Friday, March 20, 2015

Make My Life A Blessing

Psalm 34:1-4
I will bless the Lord at all times;
    His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
    Let the humble hear and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
    And let us exalt His name together!
 I sought the Lord, and He answered me
    And delivered me from all my fears.

Prayer Poem "Lord, Make My Life A Blessing" & Illustration 
Copyright © 2015 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved.
Unto The Least of These © 2015 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved. 
Scripture Verse: King James Version Bible

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Take Captive Every Thought

But you, dear friends, use your most holy faith to build yourselves up even stronger. 
Pray with the help of the Holy Spirit. 
Keep yourselves safe in God’s love, as you wait for the Lord Jesus Christ in his mercy to give you eternal life. 
~Jude 1:20-21 

Prayer is not only one of our greatest spiritual blessings because it is our means of communion with our precious Creator and it unites us as believers, it is also one of our most effective weapons in our arsenal against the enemy of our souls. 
As we use prayer along with studying the Bible which St. Paul calls the sword of the Spirit, we grow strong spiritually and closer to God. We also become a source of Christ's light to those around us. 

The book of Proverbs says that the righteous is a guide to his neighbor. Our lives become a blessing as we follow Christ each day through prayer, bible study and obedience to His word.
The Lord Jesus rebuked Satan in His wilderness temptations with God's word when He said,  It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4)
St. Paul says we are to pray every kind of prayer and at all times.
 Pray in the Spirit at all times. Pray with all kinds of prayers, and ask for everything you need. 
To do this you must always be ready. Never give up. Always pray for all of God’s people. ~Ephesians 6:18

St Paul wrote that we must be careful how we think. 
"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ..." ~2 Corinthians 10:4-5 
Often the enemy attacks us in our thought life, discouraging us, filling our minds with accusing or condemning, depressing or hopeless thoughts. But Philippians 4:4,8 exhorts us to rejoice in the Lord always, no matter what our outward circumstances are and to think about good things in ourselves and others!

Philippians 4:4, 8 
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 

God is light and God is love. He is looking at all those good things in you and me in that list in Philippians 4:4-8 or He would not have inspired Paul to have us to think about those things.  
God tells us to be like Him in His word. 
St. Paul wrote these scripture verses under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit--a man who was often severely beaten for his faith, put in cold, dirty prison cells and left to languish, and persecuted mercilessly. 
I imagine that he might have often been tempted to feel sorry for himself under such conditions but his epistles are the writings of a victorious warrior for Christ! 

I too want to be a victorious warrior for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I pray the declaration prayer in the scripture picture above to take captive every thought that exalts itself against the wisdom and knowledge of God and I ask the Lord to make my will line up with His. 
I pray to be led by His Holy Spirit always for His word declares in Romans 8:14 that all who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 
Amen and amen!

1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; 
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 
Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. 
Test all things; hold fast what is good. 
Abstain from every form of evil. 

Heavenly Father, teach us to pray without ceasing, thank You, Lord, we love You, in Jesus' name, Amen.

Unto The Least Of These/ "Take Captive Every Thought" Copyright © 2015 All Rights Reserved. Scripture Quotation 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (ERV) Easy To Read Version Bible © 2006 World Bible Translation Center /NKJV ©1982 Thomas Nelson, Inc/Scripture Picture&Prayer~SD Harden