Praise God For Deliverance

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Psalm 116 “Thanks to God for Deliverance”

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1 I love the Lord because He has heard my appeal for mercy.

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2 Because He has turned His ear to me, I will call out to Him as long as I live.

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3 The ropes of death were wrapped around me,
and the torments of Sheol overcame me; I encountered trouble and sorrow.
4 Then I called on the name of Yahweh: “Yahweh, save me!”

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5 The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is compassionate.

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6 The Lord guards the inexperienced; I was helpless, and He saved me.

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7 Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.

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8 For You, Lord, rescued me from death, my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling.
9 I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
10 I believed, even when I said, “I am severely afflicted.”
11 In my alarm I said, “Everyone is a liar.”

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12 How can I repay the Lord for all the good He has done for me?
13 I will take the cup of salvation and call on the name of Yahweh.
14 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people.

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15 The death of His faithful ones is valuable in the Lord’s sight.
16 Lord, I am indeed Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your female servant.
You have loosened my bonds.
17 I will offer You a sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of Yahweh.
18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people,

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19 in the courts of the Lord’s house—
within you, Jerusalem.  Hallelujah!

James 3:17-18

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17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without favoritism and hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who cultivate peace.


 “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) – Matt Redman”


 “Worthy Is The Lamb” aka “Agnus Dei” by Michael W. Smith

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60 thoughts on “Praise God For Deliverance

  1. Thankfulness to the Lord can only be expressed through saying it to the Lord in prayer and trusting on the Lord. Applying his Word we can never do 100% on ourselves, we need the Holy Spirit to teach and guide us!

    For me im a Johnny come lately on this last part. Its first in these last years that i have noticed that i lean more and more on prayer and guidance from him. Aging and having a lot of responsibilities with the children makes one go to the Lord ever so more often.

    So even in our weakness his strenght is made perfect! Bless the Lord my soul says the psalms!

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  2. Daily Devotional — 08/25/16

    NO TURNING BACK
    Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62

    One of the blessings of teaching Standing Strong Through the Storm (SSTS) is the opportunity to meet special people in ministry who, though unassuming at first glance, have experienced deep riches in relationship with Jesus. Such a person I met in a jungle camp seminar in central Sri Lanka.

    His English name was Samuel and he was a seasoned church planter. From Samuel I learned that church planting in a Buddhist country is no easier than anywhere else religious intolerance raises its head. I always thought Buddhism was a pacifist religion and philosophically it is. But try and plant a church in a dominant Buddhist community and you will see something different.

    One day Samuel began to share with me about his ministry. He had been dedicated to the Buddhist temple as a young child by his mother just like his biblical namesake. As a young monk he was impressed by the witness of a Christian youth who led him to faith in Christ. He left temple life and felt called to be a Christian church planter. With his wife and two small children he moved to a new community and began to share Jesus. The villagers stoned his residence and when he would not desist, they burned it down.

    He moved to another community and was attacked physically with severe wounds. In the next location the villagers schemed against him and his family. They cut the main posts of his home and worship center. At night they tied rope to the posts and pulled them out while the family was asleep. He knew God was with him. Two large structural beams fell down parallel to where the children were sleeping and neither of them was touched.

    He continued on and I finally interrupted with the question, “How many times did this happen and you had to move on?”

    Samuel smiled and answered, “Thirteen times!”

    Of course, in my western way of thinking I asked, “How could you continue on and persevere through so many attacks?”

    He replied, “It’s like the song we sang this morning at the SSTS seminar, I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back!” And he quickly went on to say with a bigger smile, “Last month twenty-five people in my new community were baptized and I currently have another twenty-five in a baptismal preparation class.”

    Jesus gives strength to carry on and not turn back.

    RESPONSE: Today I resolve to not allow petty challenges dampen my commitment to follow Jesus.

    PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for Samuel’s testimony of Your faithfulness. Help me never to turn back from following and serving You.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  3. Alert! 08/25/16
    Major Chem-trail spraying happening today here in my small town. We had very clear skies and now it’s filled with what looks like “X” demonic symbols. We’ve rebuked them in the name of Jesus and also asked that everyone in the planes smell foul rotting eggs and rank cabbages. We don’t want harm to come to these people, but they need to repent for what they are doing. We’ve also asked the Lord to release these sprays as purified hepa air and asked for angels of protection around this area.

    Keep in mind that we have no airport in this area for large jets, ours is for tiny private planes that leave no exhaust and most have single engine propellers. What we are seeing looks like military or large non-commercial jets. There’s no military base near here either.

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    1. Hi James,

      I see them spraying the Treasure Valley, which is a populated area where I live. On occasion they do it so heavily that creates horizon-to-horizon artificial clouds. It kills me that 98% of people just don’t notice or care.

      But I also see the spraying when I go into remote areas of the Idaho mountains. It makes me think this is a truly nationwide spraying program.

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      1. Mike,
        I agree with you about the nationwide spraying. We just have to take our authority in Jesus to deal with these. You can do a search on Youtube and see well documented cases. This is happening all over the Globe. Tick Tack Toe Patterns do not occur naturally, but most people refuse to see these things.

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  4. I wish I could load photos I’ve taken on here. We’ve had the X’s and now circles. Now it looks like dark dirty clouds so praying it’s not another fire!

    I love the post James! It’s been one of those periods when what the Lord has and is doing just overwhelms me and leaves me in awe of Him. It’s amazing what God does when I turn my brain off and just rest in Him. There are some areas I know to just trust Him to take care of, lead and take control………it’s so easy……..then the other areas I keep picking back up, trying to do it on my own and then have to sit back and wonder…………why did I pick it up the worrying, the trying to help Him again……His rest is always so perfect. One would think I would learn and remember this one day……..

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  5. Prayers for all brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus:

    Heavenly father, we lift up all our brothers and sisters out there asking for daily protection on them. We are all weak and need your guidance to stay on that narrow path. We ask that you forgive everyone who has hardened their hearts against us in: unforgiveness, anger or shunning. Please forgive all those that have separated themselves due to a feeling of being superior to others — let each of us stay humble before you and remove Pride from our thoughts. We also ask that you remove all ingrained Churchian Doctrine from all your children, so they may have a pure relationship with you. Please remove all forms of judgment from our minds, so we may be better stewards of your word. We know time is running out for people to make a choice, so we ask that you guard our hearts, minds, emotions and all forms of communications. We give thanks for all that you provide and for your gift of eternal salvation. In Jesus name…. Amen.

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    1. Wow James, was praying this last night! You added a part that I missed and it just makes me that more grateful for Holy Spirit taking over…..those who have hardened and superiority……..
      Agreeing in prayer. Was burdened for a sister that has fallen into deep legalism 😦

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  6. A Watchman on the Wall — Posted: 26 Aug 2016 12:00 AM PDT

    “With sword and blade I will begin to cut away the obstacles that hinder millions from embracing the goodness of JEHOVAH God. The sword of the Spirit will correct of sin, the blade, the double edged sword, will pierce bone and marrow, separating wheat from tares, the redeemed from the rebellious.

    The angel of death will strike many. It need not be this way but hardness of heart and stiff necked apostates have torn down barriers that separate good from evil and this must come to an end. I must act to protect those that belong to Me.

    Arise My children. Anoint yourselves in the power of My Word. Prepare for impact. Sound the alarm on My holy mountain – for great is the day of your LORD. Gird your loins faithful ones and prepare to advance in the service of the LORD. Battle lines have been drawn, choose this day whom you will serve!”

    After hearing this word, I was directed to read Mark 11:18-27. I read it, then I read it again and then again. Holy Spirit as always will lead us into all truth.

    Mark 11:18-27
    “And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and were seeking a way to destroy him, for they feared him, because all the crowd was astonished at his teaching. And when evening came they went out of the city. They passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered. Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him, and they said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things..”

    In the midst of the storm, surrounded on all sides… Have faith in God.!!. LORD bless.

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    1. Powerful word after watching The Unholy See last night. It’s a good movie for those who do not know the depths of what is going on. It stays a bit too long on the megaliths, then goes on deep into the Vatican. Not too deep though…….just touches on the possibility of them being in Satanism. The deep part to me is exposing all the idolatry and outright blasphemy of all idols and what they are doing behind so many unknowing people tied into the church………:(

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  7. Daily Devotional — 08/26/16:
    REFINER’S FIRE
    “…I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.’” Zechariah 13:9

    In 2004, my colleague and friend Dr. Jim Cunningham was in Ethiopia teaching Standing Strong Through the Storm (SSTS). His teaching assignments took him to the far western province of Gambella where many Christians of the Anuak tribe had been killed in recent fighting. The believers there told him about one of their pastors, Okok Ojula, who was in prison in the capital, Addis Ababa.

    Okok had been head of the Bureau of Social Rehabilitation in Gambella. He was falsely accused of corruption and taking three million Ethiopian Birr. No evidence was presented so the trial was moved to Addis—three days away by bus—to a federal court. He had been sitting in jail for two years waiting for a trial date to be set! His wife Nuno and their six children were patiently waiting back in Gambella. They asked Jim to visit Pastor Okok in prison.

    Jim went to the Administrator’s Office of the main federal prison back in Addis to try and see Pastor Okok. “Why do you want to see him?” the administrator asked. Jim responded, “Because I was in Gambella, met his wife Nuno and their six children and I told them I would come and give him greetings from them.”

    He replied rather directly, “Why do YOU want to see him?” Jim looked him in the eye and said, “Okuk is a Christian and a pastor in Gambella, I am a Christian and a pastor in Canada. I want to meet him and pray with him!” At that moment the administrator’s countenance changed. He turned to Jim and said, “You may meet him next door in the Deputy Administrator’s office.”

    Okuk was brought in for forty-five minutes—with coffee provided—and they shared and prayed together! It was a great time of blessing for both men.

    After three and a half years, Okuk was released from prison as a free man completely exonerated. He then shared with Jim by mail that he had earlier conformed his life around serving the Lord, resuming his education at the highest level, doing research work, and other valuable good things to help people. But he had never thought of imprisonment at any time. Time was very precious to him and he never thought of wasting it in prison sitting under a hostile situation. But having been in prison he learned many lessons.

    Commenting about Moses’ burning bush, he said, “Prison to me, is a place where the Lord can appear to us in flames of fire to refine us—but never ‘burn us up.’ I see that the Lord is more concerned with our perfection obtained through walks in all levels of patience, endurance, character, and hope in order to expel fear and self-centeredness in our lives—and prepare us to see and believe that He is God Almighty as He appeared to Moses. He intends for us not to put Him in our little box to use Him as an instrument to suit our release from the prison. [Rather] patience, endurance, character, and hope have to finish their work to perfection.”

    RESPONSE: Today I will accept that God may have to put me through the refiner’s fire to perfect me.

    PRAYER: Lord, build patience, endurance, character and hope into my life in Your way and purpose.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  8. Wings Of Prophecy — Glynda Linkous — 08/25/16:

    Creatures

    “In the world around you in times to come, My people will see the invisible realm. For those of you who do not see now, this will be frightening, but it is for your good that I shall open your eyes then. Otherwise would the deception be so great, none of My people would survive at all.

    The creatures you shall see then are from the pits of hell, where the enemy of your soul reigns. They will attempt to terrify you, but I command you now – Fear not! Do not give place to the enemy in this way. You shall fear the Lord your God only and Him only shall you serve.

    Remember when that time arrives that what you are seeing is not anything new, but things that are very ancient. They have always been around you, but you have not always needed to know this was so. In that time, it will be necessary for you to live without being deceived by those who are wolves in sheep’s clothing.

    Fear not, only believe in Me. I am well able to protect you.”

    Ephesians 4:27 Neither give place to the devil.

    Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

    Deuteronomy 6:13 Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.

    Psalm 121:7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

    Psalm 91:2-9
    2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
    3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
    4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
    5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
    6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
    7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
    8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
    9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

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  9. Wings Of Prophecy — Glynda Linkous — 08/24/16:

    Nothing You Can Ever Need

    “In the Time of Great Darkness that is coming, there will be much death and destruction. All around you, there will be death, and there will be terrible grief among My people. When you see these things happening, look up, for your redemption draweth nigh, for this has been foretold for the time of the end.

    My children shall know what to do in this time and My protection shall be upon them. My blessing shall reside in their houses. My Word also will they speak.

    My children, there is nothing you can ever need that is not found in My Word. So many of My children cry to Me constantly saying they are in lack, that they have not enough, when My Word has provided for them a way to obtain every blessing and every provision they can ever need.

    There is nothing you can ever need that is not found in My Word.”

    Luke 21:25-28

    25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring
    26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
    27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
    28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

    Psalm 91:2-7
    2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
    5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

    Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

    Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

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  10. I just watched Bettes video and 2 days prior to this My wife suggested to me that we buy 5 20 kilo bags Of rice because she felt something is coming. I had this mental state to prepare for some 3-4 years already. Once something happens its pray and believe in the Lords protection, because im no John Rambo WHO can fend and find in the Face Of all adversity.

    But Jesus is more than Rambo any time. People prepare Even here in Finland im at the edge and our Society here is a schoolmodel Of peace and serenity!

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    1. All of us have to remember that if someone comes to us in time of need, we must help them if we have the ability. We will need to have complete faith that all of our needs will be provided for and that we will be protected from harm. Many lessons can be learned from the daily Devotionals — they talk about persecution, people without food/water/shelter, etc. Many will see their faith tested in similar ways and even more horrific. Anyone who refuses to help their neighbor, may just find that the Lord’s protection and blessings of provisions stopped.

      Matthew 25:31-46

      31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

      35 For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;
      36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you took care of Me;
      I was in prison and you visited Me.’
      37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or without clothes and clothe You? 39 When did we see You sick, or in prison, and visit You?’
      40 “And the King will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’

      41 Then He will also say to those on the left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels!

      42 For I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat;
      I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink;
      43 I was a stranger and you didn’t take Me in; I was naked and you didn’t clothe Me, sick and in prison and you didn’t take care of Me.’
      44 “Then they too will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or without clothes, or sick, or in prison, and not help You?’
      45 “Then He will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me either.’
      46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

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      1. I agree with that observation Peggy. More people being lulled to sleep, while the Luciferian crowd continues with their plans of destruction. Hard to understand that people can’t see what is going on around them.

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  11. Daily Devotional — 08/27/16:

    GOD’S ETERNAL LOVE
    “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3

    Yesterday we learned the first prison lesson from Pastor Okuk Ojula who was incarcerated on false charges for three and a half years in a federal prison in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

    When Jim Cunningham was able to visit him in the prison, he told Jim that before the prison experience, he had centered his life on serving the Lord, pursuing his education to the highest level (he has an MA in economics from the University of Reading-UK), doing research work and other good things to help people. But he had never thought of imprisonment as having any spiritual or practical value. He commented, “Time was very precious to me and I never thought of wasting it in prison sitting for nothing under a hostile situation.”

    But God taught Pastor Okuk several lessons. The second one is that the depth of God’s love for us is eternal. He says, “I was in prison for my protection. God put me in prison beforehand to escape the massacre of the elites and the educated people of my tribe in the Gambella region—the incident of December 2003 that shook the media world.”

    Genocide Watch reported that at least 416 Anuak people were massacred in December 2003 in Gambella led by Ethiopian government troops in uniform, but they were joined by other local tribal people from highland areas. Between 3000 and 5000 additional Anuak refugees fled into Sudan as refugees.

    The pretext for these massacres was the ambush of a van on December 13th by an unidentified gang who murdered its eight occupants, who were U.N. and Ethiopian government refugee camp officials. There is no evidence that the killers were Anuak. The Ethiopian troops responded by murdering hundreds of Anuak civilians in Gambella and surrounding areas. They also burned their homes and raped the women.

    Sources indicated that those targeted particularly were educated Anuak men; a tactic often intended to render a group leaderless and defenseless. To this day hundreds of Anuak Christians are still listed as “missing.”

    Pastor Okok is convinced that his imprisonment in Addis was God’s love and protection because if he had been at home, he would have been a prime target because of his education.

    RESPONSE: Today I will walk in the assurance of God’s love and His positive actions on my behalf even when they do not seem to be favourable.

    PRAYER: Pray for those brothers and sisters experiencing injustice without the understanding of God’s purposes.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  12. Prayer Request from Bette & John Stevens. They are asking for prayers for their unsaved son. He’s in the hospital and is scheduled to have brain surgery on Monday (08/29/16) and doctors gave him a 50/50 chance of surviving this. We know the Lord’s might is far greater than what any Doctors can tell us and we all know that the Lord can bring conviction (awareness given of one’s sin, for the purpose of repenting) to their son before it’s too late.

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  13. Bette also wanted me to convey that she is not leaving anyone out on email notifications on purpose, it’s just that she is very tired and appreciates all the prayers. She also wanted to let everyone know that her granddaughter and husband were just saved — she appreciates prayers for them as well.

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  14. Psalm 23

    The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters.
    3 He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
    4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.
    5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
    6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

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  15. Most people WHO hop on to this Lgbt bandwagon do it for shocking and money making purposes. The bad side is that many young impressionable minds will be influenced by this and open themselves up to demonic influence Even possession!

    Its a sad state When evil is soon called good!

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    1. Stig, the deception also runs very deep for those who have attended schools of higher learning…….our colleges for the most part……..many of these are now older men and women who gave their minds over at a young age to the liberal garbage spewed out from the professors 😦

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  16. We need to cover everyone in prayer, even if sin is being displayed as “normal”.
    All people are God’s children and deserve to be set free of their sin by way of repentance. So many people will be heading into eternity by rejection of the Lord, is a choice they are making now and will end up in the Lake Of Fire. Preachers/Teachers and those in authority who modify the Word Of God, will too be heading into the lake of fire unless they repent. The Lord’s Love is for everyone, not just those that currently walk with him.

    Let’s not continue pointing out the sins of others, but rather pray for them. Someone can be watching our communication, and may be “on the fence” right now.

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    1. Excellent point James. Dealing with this with a loved one who is deceived and it all came from not questioning what he has been taught at a university……..If only questioning would really begin……..truth would also begin………

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      1. Nothing is too difficult for God. But for the His grace………..maybe the question that gets me most is why do some question what they were taught me mere man, and some do not? Praying for these caught in the lies propagated by society. This is close to home in every way. Another spiritual daughter is also struggling so very hard in this area. She told me she knows it’s a lie, but the battle rages. Jesus will win this victory in her life. One Step Over the Line Sweet Jesus……Lord draw these mightily to Your Love, Your Truth and Your Freedom!!!!!! Fill them with Your healing, Your Joy and Your Peace!!!!!

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    2. In posting the link to the “Transgender Cake,” my intent was not to point out someone’s sin, but to illustrate that the deception is seeping into all areas, and that many are joining in on the bandwagon. I had never previously heard of the transgender agenda manifesting in this particular way.

      Also, if someone on the fence is watching this communication, they MAY experience Godly conviction that this agenda is clearly opposite to the Word of God. It could mean the difference in where they spend eternity precisely because of their conviction.

      Also, there is so much confusion on what the word “love” means. There is the true Biblical definition and the false societal definition. People are literally controlled by vocabulary, and it is a very deceptive means of getting the masses to accept evil as good and good as evil.

      God’s door of Grace through repentance is still open, although we do not know for how long. He WILL take anyone and everyone no matter what they have done as long as they turn to Him fully before their last breath. After that, it is too late for every human being.

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      1. Here’s an excellent example of God’s Love in scripture and is the kind of Love we all need to share with as many who will receive. It’s in his Love that he has to bring forth what we are about to see, so more people have the opportunity to call on the name of Jesus — even if at the last minute.

        John 3:16-21

        16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

        Psalm 103:8 the Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

        Psalm 145:8 The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.

        Here’s a good study reference for the Characteristics Of Christ:
        https://bible.org/illustration/character-christ

        Here’s a related post on God’s Love:
        https://believeacts2blog.wordpress.com/2016/08/27/8-27-16-word-from-the-lord-they-need-to-know-i-love-them/

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  17. Daily Devotional — 08/28/16:

    THE WORK OF MINISTRY TO OTHERS
    Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ Acts 27:23-24

    We’ve been learning personal lessons from prison from Pastor Okuk Ojulu in Ethiopia as he shared them with Jim Cunningham.

    He says, “The third lesson I learned is that imprisonment is for ministry to people in need. The thirty-six people who were imprisoned with me from Gambella in the Addis Ababa prison–777 kilometers (483 miles) away from our families–had no strong faith in the Lord.

    “I began to realize that the Lord put me there to minister to these people, to feed them with the Word of God in the prison. I ended up baptizing some of them in the prison although I was not an officially recognized pastor, for no pastor was allowed to do this work in the prison.”

    I am always amazed at the positive lessons from reading prison memoirs of followers of Jesus. And so many times they come to this similar conclusion. They were there to serve others.

    Mama Kwang of Project Pearl in China is a wonderful example. Carl Lawrence tells her story in his award-winning book, The Church in China:

    As she sat quietly in prison singing a hymn, the Lord gave her a message: “This is to be your ministry.”

    “But,” she objected, “I am all alone. Whom can I minister to?” She continued to pray that her ministry would be fulfilled. Suddenly an idea came to her. She stood up and called for the guard.

    “Sir, can I do some hard labor for you?” The guard looked at her with contempt, mingled with surprise. No one had ever made that kind of request before. “Look!” she exclaimed, “this prison is so dirty, there is human waste everywhere. Let me go into the cells and clean up this filthy place. All you have to do is give me some water and a brush.”

    Not to her surprise, she soon found herself on her hands and knees cleaning and preaching. She was looking into the faces of people no longer recognizable as human beings. Through continuous torture, they had lost all hope of ever seeing another human being who did not come to beat them.

    Oh, when they realized that they could have eternal life, they would get so excited. They would fall down on the dirty floor and repent of their sins, and do you know that very soon all the prisoners believed in Jesus Christ.”[1]

    RESPONSE: Today I acknowledge that God can enable me to minister anywhere for Him—even prison.

    PRAYER: Thank You Lord that even in a filthy prison dungeon you give ministry opportunities.

    1. Carl Lawrence, The Church in China (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 1985), p.149.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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    1. There are so many amazing stories of those being persecuted, things they have endured, the way God moves to reach the lost. This one is one that really stands out among the best testimonies. It takes a true heart of humility and love to do this type of serving. Far, far away from the shooting stars who seek fame and a name.

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    1. Ancient buildings collapse via Jason A, modern still standing………..sounds like the vatican and their never ending conquest to place their churches on portals

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  18. They certainly move one to seek James. I can have the oddest questions come up. I’ve been listening to Ezekiel in the evening…….now it’s time to dig into Strongs because I want to know what became of the army that was raised from the bones/dead. LOL> odd questions, I know. What really stands out though was he simply became a conduit for God to use His breath through him to breathe life into them. The act of laying on them (this is just my thoughts so far!!!!) was a conduit of life from God thru him all the way down to the dust, which man was formed originally. I need to get to that study, it’s been on my heart. I know this is one area we will be used in as far as “greater works” but the dry bones, I mean, wow dry, there’s life wherever God intends to use a person. Ok, I’m rattling now.

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  19. Daily Devotional — 08/29/16

    REJOICE IN THE LORD
    Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! Philippians 3:1a

    We’ve been learning personal lessons from prison from Pastor Okuk Ojulu in Ethiopia as he shared them with Jim Cunningham.

    He says, “The fourth lesson is to Rejoice in the Lord always in the prison.

    “Prison means cutting off almost all your freedoms from the previous life. The devil is more pressing in the prison than anywhere in life, preaching negatives things to us. The most powerful tool for victory in our Christian lives in the midst of negatives is to preach positives to defeat the devil of negatives. In other words, it is to develop a positive attitude in a hostile situation like in the prison.

    “In Philippians 3:1, it says, Rejoice in the Lord! Rejoicing in the Lord always enables us to approach the burning bush for a release from the prison. Let our prayer contain: “Yet not as I will, but as You will.”

    “I hope this kind of prayer can discipline us, and help make us approach the Lord very closely in the burning bush—the very place where we can hear a distilled voice from Him for the deliverance of many in their misery. The burning bush does not burn us up, but it makes us remove our sandals when we approach it.”

    Pastor Okok was released after three and a half years and God has rewarded his ministry, even his family. One of his daughters was chosen as Miss Ethiopia which paid for her education.

    He continues to minister in freedom but with new perspectives based on his prison life.

    Prison experiences are very personal and very impacting. I think that must be why I enjoy reading memoirs of Christians who have been in prison. They are so positive and uplifting compared to those of non-Christians.

    I especially remember the prayer of a Christian brother who was in prison for years in Romania during the difficult years of the cold war. He prayed:

    “Lord, I look forward to the great day I see you and your family in heaven. I look forward to seeing the great evangelists standing before you. I look forward to the day I see all the missionaries coming home rejoicing with their sheaves. I look forward to hearing all the great singers of the world praising you. I look forward to seeing the great preachers of the ages standing before you.

    “But Lord, I have one special request. When that day comes, allow me to be there in the clothing of a prisoner. I want to praise you throughout eternity in my prisoner’s clothes to always remind me that I was a prisoner for you.”

    RESPONSE: Today I will rejoice in the Lord in the face of all the negatives that Satan tries to throw at me.

    PRAYER: Lord, You are worthy of my praise and joyfulness no matter what circumstances I am in.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  20. Revelation 7:9:17

    A Multitude from the Great Tribulation
    9 After this I looked, and there was a vast multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language, which no one could number, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were robed in white with palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice: Salvation belongs to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!
    11 All the angels stood around the throne, the elders, and the four living creatures, and they fell facedown before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying: Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor
    and power and strength be to our God forever and ever. Amen.

    13 Then one of the elders asked me, “Who are these people robed in white, and where did they come from?”
    14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” Then he told me:
    These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
    15 For this reason they are before the throne of God, and they serve Him day and night in His sanctuary. The One seated on the throne will shelter them:
    16 They will no longer hunger; they will no longer thirst; the sun will no longer strike them, nor will any heat.
    17 For the Lamb who is at the center of the throne will shepherd them;
    He will guide them to springs of living waters, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

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