Pray the Word, Worry

Pray Worry Away with the Living, Life, and Health Giving Word of God

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I turned each verse into a (sometimes paraphrased) prayer for you and your loved ones. 

Philippians 4:6-7, “I and my family (call out there names) are anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, we let our requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

John 14:27, “Me and my family are left with God’s peace that He already gave to us because of all Jesus did, so I take it now by faith for us; peace that is not as the world gives does He give to us. We do not let not our hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

Psalm 34:14, “My family and I choose to depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.”

Colossians 3:15, “The peace of God rules my heart and each of my family members’, to which also we were called in one body; and we are thankful.”

2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind,” so I “dose” it to myself and loved ones like medicine, life, and health to our minds and bodies.”

Matthew 6:25-26, “My Lord Jesus told us not to worry about our lives, what we will eat or what we will drink; nor about our bodies, what we will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? I see God always takes care of the birds of the air, and I know me and my family are much more valuable to Him for He sent His Son to die for us. It’s pointless to worry for it will add nothing good at all.”

1 Corinthians 2:16, “For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ,” so I take this by faith and let Him and allow Him to rule our minds and hearts in full surrender.

1 Peter 5:7, “I cast all the cares regarding me and my family upon God, for He cares for us,” into the beyond capable hands of Almighty God, I commit them all.

Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep me and my loved ones in perfect peace, because our minds are stayed in You and we trust in You,” and You are Your Word, so we get it rooted in us deeply that the enemy cannot steal it from us nor shake us.

Answer Every Attack of the Enemy with the Word, Mind Attacks, Spiritual Warfare

Don’t Allow the Enemy to Make You Your Own Worst Enemy – And How to Win the Battles

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God’s sons and daughters can allow the enemy to plant lies and accept them as their own, allowing them to also become rooted. Thus, the enemy can succeed in making a child of God their own worst enemy.

HOW TO WIN THESE BATTLES…

1. Know the Word for yourself, so you are always ready to answer the enemy with it to take every thought (lie) captive and make them obey Christ, the Word.

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

For example, when the mind is attacked with the lie of the enemy:

LIE: “You’re never going to be free from that situation.”

Answer with the promise of God, believing it as fact, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers us from them all,” (Psalm 34:19). Since this promise is for you, you can also boldly and confidently say, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers ME from them all.”

LIE: “You’ll always be sick and lame.”

Answer with a promise of God, believing it as fact, “Be Jesus’ stripes, I WAS healed.” Or, from Proverbs 4:20-22, “God’s Word is life and health to my body, so I speak His Word to my body and it has life and health.”

Note, the enemy will also use people around you to speak his lies, even God’s children, because they don’t know the Word for themselves.

Knowing the Word for ourselves doesn’t mean knowing it second hand through a pastor who may or may not even be interpreting the Word correctly depending on his willingness to fully submit to the Holy Spirit as his main Teacher and Guide through the Word.

We are blessed to live in a time where, as we learn the Word, we can easily search for any promise of God related to our situation online. It’s a great idea to print or write out the promises and put them where you can easily see them, pray and declare them.

2. Know there is an enemy seeking to steal, kill, and destroy, seeking whom he MAY devour.

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly,” (John 10:10).

If one is unaware to begin with of the reality of an enemy who isn’t into child’s play but is seeking to steal from, destroy, and kill us, then one can become the thief’s effortless, easily devoured prey.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour,” (1 Peter 5:8).

A child of God doesn’t have to become a MAY. What posture must we stay in to avoid the snake’s devouring? Sober. Vigilant. Readied with the Word. And God says we can be kept in perfect peace through it because our minds are fixed on Him.

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You,” (Isaiah 26:3).

He wouldn’t say it if it were not possible. This will only happen when we get His Word, promises, and truth rooted in us.

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you,” (Philippians 4:8-9).

The Word of God fully equips us for everything the enemy throws at us.

3. Know born again believers are under a new covenant, established and paid in full by Jesus, with new and better promises and that we are no longer slaves but children of God.

“But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises,” (Hebrews 8:6).

God is not dealing with us as He did in the law under a blessing and cursing covenant. Jesus fully fulfilled the law for us and took all its curse upon Himself. E.g. The curse of the law included sickness which Jesus took all of on His body by His stripes.

“I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty,” (2 Corinthians 6:18).

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name,” (John 1:12).

“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ,” (Galatians 4:4-7).

To summarize, it all boils down to knowing the Word for ourselves and walking with the Lord by the Spirit, knowing the full power of God dwells in every child of God.

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him,” (Hebrews 11:6).

That He is, is the Great I AM who rewards those who diligently – how? – diligently seek Him.

I pray this helps and blesses someone who really needs it. It is the calling of every believer to build up his sisters and brothers.

Be Praying People, Encouragement, Faith, Prayers for Protection

Daughter and Sons – Don’t Lay Down and Die

 

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Faith, Faith Comes by the Word of God, Healing

Faith like the Shunammite woman – seeking the One who’s willing to defy this natural realm because He loves us

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My son has been suffering for a long time now – autism, OCD, over ninety percent of the PANS / PANDAS symptoms, anxiety, sensory processing disorder at a nightmarish level. But, I am daily praying and trusting God for his healing, and I have seen things fall off of him little by little, so I press on and continue to cry out for him.

I look to His Word to encourage myself in the Lord.

For God’s Word is greater than any and all things in this earthly realm, and if we think about it, God’s Word even defies the ‘FACTS’ of this realm. In His Word, we see that He is willing to defy His set natural laws with the supernatural in order to help, save, rescue, and work on behalf of His children.

A few examples of God defying the natural laws of this earthly realm for the love and sake of His children

  • Peter walks on water with Jesus [Matthew 14:28-33]
  • Lazarus raised from the dead after 4 days [John 11:17-44]
  • God parts the Red Sea and His people walk across on dry land to safety and deliverance [Exodus 14:21-22]
  • The sun stood till for Joshua and the children of Israel so they could defeat their enemies [Joshua 10:13]

 

A long passage from the Word but worth the read if you have time or feel led as faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. But this is such a good Word to feed on and breathe in to encourage your faith and hope in the Lord.

 

Elisha Raises the Shunammite’s Son

[My comments bolded and in brackets for emphasis and how God encouraged me but I changed it to ‘we’.]

2 Kings 4:8-37 (NKJV)

[AKA When BOLD Mamas Pray and don’t give up, good things happen]

8 Now it happened one day that Elisha went to Shunem, where there was a notable woman, and she persuaded him to eat some food. So it was, as often as he passed by, he would turn in there to eat some food. 9 And she said to her husband, “Look now, I know that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly. 10 Please, let us make a small upper room on the wall; and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there.” [God’s women are wise women]
11 And it happened one day that he came there, and he turned in to the upper room and lay down there. 12 Then he said to Gehazi his servant, “Call this Shunammite woman.” When he had called her, she stood before him. 13 And he said to him, “Say now to her, ‘Look, you have been concerned for us with all this care. What can I do for you? Do you want me to speak on your behalf to the king or to the commander of the army?’ ”
She answered, “I dwell among my own people.”
14 So he said, “What then is to be done for her?”
And Gehazi answered, “Actually, she has no son, and her husband is old.” [She’s been barren and NOW HER HUSBAND IS OLD – God specializes in WHAT LOOKS DEAD and even what IS DEAD!]
15 So he said, “Call her.” When he had called her, she stood in the doorway. 16 Then he said, “About this time next year you shall embrace a son.”
And she said, “No, my lord. Man of God, do not lie to your maidservant!” [It can be painful to HOPE AFTER a long time of waiting on God. It is isn’t over until God says it’s over. Keep hoping, keep praying, keep believing in God and His goodness.]
17 But the woman conceived, and bore a son when the appointed time had come, of which Elisha had told her.
18 And the child grew. Now it happened one day that he went out to his father, to the reapers. 19 And he said to his father, “My head, my head!”
So he said to a servant, “Carry him to his mother.” 20 When he had taken him and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. [Things look so ‘dead’ for my child like they are never going to change, but Jesus in the RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE and NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE with Him.]
21 And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, shut the door upon him, and went out. 22 Then she called to her husband, and said, “Please send me one of the young men and one of the donkeys, that I may run to the man of God and come back.” [She didn’t give up even though her son was literally dead, she turned to the man of God, God’s representative in that time, so she hoped in God.]
23 So he said, “Why are you going to him today? It is neither the New Moon nor the Sabbath.”
And she said, “It is well.” [She SPOKE LIFE despite how it looked]
24 Then she saddled a donkey, and said to her servant, “Drive, and go forward; do not slacken the pace for me unless I tell you.” 25 And so she departed, and went to the man of God at Mount Carmel. [Godly Mama Bear in action.]
So it was, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to his servant Gehazi, “Look, the Shunammite woman! 26 Please run now to meet her, and say to her, ‘Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?’ ”
And she answered, “It is well.” [She continued to SPEAK LIFE and didn’t give up. Can you imagine this type of faith?]
27 Now when she came to the man of God at the hill, she caught him by the feet, but Gehazi came near to push her away. But the man of God said, “Let her alone; for her soul is in deep distress, and the Lord has hidden it from me, and has not told me.”
28 So she said, “Did I ask a son of my lord? Did I not say, ‘Do not deceive me’?” [Now, she pours out her heart to God’s chosen vessel. I love how her faith is both strong yet honest as we can always be with God.]
29 Then he said to Gehazi, “Get yourself ready, and take my staff in your hand, and be on your way. If you meet anyone, do not greet him; and if anyone greets you, do not answer him; but lay my staff on the face of the child.”
30 And the mother of the child said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you.” [Relentless Mama of faith who REFUSES TO GIVE UP on her child. I can relate.]
So he arose and followed her. 31 Now Gehazi went on ahead of them, and laid the staff on the face of the child; but there was neither voice nor hearing. Therefore he went back to meet him, and told him, saying, “The child has not awakened.” [Yes, it LOOKS bad in the natural, BUT GOD!]
32 When Elisha came into the house, there was the child, lying dead on his bed. 33 He went in therefore, shut the door behind the two of them, and prayed to the Lord. 34 And he went up and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands; and he stretched himself out on the child, and the flesh of the child became warm. [Oh, Father! Raise my situation from the dead, and HEAL my child.]
35 He returned and walked back and forth in the house, and again went up and stretched himself out on him; then the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. [Glory, Lord! You are able!]
36 And he called Gehazi and said, “Call this Shunammite woman.” So he called her. And when she came in to him, he said, “Pick up your son.” 37 So she went in, fell at his feet, and bowed to the ground; then she picked up her son and went out. [Father, we thank You for the miracles to come in our children’s lives even now.]

 

Prayer

Lord, I know in the natural that my son’s case doesn’t look good, but I have You – a Source that is far more powerful, far greater than current reality, and willing and able to heal. This is why I pray and never give up. Often healing is not instantaneous but little by little instead, so I will keep my eyes on You, the One who had defied and is willing to defy every natural law of this earth to heal, save, and rescue. It’s on Jesus’ name I pray, amen.