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My Story for His Glory

Living In Awe March 24, 2017

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By Jonatan Pie

I have a new song I have been singing all week. I’ve even been humming it in my classroom because it has been a rough with some students and I really need to keep Jesus in the forefront of my mind. Let me tell you, the day I started humming this song throughout my day things bothered me less. I have been able to let things go and not get so worked up.

If you haven’t heard it I hope it will bless you and if you have already heard I hope it will continue to bless you.

Click here.

 

You Might Be One Swing Away July 22, 2016

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By ANGELA BENITO

By ANGELA BENITO

This week has been a week of sensing God pressing me to pray, to not give up. I feel a desperate need to add my prayers to other believers around the world and see God rise up in power and justice.

Today as I was praying Jesus gave me a great visual of what our prayers can do. I know I often feel like I have been praying for something and nothing is changing. But the truth is you might be one prayer (or swing) away from the situation bending to God’s will. Below is what I learned today:

I asked Jesus how do our prayers make a difference. He told me every time we pray within the will of the Father our prayers go out to that situation or person.

Then I asked why don’t we always see change?

He told me that even though our prayers are within God’s will other people have free will. So even if you are praying for a marriage to be restored or someone to be healed from addictions the person we are praying for has a free will and can choose things that don’t allow us to see God answer that prayer.

However, every time we pray it’s like taking an ax to a tree, we make the tree weaker, we are chipping away at the trunk.

Jesus told me, “You’d be shocked to see how many trees are one swing away from falling and bending.”

I saw a forest of trees almost ready to fall but the people gave up and walked away. The tree only needed one more swing but the person swinging got tired but if they could have just swung the ax one more time the tree would have fallen.

The same is true with people. We pray and we pray and nothing seems to change, soon we forget about the situation or we give up and we stop. But how many times have we been one prayer away from the person being free from addiction, or that marriage being restored and we walked away. Just one more prayer could have made all the difference, but we got tired.

Just like some trees are thicker than others and will take more swings to get it to fall that same is true with people. Some people have stronger wills, or thicker heads (kidding…sort of) and will take longer to make them fall. Others are a bit thinner and will fall more easily.

I know my heart is burdened with the things the enemy is doing in this world, to families and nations. Praying for things like our country seems so big, what difference can our little prayer (ax) make. But if we all come together and take turns taking a swing soon the tree will fall and God’s power will be shown.

We can’t have the mind-set that things have to get this way before Jesus returns. I don’t think He is okay with that line of thinking. He doesn’t want to us to just watch this all happen. He wants us to show His glory to the world so more will be ready when He returns.

Will you join me in praying for our country, our world, families, children, whatever you can think of. When you get tired know someone else is picking up their ax and taking a swing.

Don’t give up. You might be one swing away from seeing your prayer answered.

 

 

God’s Heart for America July 1, 2016

american-flag-waving-14467836868ylThese are my thoughts only, something I have been sensing God pressing in on me. 

I have been feeling God’s heart for America recently. During my quiet time today this is what I wrote in my journal as I sensed God speaking to me:

I believe God’s heart is breaking for the United States. This country was founded on Him and we are slowly chipping away at that foundation. Once we do this we will crumble. A house cannot stand without a foundation, neither can a country survive without a  foundation. For the U.S. that is/was God. 

Why has the United States been blessed for so many years? Because of Papa. We have had His favor but I believe we are moving out from under that. 

We think we are claiming more independence as we make these new laws or take away other laws. In reality we are making deals with another father. The father of lies. We are land of the free and the home of the brave but we are slowly becoming the land of invisible chains and the home of Satan. 

We can only be the land of the free when Jesus is the one who founds that freedom, any other type of freedom is a lie and false. We will never be free without Jesus. I believe that with all my heart, apart from Him there is only a temporary, false freedom that ultimately will leave us in chains. 

Our hope cannot be in the next politician, that person is human as well and will make mistakes and not keep promises. Our hope can only be in Jesus, Papa, the founder of and creator of freedom, the anchor for our souls. 

This Fourth of July I hope you can  celebrate your independence from Satan and celebrate your complete and utter dependence on the One who can set your free, mind, body, soul, Jesus Christ.

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8: 36 NIV

 

Trust His Heart June 24, 2016

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By Pierre Bouillot

By Pierre Bouillot

About a month ago our pastor talked about the reason many of us chose sin is because we don’t trust God’s heart. I realized this was often true with me. I doubt Him because I don’t see things moving, I don’t see things changing.

Can I still trust Him even when nothing seems to be changing, or getting better?

A couple of days ago during my quiet time He spoke to me regarding this. Below is what He told me. I hope it will bless someone else out there is who is struggling in this area as well.

I promise you if you remain obedient to Me the gifts I have for you will overwhelm you. They are so much better than any worldly pleasure. Trust Me. Trust My heart. There is no deceit in Me, but there is in My enemy. Trust My heart — receive my blessings. They flow freely to you but your choices hinder them from flowing into you. Your choices clog up your “receivers”, clear them away and trust. 

Here is a song by Lauren Daigle that speaks to this. Click here. 

Work on unclogging your “receivers”, that will look different for everyone. What will it look like for you?

 

 

This Is Amazing Grace May 27, 2016

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feet-in-chainsA girl was in a dry field, flat, dusty and she was putting on her old chains. They were heavy yet there was some sense of comfort in them. They slipped back on easily enough. Even though she didn’t really like them…yet she did. She couldn’t explain it and she knew it was messed up how she felt about her old chains, but she couldn’t let them go.

Then Jesus came to her. “What are you doing here?”

“I don’t know.” The girl looked down in shame. She had disappointed her Savior. How could she go back to this place, yet she didn’t have the strength to leave again.

“I set you free from these a long time ago.” Jesus lifted her hand that had a clamp wrapped around it, he slipped it off. “They don’t even fit you anymore.”

“I know. I don’t know why I am here. I don’t even know how I got here.” The girl cries.

“Let’s get out of here.”

The girl hesitates. “I don’t know if I want to leave.  I am afraid I will return again. ”

“Then I will come back and get you.” He looks at her as only her Savior could look at her, He sees all she can be, not all she has been.

“You’ll come back again?” The girl couldn’t believe this. Why would he keep coming back for her? Someone who kept returning to her chains? “How many times will come back?”

“As many times as you return. This is amazing grace.” Jesus slipped off all her chains. “Come with me, I will remind you who you really are. You don’t belong in this dry, barren land. I have a land that is rich and lush. That is where you belong.”

She left her chains again and followed Jesus to her true identity.

 

About Our Enemy and His Puppets May 20, 2016

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marionettesFor our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 NIV

I am seeing the truth in this verse more and more.

It started with one cruel sentence written on a piece of paper in my classroom directed at me. I had no way of knowing who wrote it but it hurt me. Quickly my mind realized what was written is exactly what the enemy thinks of me. That sentence wasn’t from a student but from my enemy.

Another day I found a piece of paper on the floor. It wasn’t directed at me but said something very inappropriate that hurt my heart.

Yet, on another day I found 666 written on one of my tables and on a different table another message that was evil in its essence.

I have a student raising issues with me because we are singing a Latin and a Jewish song, which is totally inline with my state standards and yet this same students says the pledge “under God” over the speakers to the entire student body. I can’t help but think this is a personal attack on me because this student is aware of my faith.

And there is so much happening in our world. I don’t think we can stand idly by and not care. If we claim Jesus as Savior we have to care. Christians can’t keep burying their heads in the sand and waiting for Jesus to return, we are called to be world changers and bring Heaven to Earth.

All of these things are telling me that the enemy hates me and doesn’t like me interacting with high school students. Everyday that I walk into my classroom I release the power and presence of God within me.

I tell you all of this to open your eyes. When someone speaks evil to you remember you have an enemy and that person is actually being used by them. You should pity them, they are clueless. They are merely puppets, mindless. They think they are thinking for themselves when in truth they are only thinking what the enemy wants them to think. They have no mind of their own. They give into to every thought and desire that he throws at them.

How sad.

 

 

 

 

 

A Prayer For You May 13, 2016

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By Michael Durana

By Michael Durana

I’m sitting here not sure what to write about today, although God has been doing a lot in my life over the last week but I don’t feel ready to write about it yet, so I thought why not offer a prayer? So many people are hurting, or rejoicing we don’t we pray together?

Father, You see every child reading this, You know what is on their hearts, whether they are rejoicing or hurting and You long to hold them in Your strong arms. 

I lift up those that are hurting right now, those that think nothing will ever change, whose hearts are so heavy they don’t have the strength to carry them anymore, those that want to give up. Only You can come and carry it for them. I pray they would sense Your presence fall on them right this moment and feel You take their burden and they would release it once and for all to You. That every time they start to feel the weight they would give it back to You. It isn’t meant for them to carry. 

Instead of giving up help them to give in to You and Your embrace. 

I lift up those that are rejoicing. May they share their good news with others, may they shine Your light into others lives. Give them boldness so speak all You have done and are doing. Don’t let them back down when doubters come but may they stand strong in Your truth. May their testimony carry the spirit of prophecy so others will know that their good news can be their good news. 

We ask all of this in Your powerful name, Jesus, Amen.