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Have been writing all my life…

Thanks be given to the Lord God Almighty,for His love that He keeps pouring over our lives.Awesome Redeemer this blog is Yours.You gave me the gift of writing and so I want to give it back to you,multiplied.

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight,  Lord , my Rock and my Redeemer.

Psalm 19:14 NIV

This is the Psalm You have placed in my heart this month Daddy.Indeed this is the desire of my heart; that in all my words; (and Father they are many), may You be pleased,may they be pleasing in your sight!

This blog will cover everything you inspire me to write in English.I hope not to write in Portuguese here. 😊😊The blog title is Visions of The Blurred Mirror because there are many things that due to the fact that we are on earth,on this limited clay vessel,we cannot see very clearly.So what the soul tries to express through the body is an approximate and not the exact thing…same with life here on earth,it is but the image of that which is eternal…and we look forward to those things…We long and seek for them…not forgetting to live heaven on earth by doing that which you will us to do.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

2 Corinthians 4:16‭-‬18 NIV

Holy Spirit may You inspire every word,and mark it with grace in Jesus Name.

Father you are welcome here,

Jesus you are welcome here,

Holy Spirit you are welcome here!😊😊💗💗💖

With Love and Gratitude eternally,

Célia 💋

Fasting And Prayer-David Brainerd

 

David Brainerd

He was only 29 when he died…his gravestone simply says, “A faithful and laborious missionary to the Stockbridge, Delaware and Susquehanna tribes of Indians.” But in truth David Brainerd’s life sacrifice reached out and touched the whole world, challenging more people into Christian service than perhaps any other man that ever lived. The mere mention of the name, Brainerd, automatically triggers the mind to think of dedication in a way that perhaps has never been equaled. He would travel 15,000 miles on horseback. One small compelling book — David Brainerd’s Journal which he kept from June 19, 1745, to June 19, 1746, plus his diaries of his days before and after this time are still used of God today to inspire and convict the Christian world in the matter of Christian service.

David was the sixth of nine children born into the home of Hezekiah and Dorothy (Mason) Brainerd. Details of his childhood are scanty, but he grew up in a country house just above the west bank of the Connecticut River, two miles outside of Haddam. His father was a country squire, a local justice of the peace, and a Christian, as was his mother. His father died when he was nine and the death of his mother in March, 1732 brought additional great grief to 14 year old David, who was by then seeking to find what conversion was all about. From ages 15 to 19 he lived with his sister Jerusha who had just married Samuel Spencer. In April, 1738, he returned to Haddam to live and to study with the pastor of his youth, Phineas Fiske. Brainerd soon became a serious student of the Bible, and ignored the other pleasures in which most young people were participating. Fiske died in the fall, and Brainerd, like Luther, continued desperately seeking peace with God. By February, 1739, he was setting aside whole days of secret fasting and almost incessant prayer as he strove for acceptance with God.

Finally on July 12, 1739, as he returned to his secret place of prayer, God spoke to him as light dawning, and he had a glorious salvation experience. Now he wondered why all the world could not see “this lovely, blessed, and excellent way.” He states as he was walking in a dark thick grove, unspeakable glory seemed to open to the view and apprehension of his soul. He was then 21 years of age.

In September, 1739, David entered Yale University. It was a terribly cold winter and a bout with the measles laid him aside that first year. Trying to catch up only caused greater maladies and by August, 1740, he was weak and spitting up blood. Consumption or tuberculosis of the lungs was the plague of colonial New England. He returned to Yale on about November 6, 1740, to see a marked spiritual change in the school. George Whitefield had visited Yale on October 27th, and it seemed a pentecostal flame had hit the school. Gil Tennent of New Jersey had also preached with great power in March of 1740 in New Haven. Brainerd and two other students were soon distinguished for their zeal and visited many other students “for conversation and prayer.” On April 19, Ebenezer Pembertson visited Yale and gave a stirring address about missionary work to the Indians. The next day, on his 23rd birthday, Brainerd vowed “to be wholly the Lord’s, to be forever devoted to his service.”

The Great Awakening was now at its peak, and despite Jonathan Edwards’ efforts to keep everything in decency and order, things got out of hand. Tennent had preached his impassioned sermon, The Danger of an Unconverted Ministry, simply reinforcing Whitefield’s sentiments. People began to turn against their ministers and hold “separate” meetings.

So as a result, as Brainerd entered his third year at Yale in the fall of 1741, a rule was made, “Voted, that if any student of this College shall directly or indirectly say, that the Rector, either of the Trustees or Tutors are hypocrites, carnal or unconverted men, he shall for the first offense make a public confession in the Hall, and for the second offense be expelled.” Soon in a private conversation, when asked what he thought about a certain tutor, David replied, “He has no more grace than this chair.” This charge was harsh, and based only on one prayer of the leader, which David called, “unusually pathetical.” Actually, the man was quite spiritual. A freshman overheard and reported the conversation. When Brainerd refused to publicly confess this, which he felt was a private matter, he was expelled in February, 1742. Afterwards he sought forgiveness, wrote out a full and complete confession, and had others intercede for him…but to no avail. The authorities would not reinstate him.

On April 20th (24th birthday) Brainerd wrote, “…I hardly ever so longed to live to God and to be altogether devoted to Him; I wanted to wear out my life in his service and for his glory…” He waged a constant fight against the bitterness of his disappointment over his expulsion from Yale. In June he began to spend some days in fasting and prayer. He was at a loss as to what the Lord wanted him to do. On July 29, 1742, he was licensed to preach as a Presbyterian at Danbury, Connecticut. He spent the summer with another young bachelor friend — Joseph Bellamy. They worshipped and preached in a barn which served as a meeting house for Bellamy’s small congregation in Woodbury, Connecticut. Brainerd’s first sermon was on July 30th at Southbury, Connecticut, using I Peter 4:8 as his text and his first message to the Indians was soon after, on August 12, near the Connecticut-New York border. He traveled as an itinerant preacher for several months. In September, 1742, he had to leave New Haven quickly for unlawful preaching.

On November 19th, he received a summons from Pemberton of New York City, to come and discuss the question of ministry to the Indians in those parts. On November 25 he met with the commissioners of the Scotch Society. As part of his examination, he delivered a sermon, most probably in Pemberton’s church. He was grieved for the congregation, “that they should sit there to hear such a dead dog as I preach.” He felt he was totally unworthy to preach to others so much better than himself.

He preached from place to place in the winter, including a farewell sermon to his family and friends in a home in East Haddam on February 1, 1743. He then served as a supply preacher at East Hampton, Long Island, New York for six weeks. On his last Sunday there, March 13th, although he could hardly stand up, he preached for an hour and a half. The congregation pressed him to stay permanently. But the next day, he left for work among the Indians. He said later, “I never, since I began to preach, could feel any freedom to enter into other men’s labours and settle down in the ministry where the gospel was preached before.” He felt he had to preach where Christ was not named nor known. He left for his life’s work March 25, 1743.

He was assigned to Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and arrived there March 31, 1743, and began his ministry the next day. He was stationed 20 miles west between Stockbridge and the Hudson River at a place called Kaunaumeek, 18 miles south east of Albany. Without conversation, or company, he was very lonely even though the Indians were cordial to him. On April 20th (25th birthday) he spent the day fasting alone in the woods in prayer. His diet was hasty-pudding, boiled corn, and bread baked in ashes. His lodging was a heap of straw, laid upon boards in a log room without any floor. He traveled one and one half miles each way daily on foot in order to see the Indians. A Stockbridge Christian became his interpreter and friend. Brainerd learned to pray with the Indians in their language. They translated Psalms and hymns, and started an “English” school. By the first of August he had completed building his hut and had a better place to sleep. But other problems mounted. He had to go or send ten or more miles for bread to eat and it would turn moldy and sour before he could eat all of it. The presence and worldly conversation of some irreligious Dutchmen oppressed him more than all the difficulties of his wilderness life. He made four brief trips to New York during this time, his last one including a stop at New Haven to observe the commencement exercises of September 14, 1743 in which he should have been included. One final attempt to have him reinstated with Jonathan Edwards and Aaron Burr interceding was to no avail. Stopping at Bellamy’s he became seriously ill. Recovering sufficiently he returned to his station, Kaunaumeek, on October 4th.

On the day after Christmas, he wrote, “Was very much fatigued with my journey, wherein I underwent great hardships; was very much exposed and very wet by falling into a river.” The ordination of a friend, Samuel Hopkins, that week left him depressed as he could not understand the accompanying levity, celebration and food. In January, 1744, he spent the middle of the winter alone in his little hut, yet they were happy hours. On Sunday March 11, he preached his last sermon at Kaunaumeek, as he was now seeking new tribes to win to Christ.

He again received a call to East Hampton, to be the pastor. Suffering weakness and headache, he died inwardly to two attractive calls, writing, “Resolved to go on still with the Indian affair, if divine providence permitted; although I had before felt some inclination to go to East Hampton.” His other call to Millington was likewise turned down.

The commissioners instructed him to go to Pennsylvania. He again had a serious sick spell for three days, and went home to Haddam for the first time in 15 months. Now 26 years of age, he left home again. He left Kaunaumeek, April 30.

Spending some days at Salisbury, Connecticut, he left May 7th arriving on May 13th at present day Easton, Pennsylvania, within the forks of the Delaware River.

Brainerd was well received by the Indians and usually taught them in the chief’s house. Traveling some 70 miles back to New York, Brainerd was ordained on June 11, 1744, by the Presbytery of New York. On June 19th he left friends and benefactors to seek again God’s chosen ones in the remote wilderness.

By the end of the summer some 40 Indians were listening to his message. He was plagued with pain, and had difficulty controlling his legs after long hours on horseback. He also had to cope with Tattamy, his interpreter, who was totally unfamiliar with the white man’s Bible. In July a flicker of heart interest by the Indians caused him to work hard preaching and translating. One time he was asking the Lord to take him home. Then he heard the Indians intended to have an idolatrous feast and dance. Desire to live surged back into him as he used his only weapon — prayer, and the Indians changed their plans.

During this time he lived much of the time with the Hunter family at a place known as Hunter’s Settlement. Brainerd was the supply minister to the whites there, along with his ministry to the Indians. The rest of the summer he lay in “illness and uselessness.” The first week of August he preached to the Indians twice, although “obligated to sit down the whole time.” By September he was somewhat recovered and took a three week vacation. It was a journey of recuperation and pleasure, of visiting home and friends back in New England.

He now had a desire to go westward to reach the Indians on the Susquehanna River. Brainerd, an associate Eliab Bryam, Tattamy and two other Indians left on October 2. His horse fell down and broke her leg, so Brainerd killed her, and continued to the nearest house 30 miles away on foot. The picture of the two young ministers alternately riding their one horse must have been intriguing. They were well received by the Indians, spent a few days there, and then returned the 70 miles where a new horse was given to Brainerd on October 12.

Resuming his life, sick and lonely, alternately cheerful and dejected, he began to build a house for himself with the help of others. Moving into his new quarters he spent December 6 in prayer and fasting, “to implore the blessing of God on myself, on my poor people, on my friends, and on the church of God.” Beginning at Christmas he went through a terrible month of despondency. Things brightened up on Sunday, February 17, 1745, when he preached to a group of white people coming from scattered frontier homes to have Communion. He greatly appreciated his friends, both white and Indian, and on March 7 he left them for a five week trip to New England. In March and April, he rode more than 600 miles searching New Jersey, New York and Connecticut to find a companion, and the support for the same. This goal was not realized, for none was, “qualified or disposed for this good work.” So he returned alone to the Forks of the Delaware to continue his work. On April 20 (27th birthday) he was at the Abington Presbyterian Church, between Philadelphia and Neshaminy for a three-day ministry.

Weak in body, Brainerd and Tattamy left May 8th for their first major trip to the interior Indians along the Susquehanna River. By passing the original contact they had made the previous October, they reached Shamokin, the headquarters for several tribes of Indians, stopped off at other settlements and returned home, the roundtrip taking 22 days. The 340 mile journey left Brainerd weak and dejected, depressed and disillusioned about the prospects among the Indians in that area. Except for Tattamy and his wife, who both were growing spiritually, he considered his past year almost a failure. He returned May 30.

He then heard about a group of Indians at a place called Crossweeksung (9 miles southeast of Trenton) in New Jersey, about 80 miles southeast of the Forks of Delaware. He arrived June 19, 1745. He spent two weeks there with a good deal of conviction, tears and interest amongst the Indians. Upon his return to the Forks, these Indians also seemed to be much more responsive to his ministry. On July 21 he baptized Tattamy and his wife, his first converts among the Indians. He went back to Crossweeksung and experienced the most glorious week in his life. On August 8 the power of God came down on his little group of 65 as he preached. The sudden and unexpected seizer of the Indians was followed by earnest prayers. Many genuine conversions took place. News traveled, and soon other Indians were coming to hear the young white preacher. Members of the careless white community began to show up also, and get converted. On August 25, he baptized 25 of the Indians and the years of prayer and suffering were beginning to bear some fruit.

He decided to make one last effort to evangelize the Indians along the Susquehanna River and spent the month of September (9-28) attempting this, but with no apparent success. Back at Crossweeksung on October 5, he was overjoyed at the difference to the response of the Gospel. Others were saved and baptized. Christmas had a new meaning to both preacher and hearer, and after two years of barrenness Brainerd rejoiced greatly as he reaped some spiritual fruit.

On January 31, 1746 another milestone was reached — Brainerd engaged a schoolmaster for the Indians and a dozen primers were passed out. In February he visited his “parish” back at the Forks being “under great weakness and some pain.” Some evangelists (Indian converts) from Crossweeksung went with him. He encouraged some of his former friends at the Fork to move to Crossweeksung. Back at this site he had a very ill week in mid-March. He encouraged the Indians to develop spring planting at a settlement at Cranberry, 15 miles distant, which they did. His attempt to colonize the converts as farmers was not successful. There were now about 150 who followed him and his directions. On April 20 (28th birthday) he preached the Easter story from Luke 24 to the Indians. On April 27th another milestone was reached — the Indians took the Lord’s Supper. He settled down at Cranberry on May 3rd, and a place of worship was established known as Bethel. He was tempted to stay here. However back in his heart were the pagan Indians of the Susquehanna River area where he had already failed three times to make any headway.

Finally on August 12, he left his friends at Cranberry and with six Indian evangelists attempted his fourth trip to the Susquehanna River area. He had never gone further west than Shamokin before, but now he desired to go an additional 100 miles to a site near present day Lockhaven, Pennsylvania. He recorded such things as “…sweat much in the night, so that my linen was almost wringing wet all night, was exceedingly weak, so that I could scarcely ride; it seemed sometimes as if I must fall off from my horse, and lie in the open woods…”

This trip finally broke his health completely, and he had to curtail much of it. Many might ask, “why did he go on this journey despite his great weakness and ill health?” He simply could not confine himself to one spot, when so many men were dying without Christ everywhere. Back at Shamokin on September 6, he clung to his life, “coughing and spitting blood.” On September 20 he arrived back at Cranberry. Brainerd now realized that the tuberculosis of his lungs was going to destroy his body. He felt somewhat guilty in that he had recklessly injured his health and aggravated his illness. But in reality, his zeal and outdoor life probably prolonged his days, since his problem had started several years prior while at Yale. On October 6, he had his last blessed day at Cranberry, having the Lord’s Supper with 40 of his converts and baptizing two adults. His final harvest was now 85 Indians. November 3 was his last day as pastor of his flock in Cranberry. He spent the long winter in Elizabethtown, New Jersey with Jonathan Dickinson. Rallying in health he made one last visit to his Indian converts on March 18-20, 1747, and bid them goodbye for the last time. On April 20 (29th birthday) he spent the day mostly in bed at the Dickinsons. He left for New England the next day, not realizing that his 59 year old host would pass on two days before Brainerd. Brainerd was invited to Jonathan Edwards’ house, by probably both the preacher and his 17 year old daughter, Jerusha, whom Brainerd had greatly admired even as a young teen-age girl. He visited his kin-folk at Haddam, (May 1) bidding farewell to his favorite sister, Jerusha Spencer, little realizing that he would get news of her death in two more months. Arriving at the Edwards’ home on May 28, he was vastly better and cheerful. David’s petition in family prayer was usually “that we might not outlive our usefulness.” Jerusha was his nurse for 19 weeks, devoting herself with great delight because she looked on him as an eminent servant of Jesus Christ. He wrote letters signing them, “your dying brother”. He took his last horseback ride and prayed with the family for the last time on August 11th. A room on the first floor was set aside for him the following week as he could not climb steps. He went to church for the last time September 2nd. Edwards described his last days — swollen feet — constant pain — discharge of purulent matter — broken whispers — agonies of body. His last Sunday, October 4th, he recorded this touching conversation with Jerusha, in appreciation of her constant companionship and love.

“Dear Jerusha…though, if I thought I should not see you, and be happy with you in another world, I could not bear to part with you. But we shall spend a happy eternity together.”

On Wednesday he discussed his Indian work with his brother John, who succeeded him at Bethel, and on Friday, October 9, it was all over. His last words were “He will come, and will not tarry. I shall soon be in glory; soon be with God and His angels.” He was buried on Monday with Jonathan Edwards conducting the funeral. Four months later, grieving Jerusha, in her 18th year, took sick and in five days, on February 14, 1748, joined David in heaven and was buried next to him.

John Wesley said, “Let every preacher read carefully over the life of David Brainerd,” and distributed his life story to all his societies. F. W. Robertson, Ion Keith Falconer, Robert Murray McCheyne, A. J. Gordon, Francis Asbury, Jim Elliott, Thomas Coke, William Carey and Henry Martyn all were motivated to service through Brainerd, amongst others.

Copied by Stephen Ross for WholesomeWords.org and used with permission, 7/13/99. The above is one of 46 booklets by Ed Reese in the Christian Hall of Fame series. These short biographies provide good material for Sunday School lessons, family devotions, and reading for young people and adults.

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A MESSAGE FROM HEAVEN

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YOU MUSN’T MISS THE MESSAGE WHEN HEAVEN IS KIND ENOUGH TO GIVE YOU A GLIMPSE OF THE SCRIPT OF YOUR LIFE,

BECAUSE YOU CANNOT BY SOME MISFORTUNE, FIND YOURSELF STARING BLANKLY AT IT…

YOU NEED TO CATCH WITH ACCURACY SOME OF THE DETAILS YOU GET TO SEE!!!

WE ARE THE MYSTERIES WE NEED TO UNVEIL SO WE CAN DECIPHER OUR SURROUNDINGS,

TO SERVE HUMANKIND TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITIES FOR THE GLORY OF HE WHO CALLED US!

Ephesians 2:10

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

SO DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE?

written by Célia David Pascoal

VIGILANT

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“One needs to remain VIGILANT,

To minimize the element of surprise,

The said element is to be minimized not only so we can fight against the enemy forces,

But so we can remain standing on the battle field…

And this standing does not mean to be on your feet,

It means to persevere, and resist without giving up,

It means you may fall, but you will not remain fallen,

It means you will feel weak but you will not give in,

 

VIGILANCE aids you in identifying the arguments and the weapons of the enemy,

It helps you to pour over yourself the antidote for lies and deceit,

For traps and illusion,

Vigilance teaches you to see the wolf inside the sheep,

Although the eyes see no apparent form of a wolf…

The way a wolf carries himself is unique,

Just as the way a shepherd carries himself is unique,

And every child, who loves and lives with their Father knows their father,

Just like in the midst of a multitude of crying babies, a mother knows her child’s cry,

So also do we know our Lord…

We need to be vigilant, today more than yesterday, and more vigilant tomorrow!

 

The veil of deceit is beginning to cover its adepts,

And the same adepts want the conversion of the children of the light more than anything….

The conquer tastes greater where the resistance is greater…

Be you therefore alert!

 

The pursuit for the truth has always put its pursuers in danger,

We come to the sight of the enemy because of our fruits,

We need to be ever more vigilant…

The time is not coming, the time is NOW…

We are not getting closer; we ARE in the valley of decision…

Where and how do you stand?

VIGILANT?

-Written by Célia David Pascoal

When the Just are afflicted by God

There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. And this man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and turned away from evil. Job 1:1

Job, as the bible tells us, was a man who was just. A just person is one who is pleased in always doing what is right before God’s eyes; a person who turns away from evil. Job, besides being righteous; was also a wealthy person, he had many possessions and also had a big and beautiful family, and in other words he was truly blessed by God.

As we read further into Job’s story we see Satan trying to find fault with the way God deals with the righteous, God being Just, shows Satan that He ;(God); is in control of all things and that He knows those who love Him and worship Him in spirit and in truth.

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We then see Job being tested. He loses everything. All his children and all his possessions, on the same day, and then gets afflicted in his body, by a terrible disease. He wishes death on himself and curses the day he was born! He was in great anguish.

In the midst of all this suffering Job’s wife counsels him to curse God, and a group of his friends assumed he had committed sins before God and should ask God to forgive him, so the suffering could be removed or brought to an end. Job asked God many questions and God answered how He thought was fit to answer Job.

At the end of all the testing and trials, Job came out victorious and Satan was proved wrong…Job was a righteous and faithful man before God.

There are people; men and women who are faithful to God even when they are afflicted!

Are you just? Are you faithful? Have you been experiencing some difficult times that are making you feel like God does not love you anymore or that He cannot see you or is too far away?

God is never far away from His children

The bible says in James 4:8 (a), Draw near to God and He will draw near to you… Also the bible says: But my God will supply all your need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus in Philippians 4:19, and He will; remember God is not a liar, let God be true and every man a liar (Romans 3:4). God is Jehovah Jireh, Your provider, He will provide…remember there is provision in His mountain, but you must climb in obedience…Abraham climbed in obedience, and God’s provision met him in the mountain. (Genesis 22:14)

Won’t you climb in faith today and trust God as well? God wants to make your faith grow; will you accept the challenge today? And trust Him?

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Prayer

Dear Father God, I know that you are Faithful and Just and that You are the God who sees me. Father I am going through very trying times, I feel weak and afflicted and sometimes I despair. Father Your word says I can draw near to You and You will draw near to me. Surely there is something You want me to learn through all this; Father please open my eyes so I can see the lesson, please open my eyes Lord so I can be grateful even in the midst of pain. Father, teach me to praise and worship You in the midst of all this. Lord your word says You are Jehovah Jireh, my Provider, Lord I trust that You will supply all my needs; that You will provide what I need. Help me remain Just and faithful like Job did. I do not want to disappoint You. Do not allow the enemy’s jealousy and envy to get to me…I submit myself to You and I resist the devil…cover me in Your love Lord. Please forgive me for anything and everything I might have said without thinking. Please give me Your strength in Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

Bible Passages to meditate on:

Draw nearer to God

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners. And purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8

God is The Provider of all my needs

But my God will supply all your need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

In His Mountain there is provision

So Abraham called the name of that place “The-LORD-Will-Provide,” as it is said to this day, “In the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.” Genesis 22:14

Let God be True and every man a liar

Certainly not! Rather, let God be true but every man a liar, as it is written, “That You might be justified in Your words and might overcome when You are judged.” Romans 3:4

Job was a righteous man.

There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. And this man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and turned away from evil. Job 1:1

He Is Faithful who promised.

Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold firm to the confession of our faith without wavering, for He is faithful who promised.

(Hebrews 10:22-23)

Submission to God

Therefore, submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

James 4:7

 

-Written by Célia David Pascoal  :-*

 

 

The Secret Of Intimacy With God

The Secret of intimacy with God

Matthew 6:6; 1 Samuel 1 &2

Hannah’s testimony (Her Story)

I am not certain if you have heard the story of Hannah in the bible; well if not; you must have heard of the prophet Samuel; but if you have not, this is a brief story of Hannah; Samuel’s mother and the encouragement that we may receive from the testimony this strong woman left behind.

The Womb that was shut up by God

There was once a man named Elkanah, from the hill country of Ephraim, who had two wives; one was named Hannah and the other Peninnah.

Peninnah had children, but Hannah’s womb; as the word of God has it; was shut up by God, she could not bear children. Peninnah always made fun of Hannah especially when she would go up into the house of the Lord. Hannah felt so distressed with Peninnah’s provocation that she would cry and would not eat.

Hannah had a rival inside her own house.

Who do you have near you close to you that seems to be or is fighting against you? How are you dealing with this situation?

Is there any area in your life that seems to be barren or shut up by God??

How are you planning to work with God in order to find out his will for you in that area?

Are you a prayer warrior? Hannah was.

Many a times when we are going through certain battles and hard times in our lives, we tend to move away from God, we become angry with Him, and we do not want to talk to Him. If we do talk to Him, we are demanding and mean, because we want Him to act quickly in our lives, and do what we want Him to do, because He seems forever to be taking so long…

“Why God??” we ask…

”Why me??”

“How long will I wait Lord??” “Are you really up there?” “God can you hear me?”

God can hear you, and He can see you…the problem is with you, with us, we are hardly ever able or willing to see or hear God!

God wants to have a deeper and more meaningful relationship with us. He wants to be our source of joy; He wants to be our centre; So He allows that we go through some trouble to get our attention and to allow us to grow closer to Him; because He loves us. God loves you. Jesus loves you. The Holy Spirit loves you. You are loved. (Luke 7:36-50)

Hannah served God, Worshipped God, knew God, and spent time with Him…She saw and heard him through the eyes and ears of faith. How is your faith in God these days?

Stronger or weaker?

Let us see what Hannah did and learn from her…

 

Hannah, The presence of God and The Secret Place

How is your life of praise and worship? What do you do when you are in God’s presence?

How often are you in God’s presence? What is happening in your heart?

Matthew 6:6

“But you, when you pray, enter into your closet. And when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

The secret place of man, where the presence of God ought to live, is the heart. The heart is a synonym for the spirit life of man, this includes both the soul and the spirit of man…it is in the soul where our will, our emotions and feelings and desires are centered. If we make God the centre of our heart, He becomes our desire and is involved greatly in what we feel and want…all our being and all our life will reflect His presence. We will live a life that is in tune with God’s will for us.

In the secret place, in our spirit we talk to God, we pour out our hearts in honesty and intimacy, no else knows of what goes on here, only God and ourselves.

All your battles and victories are won in the secret place

All your victories over all your battles in the physical as well as in the spiritual realm, are won in the secret place, in the chamber, in the closet;  where you and God are alone in conversation, you may cry and shout, and bear your soul out…it is the place where you hear God, You learn His will and you are comforted and assured of His love…It is in the secret place where you worship in spirit and in truth; where you take up your cross and follow Him, it is here, where you deny yourself and exalt God. It is in the secret place where you hear God’s voice, where you see Him act in your life; it is here, where you know you have a Father, a Husband, a Bridegroom and a Valiant Warrior in God the Almighty, The Lord of Hosts.

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 Hannah’s secret to being a victorious child of God:

 Hannah’s secret was putting God first.

We see in verse 6 of Chapter 1 of the book of 1 Samuel, Hannah’s husband asking her why she was so troubled, if she had him. Elkanah clearly did not understand, that Hannah had an impediment in her life and she wanted it removed, she wanted to be free, she had a husband, what she wanted and desired though, was for a child! So Hannah teamed up with God.

Crying, Praying and Making a Vow.

One day Hannah stood and prayed. She cried and poured her heart out to God; and she made a vow.  She promised God that if He gave her a son, she would give the child back to God. Are you a keeper of your words to God? Hannah was. Hannah was also specific in what she wanted from God; she told Him she wanted a son, and she promised to dedicate him to God.

Hannah persisted in praying before the Lord. Are you persistent in seeking God? In standing before Him making petitions and supplications for your needs? For the lives of those you love? Hannah was so persistent on a specific day, that the man of God in the temple had her for a drunken woman.

Many people do not understand your afflictions, and in fact they do not have to, your issue is with God…yes, people may help us, and stand with us in prayer, but our lives of private prayer moments must be active as well. The man of God told Hannah to go home in peace, and that God would give her what she asked. Hannah left happy and comforted.

Sowing a seed

Do you know what God makes with seeds? He makes them come to fruition. He blesses them and multiplies them. It is never in vain, that one gives to the Lord. Malachi 3:10, seeding, is calling God to open the floodgates of heaven, and pour his blessings out on you!

In verse 20 of Chapter 1 of the book of 1 Samuel, Hannah conceives and gives birth to a son, she names him Samuel because as she said “she asked him from the Lord”. In verse 24 we see Hannah taking Samuel to the temple as she promised, but she takes along with her, gifts to offer as a sacrifice to God…Hannah made God remember how and when she had asked for Samuel and that she was there to give Him the child as she had promised to serve God in the temple.

Intimacy with God starts and is maintained with Prayer

Most relationships begin with words, and develop into basic conversation, and then deeper conversation and then lifelong friendships. Every person loves to have friends, to have certain people who are closer than close. When we speak of a husband and wife we speak of an intimate relationship, where you become one. God seeks to become one with his children spiritually. He wants to know what you are going through, although he knows everything, and can be everywhere and has all the power; he wants to hear you, and wants you to know Him, so He makes Himself available to us, to be known by man, to be sought and found…

God wants you to be his friend, and He wants to be your friend. He desires that you love Him, above all things and with all your heart and strength; because in depth, God is all you need to be happy. His grace is sufficient for you. He is the provider of everything, He is your shepherds, whatever you lack He can provide…so why run from Him in the midst of the storm??You need to go to Him; and you can go to Him in prayer.

PRAYER

Dear Father God, by your grace Lord, I have read the story of Hannah. Almighty Father I am also going through hard times, times of trouble and pain, and Satan and his demons are giving me a hard time; using people around me to trouble me… I cannot be at peace in my own house, and in my heart… But I know you are allowing this for a reason.

Father I need to have intimacy with you, I need to know You, I want you to be the centre of my life.

God remove all the hurt and pain that is in my heart, give your peace and joy. Father teach me how to walk as a victorious child of God. Father help me to put you first, help me God to keep the vows I made to you, help me be a keeper of my words to You, and even to people! Father please teach me how to pray, sometimes I do not know how…please teach me Holy Spirit of God, help me in Jesus’ Name; Father teach me, that sowing a seed is not in vain, teach me that bringing gifts to offer you is not in vain, you see and you know and you work to make seeds grow and multiply. Teach me to plant seeds in your house.

Father above all I want to be your friend, like Hannah was, I want to know you and I want to have an intimate relationship with you…I WANT TO KEEP GOING TO YOUR HOUSE, even if people make fun of me and call me names…I need to learn how to trust you so I may pour my heart out before you without fear. Father give me strength to carry my cross daily and follow Jesus, and while at it, may I not forget to praise and worship you. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

You can read on:

Trusting and waiting on God in Psalms 27; Psalm 37;Psalm 23.

Hannah’s prayer of praise and worship in 1 Samuel 2:1-10

Putting God first in Matthew 22:37-39; Ex 20:3; Matthew chapter 6.

How God loves to be worshipped and praised in Luke 7:36-50; Psalm 22:3

Everything belongs to God in 1 Chronicles 29:10-18; Psalm 24

The secret place in Matthew 6:6; 1Tes.5:17; Philippians 4:6

 

Leader

Be a great leader,

And people will follow you with joy,

Not so they become like parasites,

Drawing the life away from you,

But so they are eventually launched out,

As rocket ships, but into all the world,

Passing forward the same leadership spirit,

Onto other followers.

You can follow with foolishness,

And you can follow with wisdom.

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A sound mind and a good character,

Will always rub off on you,

That is if you stand close enough to their source.

Who are you following ?

And  can you see who you are seeking to become?

Do find out, for you will become,

Whatever you drown your mind and heart into.

Will you then choose to be free or a prisoner?

Written by Célia

 

The Great Army Commander

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Jesus is The Great Army Commander,

He is not bothered by how articulate we were or are,

He is our Defender!

He is not bothered by what we did in the past that was impressive,

He wants that testimony of patience and perseverance,

He has all the authority and He has all the power,

Over everything on earth; to make it sweet or sour…

He knows us all.

He is bothered only by finding you and I,

Standing at our post, be it day or night,

Doing our duty!

For in His judgement He will not fail,

Over wicked deeds justice will prevail,

For He is Faithful and True,

He will not stop until He is through,

Striking down the nations with His sharp sword,

Ruling over them with an iron rod,

A sceptre of uprightness is the sceptre of His Kingdom,

“Come quickly Jesus and reign over us, seal our freedom”,

With eyes like blazing fire,

And head with many crowns,

With a dipped-in-blood attire,

He boldly wears the Victor’s crown,

Coming with the armies of heaven after Him,

He will wage a great war, one never before seen,

The hard times truly will begin…

The fury of the wrath of God will be seen…

The King of kings and Lord of lords is coming yes,

May His children keep passing the test,

For Jesus is Faithful and True,

He will not fail,

He will not stop until He is through,

Over wicked deeds justice will prevail.

-Written by Célia   :-*

 

“No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.

2 Timothy 2:4

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron sceptre.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and Lord of Lords. Revelation 19:1116 NIV