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Encouragement For The Journey: Journey of Life

Encouragement For The Journey: Journey of Life

“I say this because I know what I am planning for you,” says the LORD. “I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NCV

Along this “Journey of Life” as you have stood with me in reaching the lost, I want to stand with YOU that everything God has planned for YOU will be fulfilled: your health, your home, your family, your finances, your dreams, and your God-ordained purpose.

“I say this because I know what I am planning for you,” says the LORD. “I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NCV

In this letter of encouragement to you, I feel compelled by the Holy Spirit to focus on you, my precious and loyal partners and friends of this ministry.
First of all, REST IN THIS PROMISE: “I have carried you since you were born. I have taken care of you from your birth. Even when you are old, I will be the same. Even when your hair has tuned gray, I will take care of you. I made you and will take care of you.” Isaiah 46:3-4 NCV

There is one thing you can count on as an absolute truth: GOD’S PLAN AND PURSPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE WAS SET IN MOTION EVEN BEFORE YOU WERE BORN…..long before your parents were born….long before your grandparents were born…God’s plan for you was already set in motion. WOW!!! Let that thought sink in! HALLELUJAH!

When I was a teenager, I had an opportunity to work for a missionary group in Mexico. This was a group of pilots who had small planes. They would fly into remote areas of Mexico and drop Christian literature over these small villages. Many of these villages were in mountainous areas and places where no automobiles could go. They were called: Airmail from God.

My job was to sit in the back seat and throw out the literature over the villages. The people in the villages would run out into the streets and wave at us. They were always so excited to see us. After landing, we would stay in villages for a few days and have a soul-winning crusade.

As a teenager, this missionary opportunity was very thrilling to me….and it was also dangerous! But when you are a boy, you don’t give much time thinking about the risk. It was just fun. Since this place did not have a starter, I would stand in front of the plane and spin the prop. Sometimes, I would have to do this several times before the engine would cough and the sputter would finally start. It was all part of the Job.

On three or four occasions, when we were flying, the carburetor would freeze over and the engine would stop. While that was exciting to me, it wasn’t to the pilot. I recall him praying loudly and yelling at me to look for a place that was flat so we could set this plane down. On one such emergency landing we took some branches out of the top of a tree.

On my preparation for my second missionary journey to Mexico, I recall vividly my mother’s concern. While I was putting my duffle back into the car, my mother put her arms around me and was praying for my safety. She abruptly stopped in the middle of her prayer and said to me, “Dwight, I don’t have peace in my spirit about this trip.” She continued her prayer with these words, “Lord, protect Dwight and block anything that might prevent your will for his life from being fulfilled.” I kissed my mother goodbye and she stood there waving at me and blowing me a kiss. Oh how I thank God for my precious praying mother and father. Without their love, patience and prayers this story would have a much different ending.

I stowed my duffle bad into the plane. Just as we were making the final flight checks, a pastor walked over to me along with the pilot and explained to me something that would alter the course of my life. He said to me that the Lord instructed him to go on this trip and would I mind if he took my place. I respected his request and went back home. A few days later, their plan crashed and both were killed.

I’ve thought about that tragedy many times. Both of these men loved God and were committed to His will for their lives. Why did God spare MY life?
How many of you even now can look back and recall many “close calls” in your lives? You walk away from that near disaster and wonder why you survived. Many people have told me of the escapes from serious accidents that could have certainly been fatal, yet look back on it now and realize it was truly a miracle.

There is no doubt that these close calls are more than “luck” as the unbeliever might conclude. Nor can we be so flippant to say, “It wasn’t our day to die.” It is very important that we step back and take these “close calls” as “wake-up calls.” God’s purpose for our lives must never be taken lightly.
“Behold I stand at the door and knock. If any man will open the door, I will come in….” Each time we neglect His appeal…each time we ignore His knock at the door of our hearts….we continue on the path of our own choosing…not His.

There will always be events that happen that we can’t completely understand, and there have been other events in my life that were “close calls”, but God’s purpose for my life is yet to be fulfilled. “With your own powerful arm you keep me safe.” Psalm 138:7 CEV
As of this writing I am in my 50th year of preaching the glorious Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I am deeply humbled and most unworthy of our God’s mercy. Let me repeat it again: GOD HAS A PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE….His design, His purpose and His will must become the top priority of each of us. Anything that is hindering His purpose must be dealt with and removed with all speed.

Seek the Lord. Ask the Holy Spirit to go into the secret places of our hearts and cleanse us. Even things in our lives that we are blinded to…ask Him to show you and then remove it.

“Though I am surrounded by troubled, you will bring me safely through them….” Psalm 138:7


Let me pray for you right now: Father, in Jesus’ Holy name, I pray for your divine and perfect will to be done in my precious partners of this ministry. Anything that prevents the fulfillment of your plan for their lives, remove it in Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

2012 The Breakthrough of Your Life

2012 The Breakthrough of Your Life

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When we  learn to pray just like Christ prayed, 2012 will be the breakthrough year of your life.

Our Father in Heaven…  Hallowed be your name… Your kingdom come… Your will be done…  On earth as it is in Heaven… Give us this day our daily bread…  Forgive us our debts…  As we forgive our debtors…  Lead us not into temptation…  but deliver us from evil…  For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen     Matthew 6:9-13 (NKJV)

1.“Our Father…” Jesus established a relationship of love between the believer and his God.   Just as our earthly father is easy to approach, so is our Heavenly Father.

2.“…In Heaven, hallowed be your name…” While God is our father, He still is our God and deserves our respect.  By recognizing His position, we recognize that His ability and power help us far beyond the ability of our earthly father.   This is why Christ taught us early in each prayer to pause and thank God for that relationship… recognizing His great glory and power.

3.“…your kingdom come…” This world has been wrecked by the havoc of satan.   Our Lord teaches us to pray His kingdom will come into the hearts of men and on the face of this earth.  All Christians must pray daily for Christ’s kingdom to come.

4.“…your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…” Our prayers should be prayers of faith imploring God to bring forces to bear on this earth so men will be responsive to His glorious Will.

5.“…give us this day, our daily bread…” God desires we ask Him each day for our daily needs.  Everything we need is supplied by God.  Freely we have received that we are now able to freely give.

6.“…and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors…” Jesus made it clear in Mark 11:26 that if we do not forgive others, forgiveness is withheld from us.

7.“…lead us not into temptation…” Our Lord teaches us to pray that we escape temptation.  While the spirit is willing, the flesh is weak.  We must never think we can resist temptation in our own strength.

8.   “…but deliver us from evil…” Almost in the same breath, our Lord Jesus admonishes us to pray to and rely on God to deliver us from the evil one.  The effectual prayer of a righteous man avails much.  Victory in every area of our lives is in God… and not our own strength.

 9.   “…for yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever…”  Jesus has now come to the full circle of prayer.  His prayer began with praise and now concludes with praise.  Our praise to God in all matters is our act of faith that His kingdom,His power, and His glory are forever and ever.  We clearly express the mighty power of our Lord’s Prayer that defeats Satan.

10. .“…amen.”  This final note of our Lord’s Prayer is one of confidence.  We do not speak empty words into empty air.  Rather, we have the divine assurance that what we ask in Christ’s name will be done.  A resounding “AMEN” fills the air, which means: So be it!!!

This is the pattern to powerful praying in 2012.  Christ prayed it… and Christ taught it.  It is “The Lord’s Prayer.”  However, it is also the Believer’s Prayer.  Build your prayer life around these ten short sections and watch your prayer life soar to new heights this year!!