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Posted 2/11/11 at 2:53 PM | Yvonne Perkins
Faith is so powerful and wonderful that it can change your reality. Really, you can look at a situation in your life and begin to speak the word of God over that situation and because of your faith that situation will change. Faith is having the ability to look at what is real and begin to speak a new reality into existence. It is the ability to look at what is and what is not and cause it to be what you need it to be.
Faith as defined in the dictionary is: Confidence belief in the truth, value of trustworthiness of a person, idea of thing. 2. Belief that is not based on logical proof or material evidence. 3. Belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion. Hebrew 11:1 defines faith, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:6 states: 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.
Faith for me is believing that every word of God is true, every promise is true and if God said it in his word then it is so. It is to know that he who has promise is faithful and able to keep his word. Many time man will make a promise with the intention of keeping that promise but may find that circumstances beyond his control prevents him from keeping the promise. Not so, with God, he has the authority, the ability and the power to make and keep every covenant, every promise, every word that he speaks. He has the power to make it our reality. FULL POST
Posted 11/27/10 at 1:15 AM | Yvonne Perkins
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. (Ephesians 3:20 KJV) The word of God is life, spirit, truth, power and powerful. The bible declares it is sharper than any two edged sword. The word of God heals, reveals the nature of God. It provides guidance and direction to our path. It encourages and lifts up us to another place. I was meditating on this passage of scripture and was inspired by this word as I began to look up words in the dictionary to more clearly understand what God was saying through his word. I want to share this mediation with you.
Now -at this present moment, in this present circumstance. Unto him - God, Jesus, Holy Spirit. WHO is able - has the ability, the power, skill, resources and qualification. To do - to perform, to bring to pass, to execute, to accomplish. Exceedingly - to go beyond, to surpass. Abundantly - present in great quantity, well supplied, richly supplied. Above all - higher than anything, everything, totally, the whole thing. That we ask - request, inquire of, seek information. Or think - imagine, to consider something as a possible action. According to - in agreement with, in proper relationship or proportion. The power - the ability to do or act. That worketh in us - exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something, labor, toil. Worketh - means continuingly works in us. FULL POST
Posted 8/5/10 at 8:12 AM | Yvonne Perkins
Or how can one enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house Matt 12:29. There is a war going on in the city of Chicago and many other parts of the world. There have been far too many headlines of youth being murder again and again. The blood is running in the street and death has come up to the windows. Jer 9:17-26. Who is this enemy that has launched an all out attack particularly on our youth?
To effectively fight your enemy you must first know who your enemy is. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places Eph 6:12. There are ruling spirits who have specific assignments over cites, territories and region. The strong man in this case is Murder, Violence and Death. It is a demonic power that is reigning in this city. Or how can one enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house Matt 12:29
In the book Spiritual Warfare by Richard Ing he exposes the Strong man of Murder, Violence and death. He states “Murder being a ruling spirit must first be bound in the heavenlies and its cords must be cut off and cast away. He then identifies related connecting spirits that must be death with: suicide, unforgiveness, revenge, cruelty, hate, animosity, jealousy, self-centeredness, greed, hurt, anger, bitterness, torture, envy, hostility, long memory, no love, no mercy, holding grudges, pride, fear just to name a few. FULL POST
Posted 7/19/10 at 11:31 AM | Will Davis
As I write, the nation is holding its collective breath while BP tests the strength of the new cap that has, at least temporarily, stopped the devastating flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The BP scientists are doing pressure checks. As they read the gauges deep inside the well, they're hoping to find high pressure readings. That means the cap is holding and that oil isn't leaking from some other part of the well. But if the pressure is low, then they've still got serious problems. Low readings would indicate that the integrity of the well was compromised and that more leaks exist.
Pressure reveals integrity.
Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands,Deuteronomy 8:2. FULL POST
Posted 7/14/10 at 10:21 AM | Will Davis
I know we're all brokenhearted over the current oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The images of oil-covered birds, dolphins and turtles, the blackened beaches, the devastated economy in an area that was still trying to rebound from Hurricane Katrina, the paralyzed fishing and shrimping fleets, and most tragically, the loss of human life in the terrible explosion that started all of this-considering all of that, this crisis can seem insurmountable. But we are not powerless in the face of such a great trial.
We can pray. We should pray. Never see prayer as a last resort or the least you can do. Prayer is our best strategy in the face of overwhelming events because it woos the power and favor of the God who controls everything.
So pray for the gulf coast. Specifically, pray for:
• Wisdom for the leaders, engineers, geologists and technicians at BP. Pray that they can quickly find a way to permanently cap the leak.
• Stamina, safety, wisdom and provision for the local, state and federal agencies that are working around the clock both in the gulf and onshore.
• Provision and protection for those economies along the gulf coast that have taken such a beating in the last five years.
• Hope and encouragement for those residents along the gulf coast who have suffered so greatly and lost so much.
• Protection and restoration for the fragile ecosystems being devastated by the leak.
• Justice-for anyone guilty of negligence or malfeasance that led to the tragic explosion.
• Justice-for those who have suffered loss-that their hopes, dreams and livelihoods will be restored.
• God's glory. Pray that we can all see God's healing, protection, provision and perspective through this crisis.
Don't sit idly by while this disaster unfolds in front of you. Get involved. Be part of the solution. Be part of the hope. Pray! FULL POST
Posted 7/14/10 at 12:32 AM | Will Davis
George Steinbrenner died today at age 80. The long-time owner of the New York Yankees, Steinbrenner was a legend in the sports world and a household name for any who follow baseball. His death is yet another sobering reminder of the brevity and fragility of life.
In Psalm 49, David wrote, "Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases; for he will take nothing with him when he dies, his splendor will not descend with him," Psalm 49:16-17. As much as we'd like to think that money can fend off the grim reaper, it can't. We all have a pending date with eternity, no matter our status or wealth in life. That being true, it just makes good sense to invest in what's eternal and not in what's temporary and fleeting. FULL POST
Posted 6/30/10 at 6:25 PM | Will Davis
Isaiah 40:31, Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength . . . .
Waiting. I hate waiting. And yet it seems that I do quite a bit of it. I’ve been waiting all day.
As I write, I’m sitting alone in an empty hospital cafeteria, the low murmur of CNN Headline News in the background, eating overpriced hospital food. It’s been that exciting all day. FULL POST
Posted 5/16/10 at 3:20 PM | Yvonne Perkins
Intercession is a lost art among the body of Christ. Yet, it is a high priestly calling that requires dedication and sacrifice. It is a privilege, honor and humbling experience to be chosen to be an intercessor. Some people have dedicated their lives to perfecting this art and give themselves to prayer often spending hours upon hours in travail for others As intercessors it is important to know your weapons and when to use them to be effective in this spiritual warfare.
We have spoken in past blogs about the Intercessor's Tool Kit where you will find a listing of resources to assist you in mastering the art of intercession. Today, I am introducing you to The Rules of Engagement by Cindy Trimm and Apostle John Eckhardt Prayers that Rout Demons. Ms. Trimm talks at length about the language of the intercessor. You will notice that most major careers fields have a "language" specific to that field. Medical field speaks of diseases, prognosis, diagnosis, course of treatment etc, electrician speaks of Btu, wattage etc, law enforcement speaks of crime scenes, evidence, convictions etc.
Cindy Trimm gives clear concrete examples of how to use the language of the intercessors back by scriptures. These are excerpts from those book pages 24-37:
As God's official legislator and law enforcement agent:
I come in the name of resurrected Jesus, I affect and enforce God's original plans, I decree and declare, I place upon myself the armor of God, I pull down strongholds, I speak, I establish, I overrule and overthrow, I nullify, I take control over, I dispossess master spirits, I announce that it is you who have blessed me, I forbid an disallow opposing satanic activities, I disapprove and prohibit, I bind satanic harassment, I lift false burdens, I release, I obliterate and annihilate satanic forces, I forcefully resist, I put a halt, I prevail, I execute, I establish, I employ the host of heaven, I superimpose the prophetic word over, I reverse, I come against, I rebuke, I confirm, I send, I arrest.
Apostle John Eckhardt book Prayers that Rout Demons also gives clear concrete examples of how to use the language of the intercessor to destroy the works of the enemy and release the power of God giving scriptures to back up your authority to do this. A few excerpts from his book pages 32-33, 48-51: FULL POST
Posted 3/14/10 at 1:02 AM | Yvonne Perkins
The discussion of the last post was about the different types of prayer. I referenced authors Kenneth Hagin (The Art of Prayer) and Elizabeth Alves (Becoming a Prayer Warrior). Hagin identified the following types of prayers: The prayer of faith, consecration, commitment, worship, agreement, in the spirit, united, supplication and Intercessory prayer. Alves identified the following types: Praise and thanksgiving, confession and forgiveness, intercession and petition. Again, I emphasized that the opinions I offer are that of my own. However you will find that their are many overlapping views/opinions on this subject. My intent is just to broaden your thinking and increase your awareness of the weapons at your disposal.
The Prayer of Worship I believe overlap with the prayer of Praise and thanksgiving. In other words, the schools of thought about these two types of prayers are that they are essentially the same. This type of prayer is very POWERFUL BUT OFTEN NEGLECTED. We are often so intent in presenting our petitions to God that we neglect to just come before him in praise and worship. In the natural realm you can understand how you feel about someone who relationship with you seems to be one of always in need, always asking can you do this, will you do this, help me do this etc. While you may now mind granting their requests you do wish sometimes they would come and just say "Thanks".
I believe that our heavenly father sometimes feel the same way. In the last post I challenged you to take one hour, one day to offer up nothing but Praise and Worship to the father. No petitions, no complaints - just a heart filled with gratitude and an attitude of thanksgiving. An awareness of how unworthy we are of the goodness, kindness, mercy and faithfulness that God showers down upon us. When we give God what he wants he will meet our needs in an abundant way, far exceeding all that we could think or imagine to ask him.
The Prayer of Agreement and United Prayer. Genesis 11:1-9, Exodus 17:8-13, Psalms 133:1-3, Matt 18:19-20 and Acts 4:23. You can have a large number of people in one place and not accomplish anything if they can not agree upon a direction, decision etc. The key is to come into agreement and be united as in having a single purpose, intent, one mind, one thought, and one action/behavior. When the people marched around the walls of Jericho they moved as one in one direction having a single purpose, intent and mind (Joshua 6). In Genesis 11:6 and the Lord said behold the people is one, they have one language and now NOTHING WILL BE RESTRAINED FROM THEM WHICH THEY HAVE IMAGINED TO DO. However it does not take a lot of people to get the job done. Whatsoever you bind/loose I will bind/loose. If two shall agree ...it shall be done, if two or three gathered together in my name (Matt 18:19-20). One can chase a thousand - that's good but two can put 10 thousands to flight - that's better (Deut 32:30) I encourage you to join with others that are like-minded and pray corporately and you will be blessed corporately and see results. FULL POST
Posted 2/2/10 at 12:40 AM | Yvonne Perkins
As we continue this series on Intercession I encourage you to review the previous blogs i.e. What is an Intercessor, Profile of an Intercessor, Intercessor Toolkit and the Purpose of Prayer. Kenneth Hagin in his book titled "The Art of Prayer" pages 7 and 8 list the following types of prayer: The Prayer of Faith, the Prayer of consecration, The Prayer of Commitment, The Prayer of Worship, The Prayer of Agreement, Prayer in the Spirit, United Prayer, The Prayer of Supplication and Intercessory Prayer. Elizabeth Alves in her book "Becoming a Prayer Warrior" describes the following types of prayer: Praise and thanksgiving, Confession and forgiveness, Intercession and Petition. I have listed the various types of prayers to enlighten you to what they are. However, as I discussed them the opinions I offer are those of my own and not necessary how they wrote about them although our thoughts are very similar.
The Prayer of Faith is always based on the word of God. You don't have to add "if it be your will" because you know according to his word it is his will. Nothing can be accomplished without faith. There is no need to pray if you don't believe that God will hear, he is able and he will perform it. To pray this type of prayer you must know what the will of God is - that means to search the word of God to see what he says about this situation, what authority are you operating in, do you meet the conditions for this word to be true in your life etc. This type of prayer is relying on Hebrews 11:1 " Now Faith Is" Apostle Richard D. Henton (Monument of Faith) recently preached a sermon "Now My Faith Is" you must take the word of God and make it personal. Now My faith is bringing to me every righteous request, it is manifesting the promises of God in my life and for those that I bring to the throne of God, my faith causes me to receive the things of God, it is making available to me the promises of God. This type of prayer requires total obedience to Mark 11:22-23 "and Jesus answering saith unto them, Have Faith In God. James 5:15 and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. This prayer says to the enemy as Paul said "Sirs I believe God, and may I add that is my final answer.
The Prayer of Consecration - this is an old concept and often forgotten in our modern world of Christianity. You seldom hear anyone say consecrate me Oh Lord to do your will. This type of prayer is an urgent and fervent request that says I want to do what you want me to do, I want to desire what you want me to desire, to go where you tell me, to hear your voice clearly and always obey you. John 2:7 his mother saith unto the servants, WHATEVER HE SAITH UNTO YOU, DO IT. This prayer is one of dedication to the service of the Lord - a plea to make me a yielded vessel fit for your use and for your glory. It is a denial of your flesh, your will, your desires, what you think is right or wrong and seeking the truth of God for your life. Oh, that the Body of Christ would cry out to God in this prayer - then I'm sure we would witness the raw power of God, miracles and wonders untold. FULL POST