“The enemy will try to limit your praying because he knows your praying will limit him.”

I came across this quote last week and I wondered how many times Satan was victorious because he succeeded in limiting my prayers. How many times has he distracted me, made me feel like my prayers are going no higher than my ceiling, or lied to me and told me my prayers don’t really matter. How many times has he made me believe that God didn’t answer my prayer so he could make me wonder if God was even listening to me or if He even cared about what I was praying about? How many times has he limited my participation in God’s work by keeping me from sending up any prayer at all? I also have to wonder how many times have my prayers limited Satan and his plans? How many times have my prayers been a part of thwarting his evil schemes? How many times have my prayers stopped him from accomplishing what he set out to accomplish? How many times has he been stopped in his tracks because I have whispered up a prayer and asked God to stop him in his tracks? As I’ve thought about these things over the past few days, I know I want to be the one doing the limiting in this situation! I want to stop him in his tracks instead of him stopping me in mine. He’s taken enough ground, and I’m not going to sit back and let him have anymore without a fight. If he wants a fight, it’s a fight he will get! And the beauty of the fight is that my victory has already been won!

”The effective, fervent prayers of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16


” Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:8-9

My four year old grandson received a pet hamster for Valentine’s Day a few weeks ago.  He was ecstatic when he brought it to my house, complete with a new cage, a ball for the hamster to run around in, bedding, and food. He was beside himself with excitement as the cage was set up, and he has been simply over the moon about this hamster, lovingly name Hemi after a Hemi truck by my truck obsessed grandson, since the moment he got him.  Every day we have to take the hamster out multiple times so we can “play” with him.  As we go to the cage to get him out, my grandson always jumps up and down and exclaims with great glee, “I’m so excited, Nana!  I’m so excited that I get to play with Hemi!” His excitement is contagious!  Because he is excited, I find myself excited.  It occurred to me last night as he jumped up and down, smiling ear to ear, and talking about how excited he was to get his hamster out that I should be that excited about Christ!  Can you imagine what would happen if we were that excited about spending time with Him every day?  What if our excitement for Jesus was contagious?  How would that affect the world around us? Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins!  He died so we could live eternally.  He died to give us abundant life, peace, joy, hope, and the most amazing example of love ever known.  How could we not be excited about that?  He’s given us the best gift ever given and that is definitely exciting!

“Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshipped.” Job 1:20

Just prior to this verse, Job had just suffered an unthinkable set of losses in just a short amount of time.  He had lost his livestock, his servants, and his children. Now, I’m not sure about you, but I can’t even imagine the pain he must have been enduring at this moment. Scripture records that he fell to the ground and worshipped. Every time I read this or hear someone talk about it, I just cannot fathom falling to the ground to worship God at a time like this. However, a few weeks ago we were having a discussion about this very Scripture, and I realized that I’ve been thinking about this in the wrong way all along. I’ve read that Job “tore his robe and shaved his head” which are signs of mourning, but somehow when continued on to the worship portion of that Scripture, I seemed to forget about the mourning. I tend to view worship as something we do when we are happy, thankful, and things are going our way. I forget that sometimes our greatest form of worship occurs when we are so devastated that all we can do is fall on the ground and cry out to Him through our heartbreak. Sometimes all we can do is utter the word “help” because the pain is so deep, but that is worship. Acknowledging that we need Him is as good a form of worship as anything. Job knew who God truly was and that’s how he could fall down and worship Him in the worst moment of his life. The same is true for us. When we know who He truly is, worship is our nature response to anything life throws at us.


“Jesus is not content to let you simply survive your past; He has equipped you already to conquer it and love victoriously in the present.” Christine Caine

I came across the quote above a few days ago in my devotional, and I immediately sent it to someone very dear to me who has struggled to come to terms with her past and all of the consequences associated with it. I think most of us have some things in our past the we need to lay to rest for good. I think most of us have chains to the past that need to be broken once and for all. Jesus didn’t die on the cross to have us simply survive…He died on the cross so we would thrive! He doesn’t want us living in the land of regret, rejection, shame, fear, anger, unforgiveness, or anything else that threatens to steal the  joy and hope we have in Him. He wants us to lay our past at the foot of the cross and leave it there where He can take care of it. Once we lay it at His feet, He wants us to move forward and live the abundant life He died to give us.

“And Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

Are any of you facing seemingly impossible situations in your life right now? Do the obstacles in your way loom larger and larger each day? Have you exhausted all of your resources only to discover that it’s not nearly enough? Are you drowning in the hurts and heartaches of life with no sign of a life preserver to be found? If any or all of these describe you, you’re not alone. Most every one of us is facing difficulties that are far more than anything we can handle on our own. We are facing the impossible, but there is good news! Jesus is the God infinite possibilities! Whereas we recoil at the sight of the impossible, He flourishes when given the impossible. When we can’t, He can! Where our strength ends, His is only beginning. When our well has run dry, He is a tsunami. There is NOTHING beyond His ability! Remember what is impossible for us is reality for Him.  Give Him the impossible and watch it become possible right before your eyes.


“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

If there is one thing we all have in common, it is that we have things we need. It doesn’t matter what your gender, your skin color, the balance in your bank account, your age, your talents, or your abilities, needs are a part of your daily life. Sometimes the needs maybe small, but sometimes those needs loom over us and threaten to drown us. Sometimes the needs maybe met very quickly, but sometimes it takes way more time than we would like to spend to have them met. Sometimes we can take care of our own needs, but often times, our needs being met requires other people to help.  Needs are as diverse as people, but one thing all needs have in common is that God can meet them. There never has been, nor will  there ever be a need that cannot be met by the Lord. What seems utterly impossible to us is nothing in His hands! Our needs do not intimidate Him, nor do they worry Him in the least bit. He is 100% capable of taking care of us and every need that entails. We have to remember that our abilities, resources, and vision is limited, but His are not. He had all of the riches of heaven at His disposal. When all we can see is impossible limitations, He sees limitless possibilities. What are your pressing needs right now? Give them to Him and Hun open the heavens on your behalf. He will never let you down.

”Whatever you need, God already is.” Priscilla Shirer

Are there areas in your life in which you need God to show up in a mighty and magnificent way? If you’re breathing, then the answer to that question is most likely “yes”. Most of us have at least one situation in our life that could use a God sized miracle to take care of it. God desires to help us through this rocky road called life, right? Then why does He seem to remain silent at times? Why are there times when He seems so distant from us, especially when we so desperately need Him? Why are there times when we pray for His intervention only to have our prayers feel like they never get past the ceiling? So often, we blame God for all of these things, but the truth is that, sometimes, we are our own worst enemy. It is our lack of faith that hinders God from showing up in a big way. We can’t just hope that God is bigger than our situation, we have to love as if He is. We can’t just say that He is mighty in our lives…we have to truly live out that belief no matter what happens. We can’t just talk the Christian talk… season have to walk the walk! If you do not live as if God is the biggest thing in your life, don’t be surprised when He doesn’t show up in big ways. We can’t condense Him to a god that fits in our understanding…we have magnify Him in every area of our lives and then watch Him show up and blow us away with His mighty works!

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