July 28 Sparky’s Heart — SONG OF SOLOMON 1-8
Sparky's Prayer: Help us Lord God, to invest the necessary energy and time into the relationship with the one You gave us. Thank You for giving us the capacity to love and be loved in Your guidance for our lives. Thank You that love builds up and gives life rather than to kill, steal, and destroy. Thank You Lord for giving us the capability to love and be loved by the ones You have put around us. Thank You Lord, that You overlook our flaws in us In Jesus’ mighty saving name, we pray. Amen.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 — Presentations
PAUL'S PRAYER: Dear Father God, all Honors to You: We present our bodies to You, O Lord. Give it health, energy and stamina. Give it healing, as needed. We present our souls, our personality to You, our God. Impress on it the characteristics that honor You and are pleasing to other people, for their good. We present our spirit to You, dear Father God. Help us to be wholly joined to You, one spirit with the Lord. In Jesus’ mighty saving name and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray. Amen.
VERSE: When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at His teaching, because He taught as one Who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law. ~ Matthew 7:28-29 (NIV)
THOUGHT: Unlike the teachers of His day, Jesus did not have to shore up His teaching with obscure quotes from past teachers. Jesus, the Word of God, spoke the very words of God. He did and said what the Father willed. His life and His words had ring of authenticity and an awareness of power that extend through the ages and beckon us to His truth. This Jesus, our Teacher and Lord, is different. His words are powerful. His teachings are true. Therefore, His will must be our passion!
PRAYER: Holy Father God, thank You for speaking through Your prophets and through Your Scriptures. However, Father God, we praise You for speaking Your greatest message in Jesus. As we see the character of His life, we are drawn to You. As we hear the authenticity in His words, we seek humbly to obey. Thank You for sending Jesus to be our teacher, our guide, our Lord, and our Savior. It is in Jesus’ mighty saving name, we pray. Amen.
WHAT JESUS DID! — Thanks for the Power!
Matthew 15:35-38 (NLT) So Jesus told all the people to sit down on the ground. Then He took the seven loaves and the fish, thanked God for them, broke them into pieces, and gave them to the disciples, who distributed the food to the crowd. They all ate until they were full, and when the scraps were picked up, there were seven large baskets of food left over! There were four thousand men who were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children.
WJD THOUGHT: Jesus gave directions, gave thanks, and gave food so the disciples could give what the people needed to be filled and satisfied. Can you think of anything more powerful for Jesus to give? When we look to Him and seek really to serve Him, He blesses us with power and ability above normal human strength. This zone of blessing and ministry can also be ours if we will offer Jesus ourselves and remove the things we allow to get in the way of our faith in Him.
WJD PRAYER: Holy Father God Who is able to deliver, forgive, redeem, empower, create, mend, bless… we praise You for Your love for us. We do not deserve it, but we look forward to receiving it from You one day, face to face. Until then, please help keep our faith strong. In Jesus’ mighty saving name and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray. Amen.
WHAT JESUS DID! — Are You Able!
Mark 10:37-38 (NLT) "In Your glorious Kingdom, we want to sit in places of honor next to You," they said, "one at Your right and the other at Your left." However, Jesus answered, "You do not know what you are asking! Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of sorrow I am about to drink? Are you able to be baptized with the baptism of suffering I must be baptized with?"
WJD THOUGHT: Before we overestimate what we would actually do to serve the Lord, we had better look at some who failed Him miserably. This is not to discourage us, but to humble us and remind us of how difficult it is to let faith triumph over fear and trust win over trial. We will not make it on our own, but with the help of the Lord and the encouragement of each other, by God's grace we can remain faithful even unto the point of death.
WJD PRAYER: O Father God, we confess that we cannot do it alone. Our strength is not sufficient. Even looking at the great heroes of faith who have paid the ultimate price before us, we are sure that we do not have the strength to pay the ultimate price on our own. Therefore, dear Father God, we turn to You and the power of the Holy Spirit to sustain us. We ask that the encouragement and support of Your people can uphold us. We promise to do our best, but we also know that without Your grace, our best is not sufficient. So please strengthen our courage and inspire our strength. In Jesus' mighty saving name, we pray. Amen.
WHAT JESUS DID! — The Real Blessing
Luke 11:27-28 (NLT) As He was speaking, a woman in the crowd called out, "God bless Your mother — the womb from which You came, and the breasts that nursed You!" He replied, "But even more blessed are all who hear the Word of God and put it into practice."
WJD THOUGHT: Jesus never passed up an opportunity to help people move to a higher truth. Yes, there were those who criticized Him. Yes, there were those that idolized Him. He came, however, to bring God's message of salvation and the Kingdom to people who had just about lost hope. He came to share God's truth with folks normally left out of the religious discussion. Therefore, Jesus uses both criticism and praise to be an opportunity to lead people to greater truth. The real blessing does not have to do with the physical ties to Jesus. No, the real blessing is given to those who put the Word of God into practice. He has spoken that word to them ... and to us!
WJD PRAYER: Holy and Almighty Father God, thank You for helping us see the very clear and simple truth of our need to obey Your Word and, through Your Holy Spirit, please give us the strength to obey it. Forgive us for being so wrapped up in the nuances of religious discussion that we forget the profound simplicity of obeying Your truth from our hearts. In Jesus' mighty saving name, we pray. Amen.
WHAT JESUS DID! — Crying Out to Jesus!
John 11:3-4 (NLT) So the two sisters sent a message to Jesus telling Him, "Lord, the one You love is very sick." However, when Jesus heard about it He said, "Lazarus' sickness will not end in death. No, it is for the glory of God. I, the Son of God, will receive glory from this."
WJD THOUGHT: Sometimes we have no answers and all we can do is cry out to Jesus and ask for His help! We do not know what He knows. We cannot see to the end of the matter. Everything looks lost from our end. Therefore, in our desperation, we cry out for help. However, why does it take desperation to cry out to Him and ask for His help? Why do not we start each day by crying out to Him for help, asking Him to enter into our world, our homes, our lives, and our hearts? The reminder that Jesus stands at the door of our hearts and knocks was not written to the lost, but to the saved, who had begun to take their walk with Jesus for granted. So let us not wait until desperation sets in to cry out and to invite Him in!
WJD PRAYER: Father God, thank You for being ever near. Thank You for coming all the way here. Thank You for making Jesus available. Now, dear Savior, we cry out and ask You into our hearts. We know You are always near and always here, but we want You to know You are welcome here. We willingly open ourselves to You. Your wisdom, strength, care, healing, guidance, love, inspiration, tenderness, strength, and power are always welcome in our lives. Please come alive in us. In Jesus’ mighty saving name and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray. Amen.
Daily Guide to Miracles from Oral Roberts Ministries
Forgiveness is a never-ending process. The disciple Peter once asked Jesus, "Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?" "No!" Jesus replied, "seventy times seven!" Matthew 18:21-22 (NLT)
Forgiveness Sets You Free! — By Lindsay Roberts
As long as we live on this earth, we will have to work at keeping our hearts free of unforgiveness because people often do or say hurtful things, even unintentionally. For me, the hardest people to forgive are the ones who hurt my loved ones. I can remember one time when I was a child and someone did something hurtful to my mother. Now my mother is wonderful. Therefore, when this person did her wrong, I was offended and angry with them for years. I thought, One day they are going to get what they deserve.
However, later the Lord spoke to my heart and said, "Lindsay, you cannot carry that bitterness because it will destroy you." I was reminded of Matthew 5:44, where Jesus said, "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you."
I began to weep and said, "Lord, I forgive them." In addition, do you know what happened when I did that? I had not seen the other person for years, so I do not know what happened to them, but forgiving them released me! I felt like a huge weight rolled off me, and I was set free!
No matter what someone has done to you or to your loved ones, God commands you to forgive. You cannot do it in your own humanness, but you can obey His Word. As an act of your will, declare, "Lord, I forgive them," because forgiveness sets you free!
My Declaration of Faith for Today: By an act of my will, I forgive those who have hurt my loved ones or me because forgiveness sets me free.
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My Hiding Place
Matthew 6:6 — But when you pray, go into your [most] private room, and, closing the door, pray to your Father, Who is in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you in the open. (AMP)
I enjoy a measure of aloneness. I greatly desire to return constantly to my private place where I am most comfortably free to be myself — to think things through, speak my thoughts aloud. Yes, I can come to my private hiding place any time I choose, and I always feel welcome here. I am happy to close the door, voice my hopes, confront my deepest emotions, beliefs, present aims, future goals; who I think I am with God's most recent improvings; who I am not yet; who I will become in the nature of my Jesus Lord.
In my private hiding place, I can speak of what I'm sad about, my dreads, doubts, hurts, disappointments on my behalf and on other's behalf, and about that concerning pain in my left arm restricting my activity a little more today.
In truth, I can speak those most secret things. I can open up the floodgates of my heart, mind, and spirit, letting the river flow freely about everything: major regrets, failures, shattered love-hopes, relationships, and dreams, griefs, losses, and defeats.
Yes, here, the closed door of my hiding place seals me in warmly and protectively. I can shout out loud, dance, and sing my greatest joys, treasures, achievements, successes, victories, so many gains, new love-hopes, relationships, refreshings, fulfillments, satisfactions, and the multiple godly happenings still to come.
I rejoice in what a very special place this is. Excitingly, most often I glimpse future belief not flawed; maturity in God, strong not frail; a new body, perhaps tall and willowy; and an eternity in which I can live perfectly.
As I soar higher in spirit, I press through more strongly, more completely. I see the brilliant, all-powerful lights of the heavenly courts, where I can sing and dance freely as long as I want to without tiring, as well as greet the hosts of holy citizens in unbroken fellowship, laughter, praise, and worship.
Ah, the face of my Jesus, I see and touch fearlessly. I behold lingeringly His eyes of love, mercy, grace, and perfect justice kindly burning into mine. I hear His sweet, gentle voice call my new name as He clasps my hands to draw me closer into my Hiding Place.
Now I may nestle, quietly rest, and listen to Him about all that I have prayed and shared, confident that I shall receive from Him the wisest counsel in the whole universe.
Yes, as we become closer in our communing with Jesus, and as He meets us wherever we are, He not only welcomes us, but He can actually become our Hiding Place.
Psalm 119:114 — You are my Hiding Place and my Shield; I hope in Your Word. (AMP)
Psalm 32:7 — You are a Hiding Place for me; You, Lord, preserve me from trouble, You surround me with songs and shouts of deliverance. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! (AMP)
We come in agreement with Rosemary’s Prayer: Thank You Father God for Jesus Lord, our Jehovah Jireh. You provide everything each of us will ever need in this life, as well as through all eternity. Thank You again and again for Your every promise to us: "He who dwells in the Secret Place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]." Psalm 91:1 (AMP) In Jesus’ mighty saving name, we pray. Amen and Amen!
Rosemary Renninson — email@example.com
Westbury, Victoria, Australia
WHAT JESUS DID! — Paul departed from Athens and went to Corinth
Acts 18:1-3 AFTER THIS [Paul] departed from Athens and went to Corinth.  There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently arrived from Italy with Priscilla his wife, because Claudius had issued an edict that all the Jews were to leave Rome. In addition [Paul] went to see them,  And because he was of the same occupation, he stayed with them; and they worked [together], for they were tentmakers by trade.
Know Your Limitations ~ TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria Osteen
TODAY'S SCRIPTURE: "If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as He wanted them to be" 1 Corinthians 12: 17-18 (NIV)
In the New Testament, John was baptizing a crowd of people and drawing a lot of attention. Somebody came up and said, "John, are you the Christ or should we keep looking?" Without missing a beat John said, "No, I am not the Messiah."
See, John knew what he was, but he also knew what he was not. It is just as important to know what you are not because if you do not realize your limitations, you will get drawn into areas that may look impressive and may feed your ego, but they are outside of your gifting and calling; outside of what God anointed you to do. Anytime you go outside of your limitations, it will be a constant struggle. Do not let that be you! Instead, stay focused on what you are good at. Follow peace in your heart and know your limitations because God has created you just the way He wants you to be!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY: Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me. Thank You for choosing me. I ask that You help me to know my limitations. Help me to know my place in the body of Christ so that I can bring glory and honor to You. In Jesus’ mighty saving name, we pray. Amen.