When we talk of the Lord and His goodness; when we share the mighty acts He has done in our lives and who He is to us, it fans the flames of faith in others whose hearts are open to hear and it brings praises to their lips. Let us choose to boast in the Lord, in what He has done and continues to do. God is still moving in the lives of people and causing miraculous things to happen. He is mighty, He is glorious, He is holy, pure, righteous. He is our provider and protector. He is justice, love, compassion, wonderful, comforter, counselor, creator, the voice of truth. He is and there is no other like Him.
-Dr. Christie Self
When we allow the Lord to lead our ways, though trials and challenges will still come, our flesh will be able to rest in hope because HE IS the GOD OF ALL HOPE. Our hope will not come from the world or our own reasoning, but from the Wellspring of Hope Himself, our Emmanuel (God with us).
- Dr. Christie Self
Prayers come in all shapes and sizes but most of them go unanswered because they are prayed out of pride and greed.
Why do people see God as some kind of cosmic Santa Claus? Instead of making a list of toys for Christmas, they begin listing all the desires of their flesh in prayer expecting God to deliver. People pray for success and power. They pray for money and worldly possessions. They even pray for harm to come to others. Seriously, you would not want to see God’s naughty and nice list – it wouldn’t be very pretty.
There are prayers however that God is faithful to answer and sometimes, even quick to answer. Included in that list is the most dangerous prayer.
I learned about the most dangerous prayer several years ago at a time in my life that I was feeling particularly invincible. Somewhere I heard someone talking about praying and asking God to reveal what He saw when He looked into your heart.
I considered this and thought, “Sure, why not?” and so I began to pray something like, “Father, show me what you see when you look into my heart.”
It wasn’t a fancy prayer and it certainly wasn’t very long, but oh…had I known what was hiding in the deep dark crevices of my heart, I never would have had the courage to pray that prayer.
It was only a matter of weeks before God began revealing things to me – vile, nasty, and ugly things I had no idea were in there.
I considered myself a Christian. I went to church every Sunday. I didn’t drink or gamble or stay out late carousing. I made a point of forgiving people. I was good and it hurt to look at the things God was showing me.
God showed me rebellion. There was lots of it. He showed me unforgiveness that ran so deep I couldn’t even see it. He showed me suspicion and mistrust that prevented me from receiving His truth. He showed me a spirit of control that wouldn’t yield to His will. He showed me pride that prevented Him from working restoration in my life.
These things that God showed me looked like a black oily virus on my heart that destroyed everything it touched.
At first I felt devastated, but God quickly filled me with peace and hope, and little-by-little He began walking me though healing.
I’d be lying if I said my healing was quick. It wasn’t – it took several years, but there did come a time when I could look up to our heavenly Father in prayer and ask, “Father, what do you see when you look in my heart?” and I could hear Him answer, “No darkness – You are full of light.”
This one prayer is far more powerful than any New Year’s resolution. It can literally turn your Christian walk on its head.
The question is, do you have the courage to pray the most dangerous prayer?
In this Psalm (34), I believe David was desperate for a way out, desperate for a rescue. In the midst of this, isn’t it interesting that his primary focus wasn’t on seeking an answer to his dire dilemma but rather on seeking the Lord — the One who knows all and can do all. As he pursued the Lord with a heart and mind wide open (to the Lords ways over his own), the Lord answered him and delivered him . . . . from ALL his fears. The Lord showed him the way out.
Do you need a way out, a rescue from something today? Seek the Lord. He tells us when we seek Him we will find Him. When we knock He will answer. Keep seeking Him and asking Him to show you His ways. Lay aside your own and listen for Him. He won’t disappoint. Just remember His ways are not our ways. His ways are high above ours. You can trust Him for the way through the darkness and pain. He will walk with you and lead you through to the other side where you will find incredible freedom. And you will find His praises pouring from your soul just as they did from David’s in this Psalm of deliverance.
-Dr. Christie Self
Last weekend my wife and I had the incredible privilege of traveling to beautiful North Carolina to minister with Joe and Karen Warner. We were the guests of Dan and Kathy Pavansky and Faith Fellowship Church in Yadkinville, North Carolina. The setting could have not been more beautiful. God’s handiwork was everywhere as the beautiful fall leaves covered the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.
The ministry involved several days of personal restoration ministry and preaching and teaching the word of God. Our hosts, Pastor Dan and Kathy Pavansky treated us royally. A heartfelt thanks goes out to them, their church and leadership team. God is up to something very powerful in North Carolina and Faith Fellowship Church is in the center of it.
We were blessed to be able to spend a couple of extra days in the mountains exploring God’s wonders. The government shutdown tried to hamper us a little bit as some national parks were not open. I was determined to see Linville Falls which was closed. We were informed that we could park outside of the gate and walk in. It is strange how our government works. We managed to accomplish a 6 mile hike to see a beautiful three-tiered waterfall. There’s nothing better than exploring God’s beautiful world and taking time to savor His magnificent creation. It was a beautiful weekend that my wife and I will not soon forget.
Deuteronomy 23:23 “You shall be careful to perform what goes out from your lips, just as you have voluntarily vowed to the LORD your God, what you have promised.”
I have noticed an alarming trend within the realm of Christianity. The lack of integrity in small things as well as large things is rampant. We all have heard of the fall of recent pastors of mega churches due to immorality. We all agree that that is sad refection on the body of Christ. But I see a problem that is even larger. It is the problem of a lack of integrity. What ever happen to the principle of being true to our word? How many times have you heard a Christian say something such as, “I will call you tomorrow,” and the call never comes. Or how about “let’s get together for lunch” and it does not happen. I know that these promises may seem trivial but the principle is very serious. God will test our integrity in small things before He will in trust us with large things. How many times have you had a person tell you they were going to do something and it was not done? There no other definition that fits these acts other than a lack of integrity. It could truly be called dishonesty.
Over the years I have been frustrated with hundreds of broken promises and commitments never followed through with by Christians. How about promises to pay back what was borrowed? Or paying what is owed on the day that it is due? As Christians and ministers we serve a God of excellence. What if God did not keep His word? What if God was as untrustworthy as many of today’s Christians?
In the old days of my Father’s generation a man’s’ word was his bond. Land could be bought and sold with a handshake. It was considered a serious lie and not to keep your word. It was a disgrace not to honor your commitments. I would love to see that integrity come back today
Christians, more than anyone else should be true to their words no matter how insignificant the promise. It is a Godly principle that we are called to demonstrate in our every day lives. As Children of God we have no excuse.
Luke 16:10 “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.
You can begin to use the faith and revelation God has given you, right where you are, no matter how big, or how small. When I was born again, my first revelation from the Word of God was the power of the Name of Jesus. In this video, I share how that first revelation was immediately relevant in my everyday living.
Priscilla Yamin ~ ICM Administrator