For the Life of Your Little Ones

Tuesday I read an article that was sad, disturbing and eye opening all at the same time.  The article was about a 25 year old young woman who recorded video of herself having a surgical abortion.  That video is now on YouTube.  She made this video in order to change people’s perspective on abortion.  She is an abortion counselor and decided to use her unborn baby to show that it’s not a scary procedure.   My heart was grieved that we live in a society where posting a video of an abortion for public viewing is legal and even embraced by some people.  I haven’t watched it nor am I going to.  I read that the video is just over three minutes long.  I whole heartily disagree with what this young woman did and what she’s continuing to do. God loves her and she desperately needs Jesus.  She is living in a web of deception that isn’t just affecting her, it’s also going to have an impact on our young people.   Young people who watch that three minute video will not realize the physical, psychological and spiritual impact of what an abortion does to a woman.  What I want to do is to  encourage each person reading this today to spend at least three minutes praying for this young women.  Pray for her salvation, that her eyes will be opened to the truth, that God will send laborers across her path to love and minister to her.  Her name is Emily.  Pray for those who will see the video as well.

Last night at church my Pastor talked about his heart for young people.  I know that my Pastors have a heart for youth.  They always have.  I was blessed to have them as my Youth Pastors many years ago.  Even when they didn’t have a child of their own they took spiritual responsibility not just for a group of young people but a generation.  I’m so very grateful that they were willing take that responsibility.  I don’t have children but I have other children and young people in my life.  I would be remiss if I didn’t sow into their lives the way others have sown into mine.  I’m not called to be a youth pastor but I am called to love and pray for the younger generation.  So are you.  If the church doesn’t rise up and take spiritual responsibility for this generation they’re going to be raised watching YouTube videos of abortions and worse.  Without Jesus, this generation will grow up with their hearts hardened by all manners of wickedness.  We can raise them in an atmosphere of miracles, signs and wonders or violence and murder.  It’s up to each one of us.  We have to be willing to stand in the gap for them.  We have to be willing to say, “No devil, this generation belongs to God!”  Lamentations 2:19 says, Arise, cry aloud in the night  at the beginning of the night watches;
Pour out your heart like water Before the presence of the Lord; Lift up your hands to Him
For the life of your little ones who are faint because of hunger at the head of every street.”  It’s up to each one of us to rally with our Pastors and leaders to make sure this generation has the covering, love and provision that they need.  We have to cry out of the lives of the little ones!  They’re hungry and desperate.  If we won’t then who will?  The choice is ours.  We can’t sit idly by with disregard because we don’t have kids, our kids or grown or we just don’t care.  This generation desperately needs the  love of Jesus to be made manifest to them.  They’re crying out for love, acceptance and peace.  We have THE answer they need.  In whatever way God puts in your heart I encourage you to get involved with this generation.

Following is a link to a Canadian website that has scriptures and prayers for the younger generation.

http://canadainprayer.com/prayer/prayer-for-the-next-generation/

You Are Not Barren!

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Thursday morning I woke up much earlier than usual and I couldn’t go back to sleep.  I just love how God brings about revelation.  I read a scripture on the YouVersion app that I’ve been meditating on ever since.  I was able to minister about it to a home group Friday night and I’m still meditating on it.  The scripture was 1 Samuel 1:7 and it’s the story of Hannah (Samuel’s mother) and Peninnah . The first part of verse 7 says,  “Year after year it was the same.”

Hannah and Peninnah were married to the same man -Elkanah. Peninnah had children and Hannah did not.   Every year Elkanah and the rest of the members of the family traveled to Shiloh in order to make sacrifices to the Lord.  Elkanah gave out the portions of the sacrificial meat to each family member.  Verse 5 says, But to Hannah he gave a double portion, for he loved Hannah, but the Lord had given her no children. Year after year it was the same; Peninnah tormented Hannah because she didn’t have children.  Each year Hannah was reduced to tears and lost her appetite. Some of the most hurtful and tragic situations I’ve walked through with friends was due to infertility.  Hannah was heartbroken over not having a child.  The Amplified Bible says that she was embarrassed and grieved.  To make matters even worse Peninnah purposely tormented her.  Growing up in church I’ve always heard that Hannah was barren.  The Bible never says that though.  It says in 1 Samuel 1:6 “because the Lord had closed her womb.”   There’s a huge difference between a women being barren and her womb being closed.  It might seem barren but it just means that the timing hasn’t been right.  Her womb was closed but it wasn’t barren.  If a women is barren it means that she is unable to conceive.   Hannah was able to conceive it just wasn’t her time to have children -yet.  As I read through the chapter I felt so bad for Hannah.  She was childless, Peninnah tormented her and she was married to Mr. Sensitive.  Bless his heart, Elkanah didn’t have a clue.  He said in verse 8 ““Why are you crying, Hannah? Why aren’t you eating? Why be downhearted just because you have no children? You have me—isn’t that better than having ten sons?”  Hannah desperately wanted children and her husband simply didn’t understand.  He thought he was more than enough for her needs.  Hannah was walking through the greatest heartache of her life and she couldn’t even rely on the support of her husband.

The Bible goes on to record that after a sacrificial meal in Shiloh Hannah got up and went to the tabernacle to pray.  While there, she poured her heart out so desperately that Eli the Priest accused her of being drunk.  Hannah had to respond to his accusations in a place that should have been comforting.  Instead of finding solace she was met with accusations.  Her answer was, ” No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I was pouring out my soul before the Lord.  Regard not your handmaid as a wicked woman; for out of my great complaint and bitter provocation I have been speaking.”  Eli said, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him.”  Hannah said, Let your handmaid find grace in your sight. So [she] went her way and ate, her countenance no longer sad. 

There are several things I want to encourage you about today.  We have all probably encountered various situations and year after year it’s the same.  Year after year the enemy torments us about our barrenness.  He torments the dreams and destiny on our lives because we look so unfruitful.  Year after year we listen to his taunts and it’s the same.  Just because there is something in your life that LOOKS barren, it doesn’t mean that it is.  It just hasn’t been time; YET.  However, the time is now!  There is not one barren person reading this who has God given dreams, promises or desires.  You are not barren!  It may look like barrenness because you’re not holding the “baby” yet but get ready!  Exodus 23:26 says, “There shall be no one miscarrying or barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days. That verse is used mostly for physical barrenness.  I believe it can be applied spiritually too.  You may not even feel like you’re pregnant with any dreams or promises but just you wait!  You may feel like you miscarried or aborted the plans of the Lord.  Cry out of God for your dreams.  As long as you’re breathing it’s not too late!  Cry out to Him for a glimpse of the plans that He has for you.

You may be married to Mr. Sensitive and he doesn’t understand what you’re going through.  You may feel like you don’t have any friends or family that can relate.  Your soul may be grievously vexed and your heart broken.  You may feel completely alone.  Sometimes the only voice you can hear is the voice of the adversary tormenting you and lying to you.  Peninnah taunted Hannah for being barren. People in your life may look at you and see barrenness but they don’t see the whole picture.  They can’t see that it’s not your due time YET.  Hannah didn’t even find comfort in the priest.  He accused her and she had to explain herself.  The enemy has been accusing you for a long time but that stops now.

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Taking Spiritual Responsibility for 27 Million People

I’ve known for a number of years that human trafficking exists.   Off and on for several years I’ve prayed for the 27 million people that are said to be victims of modern day slavery.  The past few days my heart has been completely broken over it in a different way. I’ve been heart sick and overwhelmed.   I want to share a few statistics with you.  It’s hard to read, it’s impossible to comprehend but we’ve got to open our eyes.  We can’t sing “Shout to the Lord” with hands lifted while in church on Sunday and ignore the cry of millions all over the world.   A little girl from India can be bought for $24.  A girl from Mozambique sells for just $2.  Texas is considered the epicenter for human trafficking in the US because of the I-10 Corridor. The Department of Justice has identified the top 20 human trafficking jurisdictions in the country.  Houston is number one.   Human Trafficking generates over 9 billion dollars every year in the United States and over 30 billion worldwide.  Sex trafficking victims are forced to have sex anywhere from 20-48 times a day.  Less than 1% of victims are rescued. How can this be in the 21st century?   Continue reading

Destroy the Idols!

sumerian_idols  We see images like this and think that’s what idol worship is.  As a Christian, idol worship is simply anything that we exalt above God in our life.  It’s day number nine of my journey to spiritual transformation. This isn’t something I take lightly.  I’m expecting tremendous and miraculous things in and through my life this year.  As I said before, I’m in for the transformation of a lifetime!  Continue reading

I Choose You

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“I choose you.”  I recently heard those words while watching a makeover show on TV.  I’ve watched the show before and heard the same words but this time they hit me in a different way.  The basis for the show is that a client writes to the Transformation Specialist expressing why he/she desperately needs to be chosen.  In almost all cases it truly is a necessity.  These people need to lose extreme amounts of weight and other areas of their lives are in serious trouble. When chosen,  the client gives themselves over to the specialist for one year.   During that year their lives are transformed.  I noticed that most times when the Transformation Specialist said the words “I choose you” the client dissolved into tears.  It’s a motivational show and more times than not I find myself blinking back tears.  I love to watch as people’s lives are transformed.  By the end of the year some of them have changed so much they aren’t recognizable.   Continue reading

#SaveSaeed

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The American Center for Law and Justice sent out an update about Pastor Saeed earlier today.  Please take the time to read the entire article. More than anything, please pray for him.  His family also needs our prayers.  Pray for all of our brothers and sisters who are being persecuted for the sake of the Gospel.

Tomorrow a special event for Pastor Saeed is scheduled.  The organizers  propose the single loudest outpouring of support via social media to free Saeed in recent memory.  They’re encouraging people to use whatever platform they have available -Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, etc.   Continue reading