“For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield” (Psalm 5:12).
The Bible makes it clear for us that the favor of the LORD is like a shield that surrounds and protects the believer on every side. That’s great news my friends! No matter what circumstance you are dealing with and praying through, no matter what sudden storm you find yourself in, you can be confident in God that you are absolutely safe under His protection. He saved Daniel from the den of lions, He parted the Red Sea to allow the Israelites to cross over. The same sea God parted to save the Israelites was used by God to destroy their enemies.
When we cultivate the righteousness of God, His favor surrounds us like a shield. The Bible says, “The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion; but his favor is like dew upon the grass” (Proverbs 19:12).
Keep a humble heart and childlike spirit; keep walking with the Lord in His righteousness. Every child of God that walks in His favor brings the rain of His grace and blessings to everyone he/she meets. It’s like a sweet smelling fragrance—like fresh rain on a hot day. *Isaiah 66:2 says, “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.”
“Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing” (2 Corinthians 2:14-15).
Keep a pure heart toward the Lord by living in and out of His Holy Word. Listen with your heart. See what God is showing you with spiritual eyes. May the seven-fold spirits of God rest upon you. God wants to use you to bring about restoration and reconciliation. May the spirit of wisdom and love and the spirit of counsel be upon you to speak the Truth in love to all people.
God is still searching throughout the earth to find those whose hearts are fully His (2 Chronicles 16:9). When He finds such people, He will show Himself strong on their behalf, manifesting divine favor in and through them for all the world to see. Let us choose to be such people—lovers of God, and loving people. God created YOU to be a world changer—ambassadors of Jesus Christ to be His heart, hands, and feet to the lost and hurting world around you. You are God’s secret agent—cleverly disguised in whatever sphere of influence you find yourself. Be the change you want to see in the world! (Excerpt from GOD’S PRICELESS TREASURE, Charisma/Creation House Press, published 2011).
#loveGod #lovepeople #worldchangers #aheartperfecttowardGod #purehearts #puremotives #prayer #renewyourmind #divinefavorofGod
BOOKS BY DR. DEBORAH STARCZEWSKI
GOD’ PRICELESS TREASURE (How To Overcome Challenges, Be Transformed, And Know Your Purpose)…move from drama to destiny, pain to purpose, a mess to a message, and trials to triumph through turning to Jesus Christ.
A LEAP OF FAITH (25 Days At The Mercy Seat)…this book will give you hope to believe God for anything. With the countless times of divine intervention, the Holy Spirit’s leading, and the amazing ways God speaks will keep you turning the pages. The same resurrection power that raised Jesus…raised my husband from death, healed him from two strokes, and manifested His Presence with us through two open heart surgeries and 25 days at Mercy.
THE MIDNIGHT HOUR (Will America Turn Back To God?)…a must read for every family, every leader, every minister.
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, www.starministriesinc.com and other distributors. Available wherever Deborah ministers and speaks.
True ministry only operates through the person who is broken before the Lord, who has a humble and contrite heart.
Dr. Mickey Bonner states: “Satan has authored religions to keep men powerless and busy, rather than broken. I believe this is the “spiritual wickedness in high places,” spoken of in Ephesians 6:12. His object is to get men to focus on promotion in place of prayer. Thus, the church today, for the most part is dead. The world is dying, and no amount of religious busy-ness can save it. Our salt is stepped on, our light is dim, if not out. There is no hope except a return to God on His terms. If, however, the church did return, He would again visit His people. He promised He would in 11 Chronicles 7:14.
If we are to be used by God, we must first see what God sees in our lives. This is the reason for fasting. Denying ourselves food is not in order to get God involved in what we are doing. The purpose is to get us involved in God’s will by being broken before Him. Fasting, in its right perspective, breaks the soul from submitting to the wiles of the flesh and submits it instead to the Spirit of God within.” —Dr. Mickey Bonner
Brokenness is a wonderful experience and the beginning of all true ministry.
If you have not read “Brokenness, The Forgotten Factor of Prayer”—you must read it. It’s a book that will change your life.
No matter where we are on God’s timetable, we are called to occupy till He comes. Live fully committed to Jesus Christ—and tell the world about Jesus.
Dr. Mickey Bonner’s books are available at 1-800-365-PRAY (7729) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org and the books are available on Amazon.
God bless you!
Dr. Deborah Starczewski
Books by Dr. Deborah Starczewski are available on www.starministriesinc.com and on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and other distributors.
A LEAP OF FAITH (25 Days At the Mercy Seat)…the amazing account of God raising my husband from death, healing him from two strokes, and the walk at Mercy Hospital (CMC) for 25 days— through two open-heart surgeries….a modern day resurrection story that will keep you turning the pages and give YOU hope and faith to believe God for anything.
GOD’S PRICELESS TREASURE (How To Overcome Challenges, Be Transformed And Know Your Purpose)….learn how to move from drama to destiny, pain to purpose, a mess to a message, and trial to triumph through turning to Jesus Christ.
THE MIDNIGHT HOUR (Will America Turn Back To God?)…a must read for every leader.
TWITTER…wisdom…from the bluebird on Twitter to the Courts of Heaven…better get praying!
“Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.” (Ecclesiastes 10:20 KJV).
That is a very interesting verse in the Bible. God’s Word is true and every question is answered in the Bible…the basic instructions before leaving earth. Several weeks ago, I was thinking about the bird in the air, and thought, “Wow, God in His infinite wisdom gave us the revelation for today about TWITTER…the little blue bird…that carries our words everywhere on social media.”
Coffman’s Commentary on Ecclesiastes 10:20 says:
This is a warning against any kind of seditious talk against a monarch and against even the entertainment of any uncomplimentary thoughts regarding such a ruler; because, the nature of human gossips being what it is, the account of your words will be relayed to the ruler, “In a manner as rapid and as marvelously as if birds or winged messengers had carried the information to the king.”
No matter if it is a “tweet” on Twitter or the Holy Spirit reveals something to us as one of His servants, the bible makes it clear that the Holy Spirit reveals all hidden truth and shows us things to come. (see John 16:13…take time to read John chapters 14-16).
If there ever was a time we need to pray as a nation, it is now. Instead of attacking and maligning, we must be praying as God tells us in His Word. Why would anyone in their right mind try to destroy someone? They are deceived by the enemy.
There is a destructive element in griping and complaining all the time about the government, or anything else for that matter. While we do need the facts, we learn to operate in truth. Truth is God’s Word and His ways. Truth is doing the right thing at all times. Truth is being the same person in private as in public. Truth takes a stand with God.
A heart problem will eventually show up if it is not fixed, repaired, or replaced. A heart problem eventually shows up in actions as well. The Bible tells us that whatever is in the heart will come out of the mouth. Listen to your words and check yourself. Don’t check your neighbor. Check your own heart. We each have to stand before God as individuals.
Jesus taught us by His own example. He showed what true leadership is….action not a position. Jesus, the Son of God, taught us that we lead by serving.
When Jesus wrapped the towel around him and began to wash the feet of his own disciples, he was teaching a principle for all time. Even though we are clean on the inside as born-again believers, we must daily cleanse our walk through spending time in God’s presence where we are empowered to live a spirit-filled life in a world of hurting people. Where we are not so distracted by technology that we can hear God at the slightest whisper at the door of our hearts. Where we are empowered to live with eternity in mind at all times.
Check your own heart….always stay humble and kind. We must constantly focus on loving and leading as Jesus Christ does….and renew our minds so our words line up with God’s Word. When we remember that how we treat people is how we are treating Jesus Christ, we have a wakeup call.
Pray for the President of the United States, President Donald J. Trump and all those in authority. We are called to pray for leaders across the land. If you live in another nation and are reading this, pray for your leaders. Pray for each other. Stand in the gap through prayer. Be kind. The secret to love is kindness.
“First of all, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered on behalf of all men for kings and all those in authority, so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:2…A CALL TO PRAYER)
#PrayForThoseInAuthority #POTUS #DONALDJTRUMP #PresidentTrump
#Purpose #Destiny #VictoriousLiving #Leadership #DonaldJTrumpPresident
BOOKS BY DEBORAH STARCZEWSKI FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH AND ENCOURAGEMENT:
GOD’S PRICELESS TREASURE (How To Overcome Challenges, Be Transformed And Know Your Purpose)…. learn to move from drama to destiny, pain to purpose, trials and tragedy to triumphant living.
A LEAP OF FAITH (25 Days At The Mercy Seat)….the full account of God raising my husband from death, healing him from two open-heart surgeries, two open-heart surgeries, and the walk at Mercy for 25 days. This book will keep you turning the pages….
THE MIDNIGHT HOUR (Will America Turn Back To God?)… a must read for every leader and family.
FOR MINISTRY AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, CONTACT DEBORAH on www.starministriesinc.com
Books available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, www.starministriesinc.com and other distributors.