New Norm – Continual Prayer

We are weaponless and vulnerable without prayer. Being in prayer mode throughout the day strengthens our resolve and our relationship with Our Lord.

~ Lisa Blair
Youversion/Bible.com

Prayer is needed at all times. It catalyzes, activates, everything that happens in life. It empowers us to persevere in difficulty, exude hope in all situations, and reside in a state of patience despite the prevailing circumstances.

It causes us to supplant blaming God, and reviling others for our current conditions with peace. It provides hope (in eternal life), enduring faith, and rest in knowing God is with us and will see us through this walk, called life.

It is crucial that we develop (our) practice of continual,  persistent prayer. This means throughout the day, in good moments and uncomfortable times. Prayer can be as simple as calling on Christ, a single sentence or a long(er) dialogue. You can do it standing, sitting, on your knees, or prone on the floor. Your eyes can be open or closed. Your hands can be 🙏🏽 pressed together, or open.

Our God is good and receives us as we are in the moment, pleased that we invited Him into our heart.

We are called to rejoice in the Lord.  And , have hope which is founded on faith, and faith on the Divinity of God.

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Resources – BibleStudytools.com;Studylight.org

Strength

Our action is our service and our service is our strength.

~ Lisa Blair

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

I’ve read this scripture time and time again and I found new meaning in the phrase about strength after having studied the Book of James.

  1. We are to love the Lord with all our heart. There should be no doubt or division.
  2. We should love the Lord with all our soul. There should be no wavering.
  3. We should love the Lord with all our strength. There should be no weakness in how we serve the Lord, we should give every action our full effort, never be slack, or exhibit a waning of perseverance. We received our strength through God’s grace and should not treat it as if it is an albatross around our neck, an annoying burden.

The epiphany came when I read the word strength. I never really thought about strength in that way before. It’s amazing that as you read and study the Bible the Holy Spirit deepens your understanding of what God is saying and how He marries the Old Testament and New Testament; the OT being the prophetic base of the coming of Christ, and the NT being the fulfillment of the prophecy.

To further understand the scripture, let’s look at Deuteronomy 6:7, we are commanded to teach our children. Our children can include the extension of those within our realm of influence. Looking through the lens of the NT, we are instructed to share the Word with those around us in strength.

Biblestudytools.com offers 40+ encouragement and strength scriptures. I included several below.

Philippians 4:3

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Isaiah 41:10 

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Deuteronomy 31:6 

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.

Isaiah 40:31 

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

1 Corinthians 10:13 

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Exodus 15:2 

The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

Ephesians 6:10 

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.

Deuteronomy 20:4 

For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Joshua 1:9 

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

2 Timothy 1:7 

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Isaiah 12:2 

“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”

Matthew 11:28 

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Isaiah 40:29 

He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.

Psalm 27:1 

Of David. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 73:26 

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

2 Corinthians 12:9  

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Mark 12:30 

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

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Gaining strength is an ongoing process that becomes more intentional throughout our walk. When we feel weak or fatigued, or feel that it is easier to circumvent a situation that calls for our input using the Word to generate the action or service, we must activate the strength God has so graciously given us. Strength is defined in the Online dictionary as, a good or beneficial quality or attribute of a person or thing. We are blessed with God’s attributes.

Remember – we are commanded to remain strong. We remain strong to exude joy and strength that comes from the Lord. Strength is observed through our actions, the way we demonstrate Christ’s behaviors and through sharing the Word, they are visible and invisible attributes.

He Is In The Storm With You

When you feel alone, know Jesus is sitting in the boat with you. Call on him to give you peace as the storm rages and seems as if it is going to destroy everything around you. The Bible tells us – “this to will pass”. Hold fast to Jesus.

~ Lisa Blair

We can see our rebirth* come alive during this pandemic. God is at the center of each of our lives. Call on him for your peace that is greater than your understanding. Praise him for each day and expect him to provide his best for you. His best is his love, peace, and security in him.

Wherever you are, he is in the midst of it with you. Hold fast to your faith. He will get through this, but the world will not reappear as was it was; look forward to the new day that the Lord is bringing forth. There is no storm to great to defeat God. ‘He’s got the whole world in his hands, he’s got you and me brothers-in his hands, he’s got the whole world in his hands.’

Scriptures and images – Bible.com

*our new lives, after accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior

Videos – YouTube

He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands, modern version.
https://youtu.be/HHP33AEdALU

This song was originally sung by Mahalia Jackson.
https://youtu.be/UEH7jyt1eoo


Thoughts About The Pandemic Storm

Continuation of the previous post: Many are focusing on the pandemic and not God’s Word about our security. “The reality of the pandemic does not change but, the assurance of God’s presence with us through the pandemic is of greater importance than its current dangers.” (Paraphrased-mybsf.org)

~ Lis Blair

We need to cooperate with God for His deliverance to work. We can not operate in fear, doubt or negligence, they negate deliverance, and weaken our ability to hold fast to the Word. God’s promises do not excuse us from doing the work. [Note – works do not give us entrance into the Kingdom.] We cannot expect to overcome the Coronavirus if we do not adhere to the practices that are designed to contain it. God’s promises give us hope as we adhere to the process. If we choose to return to our old norm, His promise to keep us is overrun by our disobedience. God commands us to listen to our leaders. If we are told to shelter-in-place, then we should shelter-in-place, if we are told to wear protective masks, we should wear protective masks, if we are told to practice social-distancing, we should employ social distancing around. God’s promises are often conditional. His love is unconditional.

Don’t Get Lulled By The Devil’s Ploys

We are in the middle of a spiritual war and our faith is at stake. Many are focusing on the pandemic and not God’s Word about our security. “The reality of the pandemic does not change but, the assurance of God’s presence with us through the pandemic is of greater importance than its current dangers.” (Paraphrased-mybsf.org)

~ Lisa Blair

We are in the middle of a spiritual war and our faith is at stake. We cannot slip into despair and complacency. If we do, we will be destroyed. God created us for a time such as this. It is time to stand in faith and fight our way out of this global pandemic through prayer, praise, worship, and informed thinking.

I went grocery shopping this weekend, and several people shared, they hadn’t caught COVID19, so there was no need to wear a mask or honor social distancing. For many, there seems to be little concern that the virus is a global pandemic or real. This is the work of Satan. He loves to lull us into a state of complacency.

What does complacency mean?

The definition of complacency means a feeling of contentment or self-satisfaction, often combined with a lack of awareness of pending trouble or controversy. People seem to lack awareness. (Oxford Dictionary)

Why does Satan use complacency as a tool?

Satan provides his tools to bind us and ultimately destroy us.

What are his tools, and how does he use it?

He provides tools to activate our sinful nature to create a sense of invincibility. The concept of invincibility allows us to think that we are exempt from acquiring Coronavirus and death. It tells us that there is no such thing as a global pandemic that is killing humanity at an alarming rate, and if there is, it will not affect me.

Satan also manifests a sense of loss, doubt, and despair when possible. If he cannot destroy us through complacency, he will reveal doubt and despair. “It doesn’t matter what I do to protect myself against the Coronavirus. I am going to operate as usual, no precautions; there is no way out of this, and if I survive, I won’t have a job or place to live. What’s the use?”

I cannot stress often enough to anyone who will listen, this may not have begun as a spiritual war, but it has turned into one. If we, as a global society, wish to survive, now is the time to pray. We are in an invisible battle on the spiritual level and physical level. We cannot see either through our human eyes but are well aware of their existence. As Christians, our walk matters, especially now.

We are in the middle of a spiritual war. While God does not need us, we are commanded to pray. Ephesians 6:10-12, 18, NLT says,

“Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in heavenly places...Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in the prayers for all believers everywhere.