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Baba Note: Peace

Dear Father,

This weekend has been a challenging one. On Friday, we buried our mother. The scene was similar to how I imagined it would be: we were sitting on the front row and people came by to hug and give their condolences as we fought back tears enough to say, “thank you.” It was one of the most difficult times in my life, but I mostly felt at peace. It felt like only the peace You can give. It was tranquil and more powerful than the sadness of losing my mom. So Lord, I thank You. I thank You for your mercy and grace; I thank You for your peace that surpasses understanding; and I thank You for Your love that calms me and wipes away all of my tears.

Father, I pray that You will give my siblings and extended family that same peace. I pray that You will shroud them with your love and wisdom. I pray that You will reveal yourself to all of us even more as we continue on this journey. May we make the best of every day and continue to always look to You as our Father–our Baba in Heaven. Thank You father. I love you. Amen.

-Stephen

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I’m so thankful that God does not see us for our mistakes, but He sees us in our redempted state (brother and sisters in Christ) and expected end. He said, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11
So, if you have strayed a bit from the Gospel, it’s time to turn around and face the father. He has been asking about you. He told me to tell you that He loves you and that He has never stopped loving you. In fact, He loves even more now.
In this world in which we live, we have to start all over again when we leave a place and have the grace to return, but this is not the case with our Father.  In His word, God says, “…Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.”~ Zecharian 1:3. It’s that easy.
Stay blessed and don’t beat yourself up with the guilt of sin. Ask for forgiveness and return Him. Lean on Him who is your convering, comforter, and friend in time of need. He loves you. ~Peace
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In Spite of…

Good morning. I was thinking to myself how the Holy Spirit can use us best when we are at our weakest. Yes, there are times that I fall short of the glory, and I’m certain that I am not in the minority; we all fall short from time to time. Sometimes, we fall and even take our time getting back up. However, in spite of our foolishness and weakness of the flesh, God still finds a way to use us in our daily lives. We only have to be willing and open. We also have to not only ask for forgiveness from God, but forgive ourselves and realize that we are not perfect; however, we are perfected in Him through Christ Jesus. “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until athe day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6). Keep pressing my friends (Philippians 3:14).

Stay Blessed,

Stephen

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Morning Prayer From My Mom

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Before you begin, ask God for a fresh out-pouring of the Holy Spirit on your life. Lord Jesus Christ, it is in Your mighty Name that I pray…

Father, Your Word says that a patient man is better than a warrior, and one who controls his temper than one who takes a city. You have admonished me in Your Word to control my body – my appetites and behavior, in a way that is holy and honorable to You. But I confess Father that I fall short of this in many areas of my life and I ask that You strengthen me by Your Spirit, so that I might not let sin reign in my body or give in to evil desires

 (Pause and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal those areas of your life that are not yet submitted to Him)

May the fruit of self-control continually increase in my life, that this godly characteristic may be evident in the way that I eat, how I shop, the hobbies I engage in, my sexuality, my words and actions… may every aspect of who I am and how I live be under the control of the Holy Spirit. I submit to You now in Jesus’ Name Father. Empower me to keep a tight rein on my tongue. May I be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, knowing that anger does not bring about the righteous life that You desire. May I bless with my mouth and my life.  May my life be so controlled by Your Holy Spirit, that I truly live and move and have my very being in You alone. Help me this day to not indulge my fleshly nature. Strengthen me to stand firm and be self-controlled in thought, word and action – that I might be a useable, noble vessel for Your purposes and the glory of Your great Name.

Accomplish this through Christ in me, for I pray in His name. Amen.

Note: WE ALL HAVE THIS FLESHLY NATURE AND MUST BE IN CONTROL OF IT, THIS IS A PRAYER FOR THAT CONTROL. 

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Patiently Waiting

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Psalm 40:1 “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.”

This morning, as I sat in the coffee shop enjoying my favorite tea, I noticed a man approach with a little dog. Before he entered the shop, He tied the dog’s leash to a chair and the dog started the process of waiting.  Although, I would not liken any of us to our furry, faithful friend, I truly admired the way the dog waited. Every time the door to the shop opened, the dog wagged his tail in anticipation. Meanwhile, the master was sitting close by and watching – watching as the dog anticipated his return. During the wait, admirers came by patting the dog on the head and comforting him.

I pray that the body of Christ will reach that point in our walk with Christ. As we patiently wait for His return, we must know that He is never far away. He is close by watching us and protecting us. He also sends people and situations along the way to comfort us in this journey. If only we wait patiently on Him, while we anticipate His inevitable return. If only we can know that He will never leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8), and that He is always with us and in us.

Today, let us wait patiently on Him. Although things seem a little scary at times, and we become fearful just know that He is always with us. Also, know that He will return. Have a blessed and wonderful day. Peace~

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Pressing Forward in Victory

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“Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.” Psalm 34:14

There have been so many changes in my life over the past year. I’ve had many emotional ups and downs that no one could know but those close to me and God. Today, things are good and the heavy clouds have been lifted. Now that the clouds have dissipated, I find that there are other things that I have to work out of my life. You see, I desire to live a clean spiritually healthy life. Yes, I know that conditions will not always be favorable, but my desire is to please Him [Jesus] and to show Him that I love Him. In John 14:15 Jesus says that “if you love me, keep my commandments.”  Simple? No, it hasn’t been simple for me. I found myself slipping into old habits and not reading the Word as I should. I wasn’t praying as I should. This caused me to become spiritually weak and opened to the wiles of the enemy.

So, I had to get back to God. I had to turn my back on my own selfish, spiritually destructive ways and turn to God.  In other words, I had to deny self. I’m sharing this not because I have arrived, but because I am still striving as I type this message. We have to continue to seek the Lord in these last days. We have to turn our back on the “old man” and receive the “new man” that God has transformed us into. (Ephesians 4:22-24). Keep on pushing and keep on praying. There is a breakthrough headed your way. God loves you and he knows that this earthly flesh is weak. However, in the final analysis we must work out our “own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12).

We must “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). That’s my goal. Let us move onward and upward in Christ Jesus. Amen.