Archive for May, 2012

An Unanswerable Prayer?

Posted in D. Mann on May 25, 2012 by workoutwarriors

An Unanswerable Prayer?
As an ever-loving Father, God wants to uphold our steps as we walk through this life. He wants to be right alongside us and prevent us from falling. And so it’s entirely appropriate for us to ask the Lord to uphold our steps, as David does here in Psalm Chapter 17.
But there’s more to living life than that. It isn’t just a matter of putting the proverbial ball in God’s court and expecting Him to make everything come out okay. No, there’s also something required on our part. There’s a condition that needs to be met, and we see it in the words that immediately follow David’s petition.
Notice that “in Your paths” comes after “uphold my steps.” In other words, there was an understanding in David’s heart that he had a responsibility toward God. He recognized that it was incumbent upon him to walk in the Lord’s ways and to stay in step with His statues.
Sometimes we can forget that part of the equation. We pray and pray that God would bless our paths, but we don’t stop to ask if we’re walking on His path to begin with. What if the path we’re on isn’t “bless-able” to begin with? God, please prosper my lone sharking business. Father, uphold this extra-marital affair. It’s never going to happen, because God isn’t going to bless our steps when they stray outside His will.
If we want to walk in the assurance that God is going to uphold and support us, then we need to examine our walk-our way of life. Are we knowingly or willingly participating in something that’s not a part of His path? Are we praying an unanswerable prayer by asking God to bless “unblessable” behavior?
All-wise Father, search our hearts, show us Your path, and give us the grace to never stray from it.

God Can Raise the Lazaruses in Your Life

Posted in D. Mann on May 25, 2012 by workoutwarriors

God Can Raise the Lazaruses in Your Life
Remember when Jesus visited Mary and Martha after their brother Lazarus had been dead for four days? When He finally arrived, Martha said, “Master, if You had been here, my brother would not have died” (John 11:21 AMP).
Martha was clearly in a state of despair. Then, “Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother shall rise again.’ Martha replied, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day'” (vv. 23-24). I don’t think she really understood what Jesus was saying. She was looking toward a future possibility, not a present reality. She didn’t really expect things to change.
A lot of us are like Martha, stuck in our troubles, not realizing that God can turn things around. But Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, and He can raise the ‘Lazaruses’ in your life.
Don’t lose hope. You might be hurting now, but out of every disaster, God can bring a new beginning. Believe in God, and watch Him show His glory in your life.
Prayer Starter: Lord, I know that You will work every situation for Your glory. Instead of getting caught up in my problems, I believe that You can raise the ‘Lazaruses’ in my life

Motive

Posted in D. Mann on May 25, 2012 by workoutwarriors

Satan attacked Job’s motives, saying that Job was blameless and had integrity only because he had no reason to turn against God. Satan wanted to prove that Job worshiped God not out of love but because God had given him so much. Satan accurately analyzed why many people trust God. They are fair-weather believers, following God only when everything is going well or for what they can get. Adversity destroys this kind of superficial faith. But adversity strengthens real faith by causing believers to dig their roots deeper into God in order to withstand storms. How deep does your faith go? Put the roots of your faith down deep into God so that you can withstand any storm you may face.

The Trajectory Of Faith

Posted in D. Mann on May 25, 2012 by workoutwarriors

The Trajectory Of Faith
The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth forever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. Psalm 138:8
God is a champion at “putting” people in the right direction.
One day, I watched a championship golf match on television. One of the greatest golfers in the world stood on the green needing to make a very critical putt. He walked around the green and viewed the location of the ball from several different angles. He carefully prepared to putt as the crowd watched almost breathlessly. When he hit the ball, it looked like he putted the wrong way!
Amazingly, the ball turned and headed right into the hole. As the crowd cheered, I sat there amazed that he had made the putt. However, from my view, I could not see the lay of the land on the green. The golfer judged it perfectly and the ball landed right in the hole.
Every man or woman in Christ has a definite trajectory of faith and destiny. When it looks like God is putting you the wrong way, remember — He is a champion. He is able, by His Spirit, to get you in the right place at the right time to fulfill the call of God on your life.
Confession: God is “putting” me in the right direction. He is a champion. “The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me….” Psalm 138:8.

Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

Posted in D. Mann on May 25, 2012 by workoutwarriors

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” – Colossians 3:13
Is there someone you’ve been unwilling to forgive? Who is it that comes to mind? Now I assure you in some situations, you’re not going to be able to forgive people in your own strength. The hurt is too deep. We need to ask God to help us do what we cannot do. Ask for His supernatural power to begin to forgive that person!
Unwillingness to forgive is unwillingness to give control to God. Leave the getting even up to Him. How do you know when forgiveness is complete? For me, it’s when I’m able to see that person without having a knot in the pit of my stomach. There’s no sense of bitterness or resentment – just acceptance. Does that mean you merely trust them? Oh no – that’s for fools. But you choose to love them. It’s a great miracle that God brings about when we ask His help on forgiving others. And what freedom – to finally let go.
If you’re really struggling in this area, remember, Jesus is our ultimate example. Nobody got the shaft like Jesus. He had no sin. We murdered Him with our sins on the cross. And while we were murdering Him, He said, “Father, forgive them.” If Jesus can forgive us for that, then through His power we can forgive others who have wronged us.

Hindrances to Prayer Answers

Posted in D. Mann on May 25, 2012 by workoutwarriors

“Hindrances to Prayer Answers”
Bible verse: And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. – Mark 11:25
Unforgiveness is an effective hinder to answered prayer. Too often we employ one standard when we speak with God and another standard when we talk about one another. In James 3:9 James says about the tongue, “With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.” We measure using different measures. This is an effective hinder to our answer to prayer. Jesus makes it very clear that, “if you have anything against anyone, forgive him.” No wonder we sometimes do not receive answer to prayer.
Faith functions through love, so it cannot function where love and forgiveness are absent. It is undoubtedly true that numerous people have behaved inappropriately toward you. Perhaps you feel you have a right to hold something against them. But none of us has this right. No matter how long the list of offenses that other people have committed against us may be (and in this regard, our memory can be highly accurate), we do not have the right to hold anything against anyone.
When we approach the altar in need of answer to prayer, we must let go of all these things. Forgiveness has nothing to do with feelings. We cannot wait to forgive until it feels right. Forgiveness is an act of will. Tragically, some people do not want to forgive. They want to criticize, denigrate and pedantically find fault in others. They like to meticulously list faults and preferably even publicize them. But such people have mistakenly placed themselves in the judge’s seat, causing all joy, anointing, indeed, all meaning in life, to disappear. And there is no answer to prayer. Make sure you avoid this.
Prayer Lord, ensure that my heart does not hold grudges, unforgiveness or anger against those who have erred against me.

Do Not Disturb

Posted in D. Mann on May 25, 2012 by workoutwarriors

When it comes to serving our fellow man, most of us tend to live with a mindset that posts a “Do Not Disturb” sign over our heart. We think: “I’m too busy.” “Leave me alone.” “I don’t want to get involved.” “I’ve got my own agenda.”
Our culture is overrun with the attitude, “It’s all about me.” But as Rick Warren writes in his best seller, The Purpose Driven Life, “A meaningful life begins when we realize it’s not all about us. It’s all about God.” When we get to know our Creator through Jesus Christ, and begin to worship God and serve Him, we realize the way we serve God is to serve our fellow man–especially those in need.
“It’s all about me” is incredibly selfish, and it leads to emptiness and spiritual death. Real living begins when we start to know God, and serve Him. Serving God means serving others. It’s one of the keys to discovering your life purpose.