IS MY LIFE A REFLECTION OF JESUS?

Yesterday as I read some devotions and viewed some sermons I had taped, several things stood out to me; and I invite you to ponder these things with me. “So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” John 20:21 NKJV. If God is sending me into the world to be His mouthpiece and His vessel to touch unbelievers, then what would God want me to do to reflect Christ in my daily life? Does my daily activities reflect God’s character or mine? The following list came from Dr. Charles Stanley’s sermon, A Strong Christian Life www.intouch.org. I hope this list helps you, as it does me, to remember that we serve a forever, faithful God who loves us. Yes, He does have a plan to conform us to the image of Christ to use us and fulfill our destiny on this side of heaven. His plan will be for our good and His glory. (Romans 8:28; 11:36). A STRONG LIFE IN CHRIST – Evidences of a life walking in the Lordship of Christ fully trusting Him. I have placed my faith and trust in Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord of my life. I spend a daily time with God in prayer and His word. My life is built on the teaching of God’s word and its application in my life. The Holy Spirit guides my life. I speak no evil of anyone and do not grumble or complain. I love, live and serve God out of my spiritual gifts. I am quick to forgive. My life reflects inner peace. My life will unknowing impact others for Christ. First, dear friends, let’s fully realize that those statements above are only possible when we intentionally put God first in our lives (Matthew 6:33); die to ourselves and let Christ live through us (Galatians 2:20). For my personal spiritual evaluation I wanted to share my spiritual journey with you using Dr. Stanley’s list: I received Christ as Savior and Lord of my life in September 1976. Prior to this I believed that Jesus was a prophet. When I confessed my sin and prayed for Christ to come in to my life, He did. My life has never been the same. Spending time with the Lord is a priority. If something “happens” and I miss some time, I do not...
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Thank You God, for Never Giving Up on Me.

Today there is a reading on a small devotional book by Max Lucado. GRACE FOR THE MOMENT, VOLUME II.  I hope that it touches your heart as it touched mine. God’s business is putting things right. Psalm 11:7 The Messenger God never gives up. When Joseph was dropped in the pit by his own brothers, God didn’t give up. When the delivered Israelites wanted Egyptian slavery instead of milk and honey, God didn’t give up. When Peter worshipped Him at the supper and cursed Him at the fire, He didn’t give up. And when human hands fastened the divine hands to a cross with spikes, it wasn’t the soldiers who held the hands of Jesus steady. It was God, who would not give up His only son before He would give up on you. (From: Six Hours One Friday by Max Lucado. Friends, because God is a God of grace and mercy and loves you that much, He will never give up on you. If you are going through a low spot in your life, I hope that knowing how much God loves you will encourage you today. God’s plans are for your good and His glory. Jeremiah 29:11. Joan Courtney, WPI...
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Kingdom Praying

“Kingdom Praying – and all these things will be added to you.” “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)  Seeking God first, above all else, is a huge subject. I will attempt to narrow it down to “praying for God’s kingdom.”  When I first started praying, my prayer life consisted of praying for my family, my friends in need and maybe my Pastor. Many of the women in WPI have told me that they prayed the same way. Those are good things, and God loves to hear and answer our prayers. However, I never once thought about praying for other topics regarding our society and issues that will impact the future of our children and grandchildren.  “How did I come to the realization that my prayers could make a difference beyond my family and friends?”  I believe it was when I realized that God heard and answered my prayers for the good of my family and friends and for His glory. Somehow, I was impressed to pray for the greater things on God’s heart, to pray for His kingdom to come, and His will to be done on earth (in our cities and nations) as it is in heaven.” God is waiting for us, His children, to pray His heart for His eternal plan for mankind.  He is entrusting us, His children, to pray His eternal plan into existence in the world.  What an honor and privilege to be used of God in that way! Earlier I mentioned topics, and you may be wondering what topics?  I am referring to the prayer topics on the WPI home page menu under “Prayer Focus.” Our prayer topics are: Churches and Ministers, Government and Military, Families, Education, Media, Arts and Entertainment, Business, Special Issues Concerning Your City and Nation, Christian Organizations. We end our time of prayer by praying for our personal requests. Friends, I would like to challenge you to visit the WPI home page, and start praying for your city and nation daily, weekly or monthly. The amount of time you spend on these prayer topics is up to you and the Lord.  I believe that God will give you a great sense of wellbeing and joy when your prayer focus is kingdom-focused. You can be assured He is using your prayers to bring about HIS will into each and every area of our...
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JESUS, THE FAITHFUL ONE

God bless all of you with a Merry Christmas and a prosperous, joy filled and Christ centered 2015. The following comes from a Day Spring greeting card my husband gave me for my birthday. “JESUS, THE FAITHFUL ONE – The confidence we have… The trust we hold…The hope we carry…rest in His faithfulness. Every promise He has made He purposes to fulfill. He has the authority to accomplish all He has spoken. His power is limitless…His character changeless…His love endless! May your life continue to reflect the good things that come from God’s favor and blessings. ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, an He shall direct your path’.” I have the card on my desk as a reminder of God’s love and faithfulness. I pray the words will encourage you to believe God for His faithfulness in your life to bring about His plan for your ultimate good and HIS glory. Face 2015 with courage and faith. Make reading God’s word and prayer a priority in your life, even a few minutes each day. Remember that God is working in the unseen where we can not see in our lives and the lives of our loved ones. Nothing escapes Him. His loving presence surrounds you to guide and protect you. His word says “I will instruct you in the way you should go. I will guide you with My eye.” Psalm 32:8. Let’s you and I live each day abiding in JESUS, THE FAITHFUL ONE! Joan Courtney, WPI...
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NOT FORSAKING THE ASSEMBLING OF OURSELVES

God brought the scripture in Hebrews 10:24-25 to my mind this morning as I was reading my morning devotional – “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is a manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Those two verses contain so much that a person could spend many hours unpacking them. My heart centered on “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves.” That is a phrase in the WPI’s mission statement. We desire for the women who pray in a WPI group to be aware of this aspect of WPI and understand it. The mission statement is: “We, as co-laborers in the body of Christ, commit ourselves to be used of God to redeem a lost world unto Himself as we unite with one heart to pray across denominations, races, and cultures, not forsaking our own assembly.” It continues to say, “By the Spirit of Christ, we will persevere and trust God for the increase of passionate intercessors and the coming end-time harvest of souls.” Please stay with me as I focus on “not forsaking our own assembly”. WPI desires for the women to adhere to the foundational principle in reference to this statement: The women are to place their church before the ministry of Women’s Prayer International. If they have a meeting at their church at the same time there is a WPI monthly neighborhood group meeting or an annual meeting, they are to attend the meeting at their church. Many times a WPI member has said, “I really don’t want to miss the WPI meeting; but my church is having a meeting, and I need to be faithful to my church.” That is a wonderful thing and God is well pleased when we put our church before a ministry. My prayer is that all the women praying in the WPI groups will understand that truth and follow in obedience. It is my desire that all members, those new and those not so new, will also know that WPI s priority is to undergird the churches and ministers with prayer at each monthly meeting. Praying for our churches and ministers each month reminds us to keep our Pastors in our prayers till me meet again. Whether you are a WPI Prayer Member...
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