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Thursday, March 30, 2017

THE PRAYER CRESCENDO






Prayer is music to God's ears.
We have come to the end of dissecting THE PRAYER.
I call it the Crescendo. 
If this were a musical piece, every part of the orchestra would play until the entire room stood with thunderous applause.
As we complete the prayer, we celebrate the love, power, majesty, and glory of God.
God's greatest Commandment
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.’  The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:30-31)

Living in unconditional love calls for THE PRAYER.  We cannot love God or others without the power of The Holy Spirit working with Scripture, to perform the spiritual surgery we need. 


The cancer of sin goes deep, but the Word goes deeper.

 God will replace the sin with a supernatural love, love that draws people to us so we can point them to the lover of their soul. Jesus Christ.

Let's join the orchestra in a crescendo of praise.

All Definitions are adapted from  BLUE LETTER BIBLE




Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. AMEN! (Ephesians 3:20)







Him who is able- Dynamai: have power whether by virtue of one's own ability and resources
Far more-hyperekperissou: beyond measure, exceedingly
More Abundantly- hyper:  above, beyond, superior to, more than
Power-dynamis:  miraculous power,  strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work
Works-  energeō: to be active, efficient, do, effectual, fervent, be mighty in, shew forth self

Over the last few months of praying THE PRAYER, I have witnessed God's supernatural power at work.

I have seen frowns turned upside down (my son's words),
anger melt away by the knowledge of God's love,
and pride cower at the holiness of God.
The mighty power of God, the One who created the Universe is at work in you and me. 
Meditate on His power which:
Parted the Red Sea
Saved Noah and his family from the flood
Wiped out Sodom & Gomorrah
Open up the ground and swallowed up the disobedient
Tore down the wall of Jericho
Fed the 5,000
Healed the blind, lame and mute
Changed the heart of Saul from hate to love
Saved a wretch like me...

God still performs mighty works.
Pray THE PRAYER with me and Believe.

O Lord GOD, you have only begun to show your servant your greatness and your mighty hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as yours? (Deuteronomy 3:24)

Have you seen a change by praying THE PRAYER
Join the conversation.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

WHEN LOVE MEETS DISCERNMENT

"She needs you to back off,  Mary does this every year. She is too afraid to say anything to you. She loves you and does not want to hurt your feelings."
My friend Lisa called me to discussed our mutual friend Mary and the upcoming Christmas Party.  My heart broke as Lisa gently shared Mary's feelings. 
I was new to the church and wanted to serve.  Lisa and I became instant friends. She introduced me to Mary. Mary was sweet and kind.  Mary and I decided to plan a Christmas get together at her house.  She was eager for me to help.  Little did I know she orchestrated a party every year, it was the highlight of many people's Christmas. 
 Being the zealous party planner that I am, wanting to fit in and carry my load I called her to offer ideas and assistance.  The next Sunday we spoke after Church.  The following week I called to say hi and discuss the details of the upcoming party.  She seemed hesitant of my ideas.  I was confused. 
 Are we planning this together?     

After my phone conversation and prayer with Lisa, I realized that my motive was to be admired and accepted.  I never inquired about Mary's ability to plan a party. I assumed she needed me to take on more responsibility.
I picked up the bible and through tears of repentance I read Philippians 1:9-10. These verses became part of THE PRAYER



I pray this so that our love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment.   Help us to approve what is excellent.   Lord change us so that we will be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,  





Knowledgeepignōsis: recognition, full discernment, acknowledgment
Discernment- aisthēsis: perception, judgment.
Approvedokimazō: to test, examine, prove, scrutinize, deem worthy

As I prayed to have delicate discernment is all situations, especially with Mary, God gave me the wisdom to call her and apologize for my selfishness.   
She apologized for not speaking with me first.
The party was wonderful.  We sang Christmas Carols, ate great food and thanked God for Jesus.  I understand why everyone looked forward to it.
Mary and I are still great friends. Lisa too. 
The evil one desired us to remain in unspoken hurt and pain, placing an unseen wall between us (Click to Tweet)
When love meets discernment, the fruit of God's glory and righteousness is revealed. Walls are torn down and love prevails.
When did you need discernment? Please join the conversation.  



Saturday, March 18, 2017

COMPLIMENTS DIFFICULT FOR YOU?

I envied good singers. I love praising God and making a joyful noise. I'm perfect at the joyful noise part. I desired my crooning, or should I say crowing, to bless others.
In grade school, I had the voice of an angel as a soloist for our school play. Puberty stole my talent.
As an adult, one question was the springboard in reducing my jealousy and my need to be the next Sandi Patty.
One of the soloists from our praise band asked,"Cherrilynn, what do I say when people tell me I have a great voice? I know God gave it to me, I want to be humble. Should I feel happy? Isn't that pride?"
What a great question. Previous to this conversation, I struggled with compliments.
As a speaker, I heard, "Great job," "Convicting," and "I wish I knew the Bible like you." I hesitated to respond because I wanted to give God the glory but didn't want to sound trite or rehearsed. (a part of me still liked the attention.)
I've been on the other side, giving the compliment.
When the person, especially a believer, just said, "Thank you," and walked away, my judgemental heart believed the person was filled with pride.
The angst I felt compelled me to study pride and
 to continue to pray
 All definitions are adapted from Blue Letter Bible 
Let's continue to break down the verses

 1 Corinthians 13:5  love that does not envy, boast, is not arrogant or rude. Love that does not insist on its own way, not irritable or resentful."

Envy- zēloō:  to have warmth of feeling for or against, affect, covet, be jealous over.

Boast- perpereuomai: a self-display, employing rhetorical embellishments in extolling one's self excessively, brag

Arrogant- physioō: to be puffed up, to bear one's self loftily, be proud

The Word convicted me that my jealousy and judgemental heart were not loving.

Love always wants God's best for the other person. God gave each of us special talents and gifts to be used at His discretion, for His Glory. We should praise God when one of His children glorifies God by using their gifts or talent. 
As my friend and I continued our conversation I shared my struggle and what God impressed on my heart to say when someone compliments me. 
"Thank you, I Praise God for empowering me."
I continued.
especially when we give God all the glory."
I shared this verse, it blessed me during my struggle.
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 26:30-31

My friend walked away with a new found freedom.
I praise God for allowing me to go through times of uncertainty and angst, it drives me to His Word.
I'm blessed to share what He teaches me to others.
Yes, I still must examine my heart for pride and jealousy.
 The more I pray THE PRAYER, the more my heart becomes like HIS.
 

Have you been jealous? How has God helped you through it?

Please join the conversation

Friday, March 10, 2017

PATIENCE PLEASE

"I have no patience when it comes to you fooling around, I told you to clean this room," I said to my then five-year-old son as he sat on his bed.  
"I don't know where to put my books, I don't remember where anything goes," He said with tears in his eyes.
The Holy Spirit reminded me that I am to teach and guide,  not to expect my son to know the task after showing him one time. 
Now who was the foolish one? I apologized and prayed  THE PRAYER .

Oh to have God's love sweep the cluttered rooms of my heart, (click to tweet) filling each shelf with patience, kindness, and joy.
 There would be fewer tears and more understanding in my life.
Have you seen any changes while praying THE PRAYER over the last few weeks? 
Those I pray for seem happier, like a burden has lifted from them.  My patience doesn't wear thin so quickly. Thank you, Lord.
As we continue to pray The Prayer, let's ask God to reveal the sin He specifically wants us to lay before His feet. Is there a person we do not love with the love of God? Are we hindering God from loving us?

"Your love that is patient and kind; 
 1 Corinthians 13:4 (adaptation) 

All definitions are adapted from Blue Letter Bible ESV version.
Patientmakrothymeō: to be long-spirited, longsuffering, endure, slow to anger, and slow to punish

Kindchrēsteuomai: to show oneself useful, act benevolently.


God's love toward us reveals itself in this prayer.  If you struggle with self-loathing, lack of patience, anger or any sin, put your name in the prayer.

Your love that is patient and kind with Cherrilynn.

Your love that is patient and kind with Linda, Katy, Sarah, Crickett...
Try it with your name.

The result of praying this prayer helped me to love others as I acknowledged the power of Gods love in me.
"I could never forgive that person!"  I thought to myself, "and God wants me to love them?
Enduring abuse as a child wreaked havoc in many areas of my life.  I knew God wanted me to forgive...but how?
I did not have the strength or desire to love that person. 
 In my eyes, that person deserved the wrath of God not forgiveness. I grew impatient waiting for God to act on my behalf.
I turned to Scripture.




and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:5








I grasped the power of God's love in me. My mantra turned from, I can't forgive, to,  I can love the unlovable, forgive the unforgivable, and pray for what seems to be a hopeless situation.
Over time, the Living and Active Word of God has gone deep into my bitter soul and eradicated the hate and replaced it with love.  
Is there someone you need to love more? Someone who has violated you, hurt you, lied to you or slandered you?" Are you growing impatient waiting for God to punish the one who hurt you?
Please join me in aligning our hearts with the heart of God.
God wants us free from the burdens of bitterness, guilt, anger and pain.
Let's leave bitterness and anger beind and leave the consequences of sin in Gods hands. He sees all and will deal with the person that hurt us. God loves that person too.


Patience and Kindness toward ourselves and others can  happen, when we pray THE PRAYER.

What do you struggle with?  
How can I pray for you?
Join the conversation.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

RADICAL CHANGE

As we continue to dissect THE PRAYER, we go deeper into the heart of God.
Take this time to refresh your memory as to the content of  THE PRAYER  
God's word will bless you.
Let's continue the transformation process.
The Greek words and definitions adapted from BLUE LETTER BIBLE.


 “that we would be rooted and grounded in love.”  Ephesians 3:17

Rooted -rhizoo:  to cause to strike root, to strengthen with roots, to render firm, to fix, establish

Grounded- themelioo:  to lay the foundation, to found, to make stable, establish

Loveagape: affection, good will, love, benevolence, brotherly love

I believe this is a vital portion of Scripture to pray for yourself and others to experience spiritual transformation.
God is love. It is God's will that we know Him intimately.

And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. John 17:3


Imagine knowing the full extent of God’s love so that it consumes you?
His love permeating every fiber of your being. His love the source of your identity and strength. 
No need to imagine.  It will happen when you pray the Scriptures.

As an abused child, I never knew I could be loved.  Feelings of loneliness and rejection carried into my adult life, manifesting into jealousy, self-loathing, and co-dependency on men.
When I said, "Yes!" to Gods free gift of eternal life, I still felt worthless and unlovable, but that changed when I prayed this Scripture.
God refused to leave me in the muck and mire of pain and sin.  His love reached down and pulled me out of the pit.

His love began to take over my speech, thoughts, and actions.
As the Word infiltrated my soul. 
It replaced lies with love, 
hate with holiness, 
guilt with godliness.  
Spiritual rescue is available to all who ask!
Do you feel unloved? 
Do you know other believers who struggle with knowing Gods love?
Join me in praying
 THE PRAYER