth not his anger for ever, because He delighteth in mercy. Micah 7:18

(Micah 7 is a beautiful chapter, that would be lovely to do a study on that, too)

He not only delights in our prayers..
… but tis precisely because He delights in MERCY 
that He delights in our prayers!!!

isn’t that soooo precious???

So do not quit praying, do not think it’s arguing with God to plead for mercy from our loving Abba, Father. If it’s according to His will, we pray aright. 
He delights to bless us, and grant His mercy
As He did back then to Moses and the idolatrous nation of Israel. 

It is exactly the same today. 
(Hymn link Here if not showing

The fight is on, 
the trumpet sound is ringing out,
The cry “To arms!” 
is heard afar and near;
The Lord of hosts 
is marching on to victory,

The triumph of the Christ will soon appear.

CHORUS:

The fight is on, O Christian soldier,
And face to face in stern array,
With armor gleaming, 
and colors streaming,

The RIGHT and WRONG ENGAGE today!
The fight is on, but be NOT weary;
Be strong, and in His might hold fast;
If God be for us, His banner o’er us,
We’ll sing the victor’s song at last!


The fight is on, arouse, 
ye soldiers brave and true!
Jehovah leads, 
and victory will assure;
Go buckle on the armor 
God has given you,
And in His strength 
unto the end endure.

The Lord is leading 
on to certain victory;
The bow of promise 
spans the eastern sky;
His glorious Name 
in every land shall honored be;
The morn will break, 
the dawn of peace is nigh.

I'm praying and trusting in the God of miracles, as so many have before.

Bless, LORD God of glory, bless ALL our sinful, idolatrous nations, save souls today, now, for ETERNITY’s sake, please, with Thy holy mercy abounding, for Thy Eternal glory. In Jesus name, Amen. 

Thanks to all who pop across to read this blog and Thank YOU, especially if you’re able to leave some love and encouragement.
Prayer hugs,🙏🤗
Shaz in Oz.x 

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Monday, 11 October 2021

Is there Power in Prayer?

How and what to pray? 

Is there power in persisting, prevailing prayer?

Yes, if PRAYING IN FAITH, BELIEVING.

Praying to our Heavenly Father, in the beautiful name of our Saviour, the LORD Jesus Christ.

For He dearly loves His children, our FATHER DELIGHTS IN OUR PRAYERS.

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?


If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? 

Luke 11:9-13

PRAY IN FAITH, BELIEVING, praying to our FATHER.

Yes, our FATHER DELIGHTS IN OUR PRAYERS.           

NEVER forget the GOD FACTOR in our every day!

The LORD alone can bring good out of evil.

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: 

how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

Note it says to ask for the Spirit of God.

WHY? This is the question that filled my heart as read this passage in the chapters for today (in Luke, reading my Bible through for 2021). 😊

Why ask for the Holy Spirit? 

Then light 💡 came, I realised it’s needful indeed.

As believers, followers of the LORD Jesus Christ, we already have the indwelling of the Spirit of the Living God, but how often He is quenched, by sin filled walk and hearts.

So I’m to be wise steward of time given.

Redeeming the time for the days are evil. Watching, alert, vigilant.

Pray regularly and earnestly that He, the Holy Spirit of the Living God, may GUIDE, DIRECT US ARIGHT.

IN PRAYER, am I too busy rattling off what I want, or think?

… or am I waiting quietly, seeking Him, the still small voice?

And asking for His help, His light on a matter? 

Watching unto prayer! 

Deep, meaningful prayer as well as the regular, quick, short, urgent requests. 

There are various aspects of prayer - ALL ARE NEEDED.

A short post, but am burdened dear ones, as we live in sin filled world.

So many lies, rumours, innuendoes and deceits, time stealers.

The father of lies, our adversary the devil is as roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. 

Let him not devour the good gifts our God has given us, time, our strength, our wisdom. 

Am I as much in the Word of God, and prayer, as in watching a screen of some sort?

We must anchor our hearts in the word of God, praying without ceasing.

It takes effort. 

But remember..  no, never ever alone.

Be mindful of the God factor! He will never leave us nor forsake us.


(Hymn here if not showing, new to me but how I loved it)

 Be alert, vigilant, aware, informed, but covering it all in prayer, with the earnest of the Spirit of God… 

Pray for Holy Spirit guidance and light today, every day. 

There are three persons in the trinity. All are equal, one God.  

Looking unto Jesus, walking By FAITH not by SIGHT.

Thanks to all who pop across to read this blog and Thank YOU, too if you’re able to leave some love and encouragement.

Prayer hugs,🙏🤗
Shaz in Oz. X



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