IMG_1608April 2, 2020

If my people…will…pray…2 Chronicles 7:14

On Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017, I removed a large cast iron skillet from the oven  that had been heated to 450 degrees.  I had put oil in it to preheat for cornbread.  Carelessly, I spilt the hot oil on my right hand as I removed it from the oven.  Initially,  it hurt.  A lot!  I ran to the sink and applied cool water.  Simultaneously, I spoke and poured the healing word of God on to it.   I repeated over and over again, “No weapon formed against me shall prosper!  No weapon formed against me shall prosper!”  I was cooking for the whole family and had no time for this foolishness.  I took God’s promise an applied it to my hand just like I would apply aloe. (This is no hocus-pocus.)  I was simply believing that God is who He says He is and that He will do what he says he will do.

The Bible says in Jeremiah 1:11-12, “The word of the LORD came unto me, saying…then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten (be alert, active, watching over) my word to perform it.” And in the New Testament, “For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]…Hebrews 4:12 AMP.  God has given us His Word.  He has given us everything by grace, we must take it by faith.  He is waiting for us to call out to Him and to act on his promises, so that he can act on our behalf.


God says in Exodus 15:26, “I am the Lord that health thee!”  
Pray it: “God , You said you are the Lord that heals.  Heal me?
Say it: “No weapon formed against me will prosper.  Heal me.  God you said it I believe it and that’s it.”


In Psalms 107:19-20, “Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, [and] he saves them out of their distresses.  He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered [them] from their destructions.”  I cried the word of the Lord to the Lord and he saved me.  He sent word and healed my hand.  Cry out to Him.  He will send His word and heal your need.


In Proverbs 4:22 : “For (GOD’S WORDS) they [are] life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.” After, a few minutes, my pain was gone.  It “looked” bad , but I found His words and He took the pain.   His words were health to my flesh.  My skin did not blister and my skin did not scar.  Don’t you think if you  accidentally poured 450 degree oil on your hand right now that it might blister and scar?  Of course, it would if you did not, PRAY THE WORD and SAY THE WORD over you situation.  


Fast forward to last year, my stomach got little too close to an iron. I got a steam burn on my stomach a bout the size of my thumb.  It did not hurt too badly.  I just took it.   I didn’t speak God’s promises to that burn.  Guess what?  I have a thumb size scar on my stomach.  It took forever to heal.  Why? I didn’t pray and I didn’t say.   I didn’t think about asking God to enter that situation.  I didn’t put His word to work.  Yes, it eventually healed, God made it that ways, but I have a scar.


The Word says, “I carried your pains” in Isaiah 53:4.  Jesus already carried the pain in body why should I?  It is my choice.  Where do you need healing today? Do you need healing In your body?  Your mind? Y our soul?  Your child?  Your job?  Your life? Talk to God about it ! Invite Him into to your situation, your need.


 “With my stripes you are healed. “ (Isaiah 53:5 & 1 Peter 2:24)  His word says “you” are healed, not you will be, but you are.  Let this be the belief of your heart and the confession of your  mouth.  Is God a liar?  No His promises are true.  As a child of the most High God, take your Daddy’s word.  You are healed.


In John 14:14, Jesus says  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do [it].    Why pray? Why say?  Jesus said in Mark 11:23-24 (KJV) For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive [them], and ye shall have [them]. We pray and we say because we are instructed to.  When we “pray and say,” we are actually  saying to God.  We believe that you are who you say you are and you will do what you said you will do.  If you don have faith in God, then don’t 


I enCOURAGE you to always PRAY THE WORD.  SAY THE WORD. Pray about all things.  Pray without ceasing.  Say His word.  Speak life into your circumstances.  Grace and Peace.  See? I just spoke His word into your life.  See how easy that was?  I hope I have said enough of His Word to increase your faith to  PRAY THE WORD.  SAY THE WORD.

PRAY:  It is just talking with God.

IMG_2110April 1, 2020

“If my people…will…pray…”  (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Prayer to me is talking to God anytime, all the time, any place.
Prayer is calling to God and God answering.
Prayer is expectancy.
Prayer is a privilege.
Prayer is worship.
Prayer is adoration.
Prayer is confession.
Prayer is thanksgiving.
Prayer is a direct line to God 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

We were created to love God.
We were created to know God.
We were created to live with God.
We were created to commune with God. 
We were created to glorify God. 
We were created to pray. 

Simply, prayer is talking to God.  Prayer is a conversation with God.  I  have always told my boys I have a direct access line to God.   Lines of communication are open both ways. Through Jesus and according  to Hebrews 4:16, we can “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”  Talk about an open door policy.  He is the MOST.  He is the most powerful and He says, “Come any time  and all the time.  

No one should ever be afraid to come and chat with God.  God wants relationship.   I promise,  If God is big enough to handle me and all my “stuff,” He is more than big enough to to handle you.  For instance, if you do not understand what is going on in the world in March 2020, ask him.  I am not afraid to ask God anything.  However, be prepared, you may not like the answer at the other end of the line nor the deafening silence waiting for Him to answer.  When He gets quiet on the line, just give Him a: Heller?”… just remind Him you are there waiting for his answer.  

Once, I was hurt to my core.  I was mad.  I was so angry.   It was late at night and I went and sat by a nearby lake in my neighborhood.  I cried to the Lord.  It was more like screamed and I did not care what the neighbors thought.   I ask God, “Why?’  I demanded that He listen and answer me. (Not the respectful way to talk to the Lord, but he graciously listened.)  I had to hear from him.  I required His presence.  I needed a word of comfort.  Guess what he told me?  Guess what was my word from the Holy Spirit as I sat there broken to pieces.  The last thing I wanted to hear, words from the mouth of Jesus to my ear.  “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and PRAY for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” Matthew 5:44. (I have discovered this is the  very first verse where prayer is mentioned in the New Testament)   I was not happy with my answer at all.  He was telling me to love no matter what and to pray.   Later, he did give me a comforting word, but I would have to look it up.  I cannot recall it.  Obviously, it was not what I needed to hear that night. I needed to hear love, pray, and forgive.

Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to “Pray without ceasing.”  Why?    I believe it is because God wants to be in our presence, always.  He wants us to be present with Him.  He wants relationship.  If we do not talk to him, how can we say we are in a relationship with him.  When you are in relationship with someone, you talk to them and you talk often. Right?   Also, if we talk to Him all the time, we are focusing on Him and not our problem.  In the prayer, in just coming to Him, we are telling Him, we believe you are bigger, more powerful and have the answers.  Why talk to Him, if we do not believe he can help?

I enCOURAGE you to “pray without ceasing.”  Pray all the time.  Do not stop.  When you are always in His presence, it is a lot easier to catch his vibe.  It is a lot easier to hear what He is saying to you.  Turn off the phone. Turn off the TV. Turn off the IPad.  Turn off the computer. Turn off the noise of the world.  Turn on God.  Give Him a call.  You will be amazed.  Pray all the time and everywhere. “I will therefore that men pray EVERYWHERE, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” 1 Timothy 2:8 (KJV) 

Daily, let your declaration be:  “As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.” Psalms 55:16-17 (KJV) 16 

Are we really seeking His face?  Require. Desire. Inquire. Beat a path to Him.


March 31, 2020

“If my people…will…seek my face.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 

When we are missing something, we cannot find it by simply sitting in front of the television, playing golf,  nor tennis.  When we are missing something in life, we must take action.  We must seek it.  When we are missing something, it helps to clean up the house.  We have to take some action to find what’s missing.  Perhaps , when are looking for the missing pieces in our life, we need to clean up our internal house to find what we are really looking for.  To fill the void that is in our life,  the hole that only God can fill, we must seek him to find him. The hole cannot be filled with money, fame, food, drugs, alcohol, or sex. The dark void can only be satisfied and filled with the Light of our God.

God is not an elusive God.  God loves us immeasurably. He wants to be found.  He wants be in relationship with us.  He wants to be in our presence.  He wants us to love him back.  He is not going to enter a place He is unwanted.  We are not going to be in a relationship with anyone who does not want to give us the time of day.  Why would He? Because he loves.  However, He wants us to seek Him.  He will pursue us.  He will call us, but He wants to be pursued; He wants to be called.

In 2 Chronicles 7:14, the Hebrew word for seek is baqash. It is a action verb meaning to search, to search out by any method, specifically in worship or prayer; to choose for ones self, require, desire, to inquire. 

God wants us to require Him. He wants us to worship Him. He wants us to admit that we cannot do life without him. God wants us to desire him. We all want to be desired. God wants us to desire to be in His presence as much as He desires to be in ours. God wants us to inquire of Him. He wants us to talk to him. He wants us to pray with and to Him. 


In Deuteronomy 4:29,  God promises: “But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find [him], if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.” 

The word seek is used twice in the above verse. The first time seek is used, it is translated baqash which we just discussed. The second time seek is used it is the Hebrew word, darash.  The translation of this word means to require, desire and inquire, but it also means to resort to, to, frequent a place; to practice, study, to follow, seek with application, to follow, tread, to trample, to beat a path. 

God wants us to come to Him so frequently that we “beat a path to Him.  I love this picture! To make a path in the woods we  would  have to walk the same way to our destination over and over again.  What is your chosen path to God?   Is it through His word?  Study? Worship?  Prayer?  Songs?  Books?  Sermons?  Podcasts?  Many paths lead to the presence and the face of the God.  He does not  care how we get there.  Just get there. S eek Him.  He promises that when we seek and give him our whole heart and mind that we…will…find…Him.


Why does God have to tell His people to seek Him?

In  Psalms 10:4 we find one of the answers, “The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek [after God]: God [is] not in all his thoughts.”

We become to proud in our own efforts. We think:  “I can do it all by myself!” We try to think on our own and accomplish our own plans and purposes.  God wants to be in the middle of all our thoughts!  It’s our choice.  We have to seek him and invite him in to our life.  He has great plans for us.  The word  says in Psalms 34:10, “The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good [thing].”

Good things are in store! 

In Matthew 6:33, Jesus says: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”  I hear God saying,

“Need love? A job? A house? Groceries? Healing?  What do you need? Love me.  Seek me. Require me.  Desire me.  Inquire of me.  Beat a path to me.  I am here waiting.  Ask me!  I got this.  It’s yours.  You have set your love on me.  You know my name.  I will deliver you.  I will set your on high.  I am with you.  I will show you my salvation in every need.”

I enCOURAGE you to seek His face:
Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually. (1 Chronicles 16:11 (KJV))
Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.(Psalms 105:4 (KJV)

I enCOURAGE you to make this your declaration:  “One [thing] have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.”


IMG_2060March 30, 2020

2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV) If my people…shall humble themselves…

He is talking to us. We are his people. We must become humble. The Hebrew word for humble is kana meaning,  bow your knee. submit, be low.  Why must we humble ourselves?  What does it mean to be humble before God? A humble attitude doesn’t say “I.” A humble attitude surrenders and says:

We need God.
We cannot do it on our own.
God can do it better and faster.
God has a better plan than we do.
God is the center of the universe and we are not.
God is in control and we are not.
God is great and we are small.
God is right.
God is God and we are not.
We can do nothing without him, but all things with him.
We own nothing. We have nothing. We are nothing without Him. We cannot solve all problems, but he has all answers. He wants us to come to him.
We need God.

Why must we humble ourselves? Let me ask this…

Why did Lucifer fall?  PRIDE!  He thought that he was all that.  He thought he was the shining the light.  He was just a mirror reflecting the light, the glory of God.  Pride destroyed Lucifer and gave him a new name, Satan.  (Proverbs 16:18 (KJV) Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.) 

God says in Proverbs 6:16-19 These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him: He lists what he hates. At the top of the list in verse 17, A proud look….Pride is at the top of the list! 

In James 4:6-7 (KJV)  The Word says…”But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”

God resists the proud: the one who thinks he is better than another, above the crowd, the superior thinking, big headed, egotistical, bloated opinion of self, the exaggerated, the self-centered.  You know the proud:

“Mines better than yours. I know better than you. My President is better than yours. I am smarter than you. I am better than you. I live in a nicer house. I drive a better car. I make more money. I am prettier…

The Greek word for resist in James 4;6, is antitassō.  It means an order of “military might who sets itself against and successfully wages war against, the non compliant in order to crush the enemy.” Ouch!  God hates the proud.  He resists the proud.  Pride is a repellent to God!  He is attracted to the humble, the low in mind, the one who thinks small of himself and big of God; the meek, the modest, the God centered.  He gives grace, unmerited favor to the humble. He gets involved in the humble life. 

In James 4:10, we are directed to, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”  He will elevate us to the places he has planned for us. He will elevate us to protection from the enemy.  We just need to recognize and give him the credit because we cannot do  without him. the word of the Lord in 1 Peter 5:6: “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

I enCOURAGE you to humble yourself.  Get rid of the pride.  I would much rather be lifted up, exalted and elevated by God because I choose to humble myself  than to be resisted by God. “You are never to small for God to use but you may be too big.”-Rick Renne



March 29, 2020

Psalms 91:14 (KJV) Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my Name.

Many people claim to know Jesus as the Savior.  God did not step down out of eternity and clothe himself as a man, Jesus, just to give us eternal life. Jesus came back to give us life and life abundantly, NOW. He is all we need, NOW. He is everything we need, NOW.

The phrase from Psalm 91:4, “Because he hath set his love” is actually one word in Hebrew, chashaq.  Chasaq means to join together, cling, cleave, attached with very great love. Have you set your love on God?  How is your relationship with him?  Do you take him to the club with you, dance or golf?  Do you take him to work with you?  Do you take him on the road with you?  Do you take him to the grocery with you?  Are you joined with God?  Have you set your love on God?

Psalm 91 promises that because we have loved and joined forces with God, He will deliver us (cause us to escape, help us smoothly and sleekly slip away altogether!). It’s not as much that we love him, but He loved us first and the most. And, he will set us on high. What do we set on high? Things that are precious to us. Things that are super special. Things we might want to hide. Things we might want to protect.

Why does our God do all this? “Because we know His Name? We know his name is more than just Savior. He is our Salvation in every situation He always was, always is, always will be.

He is our Creator.  

He is our Deliverer.  

He is our Guide.  

He is our Healer.  

He is our Light

He is our Love.

He is our Lord.

He is our Provider.

He is our Refuge.

He is our Rock.

He is our Strength.

He is our Truth.

He is the Way.

He is our Everything.

And these are just a few of His Names.

We have to know Him to know His name.

We have to know his name to know Him.

I enCOURAGE you to set your love on Him. Don’t leave his side and he will not leave yours. He will deliver you. He will set you on high because you know His Name. You know him and he knows you. You love him and he loves you.

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GOD CALLED. Have you answered?

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March 28, 2020

God called the Light. (Genesis 1:3-5)
God called Noah. (Genesis 6:13)
God called Abram. Abraham (Genesis 17)
God called Moses. (Exodus 29)
God called Joshua. (Joshua 1)
God called Samuel. (1 Samuel 3:4)
God called David. (1 Samuel 16:12)
God called Isaiah. (Isaiah 6)
God called Jeremiah. (Jeremiah 1)
Jesus called the 12 disciples (Mathew 10:1, Mark 6:7)
Jesus called Simon Barjona: Peter, the Rock (Matthew 16:17-18)
Jesus called Lazarus forth (John 12:17)
God called Barnabas and Saul (Acts 13:2)
God called Saul, Paul (Acts 13:9, Romans 1:1)
God called all these men. God called us!  Looks like we are in pretty good company.God called us His people. God called us by his Name. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Have you answered His call?

God called us to his purpose. (Roman’s 8:28)
God called us to confess with our mouth Jesus is Lord.
God called us to believe with our heart he raised Jesus from the dead. God called us to salvation. (Romans 10:9-10)

Have you answered His call?

God called us unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
(1 Corinthians 1:9)
God has called us to peace. (1 Corinthians 7:15)
God has called everyone (1 Corinthians 7:17)

Have you answered His call?

God called us into the grace of Christ. (Galatians 1:6)
God called us to liberty. (Galatians 5:13)
God called us to walk worthy of the call

Have you answered His call?

God called you unto his kingdom and glory. (1 Thessalonians 2:12)
God called us to fight the good fight of faith.
God called us to lay hold on eternal life. (1 Timothy 6:12

Have you answered His call?

God called us to be holy in all manner of conversation. (1 Peter 1:15)
God called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.(1 Peter 2:9)
God called to follow Christ’s steps. (1 Peter 2:21)

Have you answered His call?

God of all grace has called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus.
(1 Peter 5:10)
God called has called us the sons of God. (1 John 3:1)
God calls us called, chosen, & faithful. (Revelation 17:14)
God called us Blessed which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. (Revelation 19:9)

All you have to do is answer the call of God who called Jesus, Faithful and True, The Word of God. (Revelation 19:11, 13)

I enCOURAGE you to answer His call!  The tug on your heart that you have been ignoring, it’s God calling.  What has he called you to?  What has he called you to do?  Pick up the call. I promise! You will not regret it.


By Tammy Phillips March 26, 2020. (Borrowed this hashtag from Tasha Tharpe-Patton. I love it and it hit me hard!)

If each individual person will seek God, then allow God to heal their brokenness …”that he might sanctify and cleanse it (the church) with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it(the church) to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”(Ephesians 5:26-27)…I know that our faith in the one and only God and obedience to His word will turn this world around.

The healing of our land begins with us. We have heard 2 Chronicles 7:14 many times since 9/11. Have we done it? We can hear it 1,000,000 times. We must do it! If we want God to listen to us, we need to listen to him and stop acting like spoiled, entitled, disobedient brats. Simply, we must believe His word and do what he says.

In 2 Chronicles 6, Solomon offered a beautiful sacrificial prayer to God dedicating the Temple. He asked God In verse 14: “Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness” He was asking God to occupy the Temple. And the Glory of God came.

1 Corinthians 3:16 states “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” God has given us a better way! We are His temple. We should offer the sacrifice of prayer to our Lord. We should welcome Him to always occupy our temple! As Christians, we are called by his name. His name is written on us, just like the Temple of old. Welcome God to occupy.

I’ll borrow Solomon’s words: “O LORD God, there is no God like you in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keeps your covenant, and shows mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts: For You are good; for Your mercy endures for ever. You are always welcome here.”

When Solomon prayed to the Lord, the Glory came and filled the temple, but it was a few days later before the Lord answered in 7:12. “I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.” Under the new covenant, he chose us as his house of sacrifice, his temple where he dwells.

The Lord continues His response through verse 22, but let’s look AGAIN at 2 Chronicles 7:14-16, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

He is talking to US! We have his name.

We have to humble ourselves. The Hebrew word for humble is kana meaning, bow your knee and submit.

What in our lives do we need to submit to the Lord. What are we holding on to? My prayer today is: “Father, I do believe. Help my unbelief in the areas I need to submit to you. Help me to turn to you. Repent means turn.” Repent is not I am sorry. Repenting is changing your mind, turning and going in the other direction.

Good news. God has already forgiven us. We just have to accept it. He has heard us and now is the time.

#HealingBeginsWithUS and then spreads across the land.

The Lord promises in the next verses, 15, “NOW mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer [that is made] in this place. 16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.”

What promise! I want healing. I want healing of our world. I want God eyes and heart on me all the time! He is God! Glory to his name.

I enCOURAGE you let the #HealingBeginWithUS. Be called. Humbly bow and submit. Seek. Pray. Turn. Be heard. Be forgiven. Be healed


I know  why the Holy Spirit leads me to focus in November and December. It is easy for me to get caught up in: to do’s I want to… I need to… and the the business of the holiday. Today, all I wanted to do was work on my lists. I was a little anxious. Why? … Continue reading “F O C U S”

66876EC2-DEEC-47C4-876E-C2FE5AF72CF2I know  why the Holy Spirit leads me to focus in November and December. It is easy for me to get caught up in:
  • to do’s
  • I want to…
  • I need to…
  • and the the business of the holiday.

Today, all I wanted to do was work on my lists. I was a little anxious. Why? Lists always get completed. I threw the cares right back to God. Really, the to do’s on my list are insignificant in the light of eternity!  This devotion helped me change my focus.



Hebrews 2:1 (KJV) Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let [them] slip.

It’s happened to all of us. We get a little of the Word of God under our spiritual belts. We have a few victories. Our lives are going great for the first time in years. Then suddenly we slip and it all falls apart. We find ourselves having to start all over again.

That’s what happened to the people the book of Hebrews was written to. They made such great spiritual progress that they got to the place where they should have been teachers. Then they slipped back so much, they needed baby food again. (See Hebrews 5:12.)

What caused them to fall so far? They let other things get in the way of their faith. They let the promises of God slip, so they slipped.

That’s happened to a multitude of believers in the last several years.

“Well, Brother Copeland,” they said, “we’re tired of that faith stuff.” Or, “We just don’t have time to spend that much time in the Word.”

They’ve turned their attention away from the promises of God. It’s not that they didn’t believe them anymore. It’s just that they directed their attention to other things. They let their Word level drop and since low Word level equals low faith level, they soon began suffering defeat in areas where they once had victory.

Don’t let that happen to you. When things are going well, don’t just ride the tide of God’s blessing. Dig deeper into what God has for you. Give more earnest heed to the promises of God. Concentrate on moving ahead, on becoming so strong in the Spirit you can not only get your own needs met, you’ll meet others’ needs as well!

Remember: Low Word Level = Low Faith Level = Slip.

Don’t get so busy enjoying today’s victory that tomorrow ends up in defeat. Look into the things you’ve learned. Give the Word more of your attention—not less. Keep moving from faith to faith. Instead of trying to trip you up, Satan and his bunch will be crying, “Oh no, that faith man is coming after us again.

© 1991 Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc. aka: Kenneth Copeland Publications

CASTING YOUR CARES: The Joy of the LORD is My Strength

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For one month and a half, I have struggled to write about “casting your cares.” Hence, the silence.  Yesterday, I was determined.  I spent most of the day at the computer jotting down the word journey the Father has taken me through the last month and a half.  I still had nothing to present to you. I have prayed over this like everything I write.  I finally had to cast my care1 about writing about casting my cares.  Normally, I am so full and overflowing of what the Holy Spirit has shown me that writing for me is fluid.   I am full, now, but the tap has been blocked.  I believe today will be different. So, here we go!

Last January, I was trying to catch a care and the Holy Spirit told me to hurl it to Him. Then I read: The Joy of the Lord is my strength.2 and Look! I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?3 God made me laugh at him and myself. He has it.  His joy gives me the strength to cast the care.

I meditated further on Nehemiah 8.  Here is what I learned.  To hear the Word of God, the people had to ask, Ezra, the priest, the scribe, to bring the Torah to the streets. The Torah was so sacred to them that as soon as it was opened, they lifted their hands, they bowed their heads and the worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground. As he read it, they stood in place from morning until midday to hear it.  They had no written Bible. They had no Holy Spirit to teach them. Wow.  We take so much for granted.  Where is your Bible today?  Do you take it for granted? Do you even know where it is?

Then in Nehemiah 8:9-11 they share the good news:

This day is holy unto the LORD your God; do not mourn* (lament and wail), nor weep*(cry bitterly, complain, whine). For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law. Then he said unto them, Go your way* (walk, move, live, journey) eat the fat, and drink the sweet … for [this] day [is] holy unto our Lord: don’t you be sorry*(worried, grieved, hurt, pained, tortured, wrestled, bent out of shape); for the joy of the LORD is your strength*(place or means of safety, protection, stronghold, harbor, place to run, refuge, fort, rock).  So, the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace*(hush, keep silent, be still) for the day [is] holy; don’t you be sorry either.

Simply,  Don’t worry!  Be happy!  Have My joy!  It is your strength. The Joy of the Lord who sits on the throne and who resides in you laughingly asks, “Is anything too hard for me?4

In Nehemiah 8:12, All the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth*(joy, gladness, glee, religious festival) because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.  

This sounds like a party to me.  And why party? They understood the word of God to them!  Don’t worry! Be happy. God has got this.

This is the day the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.5   Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God [is] my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ [feet], and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.6   It is your choice to rejoice!  The joy of the Lord gives you the strength to cast you cares.

Scripture References:

11 Peter 5:7

2Nehemiah 8:10

3Jeremiah 32:27

4Genesis 18:14

5Psalm 118:24

6Habakkuk 3:18-19

*Hebrew definition of word from Strong’s Concordance