Faith Fridays, Healing, Prayer

Faith Friday: I Believe, Therefore I Receive

Faith Fridays are all about providing a visual to strengthen your faith. Some times we just need to witness the awesome moves of God in someone else’s life to remind us that He is real and can still perform miracles in our own lives! If we just believe, anything is possible with God!

Repeat after me:  I believe, therefore I receive.

Speak it from the heart:  I believe, therefore I receive.

Now repeat it again and fill in the blank:  I believe, therefore I receive  _____________________.

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:24 NIV)  There are two key words in this scripture.  You guessed right; they are believe and received.  Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that it is so, done, here, already, in effect, now, etc.  As long as it is according to His word, your belief in God’s Word and trust in Him should accompany your prayer and not doubt.  And believe you received it!  Received is past tense.  It already came to be.  So the next time you are claiming your healing, stop and recite the scripture again.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5 KJV)  By His stripes we ARE healed!  Not going to be, coulda, shoulda, woulda, but are healed.  Now I know it is hard to sometimes see something that we can’t see naturally, especially when there is no evidence of what you are trying to believe.  You begin to focus more on the situations and the tribulations, and not God.  You let dangerous doubt hinder you from receiving what is already yours.

As you watch this video, notice how this woman began to take her eyes off of her health issues to focus on what the Lord had already given her. She BELIEVED and RECEIVED her healing.

If you are having trouble viewing the video, please click on the link.

 

combating the attacks of the enemy, Faith, Freedom, Healing, Praise/Worship, Prayer

3 P’s

These past couple of weeks have been trying but typical displays of the enemy’s tactics.  On Mother’s Day, I caught a bug and throughout the weeks I was sick off and on.  Then I started experiencing anxiety symptoms and they lasted for days.  I have never experienced the anxiety lasting for days like this and the symptoms were a resounding gong vibrating through my body.  My chest hurt, my body ached, and my throat had a scratchy, lumpy feeling.  My stomach had a pit feeling that wouldn’t leave also.  I had some stress and some worries but sometimes the symptoms would appear when I thought my mind was clear.  I was back at this point again when I had already claimed my healing before.

I couldn’t figure out why I was ailing physically and mentally, when on the flip side I had also been informed that I am to receive an award from my job.  I had been getting the word out about my newly published book and feeling good about accomplishing one of my goals.  I was starting to physically plan and prepare for my business too, and I was nervous, but excited.

However, being sick and anxious were beginning to make moving forward or just the simplest tasks difficult these past two weeks.  I felt sluggish and began to focus on my issues more than God and all my blessings. The Sunday before this past Sunday, I remember feeling heavy, my legs feeling heavy and the pit feeling in my stomach.  It was hard to even stand during praise and worship.  My pastor basically said to the congregation when Praise & Worship was ending that we were going to praise God and stay right there in that moment until something breaks because he felt the heaviness or something holding us back.

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. (Heb. 13:15 KJV)

I felt like at that moment God was speaking to me personally and when we praised God, I felt so much better.  I felt that thing lift off of me.  But then the sickness and anxiety continued the next week.  I admit I felt hopeless. This past Sunday, between Praise & Worship and the sermon, the themes I kept hearing were freedom, freedom from fear/anxiety and bringing forth praise.  No matter the circumstance or how you feel, praise God through it all.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Heb. 11:1 KJV)

This Memorial’s Day, as I read some of Kenneth E. Hagin’s workbook about Faith, I began to understand what I, like many of us, had not been doing or fail to do in some areas of our lives.  I had not been exercising my faith.  I had not been receiving or continually walking in my healing.  I was instead doing more hoping than believing; I was focusing more on my circumstances than God.  I had not realized that faith is not “I will” or “I hope.”  Faith is “It is now.”  I have to exercise my faith and trust in God’s promises: But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5 KJV); For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11 KJV).

In order to exercise my faith and continue to trust in God’s promises, I have to follow the three P’s:

    • PRAY! Pray for relationship and intimacy with God and not just His Promises and Provisions. Believe when you pray that you have received too.  Pray without ceasing also.
    • PRESS!  Faith without works is dead so put some action with your faith.  Fight the good fight of faith.  Persevere and trust God.  Someone told me that if God sends you, to go even when you are afraid.
    • PRAISE!  Praise is a weapon.  Praise allows you to focus on God and not your circumstances.  Moreover, as you renew your mind with the Word of God, you can’t help but to respond to God with praise.  Praise and the Word also changes your perspective and focus.

Dear Daddy,

Help me to believe when I pray and not hope that I am healed, but believe and receive it, even when there is no evidence of my healing.  Help me to press and praise my way through, trusting in You and relying upon Your grace to do so.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to PRAY, PRESS and PRAISE your way through.  If it God’s will, whatever you desire, believe you received it.  Faith is knowing you have already received God’s promise.

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 Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write! Besides writing poetry or editing written work for family and friends, she currently works for NEIU Educational Talent Search program. She helps assist Chicago Public School students with their reading, writing, etc. as well as helps them consider and prepare for college. God, the Creator and Great Father has also created her to be a compassionate person and encourager so she loves to encourage people according to God’s Word and help them to see, think and become better through her support, actions and writing. In April, Ms. Tannika’s poetry book, Setting The Captive Free, was published. It is her first book. For more details and how to purchase your copy, visit stcfpoetrybook.com. Her favorite scripture comes from Philippians 1:6, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

combating the attacks of the enemy, Prayer

Help!!!

Dear Daddy,

HELP!!!! That’s all I can say. I don’t have any other words. I don’t have any other thoughts. I’m in trouble and I need your help. The enemy is attacking, I’m weak, and all I know is that I need your help. I’m desperate for it. My everything depends on it. Please help! I don’t see a way out. I don’t see what you see. Please help. I need you. I’m tired. Please, please, please just help me. I’m reading your word but I still need your help. I’m trying Lord; I really am, but I still need your help. Please don’t leave me like this. Please help. That’s all I can say. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, when you are in despair and your back is up against the wall, I EMPOWER you to just cry out! If all you can say is HELP, that is just fine. Seek Him desperately and cling to Him because your life depends on Him. He will never leave you, nor forsake you, and He is still in control even when it looks like He isn’t. Remember His word too because it is your weapon against the enemy’s attacks. It is difficult to see the joy, strength and wisdom ahead, but hold fast to your faith and trust in the Lord. He heard your pleas for help, He gathered your tears and He knows your pain.

Please take a moment to pray for Bettina and anyone else you know may be experiencing the attacks of the enemy. If you have need of prayer yourself, please email us at prayer@empowermoments.org.

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Bettina Allen is currently working in security, with prior experience in customer service. She loves to read, write and dance. She loves God and is on a mission to be as close to Him as she possibly can. Bettina is constantly learning and growing from life’s experiences. God has given Bettina a word and she would love to share that word, along with all of the lessons He has taught her, with others. Bettina resides in Georgia and attends Changing A Generation Church. Her favorite scripture is Psalm 119:105 – “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”

Prayer, Throwback Thursdays

I’ll Pray For You!

It’s Throwback Thursday! This EmpowerMoment was originally published on July 11, 2013. Enjoy this blast from the past!

During the month of June, there was so much going on with those around me. My cousin was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. One of my close friends had to have a biopsy because of irregularities in her body.  My mother was told that she has 80% hearing loss in her right ear and she would need to have surgery, and a close friend of mine is fighting financial battles and their relationship with God.  I found myself saying, “I’ll pray for you”, over and over again. I hate to admit that I have been lazy when I pray.  I get in the bed instead of falling on my knees. I haven’t been alone and prayed intimately with God the way He expects me to.

In the midst of everything going on around me, it was a wake up call for me to build my prayer life back up.  When things seem content, I find myself getting relaxed with prayer.  I’m ashamed because God deserves more.  I should be bowing before Him and praying intimately and deeply from my heart.  He is not expecting long drawn out prayers for they do not impress God “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do.  They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. (Matthew 6:7 NLT)   He doesn’t want me praying selfish prayers because God already knows my need.  Jesus taught about preserving prayer where we pray for OTHERS.  This is where we ought to spend the greater lengths of time.  Literally, God wants us to stop thinking about ourselves all the time.  Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest to others too.  You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. (Philippians 2:4-5 NLT)  If we don’t care about others, then how can we reasonably expect God to cater to our selfishness?  Prayer makes a difference.  That’s why God’s word commands us to PRAY without ceasing.

We should never be too busy or too lazy to pray to the God who wakes us up every morning.  There is no excuse for not allowing God to use us to pray for our brothers and sisters. He wants our prayers and prayer is simply reaching out to our creator from the sincerity of our hearts.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for another chance to get it right.  I will not cease in my prayers to You.  Remind me to pray for others as I seek You daily. Give me an intercessor’s heart that I may diligently seek You on behalf of my brothers and sisters in Christ. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to continue to pray for those around you.  Let God use you to be a blessing to others.

With all the frigid cold weather and snowfall, this winter has been brutal. So please take the time to pray for others, especially for those who are homeless, those who are stranded and can’t get home, for the young people who have never experienced this type of weather, and for people who do not have enough resources to get through this season.

Read a related EmpowerMoment: The Key to Prayer

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Ms. Hassanah White is a dedicated member of Faith Walkers Church in Birmingham, Alabama where their motto is to “Walk it out by Faith.”  She also serves as a member of the Praise Dance Ministry.  Hassanah is a true professional in the realm of marketing and customer service.  She’s a proud mother of a very energetic little boy named Jaden.  Hassanah believes laughter and prayer are the best medicines for any situation.  Her favorite scripture is Hebrews 11:6: “And without Faith it is impossible to please GOD, because anyone who comes to Him must BELIEVE that He exists and that He REWARDS those who earnestly seek Him.”

Enemies, Gentleness, Love, Prayer, Self-Control, Testimony Series

My Testimony: A Testy Testimony

Happy New Year EmpowerMoments family! We have surely missed you! As we kick off the new year, we are beginning with a series entitled “Testimonies & Lessons”. We believe Revelation 12:11 when it says that we overcome by the word of our testimonies. We pray that our testimony and lessons from last year will EMPOWER you to triumph this year! May God bless you and make 2014 the greatest year of your life thus far!

Have you ever wished you weren’t a Christian just so you could claim ignorance when you intentionally did something wrong? Or have you ever wished you weren’t a Christian so you would not feel convicted to be an example of Christ for someone who is unsaved or for someone who you really don’t like. Until the latter part of last year, I had not had that experience. I was in a position where I had to “deal” with this person who I thought was rather unpleasant and had a habit of rubbing people the wrong way. The situation was very challenging. I was often in positions where I had to spend unwanted time with her. I would think to myself, “Lord, please help me to remain gracious and suppress my flesh.” I mean I just really didn’t like her, so much so I dreaded the thought of her. Moreover, I felt like my feelings were warranted because of her ugly ways and actions.  I really just wanted to “go off” on her one good time. But I was convicted by the fact that I am a Christian who is supposed to help bring others to Christ. What kind of witness would I be if I acted irrationally and out of character just to satisfy my fleshly desires? So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. (James 4:17 ESV)

I greatly battled with this. I even wished that she was a Christian so that at least it would be less pressure to “do the right thing” because Christians understand that Christians don’t always act “Christian” right? (How ridiculous is that thought? Guess I was really desperate.) But noooo, it would be too easy for her to be Christian and that would diminish the lesson God was teaching me. She is a deist of sorts. Deism, according to the freedictionary.com, is the belief, based solely on reason, in a God who created the universe and then abandoned it, assuming no control over life, exerting no influence on natural phenomena, and giving no supernatural revelation. My experience with her was so challenging that I would think, “really, God, I ask You to increase my walk with You and this is what You do?”

“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. (Luke 6: 27-31 ESV)

I was soooo frustrated. I don’t recall there ever being a time in my life where I felt so ill toward someone. I realized it was negatively impacting my life!  If I were to ever conquer this situation, God was going to have to help me! And help me He did…

Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. (Romans 12:14 NLT) This was so much harder than I thought and I thought I had been doing this my whole life. Certain situations really put certain scripture in perspective for you.

I started to PRAY more, not just for me, but FOR HER. I prayed on how to deal with her. I prayed on how to deal with myself regarding my feelings and thoughts toward her. I prayed to have her removed from my immediate surroundings. Then, believe it or not, over time I found myself praying for her “for real”, her heart, her salvation, her life and her situations. Over time, I didn’t dread the thought or sight of her as much. I wanted my life and light to reflect Christ toward her. I intentionally tried to set a good example even when she tested my resolve. It has now become easier to have a conversation with her and I could care less if she’s in “my space” or not. I guess the saying is true: “Prayer may not change the person, but it’ll change you.” Later, as God would have it, she was relocated to another area and we didn’t have to share the same space anymore. Funny how God works huh?

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for teaching lessons we unknowingly need to learn. Thanks for seeing past our emotions and for forgiving us when we don’t act like You would have us too. Thanks for strengthening our relationship with You through new experiences. Help us to pray for those who do us wrong and trust that You will handle it all in Your time. You said You would make our enemies our footstool, and we know that all things work together for our good. Thank You for the revelation and the unlikely testimony. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Tired, tried and tested sisters, I EMPOWER you to push past your feelings and give the situation to Jesus. I EMPOWER you to know that the test comes before the testimony! I EMPOWER you to hold on to the Word and abide by it no matter how trying or tempting the situation is. I EMPOWER you to pray for your enemies genuinely and sincerely! I EMPOWER you to go from test to testimony!

Ladies, who is God laying on your heart to pray for during your tests?

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Mrs. Coretta Collins is a wife and mother who enjoys reading, writing, movies and spending time with family and friends. She is avid about health, healing and helping which serves her well as a registered nurse and recent Family Nurse Practitioner graduate. Striving to be led by the Lord throughout life and having overcome significant challenges, her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, “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 a hope and a future. Coretta is a member of St. John A.M.E. Church in Birmingham, Alabama. She resides in Calera, Alabama with her awesome husband and two wonderful sons.

Family, Fasting, Health/Sickness, Mental Illness, Mother/Daughter, Prayer, Testimony Series

My Testimony: Standing in the Gap

Happy New Year EmpowerMoments family! We have surely missed you! As we kick off the new year, we are beginning with a series entitled “Testimonies & Lessons”. We believe Revelation 12:11 when it says that we overcome by the word of our testimonies. We pray that our testimony and lessons from last year will EMPOWER you to triumph this year! May God bless you and make 2014 the greatest year of your life thus far!

As I was listening to the conversation on the other end of the phone, I could barely take in what the social worker was telling me. She wasn’t walking. She wasn’t talking and needed assistance using the restroom. Many times, she would not make it. A few days later, the news came that she was in the hospital undergoing a battery of tests but the doctors were coming up with nothing. What happened to cause such a rapid decline in my mother’s health? The doctors chalked it up to severe depression. Nearly a thousand miles away, I felt hopeless and helpless. I prayed about it but it seemed as if things weren’t changing.

Although I wanted to get home, I didn’t have the finances for an emergency trip. I wanted someone I could trust to tell me that my mom was going to be okay. Thank God for the angels He placed in my life in the form of friends. One of my friends went to visit my mom in the hospital and gave me a good report. Before I knew it a few of my close friends pooled together the resources to make the trip home possible. My mom was released from the hospital because they couldn’t find a diagnosis but she reverted to being mute and didn’t have activity in any of her limbs. The thought of seeing my mom like that was heartbreaking. I wanted to do something.

Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water.  So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting. (Matthew 17: 15-16, 21 KJV) I knew exactly what I needed to do. My mother needed someone to stand in the gap for her.

I studied Esther. When Haman sought to destroy the Jews, Esther’s uncle Mordecai told her that she had to do something to save her people or that she might perish along with them. Her answer was for her and all of the Jews to fast and pray. She too had to stand in the gap. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.  (Esther 4:14-16 KJV)

Like Esther, I needed God to change the situation around. I fasted for three days and nights without eating or drinking. I continued my daily routine of going to work but came home and prayed feverishly for God to heal my mother of whatever was ailing her. I found myself laying in the middle of the floor crying out to God on her behalf. I flew home later that week not knowing what to expect.

At first, my mom would only say one or two words and was confined to a wheel chair. By the second day, not only was she walking but she also got out of the wheelchair using only a walker as her guide. By the time the week was over, mom was back to her normal self. She had pushed the walker to the side and was walking completely on her own, taking herself to the restroom and functioning, as she should. I know that it was God who answered my prayers. Since that episode last spring, she has not depended on a wheelchair or a walker. Without God’s grace, this story could have ended completely different. I am thankful that He gave me the willpower to stand in the gap for her.

Dear Daddy,

Your word is true and fails us not. Thank You for healing my mother and providing me with the will to intercede on her behalf. Lord, I am grateful for the friends that You have blessed me with that don’t mind praying and giving out of the abundance of their hearts. Lord, I ask for a special blessing over their lives. With You nothing is impossible. I am forever grateful for Your love and the miracles that You perform. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to stand in the gap for someone else. Are you believing in God for someone’s deliverance or healing? To get something different, you may have to do something different.  Remember, there are some things that come only by prayer AND fasting.  Consult the Lord and do His will. Remember, you don’t have to do anything in your own strength, for His grace is sufficient and powerful enough to help you stand in the gap. 

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Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is an entrepreneur as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures this week are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.

Prayer

The Key to Prayer

We conclude this week of prayer with this EM.  Enjoy this flash from the past which was originally posted on October 15, 2012 and continue to pray without ceasing!

How important are your prayers? Do you care if your prayers are not just heard, but that they are answered? Any person who desires heard and answered prayers should continue on. Many can agree that the Word of God gives assurance. The Word is also filled with many promises. In fact, the Word promises, “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” (James 5:16 NLT) What does the prayer that gets results looks like? That was my question to God; how can I get results?

His response was not what I was looking for, but was the only way I could see results in what I pray for. What He told me was not that I needed to pray louder, longer, or memorize more scriptures. He told me this through His Word, If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. (Psalm 66:18 NLT) I had stuff in my heart. I was holding on to unforgiveness. I was complaining silently because things were not going how I wanted them to go and to Him these things were sins. I needed to be set free from these things before He could hear my prayers and answer them.

Listen to this conversation recorded by David in Psalm 66:16-20: Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me. For I cried out to him for help, praising him as I spoke. If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer. Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer or withdraw his unfailing love from me. David, the “man after God’s own heart” had stuff in his heart, but once he confessed those things and allowed God to free him, he got answered prayers.

What have you been praying for lately, that has not yet been answered? Is there any unforgiveness, doubt, hatred, self-pity, lovelessness, or revenge lurking in your heart? The only way to know is to allow the Father to search it because He said, “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.” (Jeremiah 17:9-10 NLT)

Dear Daddy,

I thank You for Your love. Father, I ask that the love that You have for me would cause me to respond in repentance. Lord, I don’t have time to waste so I give my heart to You asking that You would search it and free me from every sin that would cause Your ears to be deaf to my prayer. I thank You for grace and hearing my cries. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

I EMPOWER you take some time out today and allow the Lord to search your heart. Just as a home inspector searches a house for a home buyer to find what may be wrong with the house, let the Spirit of God do that for you on today. Yes, it will hurt, but your prayers will begin to be answered according to the Father’s will.

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Mrs. Lisa M. Purnell-Marshall is happily married to the wonderful and inspiring Antoine L. Marshall. She is the proud mother of two gorgeous girls. Her voice is one of the leading and authentic voices for breast-feeding, especially for the African-American community and Generation Y. She currently works inside of her home and plans to become a professional licensed lactation consultant in 2014. She and her family are members at Spirit of Liberty Church located in Markham, IL. Embracing the love that God has for her, Lisa labors to live an acceptable and pure life through the leading and keeping of the Holy Spirit so that her attitude, words, and actions attract the glory of God. In her free time she loves receiving manis and pedis. Her favorite promises that she find comfort and reassurance in are: Psalm34:19: “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all” and Luke 6:38: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”