Prayer Secret No. 1: Set a Goal for Prayer
“Could you not watch with Me one hour?” –Matthew 26:40, NKJV
Many years ago, Gloria asked the Lord to teach her how to walk in the spirit—one step at a time. One of the first things He told her to do was spend an hour each day praying in the spirit. Even though she spent most of her time in the Word of God already, even five minutes praying in the spirit felt like an eternity. But she had determined to obey Him and seek Him with all her heart, so she set the goal and has met it with very few exceptions ever since. It took switching around her whole routine and rearranging her schedule—but she did it!
As she began to spend an hour a day praying in other tongues, her life changed dramatically. She was hearing from the Lord more, and circumstances in her life had improved. The only thing she had done differently was pray for a set amount of time each day—without fail.
Why is it important to set a goal for prayer?
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Rather than praying according to her own mood or schedule, Gloria set a goal for prayer through the leading of the Holy Spirit. The Lord soon revealed to her the importance of this goal through Jesus’ example.
In Matthew 26, Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane just before He went to the cross. He warned the disciples of the temptations to come—the lure to be offended, fall away and be scattered. Peter said he would do anything for the Lord, including die for Him. However, Jesus knew the trying of their faith was about to come, and so His instructions to them were “watch and pray” (verse 41). So, what’d they do? They fell asleep instead!
Jesus responded, “Could you not watch with Me one hour?” (verse 40, NKJV). Here, He mentions a specific amount of time for prayer, rather than leaving it open-ended. Jesus was calling His disciples to a specific place in prayer.
With that in mind, what might Jesus be saying to you today?
Perhaps He would say: “Can’t you pray with Me one hour? Can’t you visit with Me one hour? Can’t you watch with Me one hour?” Think about that. He told His disciples to watch and pray, so when temptation came, they wouldn’t enter into it. The same thing is true for you. He isn’t trying to make a demand of you to pray—He is trying to protect you, bless you and fellowship with you.
Setting a prayer goal keeps you from cutting your time with God too short. It keeps you from the distractions around you or from skipping that time altogether. Perhaps you’ve found yourself trying to pray, but then the dog needs to be let out—then back in. Kids have questions, phone calls come in and look at that pile of dishes in the sink! It goes on and on. We live in a world of distractions. Setting a goal for a certain amount of time and sticking with it says, “This is what I’m doing right now. Those other things can wait.” As Pastor George Pearsons says, “Put a ‘Gone Fishing’ sign on your mind and keep praying.”
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As you set a goal for prayer in your life, it may not be for an hour at first. Seek the Lord, and ask Him what He would have you do. No matter what you decide, be sure to set a goal and stick with it. No excuses. The devil will try to come in and disrupt your goal in any and every way possible. Don’t let him get away with it. Your life will never be the same!
“I pray in the spirit an hour a day because God told me to. And I tell you, it’s changed my life.” –Gloria Copeland
Secret No. 2: Be Consistent with Prayer
“Pray without ceasing.” –1 Thessalonians 5:17, NKJV
Years ago, when Kenneth and Gloria were living in lack and learning how to walk by faith, the Lord spoke something to Gloria’s spirit—In consistency lies the power. Power comes when you are consistent with your words, prayer life and in your pursuit of God. In consistency lies the power.
In other words, if we want to walk in the full blessing and victory God intended for us to enjoy, we need to be consistent in the things of God. Going after God in spurts won’t do it. The more we give ourselves to the spirit, the more we spend time in prayer, the more time we give God—the more we’ll walk in the full measure of His blessing.
What makes someone get up day after day and do the same thing whether they feel like it or not?
The answer is simple: Desire.
How much do you want a change in your life? How much do you want victory?
To be consistent in daily prayer, you have to get to a place where you want victory more than you want an extra half hour of sleep, time in front of the television, or any other routine you may have.
You can’t be a yo-yo—up one day and down the next—and reach your goals. Consistency equals stability, strength and power. As Pastor Terri Copeland Pearsons says, “You can’t lift weights one day and expect to see a measurable result.” It is the consistent exercising of your spiritual muscle through prayer that will, over time, produce big results in every area of your life.
Spiritual consistency is worth the cost. The payoff is exceedingly abundantly above all you could ever imagine (Ephesians 3:20-21). But most believers don’t do that. That’s why there are so many “faith failures” around. They stand on the Word, or spend time with the Lord one day and fall off it the next.
What we need to do is “continue.” Jesus said if we’d continue in His Word, then we’d be His disciples. He said if we’d continue, we would know the truth, and that truth would make us free (John 8:31-32). There’s a revelation of God that comes from consistency that the inconsistent person will never see.
Determine today to be consistent. Don’t try to base today on yesterday’s prayer time. Base today on today’s time with Him. Start a consistent prayer time today. Then tomorrow, get up and do it again!
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Gloria’s good friend and frequent guest on Believer’s Voice of Victory (BVOV), Billye Brim, prays Ephesians 1:17 over her life every morning—consistently. Her time with the Lord is a non-negotiable in her life—and she reaps the fruit of it in a blessed and fulfilled life.
“Jesus isn’t fickle. He doesn’t change His mind from one day to another. He’s constant, and if you’ll press in to Him, He can cause you to be that way, too.” –Gloria Copeland
Secret No. 3: Believe You Receive When You Pray
“You can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.” –Mark 11:24
The final prayer secret from Gloria is one Jesus gave us in this verse. When we pray, we are not to believe we will receive in the future—we are to believe we receive right at that moment. Most people pray and expect the answer to come later, but Jesus says to believe we receive when we pray.
To believe you receive when you pray means you take it. Take what? Anything you need that is in line with the Word of God. Jesus said to pray for whatever you desire (Mark 11:24, KJV).
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How can you prepare your heart to receive when you pray? By building the Word of God so strongly in your heart, you won’t even consider anything else. To stay in faith, it takes the Word of God. You can’t stay in faith and watch cartoons 24 hours a day—you’ve got to feed on the Word. That’s how faith comes.
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3 Ways to Become a Better Leader by Following Like Joshua
Joshua, also called Yehoshua in Hebrew (literally meaning “Yahweh is deliverance”), was the charismatic Old Testament leader of the Israelites who came to leadership after the death of Moses. Joshua conquered Canaan after the Exodus from Egypt, distributed its lands to the 12 tribes, and is well known in the Bible for reminding the Israelites how much Yahweh had done to bless and deliver them, and encouraging them to stay the course while being faithful to covenant law.
Full of courage, daring, and even spies! The Bible book of Joshua shows that obedience to God supersedes all, even when the going gets tough and uncertainty lurks around every corner.
Here are three ways to follow like Joshua, becoming a more effective leader in the process:
1. Be Patient Like Joshua
Today’s society almost exclusively associates youth and vigor with dynamic leadership, so we sometimes forget that Joshua spent the first 60 years of his life patiently following God, developing into the servant that would lead His people into the Promised Land. Joshua spent 20 years in Egypt as a slave and 40 years wandering in the wilderness with other Jews. These experiences uniquely prepared him to lead God’s people into the Promised Land.
It’s a fact that sometimes we are called to leadership later in life. Other, more recent people of note who didn’t shine until their 60s (or well after) include folk artist Anna Mary Robertson Moses — known as Grandma Moses — who didn’t start painting until the age of 76, and James Parkinson, who identified Parkinson’s disease at age 62. His 1817 work titled “Shaking Palsy” is the foundation of our modern-day understanding of Parkinson’s disease
God often seasons us with years and years of preparation before He deems us ready to lead. Are you willing to submit to the Lord’s timing — to follow patiently like Joshua in order to be an effective, faith-inspired leader? If you are feeling impatient, waiting for “your time to shine,” remember to take a deep breath, focus your thoughts on heaven, and wait on the Lord. Never doubt that He has you firmly in His sights, and He has your deepest unspoken dreams and desires in His sights, too. Only His wisdom can guide you into vibrant and sustainable leadership, so be patient, hone your skills humbly, and lead like Joshua — by following God’s perfect timing. Read More: God Loves Me!! these how i know
As the Bible reminds, “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” (Romans 12:3)
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2. Be Courageous Like Joshua
Did you know that Joshua actually served as a spy? The tribes of Israel were about to enter the “Promised Land” God had given them, and Moses wanted a good idea of any and all dangers that might lay ahead. He sent in a team of twelve spies to check out the land they were about to enter, and report back. Read More: God alone is the solution
He said, “Go up through the Negev and on into the hill country. See what the land is like and whether the people who live there are strong or weak, few or many. What kind of land do they live in? Is it good or bad? What kind of towns do they live in? Are they unwalled or fortified? How is the soil? Is it fertile or poor? Are there trees in it or not? Do your best to bring back some of the fruit of the land.” (Numbers 13:17-20)
The spies duly reported back, and said it was indeed a land of plenty. Most of them were hesitant, however, stating, “But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan” (Numbers 13:28-29).
Plainly put — these spies were nervous! They saw many different ways they could be in danger in this new land and didn’t hesitate to relay this to Moses, perhaps wanting him to come up with a new game plan. They were thinking like humans, and not like blessed, divinely protected humans.
But not Joshua or Caleb (son of Jephunnah), another spy sent on ahead. They were both confident that God would see them through.
“If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us,” Joshua and Caleb reminded. “Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.” (Numbers 14:8-9)
Joshua was a great leader because he courageously followed God, even when the Jews were then cast into the desert for 40 years after their disbelief in what God had promised them (Joshua and Caleb were the only ones to make it into the Promised Land of the original group of spies). Are we the same today? Can we go against the crowd to say and do what is right, and do we unhesitatingly seek the Lord’s will and act on it, even when it costs us? Joshua did. If we stay true to ourselves and the Lord, which is indeed courageous today, we can be confident that our leadership will pay terrific dividends.
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3. Following the Word of God Like Joshua
The Old Testament book of Joshua begins with Joshua’s keen observance of God’s Law. He knew that nothing good could come to the Israelites without obedience to Yahweh, and he understood that God would prosper them if they were faithful. Read More: Secrets in Prayer
“Be strong and very courageous,” reads Joshua 1:7-9. “Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Let’s look closely at the words Joshua uses here: careful, obey, servant, prosperous, successful, commanded, strong, courageous. While words like “careful,” “obey,” and “prosperous” might not seem compatible today in our frenzied, competitive world, Joshua understood that they fit together beautifully; only by closely following God would the Israelites be successful in the promised Land.
Notice, too, how Joshua asks them to meditate on God’s commandments “day and night” — he was not asking them to be casually aware of God’s laws, as we might be today, but to instead have it always uppermost in their hearts and minds.
Can we say the same today?
Ever encouraging, forthright and humble, Joshua knew how to lead men. “Joshua said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the Lord will do to all the enemies you are going to fight’” (Joshua 10:25).
The recipe for vital, vigorous, and disciplined leadership is clear if we lead like Joshua and remember first to follow. God has a joyous blueprint for our health, happiness, and productivity here on earth. Let’s set our compass always towards Him — the source of all lasting power and glory.
God Loves me! This is how I know
Do you sometimes sit and wonder if God loves you?
There are lots of prove that shows God Loves you and one of them is the bible.
John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
sometimes if you are lost in worries it necessary you keep in touch , special bible verse about love, this bible verses about God love will help you know how much God loves you, if I should use myself as an example of how I know God loves me its actually with this bible verses about Love like..
(Romans 8:35, 37-39) Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? … No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow — not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below — indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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At times you face really hard times that will want to suck up your thoughts of God love for you but Christ has made it possible for you to always connect back to that Love that you share with him in so many ways.
Ephesians 1:4-6 In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved
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You don’t belong to yourself once you have given your life to Christ, you belong to God.
God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure. (Ephesians 1:5)
You can have a child by accident, but you cannot adopt a child by accident. When you adopt a child, you choose to love, cherish and care for that child for life. When God adopts you, it’s not an accident. He chooses to love, cherish and care for you forever. He does it because He loves you and wants an eternal relationship with you.
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God loves His children as a proud Father. If you have begun a relationship with Him, you are God’s child and He delights in you.
Take a minute to think about how the God of the entire universe loves you personally and chose you to be His child.
the bible say;
Psalms 100:3 Know that the LORD is God—he made us; we belong to him. We are his people, the sheep of his own pasture.
In Luke 11:12-13, Jesus says: If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Do you see how beautiful God love is, don’t give up or loose hope in God. Don’t allow that thoughts that say “Hey C’mon he don’t love you, just forget it”.
Temptation of Christ 2021 (Movie)
The temptation of Christ is a biblical narrative detailed in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. After being baptized by John the Baptist, Jesus was tempted by the devil for 40 days and nights in the Judaean Desert. During this time, Satan came to Jesus and tried to tempt him. Jesus having refused each temptation, Satan then departed and Jesus returned to Galilee to begin his ministry. During this entire time of spiritual battle, Jesus was fasting.
The writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews also refers to Jesus having been tempted “in every way that we are, except without sin.”
Mark’s account is very brief, merely noting the event. Matthew and Luke describe the temptations by recounting the details of the conversations between Jesus and Satan. Since the elements that are in Matthew and Luke but not in Mark are mostly pairs of quotations rather than detailed narration, many scholars believe these extra details originate in the theoretical Q Document. The temptation of Christ is not explicitly mentioned in the Gospel of John but in this gospel Jesus does refer to the Devil, “the prince of this world”, having no power over him.
Discussion of the literary genre includes whether what is represented is a history, a parable, a myth, or compound of various genres. This relates to the reality of the encounter. Sometimes the temptation narrative is taken as a parable, reading that Jesus in his ministry told this narrative to audiences relating his inner experience in the form of a parable. Or it is autobiographical, regarding what sort of Messiah Jesus intended to be. Writers including William Barclay have pointed to the fact that there is “no mountain high enough in all the world to see the whole world” as indication of the non-literal nature of the event, and that the narrative portrays what was going on inside Jesus’ mind. Dominican theologian Thomas Aquinas explained, “In regard to the words, ‘He showed Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them,’ we are not to understand that He saw the very kingdoms, with the cities and inhabitants, their gold and silver: but that the devil pointed out the quarters in which each kingdom or city lay, and set forth to Him in words their glory and estate.”
The debate on the literality of the temptations goes back at least to the 18th century discussion of George Benson and Hugh Farmer.
The Catholic understanding is that the temptation of Christ was a literal and physical event. “Despite the difficulties urged, …against the historical character of the three temptations of Jesus, as recorded by St. Matthew and St. Luke, it is plain that these sacred writers intended to describe an actual and visible approach of Satan, to chronicle an actual shifting of places, etc., and that the traditional view, which maintains the objective nature of Christ’s temptations, is the only one meeting all the requirements of the Gospel narrative.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
The Gospels speak of a time of solitude for Jesus in the desert immediately after his baptism by John. Driven by the Spirit into the desert, Jesus remains there for forty days without eating; he lives among wild beasts, and angels minister to him. At the end of this time Satan tempts him three times, seeking to compromise his filial attitude toward God. Jesus rebuffs these attacks, which recapitulate the temptations of Adam in Paradise and of Israel in the desert, and the devil leaves him “until an opportune time…” The temptation in the desert shows Jesus, the humble Messiah, who triumphs over Satan by his total adherence to the plan of salvation willed by the Father.
God alone is the solution
We face different problems everyday and the amusing part is how we still come with solution to those problems. As far as there’s life, the problems of this world can never come to an end.
We Humans always forget the fact that this life we are living isn’t ours but it was given to us by God and him alone can solve our problems without requesting for anything.
Sometimes those problems we face are just to test out faith in God.
As recorded in the Holy Bible, Abraham was a man of strong faith in God. He did whatever God instructed him to do.
But one day God decided to test his faith, to see if he will stick with him no matter the situation.
Before the test, ‘Abraham and Sarah’ needed a child and for many years they stayed faithful to God believing that one day he will do his miraculous work.
So God blessed them with a son called ISAAC. on one of those faithful day, God’s instruction to Abraham was to sacrifice his only son whom it took so many years to have.
Abraham never doubted God’s will. He took his son to the alter he was to be sacrificed but God called him and said “son for this your act of faith in me, you will be the father of all nation”.
Why did I bring up this story? In times of temptations and trials, we Humans should exercise trust in God because him alone is the solution to mankind problems.
You can have all the wealth and riches of this world but if you don’t have God by your side, trust me everything is vanity upon vanity.
In the year 2020, God used that year to reveal to humanity that he still existed, just like in the days of old when plagues would fill the land and destroy everything. 2020 was really terrible, a disease human being are still looking for the cure fell upon the face of the Earth.
Corona-virus disease killed millions of people all around the world. The whole nation’s economy was buried.
A disease that even the world most powerful countries couldn’t fight. People where so scared of their lives.
A total lockdown was placed all around the world. Parents couldn’t see their children who lived Faraway, children couldn’t go to school, loved ones were asked not it see each other again, mosque and churches where shutdown. The only functioning institution was the hospitals.
Everybody including those who never believed decided to run back to God for help, this shows how might the Lord is, his goodness and mercies endures for ever.
What is that problem you are facing.? Is it job opportunity, school admission, marriage or money.? I oblige you today to come back to God as he is the only solution to that problem.
What about JOB in the Bible, as it was recorded, he faced so many challenges but never gave up on God. JOB lost his children in one day, his houses was crushed down to dust, his livestocks where killed all in one day but he never stopped believing in God.
JOB’s wife and friends talked him into cursing God and die; but as a man of faith he declined and said God who gave and took it away has his reasons.
When God restored what he had lost he was given double what he lost during his time of trials.
The situation you find yourself today might be what God is using to teach the world a lesson.
God said ‘ come to me you all that have laboured and are tired, for I will give you rest’. Call unto God and he is ready to see you through that difficult situation you find yourself in.
What pushes us away from God.?
For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. As humans, we were born into sin but it’s our responsibility to crawl back to God and reunite with him.
The only thing to do is admit we have sinned and ask for his forgiveness, according to the Bible, “For God is not blind to see us suffering nor is he deaf to hear our cries but the only thing that separate us from him is sin. Sin stands as a barrier between us and our creator.
God said if we confess our sins and repent of them, he will gladly forgive us and accept us like the prodigal son in the Bible.
Let me share a story with you.!
One day my neighbors children where playing in the balcony, these neighbor of mine had two children and a chicken. The younger son mistakenly threw a stone at the chicken and it died.
The older brother saw him and threatened to report to their mother unless the younger brother obliged to his wills.
Whenever the elder brother was given a task to do he will simply tell the younger brother to do it or he was going to report him about the chicken he killed.
This continued for weeks until the younger brother became tired of treatment. one day he went to the mother crying and asked the mother for forgiveness. He confessed and told his mom what Happened, his mother told him ‘son I know what you did’.
On that faithful day, I was watching from the window. I saw the torture you went through because you allowed your brother to use your mistake against you.
I am glad you realized your mistake and decided to open up.
So today , keep it in mind that the more you prolong going to God for reunion the more your sins will keep torturing you. Confess your sins and God will accept you with open arms.
Don’t allow your sins to plan your life. Don’t allow grudges and hatred push you away from God. Him alone remains the solution to all the problems you are passing through. Allow God be the Judge.
Are you baren, Or Sick, (Tumor,cancer Etc? Whatever may be The affliction upon Your life just come God will be there to Deliver you. Don’t loose faith Mathew 11:28 says : Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. God is ready to give you rest, take that pain away , he is ready to give you that job, appointment, that opportunity that you’ve been waiting for , but are you ready to receive… Hope to see you there cuz I’ll be there to. Cheers!
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