Prayer shout out

Deliverance
Lord Jesus, deliver me from perverse and evil people, I pray. 2 Thessalonians 3:2

Purposeful-Living
Lord Jesus, direct my heart towards your love and strengthen my heart I pray. 2 Thessalonians 3:5

Success
Oh Lord, let your peace always be with me and in every way in Jesus name. 2 Thessalonians 3:16

Family
Oh Lord, let your peace be with my family all the time and in every way in Jesus name. 2 Thessalonians 3:16

Success
I have been created for greatness and wonders. Genesis 1:1

Success
I shall produce greatness in Jesus name. Genesis 1:11-12

Purposeful-Living
Lord Jesus, I pray that my life will be perfectly organized by your graceful hands. Genesis 1:2-31

Purposeful-Living
God Purposefully creates me, and I shall fulfill the purpose in Jesus name. Genesis 1:26

Success
I am a winner, not a loser in Jesus name. Genesis 1:26

Deliverance
Lord, remove shame and disgrace-causing situations from my life in Jesus name. Genesis 2:25

Excerpt from Prayer snippets – Living A Better Life (adelive.org)

Be Yourself!

Don’t stress yourself out trying to be another person.

You cannot!

Every attempt to live another person’s life causes heartache.

Why put yourself through the mystery of living another life that is not yours?

In the short run, you feel all the inadequacies, and in the long run, there is a lifetime of emptiness.

Free yourself and be yourself.

The life of man on earth 8.0 (shame and pain)

The man, Job, experiences shame, pain, and disgrace in the aftermath of the calamities that came upon him and his family.

Of course, he was unhappy, and he despairs for his life. Many of us are sad today due to reasons we can or cannot explain.

We all encounter difficulties and challenges daily.

Job vexed all his anger and bitterness. He even cursed the day he was born. He was sad and lost hope.

“Why wasn’t I born dead? Why didn’t I die as I came from the womb? Job 3:11

He knew that if he had not been born, he wouldn’t have any trouble. And that is the truth!

Had I died at birth, I would now be at peace. I would be asleep and at rest. Job 3:13 

There’s a lot of trouble in life that many perspire and dread living.

What I always feared has happened to me. What I dreaded has come true. Job 3:25

It’s okay to express your emotions and let it all out. It’s okay to say what you want to say and let God know how you feel.

God understands, and He alone can fix many of our daily troubles. 

So, turn to Him more than you have ever done before. 

He will come and save you!

 

The life of man on earth 7.0 (the visit)

I have been writing about the life of man on earth. It is a series that delves into the life of Job.

Today, I continue with Job’s friends’ visit.

Job’s friends came to visit him after his calamities, and they were surprised at how they found him.

He was their friend, and of course, was a wealthy fellow. So, the condition they saw wasn’t a good one.

They cried and kept mute for days without saying anything. 

There are good and bad sides to how Job’s friends responded to his new condition.

Sometimes, all you need to do to help someone is to say nothing. Keep your mouth shut!

You don’t know whether your words might hurt more or alleviate the problems.

Job’s friends tried to keep mute, but they could not sustain themselves for a long time before they start ranting.

We can learn to speak less and listen more.

These days, everyone wants to speak. Everyone wants to “be heard” There’s no crime speaking your mind, but in the multitudes of words, we often misspoke.

Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut. Proverbs 10:19

Lastly, entertain only friends who are going to lift you and not pull you down.

It is, for me, a daily decision because you cannot tell which friends are going to be nice to you “down the stretch” In a short time, most friends are cool, but not many cannot sustain themselves for a long time.

So, what type of visit are you entertaining today? What friends are you keeping?

Prayer lines with backup Word (excerpt from Prayer Snippets)

Thanksgiving
373. Thank you, Lord, for peace and calmness in my life and family. Ephesians 5:19-21

Family
385. Lord, help me to be able to forgive my spouse in Jesus name. Ephesians 5:22-33

Success
393. I receive the power to go forth and prosper in Jesus name. Ephesians 6:10

396. The schemes of the devil will not overcome me. Ephesians 6:11

Success
398. Darkness and the wickedness of this world will not overcome me in Jesus mighty name. Ephesians 6:11-18

Success
399. Lord Jesus, please pray for me that I may succeed in this life. Luke 22:31-32

Purposeful-Living
401. I pray that your grace will not cease to function in my life. Ephesians 6:24

 

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The life of man on earth 6.0 (the discouragement)

Some people barely live their life, and many are almost giving up on life. 

Trust me, I am right there with you, but Job was much more right there with you.

Job experienced the most bizarre situation in life when he lost everything in a day. Everything!

Job’s wife told him to “curse God and die” That’s his wife telling Job to give up!

Then Job’s wife said to him, “Do you still retain your integrity? Curse God and die!” Job 2:9

I believe Job wouldn’t expect this elevated level of discouragement, but he wasn’t discouraged.

The bible says that Job did not sin against God despite all his calamities.

Life is not that easy.

You made every effort to succeed, but there are many challenges and discouragement easily set in. You are not alone.

Job’s friends did not help the matter. Instead, they make it worse. I know some friends are not encouraging in times of need. Job had a similar experience too. So, you are not alone.

David was so stressed because everyone that surrounded him was against him, but he encouraged himself. Encourage yourself too!

And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. 1 Samuel 30:6

Jesus was also stressed out in His last days that he persuaded the disciples to pray. No, they didn’t! And the temptation was too much for them to bear as they all abandoned Him when He needed them most.

So, you are not alone; I am sure of this. Many people are going through what you are passing right now.

Be strong and take courage because there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

Peace!

Prayer Snippets for today (excerpt from Prayer Snippets)

Purposeful-Living
185. I pray that I will not become my own problem in Jesus name. Galatians 2:18

Purposeful-Living
189. I pray that I will not frustrate the grace of God in my life. Galatians 2:21

Purposeful-Living
190. Do not be tired or weary of my life oh Lord Jesus. Galatians 2:21

Deliverance
194. Oh Lord, deliver me from every evil curse that I know of and those I don’t know.

Purposeful-Living
197. Lord Jesus, you’ve taken my place at the cross. I will not return to my vomit in Jesus name. Galatians 3:13

Deliverance
198. I receive my deliverance from every devilish curse and manipulation because you stood in for me at the cross. Galatians 3:13

Deliverance
205. Even when it seems like my problems linger on, prove yourself strong Lord, and show that you’re greater than all my troubles.

 

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Trust in man or trust in God

First, talk to God, then to any man about your challenges (and that is if you need to).

Often, we want to help others, but we are incapable because we lack the ability or the means to help. However, God can do all things.

“I am the LORD, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27

Jesus said that “with God, nothing shall be impossible. So, trust God to overcome those challenges and those lingering problems. 

God will use different means to help you or send help to you, including man, but trust Him first and wait for Him to do so. 

Wait for the LORD and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off. Psalm 37:34

For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7

Man often fails to help, but we know that the supreme being is incapable of failure.

While trust in any man that can disappoint. While would you talk to any man about your troubles when you can speak to God?

Sometimes, people want to help but cannot often do so.

Your help is God, who has everlasting strength.

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14

Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength Isaiah 26:4

The life of man on earth 5.0 (the real enemy)

The devil is real. Evil people exist, and terrible things do happen.
Good people often suffer. Many innocent people are in prison and jail for wrongful accusations.

In fact, good people suffer for being good. Imagine that!
Job suffered for being a righteous man in his time. The devil falsely and intentionally accused job.

Satan replied to the LORD, “Skin for skin! A man will give up everything he has to save his life. Job 2:4

Yes, the devil is the real enemy!

Therefore, rejoice, O heavens! And you who live in the heavens, rejoice! But terror will come on the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you in great anger, knowing that he has little time.” Revelation 12:12

Satan has been an evil person for a long time. He hates everything God created.

He enjoys inflicting pain on people. He lies and steals. 

For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44

He doesn’t have mercy on his victim. He doesn’t hear the cry for help.

Sin causes a lot of problems for man, but Satan is the magnifier of all evils.

He has some power because when he fell as an angel, he retained few angelic qualities.

“How you are fallen from heaven, O shining star, son of the morning! You have been thrown down to the earth, you who destroyed the nations of the world. Isaiah 14:12

He is a spirit. So, you can’t see him with your naked eyes. He can influence the mind through actions. If he can see a pattern, he capitalizes on it to influence subsequent behaviors.

For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12
 
He cannot control you if you don’t allow it, but he can manipulate you if you allow him. He influences through lies, deceit, and fear.

Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Romans 6:16

So, the real enemy is not your neighbor or the next person on a bus or the train.

The real enemy is not your immediate family members or people from your village.

What he does is to poison people’s mind and makes them think and do havoc. So, since he is not in a physical form, he uses people to do his work. Evil people are influenced and used by the devil.

Your victory lies in aligning yourself to the supreme God.

Terrible things happen and await those who don’t believe in the saving work of God.

Job survived the devil’s schemes and onslaught, so can you.

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