Where Are You Going? Is Fear Preventing You From God’s Best?

Do you ever wonder where you are going? Have you been driving down the highway and talking on the phone – hands-free of course – and you missed your off-ramp? Go ahead, admit it. I’ve driven past my exit and gone a mile or so before I even noticed!

If we multitask in the fast-paced lifestyle that we live in America – so much so that we get distracted and make some wrong turns – do you suppose that we make some wrong turns in our walks with God?

We get caught up in our busyness and our problems, and sometimes we get so tired of the hustle, that we want to run away from it all.

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9 Years Healed! 9 Lessons Learned

And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. Ephesians 5:2

Nine years ago today, the Lord miraculously healed me of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (declared a miracle by my fibromyalgia physician). For about 15 years, I was a walking pharmacy … pills to deal with the pain, pills to make me go to sleep, pills to wake me up, pills to counteract the side effects of the other pills.

Bright lights, loud noises, and strong fragrances bothered me. My husband, Keith, stopped wearing cologne during those years.

Most department stores place the perfume counters at the main entrances. I had to hold my breath, walk like a racer past the perfume counters (not easy for a fibromyalgia patient), and hope that I walked far enough to avoid a whiff of fragrance.

I feared getting into an elevator. At times, I was on the verge of a flair by the time the door opened, and I could escape the heavy perfume.

Fear, pain, fatigue, hopelessness, and brain fog vanished on November 21, 2010.

Then came the lessons.

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How to Receive a Kingdom Promise

Hebrews 12:28

Kingdom promises require kingdom boldness, kingdom confidence. The Christian’s kingdom can’t be shaken.

Receiving the kingdom requires action: serving God through grace in great reverence and Godly fear in awe and trembling.

How are you serving God?

Jesus’ 7 prayer points … 5 prayer promises

 

    Walking the earth, Jesus proclaimed the arrival of the kingdom of heaven, taught practical living strategies, healed the blind, raised the dead, touched the lepers, fed the thousands, calmed the storm, cleansed the temple, gave power to heal to His disciples, ate with sinners, and washed dirt-covered feet. Now, it was time to pay the price for the sins of the world. A severe beating and death on the cross lay before Him.

Looking towards the cross, Jesus stopped to pray. His hour had come. A new level of service was before Him–the cross.

  Seven Prayer Points 

  1. Glory. “Father, the hour has come, glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you.” John 17:1
  2. Intercession. “I pray for them.” John 17:9
  3. Protection. “Keep them from the evil one.” John 17:15
  4. Sanctification. “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” He also prayed for His future believers. John 17:17-20
  5. Unity. “That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us” John 17:20-21
  6. Presence. “Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me.” John 17:24
  7. Love. “love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17:20-26

On His way to the shame and pain of the cross, Jesus stopped to acknowledge the glory of God, the glory He shed when He came to earth, and the work He accomplished on earth–a few short verses. The rest of His prayer was focused on His present and future followers. He prayed for you and me in the shadow of the cross!

Five Prayer Promises

Since the Creator of the universe, Jesus, prayed for His disciples, present and future, you and me, should we walk confident in the service He has given for us to accomplish?

Jesus prayed in the perfect will of God; therefore, I can be assured that I have what He prayed for me. I might even call them prayer promises.

  1. Protection. “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
  2. Sanctification. “So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endure.” Hebrews 13:12
  3. Unity. To “equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, …” Ephesians 4:12-13
  4. Presence. “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19
  5. Love. “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35

Jesus is our High Priest sitting at the right hand of God always making intercession for us, praying for those who are called by His name, Hebrews 7:25-28.

My prayer

Father, thank You for sending Jesus to earth to serve Your creation and to pay for our sins on the cross and then to be raised from the dead to sit at Your right hand to pray for His followers. Show me how to walk in the five prayer promises we see in the prayer of Jesus. These are His priorities for His followers, priorities that I need to focus on. Thank You for preserving this prayer. Cause me to abide in this prayer. Thank You, Jesus, for Your love. Amen.

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