Monthly Archives: April 2012

A.C.T.S. – a Prayer Warrior’s Strategy

By special guest blogger, Joe Birdwell


I have not had many prayer requests lately however that does not mean there is no one hurting or in need of comfort, healing, grace, salvation…the list of needs goes on as does the list of praise reports!!

The Lord is constantly moving and wants us to constantly be in a love relationship with Him.  He wants not just us but our friends and family and strangers we meet on the street or in the grocery store.  He wants a relationship with them as well. If they are not picking up the Word or going to church on a regular basis, how do they know how to acheive this?

PRAY, don’t just TELL them that you’ll Pray!

Just as Jesus set an example for us in how to approach the Father we are to set an example for those around us.  How?  When these people come to us with stress of the day or trauma or praise we can lead them in prayer, not just saying “I’ll pray for you”  but actually praying.  God doesn’t require elaborate prayer but sincere heartfelt prayer.  If this is too awkward I have a place to start that a dear teacher of mine taught me.

A.C.T.S. Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving & Supplication…

Once I get to adoring or worshipping Him and I confess my sins I find many things to be thankful for and then of course ask Him for our friends needs and His will in their lives of course.

Isn’t it first instinct when we hear our friends or family in need to want to help or fix it?  We all know we cannot fix everything, and perhaps some of you, like myself, do not have the resources.  I believe God allowed some of my resources to be diminished so that I couldn’t throw money at the problem, or put a patch on it with things, but would only be able to rely on Him and His infinite wisdom and power.

 Release Power by Praying on the Spot

I often times feel awkward, my throat gets tight and dry, I have a sort of social anxiety, other times I am so overwhelmed by the spirit that all I can do is cry, so it’s understandable that we sometimes want to save prayer for private time.  I am simply trying to say that when we can pray on the spot, we cannot even imagine how it impacts another.  It takes practice for this to become habit.

Let’s show those around us how to turn and trust in Him as well.  🙂

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If you’re not dying, you’re not LIVING.

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me – Mark 8:34

 All of us have heard these scriptures again and again but few of us know what this really looks like…OR the significance of doing such on a daily basis.

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. – Philippians 1:21

Death is scary, painful and something we all avoid but Jesus said (who said) whoever tries to save his life will loose it. Are you living fully for Christ if you’re not dying to something on a daily basis? Does FEAR keep you from facing something the Lord is starting to prick your heart about?

My biggest and daily “dying game” is when I have to repent of “hidden pride” (focus on self) in some fashion, the “what about me?” situation where I “bang my rattle” and almost say in my head how something is not fair, how I didn’t deserve (or DO deserve) this or that, how my feelings were hurt or some other feel-sorry-for-yourself moment like feeling overwhelmed, overloaded, unappreciated, unloved or just pain wanting something to go a certain way that isn’t.

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:13

Come die with ME – He says.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit and the blood of Christ Jesus we can do all things, including surrender our pain, opinions, truths, for HIS truths, and finally check to see if, on a daily basis, we are surrendering our life to HIS ways, His opinions, HIS direction, HIS desires, and HIS plan for our life, and for those around us who are ultimately affected as well.

Are you dead yet?

DYING TO SELF

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When you are forgotten, or neglected, or purposely set at naught, and you don’t sting and hurt with the insult or the oversight, but your heart is happy, being counted worthy to suffer for Christ.

THAT IS DYING TO SELF

When your good is evil spoken of, when your wishes are crossed, your advice disregarded, your opinions ridiculed, and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart, or even defend yourself, but take in all in patient, loving silence.

THAT IS DYING TO SELF

When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, any irregularity, any unpunctuality, or any annoyance; when you stand face-to- face with waste, folly, extravagance, spiritual insensibility-and endure it as Jesus endured.

THAT IS DYING TO SELF

When you are content with any food, any offering, any climate, any society, any raiment, any interruption by the will of God,

THAT IS DYING TO SELF

When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation, or to record your

own good works, or itch after commendations, when you can truly love to be unknown.

THAT IS DYING TO SELF

When you can see your brother prosper and have his needs met and can honestly rejoice with him in spirit and feel no envy, nor question God, while your own needs are far greater and in desperate circumstances.

THAT IS DYING TO SELF

When you can receive correction and reproof from one of less stature than yourself and can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly, finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart.

THAT IS DYING TO SELF

Are you dead yet?

In these last days, the Spirit would bring us to the cross.

“That I may know Him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.” Phil.3:10

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Speak LIFE into all situations – for Breakthrough to come.

What is it about us humans that want someone to understand us, to carry our burdens or share in them, to care for them, that make us run to a human when something goes wrong? Is it pity we want? Do we want to feel important enough to someone else, wanting them to care for us?

Change your attitude to change your situation – or so the world tells us.

I have been going through a lot of numerous trials these past couple years and I have a few close friends who would call me continually and ask me the details of the continuing saga that seemed to stream into my life, most of which to no fault of my own.

I thought that I would find relief in sharing, but it was temporary.  At times I stated that I didn’t want to share but they insisted that it would make me feel better, pursued my refusals until I finally did. I didn’t feel better. I felt worse AND the situations continued to happen.  It seemed like everywhere I looked, a sink hole would open up with no idea how to get through it.

I eventually found myself crying out “I’m SO TIRED” all of the time, hoping to be lifted up and carried, like the good Samaritan lifted the beaten up from the road and carried Him to theInn, but that didn’t happen.

“Cast all your anxieties on Him for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7)

The Lord’s word shares much about taking our cares, our anxieties to Him but little do we know how to do that, let alone LEAVE them there.

A friend in Christ asked about a situation, she asked, so I told her, and she chastised me for speaking the negative into the air, “where the enemy lives” and knows just where to hit me. I started getting revelation after revelation about my attitude, how focusing on the negative, in worry and strife, held me bondage to the seen conditions and didn’t focus my mind on the Lord, and not only what He had planned for me but what He was already DOING.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”declares the LORD. – Isaiah 55:8

When I claimed I was tired, I truly was beaten down and weak, but no one carried me to theInn, no one prayed for me and I did not “shore myself up” with prayer buddies. The friends who wanted to care for me, who had hearts to care for me, where not prayer warriors, and I felt worse and worse when I shared with them, knowing that they carried my burden but not to the cross but on their backs. I felt as if I became a nuisance and had to turn to the only one who COULD carry my burdens: the Lord.

Do everything without grumbling or arguing,- Philippians 2:14

  Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. -1 Peter 5:6

The Lord led me one morning to the two scriptures above, speaking one over and over again to me upon waking, and then told me to look up the other and put them together in a “new STRATEGY”.  I saw this as “warfare” and how to move forward into the new season.

A friend had been praying for me and speaking about “passing over”, and I knew I needed that, to PASS OVER into the new, out of these situations but out of my thinking of being a wounded soldier unable to get up, and start to FIGHT.  Another friend who had been praying for me reminded me of the power of God’s word for my health, which was not in good shape, and the Lord reminded me also about His word and the Power of it;

  “Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces? – Jeremiah 23:29

So a floodgate has opened, breakthrough, a new season, as I got back into my time with Him, asked the Lord “where Lord” when I picked up my bible, dug into worship time upon waking, listened for that still small voice but with more time devoted only to HIM.

I also have been heeding the warning about what I speak, for I also know that comes out of the heart and speaking negative situations, no matter how true they may be or SEEM, is speaking negative over myself and I need to speak LIFE, POWER and TRUTH over myself, to not look to what is seen but to what is UNSEEN, to the Lord and all of His glory, to all that He is and said He is to us; His attributes, His truth, His blessings, His power, His love for me and His plan.

 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.- Jeremiah 29:11

And come into agreement with what is yet to come, thanking Him at every turn for what His promises state, speaking life into the negative situations.  Thank the Lord today for what you do not see today but that you know it’s His heart to give, whether it be a right relationship restored,  a right attitude, a right financial situation, any trials that you can see, write them down but do not speak them, and then go one by one and dedicate them out loud over to the Lord Jesus for HIS  control.

Thank Father God that He is working in your life for He has not left your side and He has gone far ahead of you and will work out all things for the glory of those who love him. It’s HIS PROMISE!

  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a]have been called according to his purpose.- Romans 8:28

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8 )

“And the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind.” -Isaiah 58:9

“for the LORD will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.” -Proverbs 3:26

  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.- Philippians 4:6

Lisa
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