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~ I'll climb to the lookout tower and scan the horizon.
I'll wait to see what God says ~ Habakkuk 2:1-2
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Jan 17, 2014

My Preface ~ to the Nine Day Prayer Focus





 I am a sinner... saved by God's Grace. 
I am an onion in the hands of the loving Heavenly Father. I stink as the Holy Spirit exposes and peels away layer ...after layer...after layer, that I might know the fullness of the heart of God.

Because the Lord Jesus Christ has ransomed me from the darkness of my soul, to exchange my heart of stone...for a heart of flesh - I earnestly and diligently study the Word of God...to be found a worthy servant... approved by 'the eye of God'....not man. 

I strive for humility...to share from the Gospel openly, and freely, with all sincerity, as he makes it KNOWN to me. I persevere that I may apprehend the true sense of Scripture, not taking from it, or adding to it; the truth in it, and showing others...upon opportunity...plainly and faithfully the Gospel contained in it - the way of salvation. Keeping nothing back, but declaring the whole counsel of God....as He makes the MORE of Him KNOWN to me.
 
I do not profess to be a Bible scholar or teacher...only a disciple of Christ Jesus.  I do not easily comprehend the way others might. God knows my disability. He created me this way. Therefore, It remains a struggle for me to understand much of Scripture. But He has been gracious unto me...by showing me who He is through many other avenues and people...using the fullness of who He is...through the work of the Holy Spirit in me...to draw me close. God created me with a deficit in many areas...on purpose.

The Holy Spirit supplements my self-study and my inabilities by leading me to another's 'gift' of anointed teaching...Biblical interpretation, application...spiritual discernment and personal testimony - to establish ' His' TRUTH in me, as I strive to discern, understand and testify according to the witness of the Holy Spirit in me. 

The Lord knows me better than I know myself. He knows the hidden places known or unknown to me. He knows the way that I take. He has called me to love the study of Scripture in order to help me grow in truth and faithfulness to His enduring service. He has  'gifted' me according to the instrument He created me to be.  I am a seeker, a student of the inherent Word of God - the Bible. I am an encourager, sometimes an exhorter, and I am an intercessor - through prayer and sometimes fasting.  

Please don't judge me or call me a false teacher. I would never knowingly falsify the Holy Word of God. This is a vulnerable place for me. I have never attempted to publicly share my 'self-study' of the Word of God. I share with a healthy fear...knowing that I am the least of the 'wise'. I do not share from pride, for approval, or applause. I share as an obedient servant to the Lord's testimony in me. It is He that makes the crooked places straight. I can only grow to emulate the likeness of Him... if I push through the envelope of fears and insecurities of being unfairly judged by my fellow man. The Holy Spirit is working overtime to eradicate these ancient roots that were subtly planted in the garden of my childhood.

It is my HOPE and my PRAYER that the Lord might awaken His voice in me...to encourage another like me ...to trust His voice...His testimony...His witness...which is also in them. To step up... to submit to the workings of the Holy Spirit, to gently peel away the layers of their onion...that they might discover the fullness of the heart of God. 

With that said...I will attempt to share my notes - if any - as I focus on each Day. I use http://biblehub.com/ as my main study tool. I will post the current Day focus in advance of sharing my notes...so that you can do your own personal study with the Lord. Day 1 has already been posted here  

Please feel free to add your thots, enlightenment or questions in the comment section of each posted Day or study notes. Healthy discussion is totally encouraged. If you feel I am misguided in some aspect of my study...please be kind enough to point me in the right direction - that I might study and further discern the truth of Scripture.

Thank you for joining me. May the Lord be gracious unto you and cause His face to shine upon you and give you His peace.
Blessings,
patrina

Jan 16, 2014

Day 1 ~ of Nine Day Prayer Focus ~ Develop His Mind




"Deliverance is a constant process. 
Do not deny yourself the deliverance 
you require to be whole in Christ. 
There is always another layer 
to your onion."  ~ Chuck Pierce


"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus...who made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant...He humbled Himself and became obedient." ~ Philippians 2:5-8

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."  ~ Romans 12:2

"The carnal mind is in enmity with God."  ~ Romans 8:7



TODAY, I begin a Nine Day Prayer Focus 
It was given by Chuck Pierce in 2008.


Regarding my current situation...
being stretched to TRUST His Plan....
to OVERCOME the insecurities
that threaten to devour me ....
God caused me to revisit this Focus.


TODAY, I begin a renewed walk.
TODAY, I earnestly seek His Will
TODAY, I am open for MORE
TODAY, I submit to the peeling
TODAY, I surrender MY Onion!    

I surrender MY Onion
to the Most High KING!
That through His peeling 
and revealing...
I am made whole!

May I encourage YOU
to surrender YOUR Onion
to the peeling work ...
of the MOST HIGH KING! 



Join me for this 9-Day Prayer Focus

Day 1: 

Develop His MIND! 

Read Philippians 2 and Romans 8. 

Don't lean on your own understanding. 
You will never make the right choice 
with your limited knowledge. 

Philippians 2:5-8 says, 
"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus...who made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant...He humbled Himself and became obedient."

Romans 12:2 says, 

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." 

Don't let satan's scheme fashion you 
into one who thinks like the world. 
Don't let outward appearances deceive you, 
causing you to miss what God is doing. 
We must prove the voice of God, 
and practice in everyday life 
what God's will from Heaven 
is declaring to us.

Romans 8:7 says, 

"The carnal mind
is in enmity with God."
Declare that the Lord 
will put His finger on 
every area of carnality 
in your thinking.


Chuck D. Pierce
Glory of Zion International Ministries, Inc.




Heavenly Father, thank you 
for sending your Son 
that we might understand 
a portion of your Divine nature. 
That we might seek 
to follow Christ's example ...
as He walked on earth as a man. 
Open our eyes, hearts, ears 
and mind to your mind ...
through Christ Jesus. 
Search our hearts... 
if there be anything within us  
that is not of you, uproot it! 
Separate us from it 
by the renewing of our mind...
by syncing our mind 
with the perfect mind 
and will of our Redeemer.
As Chuck encouraged...
put your finger on everything 
that has the signature of a carnal mind 
and lead us to the Rock that is higher. 
Continue to teach us your ways, Lord. 
Help us to stand on the Rock 
instead of sinking sand. 
Help us to discern your truth...
even in those things and seasons 
that we don't understand. 
And when discernment tarries...
build up our Faith and Trust 
by showing us your form 
for that particular season. 
May we learn to discern your form. 
Awaken us. Encourage us...
and prompt us to move outside 
of our personal realm of comfort... 
to bestow the kindness 
of Christ's Divine Kingdom....
towards our fellow man ...
regardless of race or color...
beliefs or conviction....
financial status or political opinion. 

In The name of Jesus...Amen.

Your warrior Bride


Jan 14, 2014

Day 13 ~ God's LOVE is WIDE and HIGH and LONG and DEEP

















"I have carried you
since your birth...
I will continue
to be with you
and sustain you,
even when you
have grey hairs;
I will always carry you;
I will always rescue you.
Keep your mind focused
on me and I will keep
you in perfect peace."

~ Your Heavenly Father

taken from Isaiah 26: 3-4; Isaiah 46: 3-4

The above photo was posted on Day 2 
after the devastation from the Tohoku 
earthquake and tsunami that occurred
in Japan on March 2011 

I love this Photo...
It was titled....
'He Ain't Heavy He's my Brother'

Photo credit ~ Yasushi Kanno
The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP


One of my favorite songs...
I particularly love Lynda's rich low voice.




 


REST in KNOWING that He is in control.
He is the Alpha and the Omega...
the BEGINNING and the END. 
He carries the weight of the entire world..
upon His shoulders. He REIGNS and RULES 
over ALL! JESUS is the KING of ALL Kings. 
His KINGDOM will be the last one standing! 
As followers of CHRIST, we are 
sons and daughters of the KING! 
Expect then - my sister and my brother...
that He WILL carry us through!


O how WIDE and HIGH and LONG and DEEP
is the Heavenly Father's love for YOU and Me.

Jan 13, 2014

Day 12: God's LOVE is WIDE and HIGH and LONG and DEEP






 





















I will lead the blind
by a way they did not know;
I will guide them on paths
they have not known.
I will turn darkness to light
in front of them
and rough places into level ground.
This is what I will do for them,
and I will not forsake them. 

Wait on Me,
I will show you My ways;
I will teach you My paths;
I will lead you in truth;
I am the God of your salvation."


~ Your Heavenly Father

taken from Isaiah 42:16; Psalm 25: 4-5 


Born Frances Jane Crosby in 1820, 
Fanny Cros­by was prob­ab­ly 
the most pro­lif­ic hymn­ist in his­to­ry. 
She became affectionately known as 
'Aunt' Fanny or simply Fanny. 
Though blind­ed by an in­com­pe­tent 
doc­tor at six weeks of age, 
over 8,000 hymns are attributed 
to her gift of being able to hear 
and see in ways few ever attain.



"It seemed in­tend­ed 
by the bless­ed prov­i­dence of God 
that I should be blind all my life, 
and I thank him for the dis­pen­sa­tion. 
If per­fect earth­ly sight were of­fered 
me to­mor­row I would not ac­cept it. 
I might not have sung hymns
to the praise of God if I had been 
dis­tract­ed by the beau­ti­ful 
and in­ter­est­ing things about me....
If I had a choice, I would still choose 
to re­main blind…
for when I die, the first face 
I will ev­er see will be the face 
of my bless­ed Sav­iour."
~ Fanny Crosby


One of her most loved HYMNS
was 'Blessed Assurance Jesus is Mine'. 

Speaking of how the words 
came to her, she said:

"My friend, Mrs. Jo­seph F. Knapp, 
com­posed a mel­o­dy and played 
it over to me two or three times 
on the pi­a­no. She then asked 
what it said. I re­plied, 
“Bles­sed as­sur­ance, Je­sus is mine!”

Blessed Assurance

Blessèd assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.


Refrain
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior, all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior, all the day long.


Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.


Perfect submission, all is at rest
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.



O How WIDE and HIGH and LONG and DEEP
is God's LOVE for YOU and ME


I love that her songs were present 
with the soldiers in time of war. 
The following account blesses my spirit 
and causes me to wonder...
how different might our world might be ...
had this 'contributing honor' 
been allowed to continue - 
considering the war against Christians 
in the military these days.

“During the re­cent war in the Trans­vaal,” 
said a gen­tle­man at my meet­ing 
in Ex­e­ter Hall, Lon­don, in 1900, 
“when the sol­diers go­ing to the 
front were pass­ing ano­ther bo­dy 
of sol­diers whom they re­cog­nized, 
their greet­ings used to be, 
‘Four-nine-four, boys; 
four-nine-four;’ 
and the sa­lute would 
in­var­i­a­bly be an­swered with 
‘Six fur­ther on, boys; 
six fur­ther on.’ 
The sig­nif­i­cance of this was that, 
in ‘Sac­red Songs and So­los,’ 
a num­ber of co­pies of the small 
edi­tion of which had been sent 
to the front, 
num­ber 494 was 
God be with you un­til we meet again;’ 
and six fur­ther on than 494, 
or num­ber 500, was
 ‘Bless­ed As­sur­ance, 
Je­sus is mine.’”  
Sankey, p. 122


In her life­time, Fan­ny Cros­by 
was one of the best known wo­men 
in the Unit­ed States. 
To this day, the vast ma­jor­i­ty 
of Amer­i­can hymn­als con­tain her work. 
When Fan­ny died, her tomb­stone 
car­ried the words, “Aunt Fan­ny” 
and “Bless­ed as­sur­ance, Jesus is mine. 
Oh, what a fore­taste of glo­ry di­vine.” 


Many of my favorite HYMNS and wealth 
of Scripture were largely due to 
'Aunt' Fanny's gift of WORDS....
written on her Heart with indelible ink...
and melting with mine.

Blessed Assurance
I Must Tell Jesus
Are You Washed in the Blood
Down At the Cross  
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
All Hail the Power of Jesus Name
He Hideth My Soul 
Jesus is Tenderly Calling You Home
Near The Cross
Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It
Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior 
Rescue The Perishing
Tell me the Story of Jesus 
To God Be The Glory 
All the Way My Savior Leads Me 


Many thanks to Cyberhymnal 

Jan 12, 2014

Day 11: God's LOVE is WIDE and HIGH and LONG and DEEP























"I am your hiding place, I will protect you from trouble and surround you with songs of deliverance...I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go...I will counsel you and watch over you. Rejoice in Me..."

~ Your Heavenly Father

taken from Psalm 32: 7-11



It was a scarey thot...
what WAS and yet WASN'T 



There we sat...
away from the rain -
inside the little dinner -
eating our specialty 
Hamburger and Fries.

I WAS surprised
at the instant shock -
that jolted me with fear.
When I looked up...
I recognized it as a
bullet hole right away.

As my eyes settled
on what WAS...
and yet WASN'T,
I WAS astounded
that I hadn't noticed
it straight away!

The hole WAS definitely
straight thru the thick glass.
It WAS directly 
at my line of sight.
Thankfully...it WAS 
from another time..
and WASN'T meant for me!  

I thot about why...
out of an entire dinner...
empty for the most part,
We chose to sit at this
very targeted spot!
Totally unaware of the 
position it held.

"WAS someone else
sitting right here where 
I WAS now sitting...
when that hole WAS made?"
I couldn't bear the thot!
I found myself praying...
in the midst of what WAS 
and yet WASN'T.

Praying over what WAS
in another time..
and praising for what
WAS and WASN'T
in the here and now!
My steps are ordered

by the Lord! 



O how WIDE  and HIGH and

LONG and DEEP is the Heavenly

Father's LOVE for YOU and ME!




The LORD is my 
Shepherd.
I have everything 
I need!




"HEAR The Word of The Lord"

Prayer Changes Things

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” ..... Romans 12:12

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DEVOTIONALS

DEVOTIONALS

The 'I AM' over our yesterdays ~ our today ~ our tomorrow

Elohim: The All-Powerful Creator

Jehovah: The Self-Revealing One

Adonai: The Owner of All

Jehovah-Jireh: The Lord Who Provides

El Shaddai: The Almighty Sufficient One

El Elion: The Most High Ruler

Jehovah Nissi: The Lord’s Banner of Victory

Jehovah Shalom: The Lord Our Peace

Jehovah Mekadesh: The Lord Who Sanctifies

Jehovah Rophe: The Lord Who Heals

Jehovah Tsikenu: The Lord My Righteousness

Jehovah Robi: The Lord My Shepherd

Immanuel: God With Us