The True Lord’s Prayer

The True Lord’s Prayer

The “Our Father Prayer” (Matthew 6:5-14 Luke 11:1-4) has traditionally been taught as the “Lord’s Prayer” but this prayer is actually the “Believer’s Prayer”. When Jesus spoke this prayer He was teaching the Believer how to pray. The True Lord’s Prayer can be found in the book of John 17:1-26. It’s a beautiful prayer one you should truly keep in your heart. Due to the length of this prayer I’ll just share with you Jesus’ personal prayer for you.

The True Lord’s Prayer 

“My prayer is not for them [Jesus’ disciples] alone.

I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message,

that all of them may be one, Father,

just as You are in Me and I am in You.

May they also be in Us

so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.  

I have given them the glory that You gave Me,

that they may be one as We are one—  

I in them and You in Me—

so that they may be brought to complete unity.

Then the world will know that You sent Me

and have loved them even as You have loved Me. 

“Father, I want those You have given Me

to be with Me where I am,

and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me

because You loved Me before the creation of the world. 

“Righteous Father, though the world does not know You,

I know You, and they know that You have sent Me.

I have made You known to them,

and will continue to make You known

in order that the love You have for Me

may be in them

and that I myself may be in them.”

The Lord's Prayer (1886-1896) from the series ...
The Lord’s Prayer (1886-1896) from the series The Life of Christ, Brooklyn Museum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Jesus’ prayer for you John 17:20-26 The True Lord’s Prayer

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A Mother’s Day Story- A Letter from My Mom

A Mother’s Day Story- A Letter from My Mom

Seven years ago my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was a shock to us all but it was also a great blessing. It brought my Mom closer to God and it showed us both what it means to stand by God and His promise. When I first got the news I looked up and said, “God, what’s going on with my Mom?” It was a simple prayer. I was a child in shock seeking understanding from Her Father, to be honest I did not have time for a lot of words. God answered my prayer.

That’s the beauty of prayer, prayer is not a ritual. It’s not about grandeur or great length, it doesn’t require elegant speech. Prayer is a conversation with God, birthed from your relationship with Him. The only thing prayer requires is belief in God the Father who is able and a sincere heart. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him.” –1john 5:14-15

I heard God say that my Mother’s diagnosis was not unto death but to draw her and the only thing He wanted me to do is stand and not waver. So I did and He did what He promised. God healed her and drew my Mom to Him and she has been cancer free for seven years and counting. Hallelujah!

On this Mother’s Day I thought I’d share the letter she wrote to me for my birthday, two years after her diagnosis. I have spoken with her about this and she is fine with it.

cropped-pink-rose.jpgJune 20, 2009

To my dearest daughter, this is quite an emotional letter for me. I thought I’d take this time to share some of my thoughts with you. This was the longest and hardest journey I have ever faced. I know that God has healed me, blessed me and kept me going, but you were my greatest hope and faith. You were the one who gave me the faith and encouragement to not give up. Your prayers and your constant reminders about how bless I was made me believe and strengthened my faith in God. There were days I wanted to give up and you never gave me the opportunity to do that. I feel that this, like you said, was God getting my attention. He did get my attention; I realize now how special life is. Now I try to live one day at a time and not stress and even try to enjoy life. In time I will do more to enjoy my life.

I just want to say thank you for traveling with me on this journey, for being my daughter, my friend and going the extra mile with me. I know I was a pain at times but thank you for not letting me feel like a burden to you. You gave and gave your time and never complained and I know I might joke around at times about us but I know you love me no matter what my faults may be. I may have not been perfect but I treasure you and have loved you from the day I found out I was carrying you. You have always been in my heart and nothing can or ever will take that away.

This is your Day and I feel so blessed that God has allowed me to see you if just another year. I pray I will be around to “torture you” in your old days. I know my grandkids gave me hope to go on but you gave me inspiration and faith to believe and for that I am eternally grateful. There is so much I can say to you but for now I just want to say thank you and I love you always.

Mom


Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers and Mothers to be!
Whether you are a parent or not,  you are givers of life. Whether you are birthing a new business idea, a ministry, a career, a new hobby or a little bundle of joy. Within you lies the ability to receive, conceive, nurture and bring forth new dreams, new hopes, innovative ideas, great adventures and children that will change the world. Know that everything your involved in for Christ has the potential to inspire a generation for you are God’s  handiwork created in Christ to do great works.

-A Kingdom Princess

Today is Your Day

oceanYears ago my husband and I were visiting a friend in the hospital, her diagnosis was grim but she still managed to smile. She asked me about my writing and I told her that I was working on a book. Her husband looked at her and said, “You always said you would write a book one day.” She never did. Sadly her story is a very common one. You may have heard it before; “I’ll travel and take that art class one day.” Or, “I’ll rest and enjoy life when I retire. “ Even sadder are the Believers who say; “One day I’ll have my peace and joy, when I get to Heaven.”

While at the Post Office my mother and I were griping about how we really needed to slow down and take a break. The gentlemen standing behind us politely cut in and said, “You’ll get plenty of rest when you’re dead.” We laughed at this but later I thought, “Could it be that peace, joy and rest could only be had when we get to Heaven?

A Thief Made Whole

Two thieves hung on either side of Jesus as He hung on the cross. One thief mocked Him the other rebuked the thief and boldly confessed that Jesus was innocent and underserving of this punishment. Then he turned to Him and said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” Listen to what Jesus says, “Truly I tell you today you will be with me in paradise.” –Luke23: 39-43

Let’s fast-forward, Jesus died later that day. The following day the Jewish leaders wanted to take the bodies down, for the sake of their traditions. They broke the legs of the two criminals because they were still alive; when they came to Jesus and saw that He was dead they pierced His side. Jesus was dead, the thief was alive but didn’t Jesus promise him that he would be in paradise with Him today?

The Promise of Today

1John says that everyone who believes that Jesus is the Messiah is born of God. Romans 10 says if you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved. Picture the thief on the cross, he may have been nailed to a cross but he was set free. No longer a thief but Saved. Imagine the peace he had with the hope Jesus had given him, a peace that became his, Today.

This thief received the gift of paradise Today but how much more is your peace and joy in the fullness and finished work of Christ right now. The thief had a promise but you my friend received the fulfillment of the Promise. You were raised up with Christ and received the Spirit of Sonship through His finished work. You are clothed in His Righteousness, sealed by His blood, filled with His Holy Spirit. You are saved, justified, at peace with God. The kingdom of God is not only with you but it is in you.

I believe the very moment you come to Jesus with a sincere heart and believe that your are the object of His great love and affection, salvation is yours, healing and deliverance is yours, freedom is yours. Peace, joy and love are yours. Paradise is yours even as you lay in a hospital bed, sit in a prison cell or hang on a cross. You are seated with Christ, as Christ is so are you on this earth, not when you get your self together, or when you get to Heaven. Not some day but right now in Christ.

My friend if you are in Christ, Paradise and all it has to offer is yours in Him right now, so what are you waiting for!

Celebrating Dr. Myles Munroe

I wanted to take a moment to celebrate the life and ministry of Dr. Myles Munroe. Though I did not know him personally, he was my spiritual father/mentor on earth. I got saved in his church, that was the best day of my life and I’ve been saved for over 17 years now! About 7-yrs ago I was inspired by the Kingdom Message.  God placed a desire in me  to become a writer for His Kingdom and pursue ministry in Alaska.

I’m in shock and a bit sad with the passing of Dr. Munroe, his wife and members of his beloved ministry team. I’m also inspired and my soul rejoices in the Lord because I was reminded by my husband and partner in ministry that Dr. Munroe accomplished what he desired to do and that was to die empty.

Dying Empty

Dr. Munroe said that the richest place in the world is the graveyard. He said that in those graveyards lie, cures for diseases, potential doctors, teachers, inventors, writers, inspiring music and great works of art. Countless ideas that died with  people who did not or could not pursue them. That is why he said with God’s help, he wanted to die empty and I believe he did. I believe he fulfilled every task God placed on his heart. God used him to draw many to Christ, my husband and I included and he did it with a great passion and sincere  desire for people to intimately know our Heavenly Father.

I believe that right now there is a beautiful homecoming taking place in the heavenly realm. I believe that our brother in Christ, his wife and travel companions are beholding the Lamb of God and hearing those words we all desire to hear…

“Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord.”Matthew 25:21

Let us be reminded as we lift up the family members in prayer that  we do not mourn as the world does and this was not beyond God’s control. I believe that Myles and all who was with him have finished the race and are in the arms of the Lord. Let us pray that the joy of the Lord will be the strength for all those who feel this loss. I pray that His Peace would allow us to rejoice, for our Father has done  and will continue to do great things amongst His children.

Father God I pray for the children and loved ones of our brothers and sisters in Christ . I pray that Your Grace, Peace and Comfort  be multiplied to the families and all who mourn their earthly departure and rejoice in their heavenly arrival.  In Jesus name. Amen.

This Is Our Hope


 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him.

Thank you Father God for such a blessed life and ministry. May the seeds brother Myles planted continue to take root, flourish and draw many more to You. We will meet again Friends of God.

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Greater is He

“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.”1 John 4:4 KJV 

Within you, child of God is the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty, your complete freedom. So let’s meditate on this verse for just a bit. Greater is the Spirit of the Lord that resides in you than the sins of this world. Let’s use that name that is above all names (Philippians 2:10), greater is Jesus Christ that is inside of you than that sickness and lack that is of this world.

Greater is Jesus who is in you than your addictions, your pain, your guilt, your problems with your spouse, your children, that boss of yours who doesn’t appreciate you, those co-workers who undermine you. Greater is He that loves and provides for you out of His riches and glory, than the job or the house you lost. Greater is Christ the true healer, than the disease you were just diagnosed with. Greater is Christ that placed that dream and vision for your life inside of you, than those doubts that keep you from moving forward. Greater is Christ in you…Who’s greater than your fear, greater than your battles.

For Christ took your sickness, He took your heartbreak, He took your guilt and shame, He took your addiction. Christ took your poverty, He took your lack, Christ who was rich became poor for your sake2 Co 8:9. Christ took your stress, He took it all and He nailed it to the cross. He did it so that He can reside in you and fill your heart with joy, purpose, His peace, and a love that is beyond measure.

Sometimes we we lose sight of what Christ did for us. We are saved, we are forgiven, sin has no dominion over us, this world has no dominion over us! I have the seal of the King of Kings upon me, even when I lose my way, when I’m weak in my faith, I can still boldly step into throne of Grace. God says that in my weakness He wants me to come to Him Matthew 11:28. I should never think that I am too broken, or be too ashamed to pray to Him.

I may trip up in this world but I have a Savior dwelling inside of me that will keep me from stumbling. When the walls feel like they are closing in around you, when that problem you’re wrestling with overwhelms you. Let this verse play like a love song in your heart…

Greater is He, Greater is Christ, Greater is the Love that is in you, fighting for you, than this world that fights against you. Greater is He.

The Simplicity of Ministry

Now the crowd that was with Him (Jesus) when He called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word.  Many people, because they had heard that He had performed this sign, went out to meet Him. So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after Him!” John 12:17-19

This is a picture of ministry. The people who witnessed what Christ did, shared their experience with others and those who heard all of these great things about Him sought Jesus out for themselves.

The simplicity of ministry is this, when we testify about Jesus, we are spreading The Word.  When we testify about what He has done in our lives , how He saved us, how He healed us, how He tore down obstacles and removed mountains out of our way,  we are spreading His Word.

When we teach about Jesus and His unmerited, unconditional love for us, how He loved us so much that He willingly laid down His life for us. He loved us and chose us  even before we chose Him. When we talk about Jesus  who would leave the 99 that are secure in Him to go after the one who is lost because that’s how precious mankind is to Him, we are spreading His Love.

When we testify about Jesus who doesn’t condemn you when you stumble but supplies you  and empowers you with His righteousness and grace so you can “go and sin no more”. When we use the word of God as the gift that gives life and hope and not a weapon that condemns and destroy we display the love of Christ. When we reveal Jesus, His love, His truth, His light, we draw others to Him.

When the world is watching you and wondering why are you filled with so much peace and joy when the world is in chaos? When the world witnesses your harvest during a time of famine like when doors are opened to you that should have been sealed shut. When promotions and favour come  your way when you weren’t even seeking it. Or even when everything around you appears to be falling apart yet, there is a glow about you and a smile on your face. When your brother or sister offends you instead of responding in anger you respond in grace. When we worship not just on Sunday but everyday including the days when your heart has been ripped out of your chest, when your faith is weak, when you’re tired and  “sick and tired” of being tired, or when the amount in your account doesn’t seem to be enough. When the world witnesses Christ in you and working for you, you draw the world to Him. That is ministry.

 Be Ministers of Jesus Christ… just point to Him. 🙂

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What’s in a Name

While studying the books of Genesis and Exodus I divinely came across a beautiful revelation hidden in the names. Oftentimes while reading the word we take no thought to the names of the people in the story or we get to the “begot” section of the word, that long list of names detailing the descendants of the key person of the chapter and though we don’t mean to, we skim over or even skip the names to move on to the “relevant” stuff. Okay, perhaps you have never done this but I know I have.

One day God reminded me that the bible is “His Story” and He doesn’t waste words, every verse, every thought, every word has a purpose, it shouldn’t be discarded. So with that thought in mind a beautiful message was revealed to me. As I was reading I noticed a reoccurring theme, God would often say, I am the God of your father Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. In some books God would say, I am the God of Israel. (Gen. 28:13, Ex. 3:6, Ruth 2:12) So that led me to look up the Hebrew meaning of these names and this is what I found.

Abraham means Father of the Multitude (this is like a picture of God, a Father to us all)

Isaac means Laughter (a sign of Joy)

Jacob means Supplanter (this means to be a substitute or take the place of)

Israel means One who has power with God (a picture of Jesus Christ)

This is the message I pulled out of this:

It is the Joy of our Father to be our substitute and take our place through His Son Jesus Christ.pink rose

A story within a story, God’s story, hidden in the names of our spiritual forefathers. How great is our God. I believe that these are some of the hidden treasures God left for us to find. He did promise in His own words, “For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.” Luke 8:17 nkjv

To all the Shakespeare lovers I do apologize for the title, but I just had to share what  God revealed to me and that is that there is much to be found in a name. 🙂 God bless you.

 

Who Am I: A New Year Revelation

As you all know in the beginning there was God and His Spirit hovered above the waters. God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit said, Let Us make Man in Our own image and likeness and give them dominion over the earth and all that inhabit it. So God created Male and Female in His image and likeness.

In Genesis 2 the Lord God formed the Man from the dust of the ground (the earth).  Let’s stop there and meditate on that.  Create and Form have two different meanings.

To Create means to bring something new into existence.

To Form means to give shape to an existing substance.

So my question is this what being, male and female, did God create on the 6th day?  Here’s a couple of clues:

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you.” –Jeremiah 1:5

“Your eyes saw my unformed body.” –Psalm 139:16

The Sixth day Being   

 A Spirit Being made in the image and likeness of God. A being whom He sees and has taken the time to know.  Please Note*God created the Spirit being on the 6th day but no date was given for the Formed being. Also Note*  God gave dominion to the Spirit being, He placed the formed being in the finished work to carry out His will on earth (I encourage you to research this for yourself ).   Could it be that this is the greater part of me, the eternal me, the real me? So who am I? I am a Spirit Being, the material and essence of God, clothed in the very earth that He gave me dominion over. I am created to receive Him and function in Him and I am formed to carry out His Finished work. A Spirit being clothed in a designer earth suit that’s who we are.

Now Christ shed His Righteous blood for us and all power and authority has been given to Him and because of His sacrifice those of us who have confessed Christ can celebrate a new birth and gift of a resurrected spirit and body in Christ. We have Christ, Heaven’s Best, dwelling on the inside of us, co-laboring with us on this earth. So be bold and confident in this New Year  knowing that He that is in you is greater than he (anything or weapon that forms against you) that is in this world. Designed and Destined for greatness…This is who you are.

Happy New Year

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A Christmas Quiz

Question: What does God see when He looks at you?

Answer: Every time God looks at you He sees His beloved Son Jesus!

As Christ is so are you on this earth…Forgiven, Redeemed, Saved, Justified, At Peace with God, The Righteousness of God in Christ.

Thank you Father God for the Gift of all gifts Your Son and our Saviour Jesus Christ!

Merry Christmas to you all!Jesus is waiting for you.

God’s Name Revealed

I was studying the True Lord’s Prayer found in John 17:1-26  when this verse jumped out at me. Christ said, “Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. –John 17:11 I know the name that God gave  His Son was Jesus Christ the Savior of Man but in this verse Christ speaks of the power of God’s name, the name He gave Christ. So I journeyed back through the four gospels and saw that Christ always referred to God as “His” Father. John chapters 7 and 8 details a dispute amongst the people and the Jewish leaders about who Jesus was and who His father was and He consistently spoke into their hearing that “His Father” is God. There was only one place in the scripture that I found where Christ did not refer to God as His Father and it was in Matthew 27:46 when He cried in a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken Me?” I believe that it was in that moment that,

“He surely took our pain and bore our suffering,

yet we considered Him punished by God,  stricken by Him, and afflicted.

But He was pierced for our transgressions,

He was crushed for our iniquities;

 the punishment that brought us peace was on Him,

and by His wounds we are healed.Isaiah 53:4-5

In the True Lord’s prayer Christ says to His Father in verse 26, “I have made you known to them and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray (Luke 11) He said to them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father’ ”.  FATHER is the name Christ revealed to us, it’s how He wants us to see God, as Our Father. Christ took our punishment and was forsaken by His Father for a moment on that cross, so that we may never be forsaken. By His wounds we can boldly say, “Our Father” yours and mine.

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