I don’t know about you, but I know the enemy comes right before breakthrough to hinder, frustrate, distract, and to get you to operate in fear. The devil is a liar. Let me tell you, brothers and sisters, God raised my husband from the dead, healed him through two open-heart surgeries, healed him from two strokes…and he is still alive. (The full account is in my second published book: A LEAP OF FAITH (25 Days At The Mercy Seat).
Jesus is alive and He is seated at the right hand of the Father God, interceding for us that our faith will not fail. You pull yourself up, raise your hands high toward the heavens, and declare the Word of God with me now. Get up on your feet and praise the God of Heaven and Earth, the Creator of All! He wants to raise you up to represent Him in the earth! God honors His Word and it is Resurrection time!
“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory (Psalm 63:2)….
One Sunday morning during worship, the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to see the Lord walking in the sanctuary, clothed in a cream linen cloak. The Spirit spoke to my heart to sit down, right in the middle of worship, and to read Psalm 63:2. When I read it, I knew God was confirming what He just allowed me to see. That is the amazing love of our Heavenly Father.
So if the devil is raging, and the attacks seem relentless, know this; God is on the throne and He is for you, not against you. Stand strong and prophesy what God says about you and over your circumstances.
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
On my bed I remember You; I think of You through the watches of the night. Because You are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.
Those who want to kill me will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth. They will be given over to the sword and become food for jackals.
But the king will rejoice in God; all who swear by God will glory in Him, while the mouths of liars will be silenced.”
(Psalm 63 NIV).
HIS love and mine,
BOOKS FOR ENCOURAGEMENT BY DEBORAH STARCZEWSKI
A LEAP OF FAITH (25 Days At The Mercy Seat)….the full account of God raising my husband from death and healing him….the story will keep you turning the pages.
GOD’S PRICELESS TREASURE (How To Overcome Challenges, Be Transformed And Know Your Purpose)…..move from drama to destiny by turning to God.
THE MIDNIGHT HOUR (Will America Turn Back To God?)…. a must read for every Pastor, leader, and family.
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, www.starministriesinc.com and other distributors
God wants to use you to bring heaven to earth on behalf of someone else. We have help from the Helper—the Holy Spirit. What a comfort for our prayer life we find in Romans 8:26-27. Many times, especially when we are burdened with someone’s need, we aren’t exactly sure how to pray. But the Holy Spirit comes to our aid. He may give a scripture to meditate on, or reveal with a dream, sign, or in any way He sees fit.
With our limited knowledge we may not have any idea how or what to pray for a situation; but God’s Holy Spirit steps in and prays for us and through us—always in harmony with God’s perfect will. He knows exactly how to get our attention….and when our ears are tuned in to hear His Voice, we will know what is on the Father’s heart. This is the way Jesus lived here on earth.
If you are called to be an intercessor, you will be one who identifies with others. You won’t snub your nose in the air, think negative thoughts within, or blast people out for prideful reasons. You won’t automatically assign motive or heart intent and criticize. You have a heart that is tender to people.
Intercessory prayer moves one to cry out from the innermost depths of the heart with tears for someone else. The apostle Paul says, “the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” (Romans 8:26 NIV). Jesus identifies with us and reached the deepest agony at Gethsemane. Jesus prayed with “loud cries and tears” as written by the author of Hebrews (5:7 NIV).
Jesus was numbered with His transgressors and identified with all people through experiencing everything we would ever experience here on earth. Jesus epitomized lasting love. He identifies with us in every situation and on every point.
When we are moved by identifying with others, praying with deep cries from our heart and tears, and stand in our God-given authority, we move the heart of God. Our intercessory prayers move God and causes Him to change His mind.
Pray and then get up and go out to be a great encourager, not a critic. Pray for our leaders. Pray for your pastor. Pray for their strength, their family, and ministry. Get rid of evil obstacles such as envy, greed, lust, malice, prejudice, and lies—all of which Satan uses to destroy the power of our prayers. Realize that if it had not been for the Lord, well, need I say more.
Amazing victory is ours when we pray. The world in which we live needs love. God uses ordinary people to be vessels of hope and encouragement, and to move mountains through prayer. Listen for and obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
Divine influence in personal lives and world events are not brought about by achievement, manipulation, prestige, control, or power, but upon humble and utter dependence upon Jesus Christ Himself. The Spirit of God will awaken you to a whole new level of extraordinary prayer as you obey His promptings and pray until you sense release.
I remember many years ago hearing the phone ring in our home only two times before I could get to it at 3 AM in the morning. I saw the name that appeared on the caller I.D. and knew it was one of the staff at our home church, but was not a number I recognized. I got up to pray, sensing in my heart and spirit that it was God moving me to prayer for the person with that name.
The next morning, I called the church to inquire from this couple and learned that at the same time the Holy Spirit used the telephone ringing in our home to get my attention, the husband’s father (with the same name) was being taken by ambulance to the hospital with heart attack symptoms. She shared the story and told me he was going to live…that he had made it through. You can see how God gets our attention in natural ways. The Holy Spirit unveils Heaven’s agenda to us when we are open, aware, and expecting God to speak to us at all times. We live with eternity in mind and are increasingly aware of His Holy Presence. We don’t have to understand all the details…but simply obey the leading of the Holy Spirit.
You never know what someone else is walking through. Don’t ignore the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Stop and pray….your prayers dispatch Heaven’s angels from the throne room of God to bring answer to prayers. (Psalm 103:20).
People are in despair and wondering what on earth is going on in the world in which we live. I heard a mother’s message yesterday at her own son’s funeral. He had taken his own life. He left behind heartbreak, confusion, and distress. Suicide is a permanent choice to a temporary situation. Life is a precious gift from God. Talk to people and take time to listen with your heart. Encourage people…life is short..eternity is forever.
“The Father who knows all hearts” (Romans 8:27) can use us to make a difference in the lives of those we pray for—even when we don’t know “how” we ought to pray.
Prayer is a gift from God! We are able to partner with the Holy Spirit, cooperate with Him, and see the Kingdom of heaven released here on earth! The sweet Presence of God within us brings hope and reformation to the world around us—encountering a loving Heavenly Father.
HIS love and mine,
BOOKS BY DEBORAH STARCZEWSKI
GOD’S PRICELESS TREASURE (How To Overcome Challenges, Be Transformed and Know Your Purpose)….. learn how to move from drama to destiny, a test to a testimony, and a tragedy to triumph.
A LEAP OF FAITH (25 Days At The Mercy Seat)…the full account of God raising my husband from death, healing him from two strokes, two open-heart surgeries…and 25 days at Mercy.
THE MIDNIGHT HOUR (Will America Turn Back To God?)… a must read for every leader. A great family devotional.
AVAILABLE ON AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, www.starministriesinc.com and other distributors.