BE AN UMBRELLA! Posted 052517 @ 12pm.
It is written in Acts 1.4-14: And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey. And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
In Acts 1.14, they were all assembled together and praying in one accord, in UNITY. This is what is missing in the Body of Christ- UNITY. Division is everywhere. The enemy uses division to hinder God's people and God's purposes in their lives. The enemy only comes to steal, kill and destroy. This is why there is so much division in marriages, relationships, homes, schools, churches, and even in governments. Satan is behind all of this division.
It is written in 2 Chronicles 5.18: And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation. We are called to be Ministers of Reconciliation. This reconciliation must begin within our own personal relationships, our homes, our marriages, and families. As long as the enemy can cause division, there will continue to be much confusion and chaos.
It is written in 2 Chronicles 7.14: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. I pray daily, without ceasing, that God will wake up His people, the Shepherds and the sheep, so we can all unite in prayer. Our nation desperately needs healed. God promises that IF we pray, He will hear from heaven, forgive our sins and heal our land. The problem is that MOST people DON'T pray. Either they don't know how or have never been taught how important prayer is. Shame on every single Shepherd who does not teach the sheep how important and urgent prayer is.
Even Jesus, the Only Begotten SON of the Living God, prayed without ceasing. He had all power in heaven and earth, but still knew the importance of prayer. There is ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSE WHATSOEVER that churches are not houses of prayer! NONE! My question is: WHY aren't they praying, especially seeing that the days are evil, the night is far spent, and millions of souls are lost and going to spend eternity in a literal HELL.
I've been shouting from the rooftops for years, trying to WAKEUP the Church, the Shepherds and the sheep. I pray that whoever is reading this right now, will repent for their sin of prayerlessness, and GET BUSY! The world needs YOUR prayers! Imagine a Church that actually READ THE BIBLE and PRAYED TOGETHER! Imagine a family that actually read the Bible and prayed together. Imagine husbands and wives actually praying together.
Shepherds should be teaching ALL men, young and old, the importance of praying over their wives and children. My husband told me once that he is my umbrella, but God is OUR umbrella. I love that! In fact, what the world needs now is more UMBRELLAS! What if each of your prayers were like an umbrella, covering your loved one from the storms sent by the enemy? Guess what? They are! That is what a true man of God should understand. Men are called to be the spiritual leaders of their families. If men prayed with their wives and over their homes, the enemy would not be causing so much divorce and division. There would not be so much heartache, depression, despair, poverty, unforgiveness, jealousy, rage, hate, anger, bitterness, strife and every evil work in the hearts of mankind.
I beg you, if you are a man, that you will repent for your prayerlessness, and begin now to understand that your wife and children DESPERATELY need YOUR prayers! I pray that you will become a mighty man of valor, and PRAY! I beg you, if you are a woman, that you will repent for your prayerlessness, and become a mighty woman of valor, like Esther, and PRAY! May God raise up men and women of prayer! LORD, WE NEED MORE UMBRELLAS!
If you are a man, and you are single, you should be praying over your future. You should be praying for your future Bride, your future marriage, and your future family. You should be consecrating yourself unto the LORD, that you may be a Godly husband that will raise Godly children. If you are a single woman, you too should be praying over your future husband. You too should be consecrating yourself unto the LORD, so that you will be a Godly wife and mother. Single adults should be covering their future mates in prayer, asking God to protect them from temptation, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. How many single people are praying for their future mates?
I have witnessed so many people spending most of their time on the internet and dating sites, looking for love in all the wrong places.I've personally heard so many horror stories and seen good hearted, naive people being deceived by players/predators/married people on the internet. Guess What? You CAN live without Facebook. The Body of Christ needs to get OFF of Facebook and get their faces in THE BOOK!
It is written in 2 Timothy 3.6: This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
I do NOT recommend dating sites. I DO recommend seeking God's face and waiting on God to bring the RIGHT person into your life. Why aren't churches training single adults to be Intercessors and Godly men and women? Why are people so trusting of strangers? This is NOT Godly. I don't trust anyone BUT God! I have a family member who thinks that is horrible. I think that my family member is ignorant. They trust all the wrong people, and always end up hurt and messed up, and this person goes to church, and reads the Bible. It is written in Romans 3.23: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. It is written in Jeremiah 17.9: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Only God knows the heart and the intents of men. Don't be fooled by the outward appearance of a person. They may be beautiful on the outside, but on the inwardly they could be ravenous wolves, demon possessed, sent by Satan to destroy you! Please stop trusting everyone you meet!
I receive prayer requests daily from people who trusted the WRONG, people and now they are in a big hot mess. It is written in Proverbs 4.7: Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. The only true wisdom comes from God and is written in the Bible. You aren't just born with it. I beg you to pick up the Bible and READ IT! Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes and give you understanding. It is written in James 1.5: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. It is written in Matthew 7.7: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. It's up to you now. You may not have ever heard this before from your pastor, but you've heard it from me!
I AM PLEADING WITH YOU to seek God's face, separate yourself from the wicked world, shut off all the distractions, spend time in the WORD of God, in prayer, in fasting and consecrating yourself to God. He promised that if you seek FIRST the Kingdom of God, and His Righteousness, all these things will be added unto you. That includes the right people in your life. Without Godly wisdom, and discernment, the enemy will be sure to put all the WRONG people in your life, only sent to harm and destroy you.
I have also known so many precious souls, male and female, who were destroyed because they did NOT wait on God and became unequally yoked. It is written in 2 Corinthians 6.14: Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? SHEPHERDS, PROTECT YOUR SHEEP! STOP PROTECTING THE PREDATORS! It's like the Liberal government protecting the "feelings" of terrorists, instead of protecting the people they are appointed and paid to protect!
Again, everything is a choice. You can CHOOSE to be blessed or you can CHOOSE to be cursed. You can CHOOSE to do things God's way or you can CHOOSE to do things your own way. I could preach a whole sermon right here, but let me just end this with one word: R-E-S-P-E-C-T!
I will continue to pray without ceasing that God will WAKEUP Shepherds, WAKEUP the sheep, and make TRUE, HOLY GHOST FILLED DISCIPLES out of those who are called by His Name. Will you join me? I pray you will.
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