The Prayerful Word - April 19

  • Romans 5:8 But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

    Ephesians 4:15 Speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ.

    Philippians 1:21 For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

    1 Peter 1:8-9 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.

    1 Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

    Lamentations 3:22-24 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in Him.”

    May you dwell open-handedly with your brethren, content with your needs met, and gracious with your abundance, even as the tribe of Judah gave of their territory to Simeon when the lot fell to them, for love seeks not her own, nor behaves unseemly. Joshua 19, 1 Corinthians 13

    May you be willing to labor for the good of others, doing service for your brethren, preferring others' good and the common welfare before any private advantage, trusting that in His wisdom the Lord has kept that which is best suited for you and most delightful to you. Joshua 19

    May you find your refuge in Christ, Who welcomes you with abundant grace and lavish mercy, granting the forgiveness of sin through the washing of His blood to all who turn from and repent of their deeds. Joshua 20

    May you be prepared to offer grace and mercy to those who need it, and not join the “avengers of blood” who seek their own “justice.” Joshua 20

    My love for you is without measure, My child, and that is why my chastening for you is measured.
    To leave you alone, unchecked, untrained, unlearned, unrestricted, would be the worst type of uncaring abuse imaginable. Your fleshly appetites, your sinful nature, would bring you straight to death's door, for it has inherited Adam's curse of a sinful death.
    I have brought you into a new life, given from above, which cannot be taken from you. So also I give you the training and preparation for that which you have never known – a life of liberty, full of freedom, loosed from chains that bound you. This new life you have received from Me carries with it the need to be responsible for your own actions before you can receive the authority waiting for you.
    You must learn how a child of the Almighty acts. You must learn respect and love for the Father God, because your father, the devil, taught you only fear and hate.
    My love for you is the Father's love, and when the veil in the temple was rent and the way was opened to the mercy seat in the temple, it was to demonstrate what truly had happened when My flesh was rent. My blood was sufficient to not merely cover your sin, but to cleanse it. Is there any greater demonstration possible of My measureless love for you?
    By this, you know that the lovingly measured discipline that trains and equips you for the glorious future in eternity is not a drop more than required, not an iota more than love, is never motivated by anger, is ever patient and attentive and never out of frustration, for you are precious to Me.
    A jeweler who chips away parts of a diamond is joyfully bringing out the beauty that lies within so that the light can be seen clearly. A blacksmith who shapes metal with both fire and hammer purifies it from the brittle slag that would weaken the utensil, then sharpens it into usefulness with file and grindstone. He never does this to waste his time and effort trying to torment the metal. Instead, his goal is to purposefully bring to view the shapely beauty of a balanced tool that is flexible under pressure and strong in use, a joy to the hand and a pleasure to the eye.
    Understand My love for you, My precious one, and do not doubt that My love follows you, surrounding you and leading you. Know, My dear one, that nothing touches you but what I have allowed in love. Turn always to Me, My dear one, and know My love through My blood and My suffering.

    May you be ready, when the Lord says, “I have need of that,” to release what He has given you into the service of the Lord. Luke 19

    May you accept the work of the Lord in your heart as He cleanses His temple, driving out the influences which rob, steal, and destroy, so that you can be a vessel of honor, and the place He dwells can be a house of prayer. Luke 19

    May your prayer come before the Lord, the God Who saves you, and may He turn His ear to your cry both day and night. Psalm 88

    When your heart is sick from hope deferred, may the Lord, Who is the tree of life, fulfill your longing. Proverbs 13:12

    May you respect the Lord's commands, for He will reward you. Proverbs 13:13

    May you receive the teaching of the wise, which turns a man from the snares of death, for it is a fountain of life. Proverbs 13:14