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--February 28 2014--

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Faith


I love the opening words to my favourite book, "In the beginning,..." 

If you don't believe these very first words of Scripture, then how can you believe the whole book? We cannot go back in time to see how it all began, we need to believe this in faith. Even atheists must believe their theory in faith because they never saw the whole thing with their eyes either, Hebrews 11:1. It takes less faith to believe God's Word then it does to believe the theory of man. I guess that is why God tells us we only need faith the size of a mustard seed, Luke 17:6.

"...God created the heavens and the earth."

Blessings,
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Friday, March 28, 2014

No Situation Is Impossible For God



I have often wondered what it would have been like living back in the days of Acts, when the disciples were so loyal to Jesus and the way He told them to live. This verse says every day they preached Jesus Christ. The wording here implies in every waking moment they were about the Lord's work spreading the Good News. 

We can do this today and we will see people changed, healed from physical and spiritual ailments and impossible situations made right. Just on Wednesday I heard about a 60 year old hell's angel giving his life to Jesus. The glory of the Lord rested in the room and this man was changed in less then five minutes. 

Nothing is impossible for our mighty God!

I'm linking with Barbie for The Weekend Brew.

http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/2014/03/the-weekend-brew-pass-around-the-grace.html
Blessings,
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Actionless Faith Is Dead





I was reading ‘Understanding The Endtimes’ by RBC Ministries and I came across this:

“…some people who specialize in Bible prophecy show little real devotion to Christ and rarely try to lead anyone to the Lord Jesus. Their minds are full of information but their hearts are empty. They aren’t gaining anything of spiritual value from their searching of the Scriptures.” Pages 69-70


We should study Scripture not focusing on any one part but on the whole book knowing the reason for the Bible is to share God's plan for our salvation. Sadly, I know those who studied Scripture and dug in deep trying to understand it and in so doing have lost their faith and hence forth their salvation. They dug into studying but were not active in applying it to their lives and allowing the Holy Spirit to come alive in them. They focused on only one part of Scripture and didn't see the whole picture and didn't allow the Holy Spirit to conform them.

Satan knows Scripture very well, so well that he quoted it to Jesus and will use it to slip us up in our walk. The traps he lays for us are the ones that we cannot see like digging in trying to make human sense of the Bible and the prophecies that lie within only to walk away with more questions and confusion or with an empty, cold heart. 

I am saddened to the point of tears and crying out to my Father in intercession for the lost and the hard hearts, for those I love deeply by a love that is fueled by the passion of Holy Spirit and a deep desire to see the sinner set free from the chains of slavery and the jaws of Satan. 

James 2:14-26 NIV

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
 

James sums it up well in v 2  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

Standing in the gap and praying for those who have walked away and those who just don't believe.
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Friday, March 21, 2014

Grace And Grace Alone


Does our salvation come through love? 
No. 
This is something people just don't understand. It is through grace and grace alone that we find eternal life. 
Ephesians 2:8 ESV
"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,"
God saves by grace and He demonstrated His love for us by giving His Son, Jesus, to die for us. God will save us BUT only if we come to Him by belief in Jesus Christ.

It is a leap of faith and only when this leap is taken will the understanding come in. 

Praise GOD!

I'm linking up with Barbie for The Weekend Brew.

http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/2014/03/weekend-brew-seasons-change.html

Blessings,
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Journey in Obedience





1 John 2:15 ESV
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.


I am noticing that the more I obey Father the more separated from the world I become. In all honesty it is a little bitter sweet because some of those whom I love and care for are not on the same journey and I find that I cannot relate to them in the same way as before. My cares are for my Father and His Word and to spread His Gospel. He is breaking my heart for His mission and I hunger to please Him.

I knew about standing alone for Jesus but the reality of that meaning is honing in to also include standing alone for Jesus amongst my brothers and sisters. That was something I wasn’t really prepared for. I guess deep inside I was hoping they would get on board and journey closer into Father’s heart with me. This stripping away of self is so painful and the reality of what is inside of me is so shameful in the light of Father. This wanting to be loved and included in with others; accepted by my friends, verses my hunger and thirst for Jesus and my desire to worship and please Him is tearing me inside. Yet I continue to walk on in obedience to Father because my heart aches to be in His presence and please Him more than I desire the acceptance of my friends.

With a lot of prayer cover and encouragement from family I was able to pray in front of the congregation for one of our Sunday services. Up until the moment I was so nervous, but as soon as I took that first step towards the front of the church I was carried by Father! It was wonderful!!! The nerves left, I was able to pray without chocking, stuttering or sweating! He calmed me and I felt His approval. When I was done and I left then the shakes came in and my tummy made flips but it didn’t last long and a peace overcame me and I knew I pleased my Dad. Thank you for your prayers, I felt them and they carried me.

This journey is hard. I am seeing a lot of ugly things in me rising to the surface; things I didn’t even realize existed in me. I am a loner and never have really cared what others thought of me until just now I see that yes I do care and it hurts in a deep way. But I also see that Father is doing a deep work in me, purging me of the filth of this human nature called self. With the purging I am seeing Him with a clearer vision and understanding the pain and suffering Jesus went through in a deeper way than I did before. I can relate better to this Man of Sorrow that He was known as. He is molding me and changing me and I don’t ever want Him to stop, because what I am seeing rise out of me I like because it is reflecting Him more.


Isaiah 53:10 ESV
Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.


Worthy is Jesus to be honoured and glorified and praised!!



Blessings,
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Friday, February 28, 2014

Run to YOU

Run to You ~Pentatonix~

Hebrews 12:1 ESV
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,



Verse 1

A light in the room
It was you who was standing there
Tried, it was true
As your glance met my stare
But your heart drifted off
Like the land split by sea
I tried to go, to follow
To kneel down at your feet

Chorus

I'll run, I'll run, I'll run, run to you
I'll run, I'll run, I'll run, run to you

Verse 2

I've been settling scores
I've been fighting so long
But I've lost your war
And our kingdom is gone
How shall I win back your heart
Which was mine
I have broken bones
And tattered clothes
I've run out of time

Chorus

I'll run, I'll run, I'll run, run to you
I'll run, I'll run, I'll run, run to you

Bridge

Oh, I will break down the gates of heaven
A thousand angels stand waiting for me
Oh take my heart and I'll lay down my weapons
Break my shackles to set me free

Chorus

I'll run, I'll run, I'll run, run to you
I'll run, (I'll run) I'll run, (I'll Run) I'll run, run to you
Hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm


This is not a Christian song nor is this a Christian band but these guys are talented and this song, if you think about Jesus, is so beautiful. 

It makes me think of and pray for those Christians who have walked away from their first love; Jesus Christ. 




Hebrews 6:1 ESV
“Come, let us return to the LORD; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up."

Linking up with Barbie for The Weekend Brew

http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com

Blessings,
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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Bestie


Today, I am missing one of my besties, Shinzou Takara. 
Thankfully I have hope to see him again one day.

Job 12:7-10 ESV
“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind."

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

It Really Is Grace







"Doing What God Wants?" — WJD! for 02/20/2014

"Every person that does evil hates the light. That person will not come to the light. Why? Because then the light will show all the bad things he has done. But the person that follows the true way comes to the light. Then the light will show that the things that person has done were done through God." — John 3:20-21 (ERV)

Key Thought:

A life dedicated to God comes to his Light. A person living this kind of life doesn't fear judgment or rejection or truth. Falsehood, dishonesty, sinfulness, greed... all can be addressed through the lens of grace when those seeking righteousness come to the light. So the question you and I face each day is very simple: Do I gladly come to the Light to let God show me his grace in ways that allow me to see my sinfulness, shallowness, and selfishness and be transformed? My desire to open my life to the Light of God's truth and holiness reveals my desire to do what is right. My reluctance reveals how the power of sin has begun to edge its way into my life and my heart.


Today's Prayer:

Almighty Father, God of holiness and grace, search me and try me and convict me of my sin. I want to be holy and blameless, not just by your gift of grace, but also through the sanctifying power of your Spirit at work to transform me to be more like Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.
 

SIN

We are sinful people and these days nobody wants to acknowledge it. Everyone wants to think they are good and because of this all people will go to heaven or at least end up not existing anymore. That is a pleasant thought but, unfortunately, it is not true. How do you prove it? You can't. There needs to be a fear of the unknown and that fear should push us towards God in hope that He does exist and there is a heaven and that the only way into heaven is through the acknowledging of the fact that we are sinful and in need of a Savior. 

The path to salvation is very simple and easy but it is very, very narrow allowing only for salvation through Jesus Christ. Do we need to change ourselves before seeking this path? No, we just need to acknowledge our sinfulness and seek God. It is impossible for us to change ourselves but we can understand that we are sinful and that we need to repent and make amends for the wrong we have done. Jesus will change us. We come to Him just as we are with all of our doubt, repent for our wrong doing, accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior over our lives and Jesus will make us like Him. When we do this and fully seek Jesus we will change and understand the mystery of Scripture. 

Need Jesus? Check out my Have Jesus page. There is an explanation of salvation and a what you need to do section. You don't need to carry on in hurt and pain for there is a way to peace. The only peace that comes through the Living God, Jesus Christ. 

1 Peter 3:10-12 ESV
For
“Whoever desires to love life
and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from speaking deceit;
let him turn away from evil and do good;
let him seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Need to talk about it? Email me I would be happy to help you understand. 

 
Blessings,
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