When Your Prayer(s) face Resistance

When Your Prayer(s) face Resistance

WEEKLY DEVOTION #6

 

 

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Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. _Philippians 4:6-7

DON’T GIVE UP – PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!

If you are having problems right now – whatever area of your life it maybe – I want to encourage you to keep praying. Even if there’s no sign of hope – keep praying. God hears and He answers PRAYER.

Have you noticed how when you are praying for someone to change , they  might even become worse than they were before you prayed. It will look like your prayer is doing nothing BUT Keep Praying. The more resistance you face in prayer the more you should press on.So continue to Pray with thanksgiving and a joyful heart knowing that things will soon turn in your favor. God is at work for you! and He is dealing with your situation, your job, your friendship, your marriage, your children, your health…etc – KEEP PRAYING 🙂 You will soon see your answer.  The creator of the Universe is at work on your behalf. He has angels concerning your life; charged to fight for you and work things out for your good.

REMEMBER THIS:  When Your Prayer(s) Face(s) Resistance; that’s NOT the time to stop praying – Rather, that’s the time for you to pray even more. – God is doing something behind the scenes on your behalf. Whether you can see it or not; Don’t get Discouraged – Your PRAYER has been heard  – Your Answer is on its way 🙂

(Read 1 Kings 18:42-45)

[In the midst of a drought Elijah did not stop praying until it rained] – It doesn’t matter how long you have been experiencing a drought season and nothing seems to be baring fruit in your life. Today; be like Elijah who will not stop at nothing until His prayer has been answered. However long it takes for your RAIN (answer) to come – Keep praying. God’s Rain (Answer to Prayer) when it comes – it will come in abundance and water every dry area in your life and bring life. Stay strong and remain in Prayer.

DEVOTION PRAYER :

God I pray for strength in the lives of your people to remain in prayer against all odds. Father, grant them the grace to keep their eyes on you even in the midst of season of Drought. May your Peace bring wholeness and completeness in their hearts as they wait patiently on you to answer their prayers. Lord I Pray for an abundance of rain to fall on every one of us and bring renewal and restoration in all the dead areas of our lives that need you divine touch. In Jesus Name . AMEN

God Bless and Be Encouraged

-Lady Rue J. AKA Ruvimbo Judith
WOMA
“Let Your Light Shine”

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Motivation Monday – Celebrate your Uniqueness

Comparison is the number ONE thing that will KEEP you FROM where God has called you to be. It is the enemy of progress. Each and every one of us is called into something great and different. We all serve a unique purpose however big or small. So Instead of looking down on yourself and belittling what God has blessed you with – Enjoy being You and be the difference. The world needs your uniqueness. Celebrate your Uniqueness – Let Your Light Shine 🙂

Be Blessed and Stay Encouraged
Happy Monday

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An Eye for An Eye?

A while ago – God had to rebuke me a little, on how “I would say to someone whose offended or hurt me, I forgive you – and yet I wouldn’t really have forgiven them – So although the offender would have left thinking all is well – all is forgiven – It really wasn’t well and nothing really had been forgiven. A part of me would still want them to hurt like they hurt me, wanting them to feel the pain and have a taste of their own medicine. Maybe you can relate –You know what is right to do but your flesh/your emotions seem to speak a totally different language. This devotion is for you – keep reading.

I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. 16 but if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. 17 So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. it – Romans 7:15-19 (NLT)

It’s human nature to tend to be friendly to only those who are friendly to us. To love and be caring to those who love and care for us. To attend to the needs of those who in turn attend to ours. In the face of harm, danger or fear – usually one’s first instinct is to do everything in their power to protect oneself from the eminent danger, further betrayal, and further disappointment, further hurt, further insults. I will be honest – I sometimes have to battle for my spirit to win in this area. My flesh/emotions will usually be screaming “THEY DON’T DESERVE MERCY – NO! – THEY DELOVESERVE TO HURT LIKE I AM HURTING!!!” In the rage of all those emotions what does God require of us.

Friend, God is calling us to a Standard of Grace and Mercy – Where we give it freely even when we don’t necessarily receive it back. I know it’s hard – But with Holy Spirit enabling – you are more than capable to release those who have crossed your paths -(Offended you, hurt you, betrayed you, disappointed you). When nothing in me wants to release the offense committed against me and give mercy – I have to cry out to Holy Spirit for supernatural strength to do so – Enough strength to stand against my raging emotions that are screaming – for me to give in to them. One thing I know and am certain of; is that, Holy Spirit can definitely help you in your weakest moments. He can be the Mercy and Grace you need to extend to someone else. All you have to do is surrender your will and emotions to Him and He will enable you.

Matthew 5:43-48 (MSG)

“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.

“In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.”

God is calling us to a higher STANDARD – HIS STANDARD.

His standard says:“Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. . That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing.”- 1  Peter 3:9 (NLT)

God is calling us to a place of maturity; where our actions are based on the TRUTH which is the word. Let the Word bring out the Jesus in you in every situation. You have a choice to either be a victor or to be a victim. A choice to love or to hate, a choice to extend Mercy or not to. Today, choose wisely – Be the light that the world needs. Shine the Love of God to all. Give Mercy freely as it has also been freely given to you.

DEVOTION PRAYER:

Lord, when nothing in me wants to love the “unlovable”, forgive the unforgivable,  extend Mercy freely may Your Holy Spirit enable me to rise above my emotions and do what is right according to your Word. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Be blessed and stay encouraged

                                -Lady Rue J. aka. Ruvimbo Judith

“Let Your Light Shine”

According to Your Faith…

According to Your Faith…
I have always wondered why Jesus, was never fully received by His own people in His Hometown AND why they never fully experienced the Blessing that all the other towns and cities were experiencing (Mark 6:1-6 -NKJV). Then I learned that the Nazarene people Only experienced Jesus to the extent to which they received Him and perceived Him. Because they saw Him like a common, ordinary person – so it was how they experienced Him in their lives. Because they saw only a carpenter – so they received a carpenter’s blessing. But those who received Him as the Messiah, The Anointed One, The Healer – they indeed experienced Him on those levels and received the blessing according to their faith.
Someone once said to me ” You will experience God at your level of expectation of Him” –
TODAY, I challenge you not to limit God and His abilities. He is a God of more than in enough and is able to do the impossible – All you have to do is to believe that He can do it and He will.
Matthew 9:22
Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And thposter_from_postermywall2
e woman was healed at that moment.
Matthew 9 : 28
28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
 
“Yes, Lord,” they replied.
 
29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; 30 and their sight was restored.
God Bless and Stay Encouraged!
LET IT BE UNTO YOU ACCORDING TO YOUR FAITH 🙂
-Lady Rue J. aka Ruvimbo Judith
“Let Your Light Shine”

Your Turn is Coming Soon – Don’t despise your Waiting period

Your Turn is Coming Soon – Don’t despise your Waiting period

Have you ever noticed how whenposter_from_postermywall you are waiting for something to happen and it will usually seems like that exact thing you believing God for; is availing itself to everyone else except you? Say, you believing for a job, and it seems like everyone else around you has a job or are landing good jobs or great opportunities are coming their way. Maybe you believing for a husband or a wife – and seems like everyone around you is either married or engaged – And you probably wondering WHEN IS YOUR TURN COMING?

Or maybe you are hoping and praying to have children, start a relationship, get a job, a financial breakthrough, academic breakthrough, a good medical report, a change in life’s direction – but it’s all happening to everyone else except you. Has waiting become a burden than a blessing to you? Or are you just about to call it quits , throw in the towel? Then this devotion is for you 🙂
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Waiting sometimes is not always the easiest and fun thing to do. To quite honest, Waiting especially for a long time will test you on every level. Waiting will test your patience, you meekness, your humility, your endurance, your kindness, your faithfulness, your commitment … etc.  However, I’ve learned and still have to remind myself that it’s OK to wait on God – even if the answer takes a little bit longer to come than anticipated.

What happens is, there are some things that you will ask for and they will happen right away. But there are also others that will take a little longer to come to pass. We need to understand that sometimes God will delay manifesting answers to your prayer for your own good. Delayed answer to prayer may sometimes be God taking time to build the right character in you to sustain the blessing His about to bring forth in your life. Whatever, you are praying for – God knows the right time for it to come to pass in your life – So don’t get discouraged.

In the book of 1 Samuel, we are told of a barren woman named, Hannah. She was barren for a very long time. She was so barren that she began to receive mockery and taunting remarks  because of her condition. It is written that after much prayer, God opened her womb and blessed her with a son whom she named Samuel – Because she had asked God for him. Hannah is a perfect example of what it means to wait on God faithfully, and how Great Rewards follows those who patiently wait on Him.

Here are 3 things I want us to learn from Hannah about how to deal with your Waiting period experiences

During your waiting period:

  1. CHANGE YOUR HEARING – She didn’t listen to the negative voices around her – especially Peninnah  

1 Samuel 6-7 (TLB)

Peninnah made matters worse by taunting Hannah because of her barrenness. Every year it was the same—Peninnah scoffing and laughing at her as they went to Shiloh, making her cry so much she couldn’t eat.

While in the waiting period you need to be VERY SELECTIVE as to whom you listen to and attend your ears to. If you listen to the wrong people – you will only get more discouraged, and potentially give up and stop waiting. Not everyone’s opinion about your circumstance/situation is worth your attention. So don’t allow the opinions of others to deter you from faithfully waiting on the Lord; and remaining in Him; however long it takes.

John 15:7 (NIV)

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 

Like Hannah, you need to learn to recognize which voices you are going to outright shut down and ignore completely. People see only what’s on the outside and make judgement based on your exterior condition – but  God  is not like man; He sees Your condition beyond your exterior – He see what’s on the inside. I believe when God saw Hannah – He looked beyond her bareness (exterior condition) –He saw the condition of her heart- He saw a heart sold out for Christ, He saw her relentless faith, her unwavering determination and strong belief in Him. Don’t lose hope on your dream or waver in your waiting simply because of what someone may have said out of ignorance to you or about you. The ONLY voice that matters in your life is that of God.

2.  CHANGE YOUR FOCUS- Hannah FOCUSED ON GOD not HER BARRENNESS

Although she was barren; Hannah chose not to focus on her inability to have children –  She Chose to focus on God (the Solution) not her Barrenness (the problem)

In your walk with God you will need to stay focused on God and not what’s happening around you. This doesn’t mean you are denying your current circumstance but rather you are choosing to focus on a SOLUTION and NOT the problem. Many people spend too much time focusing on their problems rather than focusing on the Problem Solver who has the power to change things in their favour. Friend, what you choose to focus on will determine whether you continue to wait on God or give up.

People will diagnose and will give you a prognosis of your life, but remember its God’s word about you that’s matters and has a say in your life. As impossible as things may seem to be, God is capable to do even the impossible. “What’s impossible with man – is possible with God”. Don’t focus on how barren you are but rather focus on how great and powerful God is. God knew you before you were formed in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5) – so he can change any situation that is working against you. The question is; are you willing to wait on HIM and stay focused on Him.

3.  PRAY- Hannah prayed until something happened

It is when we are waiting on God that we should pray the most. Its so easy to get discouraged while waiting – so you need to be in constant prayer so that you do not give in to the negativity or discouraging remarks from outsiders.  The enemy will use all sorts of tactics to get you distracted (Peninnahs).

Prayer is what will keep you grounded and focused. Notice how, Hannah never exerted any energy fighting her Rival Peninnah. Instead she chose her battles well. Arguing and fighting with Peninnah wasn’t going to get her pregnant. She knew who to vent out her heart to. She ran to God. And so should you and I.

I encourage you to spend more time PRAYING and Less Time fighting your Peninnahs’ (Peninnah is just a distraction) . LET GOD DO THE FIGHTING FOR YOU. LET GOD DEFEND YOUR HONOR. Stay rooted in Prayer as you WAIT on Him.

THE REWARD OF WAITING FAITHFULLY

1 Samuel 2: 20-21

Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, saying, “May the Lord give you children by this woman to take the place of the one she prayed for and gave to[c] the Lord.” Then they would go home. 21 And the Lord was gracious to Hannah; she gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.

See this; your waiting period has a reward to it if you remain steadfast and faithful to God. Hannah was further blessed with 3 more sons and 2 daughters after Samuel.  Waiting may be difficult, but you sure know that God won’t keep you waiting beyond what you can bare. It is usually during your periods of waiting that Character is refined, and maturity is developed. Did you know that sometimes the longer the wait – the greater the REWARD. Hannah asked for a child and God blessed her with children – more than she had asked for. When we wait on God, know that when He answers and blesses you, He will bless you beyond comprehension. Waiting on God will bring you to a place of “More than Enough”. God rewards faithfulness. If you faithfully remain in Him, and trust completely in His Sovereignty He will be faithful to reward you with more than what you asked for.

tumblr_mfy3tqTYDH1qhmhdfo1_500Whatever you are waiting on God for – I want to encourage you to keep on waiting on Him in faith, total reliance and surrender to Him – YOUR GREATER IS COMING. Right now it may seem like all odds are against you – And everyone around you seems to be do much better than you – Just keep waiting on God.

May God build your Character and Spiritual stamina as you wait on Him. Do not despise your Waiting Period – Your Turn is coming soon. May God grant you the grace to remain standing and faithful as you wait on Him.

Psalm 30:5b

“Weeping may endure for a night but rejoicing comes in the morning”

Be Blessed and Stay Encouraged!

-Lady Rue J. Aka Ruvimbo Judith

“Let  Your Light Shine”

A Disciplined Mind Is a Powerful Weapon

A Disciplined Mind Is a Powerful Weapon

It’s time to exercise some discipline over the types of thoughts we entertain in our lives. Not every thought that crosses our hearts and minds is worth pondering on.  Some thoughts are best of ignored and left un-entertained. If they are passing through thoughts then let them just be passing through and not take residence in your soul. An undisciplined hearFullSizeRendert and mind is a recipe for disaster for its master.

“John 13:2 (AMP)2 It was during supper, when the devil had already put the thought of betraying Jesus into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son”

Watch this, the devil didn’t tell Judas to betray Jesus. He simply put a thought. It was now Judas who entertained and dinned with the thought until it made perfect sense as to why he should betray Jesus. What we need to realise is that the devil will never really tell you what to do. He simply plants the thought, what you then do with that thought will determine how you will behave afterwards. A thought is like a seed – with enough fertile ground and watering it will soon grow and bear fruit.

When the enemy plants a thought into your mind – if you do not entertain it – the enemy has nothing to come back to. But if we entertain a thought from the enemy – sooner or later the enemy will come back to see if that thought has taken root in our hearts. And if it has – he then comes in and takes full control.

Vs. 26 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I am going to give this piece [of bread] after I have dipped it.” So when He had dipped the piece of bread [into the dish], He gave it to Judas, son of Simon Iscariot. 27 After [Judas had taken] the piece of bread, Satan entered him.

Satan entered into Judas because there was something in Judas that he could relate to (the evil thought that he had planted). Friend, when you and I fail to stop the enemy in his tracks (at the onset of a lying thought having being presented), we give him a reason to come back and torment us. It’s very important that we guard our hearts with the truth (the word of God). If our hearts are filled and soaked with so much of the word of God, the lies of the enemy have nowhere to attach themselves. The problem with most believers is that we don’t spend enough time in the word of God – the truth, such that when a lie is presented to us in the form of a thought we have nothing to fight against it . And because we don’t know the truth/the word/Jesus we find ourselves believing the lie. You need to find and know for your self what God says about you in His word. Because when you know the truth – it will indeed set you free from the lies of the enemy – and No lie can stand in the presence of the truth 🙂

Whatever we dwell our minds and hearts on, even if False, it can become our false-truth. Maybe the enemy has been lying to you – putting thoughts of fear, thoughts of failure, thoughts of suicide, thoughts of murder, thoughts of fornication, thoughts of betrayal, thoughts of rejection, thoughts of depression, thoughts of doom, thoughts of hate … – whatever the thoughts may be – I dare you fight them. Fight them with the truth (the word). Don’t allow yourself to dwell on disruptive negative thoughts. Not intending to generalize – but if you take time to research some of the causes of depression, low self esteem, feelings of inadequacy – the source sometimes can be traced to untamed thought-patterns that were entertained for prolonged seasons of time, such that they are now ingrained in the host’s mind and heart and they can’t tell apart –what’s real and what’s not.

Proverbs 23:7 – As a man thinketh in his heart, so he is. 

In essence –You become what you think. We have the power to choose our thoughts, we have the power to decide which thoughts we are going to entertain and meditate on. Choose today to stand up against every negative thought, doubt, feelings of failure or inadequacy that have attacked your thinking.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (KJV) For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

Make it a habit to daily renew your way of thinking. Guard your mind and heart.

Romans 12:2New (NIV)  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Meditate on good and healthy thoughts. May the truth (The Word) be always on your MIND and in your HEART.

Philippians 4:8 (NIV) Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Think your way into abundance of life. Do not think your way to death

Proverbs 4:23 (AMP) 23 Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.

I know its not easy to just wake up one morning and your thoughts are right. I know, I’ve been there – But you have to make a decision that you will do whatever it takes to think right. You have to make every effort to discipline your mind and heart. Don’t allow the enemy to steal your destiny through your thoughts. The enemy is the father of all LIES so don’t entertain him not even for a sec – for all he will tell you are lies to kill, steal and destroy you.  Its time to Think Right and live a victorious life. Take a stand over negative thoughts. You are Who God says you are. Don’t believe the Lie. You are God’s Chosen.

God Bless and stay encouraged

-Lady Rue J.  aka Ruvimbo Judith

“Let your Light Shine”