BACK-TO-SCHOOL PRAYER FOR 2016-2017

BACK-TO-SCHOOL PRAYER FOR 2016-2017

 

PRAY FOR OUR CHILDREN AS THEY RETURN TO SCHOOL

PRAY FOR OUR CHILDREN, TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS AND SUPPORT STAFF AS THEY RETURN TO SCHOOL

 

The summer break is just about over and the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year is upon us.

As such, it is important that we pray for our students, teachers, administrators, and support staff as they return to school campuses all over the world.

Below is a back-to-school prayer that I encourage you to pray in faith with Believers worldwide, believing God to move on our behalf for His honor and glory.

Let us pray:

Father, we come to You in the Name of Jesus thanking you for all that You’ve done, known and unknown, during the past school years………..for this, we are forever grateful.

As we enter this new School Year, we ask that You give our students, teachers, administrators, and support staff a spirit of excellence, a mind to work hard, and that You empower them to do well and make the most of each opportunity presented to them.

When things get difficult, grant them a spirit of determination and perseverance to push through and not give up. Help them to recognize and understand that You are their very present help in times of trouble no matter where they are or what they face.

Father, protect and keep our students, teachers, administrators, and support staff. Shield them from all harm and danger. Help them to avoid every trap and foil every plan of the enemy. We cover them in the Blood of Jesus and ask that Your warring angels encamp around them and guard them in all of their ways.

And, more than ever before, help them to hold fast to the Truth of Your Word and not be deceived into believing, accepting or practicing any doctrine, philosophy, or behavior, that is contrary to Your Divine Will and Standards…….even if exposed to their minds, may it not enter their hearts, but let Your Truth always reign supreme in their innermost being.

Father, help our students, teachers, administrators, and support staff to maintain an atmosphere and environment that is conducive to learning and development. Help them to submit to established rules and order and to practice respect. Should disagreement or conflict arise, enable peace and harmony to be wisely and speedily restored without violence or abuse at any level . 

Strengthen and comfort all who are coming from homes or personal situations filled with need, strife, and trauma and are secretly hurting and broken within. Enable them to work well in spite of their situations. Intervene on their behalf and bring help, healing and restoration. Touch them and let them know and experience Your love and presence in a special way. 

Father, make each student, teacher, administrator, and support staff mindful of their responsibility to represent You well as Ambassadors of Your Kingdom. Remind them that they are salt and light on their school campuses with an assignment to advance Your Kingdom and influence those in their environment for Your honor and glory.

Let Your power and anointing rest upon and work through them making them notably distinct and different, and enabling them to demonstrate Godly wisdom, character, principles and love to all so hearts may be touched, lives changed and souls saved. 

Father we place this 2016-2017 School Year and everyone and everything concerning it into Your hands acknowledging our need for and dependence on You.

Thank You in advance for all that You will do for Your honor and glory in Jesus’ Name, amen.

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

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ARE YOU ANCHORED?

ARE YOU ANCHORED?

ARE YOU ANCHORED?

ARE YOU ANCHORED?

 

Always

Needing

Christ’s

Help

Operating

Regularly

Every

Day

 

I NEED THEE EVERY HOUR SUNG BY JADON LAVIK

 

Whether in a time of ease, peace, and calm

or in a time of difficulty, tumult, and storm,

I’m anchored……

Always Needing Christ’s Help Operating Regularly Every Day.

 

Are you anchored?

 

“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.

(Proverbs 3:5-6 – Amplified Bible Classic Edition)

 

“For in him we live and move and exist……”

(Acts 17:28 – NLT) 

 

SELAH!

 

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

 

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I WATCH – I WAIT – I EXPECT…..

I WATCH – I WAIT – I EXPECT…

I WATCH - I WAIT - I EXPECT...

“But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.” (Micah 7:7 – NIV)

 

I WATCH – I WAIT – I EXPECT…..

 

Whatever your situation today, look to the Lord, hope in Him……watch, wait and expect to hear from Him.

 

“The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him,
to the one who seeks Him; it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.”

(Lamentations 3:25, 26 – NIV)

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

 

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WHAT KIND OF FOOD DO YOU SERVE GOD’S PEOPLE?

WHAT KIND OF FOOD DO YOU SERVE GOD’S PEOPLE?

Pastor, preacher, what kind of food do you serve God’s people?

 

JUNK FOOD?

SWEET & EMPTY

SWEET & EMPTY

Junk Food A message filled with philosophies, opinions, and doctrines that sound good intellectually and/or stir emotions deeply, but that is not rooted and grounded in the Word and therefore provides no spiritual nourishment .

 

FAST FOOD?

QUICK AND CONVENIENT

QUICK & CONVENIENT

Fast FoodA message prepared by someone as a result of the revelation, instruction, and direction they received from spending time in the Word and in the presence of God, and then conveniently picked up and served/ministered by another without any preparation on their part. 

 

HOME COOKED FOOD?

CAREFULLY PREPARED & NUTRITIOUS

NUTRITIOUS & DELICIOUS

Home Cooked Food – A message obtained by prayerfully going into the presence of God with His Word and asking “Lord what would you have me to say to our people?”, waiting for revelation, instruction, and direction then preparing and serving/ministering it as given by the Holy Spirit.

 

Pastor, preacher, what kind of food do you serve God’s people?

SELAH!

 

As a note, I must say I am truly grateful to God to have a pastor, Apostle Rick Dean, who always makes it a priority to serve the people of God entrusted to his care at Family of Faith Ministries International, nutritious and delicious Home Cooked Food….Apostle, your sacrifice is appreciated.

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

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YOU OR GOD?

YOU OR GOD?

GOD VS YOU

 

Sometimes obeying and therefore pleasing God will put us at odds with people, even those near and dear to us, resulting in negative repercussions.

 

You expected “A”

God said give “B”

Now I’m treated like a refugee.

 

You wanted to hear “Yes’

God said to say “No”

Now I have nowhere to go.

 

You said “come”

God said “stay”

Now I have a price to pay.

 

You said “move”

God said “wait”

Now you want to separate.

 

You wanted my help

God said refrain

Now you resent the sound of my name.

 

You wanted me in your box

God said be free

This is about Him……not about you nor about me.

 

SELAH!

 

The Apostle Paul knew first-hand the pressures and price when faced with the proposition of pleasing God vs pleasing man.

In Galatians 1:10 he makes a statement that shows that he understood something very critical about this issue.

He stated:

“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

(Galatians 1:10 – NIV)

The Apostle Paul said if he was still trying to please people, he would not be a servant of Christ. 

This statement shows that at one time the Apostle Paul was trying to please people, but came to realize that if he continued to do so, he would not be able to walk in the divine destiny that God had ordained for him, so he made a key decision, he decided that he would no longer try to please people, but would instead please and seek the approval of God.

What about you?

How badly do you want to walk in the God’s divine purpose for you?

Do you want to walk in it badly enough to endure the negative attitudes, rejection, disapproval and persecution that often comes from others when obeying God’s directives to you is at odds with their desires or preferences?

What do you do when faced with the dilemma of pleasing God vs pleasing others?

What do you do when God wants you to say “no” in a situation, but another wants you to say “yes”?

Do you allow the fear of their backlash to override the voice of the Holy Spirit, and against your better judgment, yield to their request or demand, or do you choose to stand your ground, respectfully decline and please God?

As Believers it is inevitable that we will face many situations on our spiritual journey where pleasing God will mean offending man, and pleasing man will mean offending God.

Like the Apostle Paul, when faced with the choice, may we, by the grace of God, have the will and courage to resist pleasing man, no matter who it might be, and choose to please God instead.

It all begins with a heart decision – “Lord I want to please You” – then reliance on His grace in every situation to see us through.

 

SELAH!

 

“Am I now trying to win the favor and approval of men, or of God? Or am I seeking to please someone? If I were still trying to be popular with men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.”

(Galatians 1:10 – Amplified Bible)

 

“The fear of human opinion disables;
trusting in God protects you from that.”

(Proverbs 29:25 – The Message Bible)

 

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”

(Romans 8:14 – NKJV)

 

“I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.”

(Philippians 4:13 – NKJV)

 

SELAH!

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

 

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WARRING WITH YOUR PROPHETIC WORD

WARRING WITH YOUR PROPHETIC WORD

Are you waiting on the fulfillment of a prophetic word/prophecy that seems to be taking forever?

If so, I received the following prophetic word by Elaine Tavolacci this morning via my subscription to her website, http://www.awordinseason.info. which I believe is a timely word for  you and as such am re-blogging it with her permission.

 

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The Senate Group, Giant Sequoia Trees at Grant Grove, Sequoia National Park, Southern Sierra Nevada, east of Visalia, California

GIANT SEQUOIA TREES

 

July 23, 2016

Warring With Your Prophetic Word

By Elaine Tavolacci

In the book of First Timothy, Paul was encouraging Timothy to wage a good warfare concerning the prophecies that were given to him. He wouldn’t have told him that if he wasn’t going to experience spiritual warfare. Every one of us has received a word from God either through a personal prophetic word, or the bible. The Holy Spirit is showing me that many of you have become disheartened because that prophetic word has not yet come to pass. For some of you it has been months, and for others it has been years that this promise has not manifested in the natural. There is a process between the time that we receive the word, until the word comes to pass. The bible says in 1 Timothy 1:18 that we are to wage a good warfare with that prophecy, and to fight the good fight of faith.

The Holy Spirit gave me this analogy of two trees. Two distinct seeds were planted in the same field and at the same time. The first seed was a cherry blossom tree seed and the other was a sequoia tree seed. Each seed had the same care as they were both provided the same sunlight and water. The cherry blossom tree grew quickly and flourished beautifully with brilliant pink flowers and bright green leaves, but the seed of the sequoia tree seemed to be taking a long time to show any signs of growth. As time went on, the cherry blossom tree continued to grow and flourish but the sequoia tree seed didn’t appear as if it was going to amount to anything. After some time the sequoia tree began to grow towering over the cherry blossom tree and multiplied in size, surpassing the cherry blossom tree in height, width and overall proportion.

The reason why the sequoia tree took longer to grow was because it required stronger and deeper roots to support its tremendous size. Neither tree was insignificant, but each one served their purpose. Although the cherry blossom tree was beautiful to the eye, the sequoia tree grew to be the tallest and strongest tree in the world. In the same way, some of you have promises that are taking longer to come to pass because they are more extensive and wide range. Don’t let go of the prophecy that has been given to you no matter how long it takes. Your promise will come into fruition just as these two seeds which were planted. Every one of us, and every promise is unique and exclusively designed. When His word comes to pass in its appointed time, you will see the vastness of it and you will be amazed at what Jesus has done in your life and ministry.

1 Timothy 1:18
This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare.

1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

1 Timothy 6:20-21
O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge- by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith.

 

By Elaine Tavolacci

A Word In Season – http://www.awordinseason.info.

 

I hope the word was a blessing to you.

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

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3 TACTICS FROM DAVID TO HELP US NOT FALL PREY TO THE ENEMY

3 TACTICS FROM DAVID TO HELP US NOT FALL PREY TO THE ENEMY 

I DO'T WANT THAT IN MY SPIRIT

I DON’T WANT THAT IN MY SPIRIT!

I DON'T WANT THAT IN MY SPIRIT

I DON’T WANT THAT IN MY SPIRIT EITHER!

 

“I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.”

(Psalm 101:3 – KJV)

 

David makes three noteworthy statements in Psalm 101:3. 

 

“I will set no base or wicked thing before my eyes. I hate the work of them who turn aside [from the right path]; it shall not grasp hold of me.”

(Psalm 101:3 – Amplified Bible Classic Edition)

 

  1. He said he would set no wicked or base thing before his eyes.

This statement shows that just like with us today, there were wicked, worthless and base things that David could have chosen to set or place before his eyes, that he could have chosen to look at, gaze upon, or expose himself to, but instead, he made a deliberate decision to turn away and not to do so.

What about you?

When faced with the opportunity to look at things that are wicked, worthless and base in the eyes of God, what do you do?

Do you choose to set your eyes on them, to look at or gaze upon them? Or do you, like David, make a determined choice to turn away?

How do you deal with this?

 

2. He said he hated the work/deeds of them who turn aside from what is right.

This statement shows that David had an internal posture toward wicked work/deeds that aligned with God’s posture.

Like God, David hated the work/deeds of people who turned aside from what was right.

He did not applaud the work/deeds, he did not praise them, he did not glorify them, nor did he aspire to do the same things or act in the same way.

He made a decision to love what God loves and hate what God hates.

What about you?

What is your posture towards the work/deeds of those who turn aside from what is right?

Do you hate these works/deeds and see them as God sees them, i.e., as wicked and to be avoided, or do you love these works/deeds and see them as man or popular culture sees them, i.e., as acceptable, entertaining, to be aspired to and embraced?

What is your position?

 

3. He said it shall not cleave to or grasp hold of him.

This statement  shows that David understood something that is worth noting. 

He understood that if he chose to set his eyes upon/expose himself to wicked things and to embrace wicked works/deeds of people who have turned aside from what is right, it would make him vulnerable to those same wicked proclivities cleaving to, clinging to or grasping hold of him.

Because of this, he made a decision and took a stance that would protect his spiritual well-being and keep him from this path.

What about you?

David did not take the matter of setting wicked, worthless or base things before his eyes or embracing the works/deeds of people who have turned away from what is right lightly……..do you?

David understood the danger of such things to his spiritual well-being; he understood that these things could contaminate and weaken him spiritually and draw him down a treacherous path….do you?

David was willing to take a disciplined stance that would protect his spiritual well-being…..are you?

How will you choose to view these things and what will you choose to do?

 

Considering the above, the three tactics that can be derived from Psalm 101:3: that can help us not fall prey to the wiles and traps of the enemy are:

1: – We decide to set/place no wicked, worthless or base thing before our eyes.

2: – We love and embrace the work/deeds that God loves and hate and reject the work/deeds that God hates.

3: – We walk discerningly, and circumspectly, understanding that setting our eyes on wicked things and embracing wicked deeds is not harmless, but  can negatively affect our spiritual well-being.

 

“I will set no worthless thing before my eyes;
I hate the work of those who fall away;
It shall not fasten its grip on me.”

(Psalm 101:3 – NASB)

 

“I will not set before my eyes
anything that is base.
I hate the work of those who fall away;
it shall not cleave to me.”

(Psalm 101:3 – RSV)

SELAH!

Father, by your grace, help us to be wise and obedient to Your Spirit concerning these matters in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Be challenged…be encouraged,

Kim

 

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YOU ARE MY ALL IN ALL

YOU ARE MY ALL IN ALL

 

I woke up this morning with the song “You Are My All In All” in my spirit and thought I’d share it.

It is a blessing to me……may it also bless you.

Shalom,

Kim

YOU ARE MY ALL IN ALL

Although blessed with some good people in my life whom I appreciate, treasure, and am very grateful to God for, hands down, my best friend is Jesus Christ. I really can’t imagine life on this earth without Him, and I’m not just saying that to sound spiritual or impressive, He is truly my all in all.

“The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.”

(Psalm 28:7 – NIV)

“My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.”

(Psalm 62:7 – NIV)

 

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY……WHO AM I?

FLASHBACK FRIDAY…….WHO AM I?

I bought my first Point of Grace album, “Steady On “, when it was released back in 1998 and the song that ministered to me the most,  was called “Who Am I?”.

“Who Am I?” has been in my spirit all week so I just decided to post it.

When I think of God and who He is…..when I think of the eternal, multifaceted, glorious, awesome, wise, powerful, splendid, expansive, gracious, loving, magnificence of His being…….and then I think of me and who I am, it totally blows me away that He would want a relationship with me….who am I?

Be encouraged and be blessed as you listen.

Kim

“WHO AM I?” – POINT OF GRACE

LYRICS

Over time You’ve healed so much in me,
And I am living proof.
That although my darkest hour had come,
Your light could still shine through.
Though at times it’s just enought to cast,
A shadow on the wall.
I am grateful that you’ve shined your light on me at all.

[CHORUS]
Who Am I,
That you would love me so gently?
Who Am I,
That you would recognize my name?
Who Am I,
That you would speak to me so softly?
Conversation with the Lord most high.
Who Am I?

Oh Amazing Grace how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost,
But now am found.
Was blind,
But now I see.
And the more I sing that sweet old song,
The more I understand.
That I do not comprehend this love that’s coming from your hand.

[REPEAT CHORUS]

Grace, grace.
God’s grace.
Grace that will pardon, and cleanse within.
Grace, grace.
God’s great grace.
Grace that is greater than all my sin.

[REPEAT CHORUS]

Lord, Who Am I?
Who Am I?
Lord Who Am I?
Who Am I?
Who Am I?

 

“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?”

(Psalms 8:3-4 – KJV)

 

“When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
the moon and the stars you set in place—
what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
human beings that you should care for them?”

(Psalms 8:3-4 – NLT)

 

“I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous,
your handmade sky-jewelry,
Moon and stars mounted in their settings.
Then I look at my micro-self and wonder,
Why do you bother with us?
Why take a second look our way?”

(Psalms 8:3-4 – The Message Bible)

 

SELAH!

 

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THREE DOGS & A CAT TOGETHER?????

THREE DOGS & A CAT TOGETHER?????

IF WE CAN DO IT, SO CAN YOU!

IF WE CAN DO IT, SO CAN YOU!

 

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!

It is like the precious oil [of consecration] poured on the head, Coming down on the beard, Even the beard of Aaron, Coming down upon the edge of his [priestly] robes [consecrating the whole body].

It is like the dew of [Mount] Hermon Coming down on the hills of Zion; For there the Lord has commanded the blessing: life forevermore.”

(Psalms 133:1-3 – Amplified Bible)

 

 

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