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“Godly Self-Esteem and Self-Perception”

“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as
it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not” (Isaiah 53:3).

The unsearchable wisdom of God chooses to become a man to identify with our frailties. Elohim
in the plurality of His majesty positions Himself in the earthly realm as a man that is rejected by
the Jewish religious system. They esteemed Him not. Judas sells Him for the price of an ox or
injured slave.

God transcends to such a level to help us believe He can relate to us when we wrestle with self-
esteem and believing in ourselves. He knows what it is like to not feel esteemed by His peers and
loved ones. So He tells us, “I know your thoughts. My thoughts for you are not evil” (Jeremiah
29:10-11).

Jesus conquered low self-esteem by Calvary’s finished works. He that knew no sin became sin
that we might be the righteousness of God. This is why He says we can boldly come before His
throne to obtain mercy because He expects us to claim authority over what He won for us!

Self-Esteem and Self-Perception Go Together:

 It starts with using God’s Word to reshape our self-perception. We raise our self-esteem
by embracing with obedience God’s Word into our character and will for daily living.
 We increase the fear of God by meditation, worship, and His Word with the intent to obey.
This increases our confidence according to Psalm 25:14.

FROM:
Pastor Don Rogers
The Pentecostals of Wisconsin
Wisconsin District Prayer Coordinator
WNOP North Central Regional Prayer Coordinator
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“Into His Gates with Thanksgiving”
“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name” (Psalm 100:4).

Where will you spend Thanksgiving? How about meeting at the Gates? Then, let’s go into His Courts with Praise. My initial inquiry is not just necessarily referring to the upcoming holiday, but is in reference to the act of gratitude, and a lifestyle of “thanksgiving” or giving thanks unto God. One of the most appropriate ways to approach God is by entering into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Indeed, we should be thankful unto Him, and bless His name, for He is worthy of all the glory, all of the honor, and all of the praise!

What a wonderful way to come into God’s presence! Even in the Old Testament Tabernacle plan, the priest entered by way of the gate first, and then he was able to proceed further into the tabernacle, beyond the gate, towards the presence of God. We can enter into His gates with thanksgiving and later “come boldly to the throne…and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). Biblically, the gate provided an entrance to a destination of answered prayers; so, enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and then pray for the various needs represented. Confidently thank God that He has already met the needs according to His will, and praise Him in advance for His mighty acts (Psalm 150:2), and bless His holy name (Psalm 145:21).

PRAY:

that we pursue to abide in the righteousness of God, for ours is as filthy rags. Intercede that “He opens to us the gates of righteousness, and we praise Him” (Psalm 118:19):
that “our feet stand within His gates” and we determine to not waver, believing that needs will be met as God desires so. (Psalm 122:2)
that with gratitude we “watch daily at His gates, waiting at the posts of His doors; for blessed is he that heareth Him” (Proverbs 8:34).
that “the evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous” (Proverbs 14:19). Offer up thanksgiving unto God for subduing the evil.
that “violence shall no more be heard in thy land…but we shall call our walls Salvation, and our gates Praise” (Isaiah 60:18).
that God’s “ministers who have charge at the gates of, and ministering to the house [Church]…stand before them [people] to [effectively] minister unto them” (Ezekiel 44:11). Pray for and offer thanksgiving to God for your pastor and others in ministry who serve.
that the Church rest in the promise that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church,” at all times, even as we enter His gates with thanksgiving. (Matthew 16:18)
that God’s people endure trials, giving thanks in all things despite of our circumstances, knowing that as we enter into His gates with thanksgiving, that one glorious day we “… may enter…the gates into the city.” (Revelation 22:14)

Flo Shaw
Director
World Network of Prayer
(World Network of Prayer wnopadmins@upci.org)


“The Hedge of Job.”
(Job 1:5, 10)

Job sought God for intimacy, fellowship, and sanctification for his family through prayer. Job walked in a spirit of prayer through repentance. This did four things:

1. It attracted God’s presence to Job’s prayers
2. It caused God to extol Job to Satan
3. It put a hedge around Job and all of his substance
4. It brought favor to Job’s life

All because he walked in the spirit of prayer and repentance continually. Repentance is not like a spare tire when you need it. It releases the grace of God into the earthly realm for humanity by the voice of the intercessor. Without it, Ezekiel says God brings destruction of His wrath when He does not find an intercessor who will stand in the gap for a people through repentance praying. Our right standing with God is only as good as the last time we repented. Repentance activates the mercies and judgment of God upon a people. We see this with many Bible figures, such as Daniel, Moses, and Jonah.

The priest carried blood throughout the tabernacle as a sign that repentance must go with us throughout our entire time of praying to attract God’s nature. The Mosaic law required they sprinkle the blood on their garments when they walked throughout the temple. This represents the spirit of repentance. This releases God’s mercy for a situation. This caused the glory cloud to come down in the holiest place. All because God saw the blood and fire carried from the brazen altar of repentance. For He will not despise a broken and contrite heart. God is attracted to the spirit of repentance.

Uzziah forgot this and was struck with leprosy. He felt his track record excluded him from this kind of humility. The Bible says let judgment begin at the house of the Lord in order that He may send His Spirit into our communities. If the pulpit does not preach repentance then our communities have no hope. For the Spirit and the bride says come, Lord Jesus! This is the cry of the spirit of repentance, through the spirit of prayer. Job knew this and sanctified his family every day. It brought a hedge on his substance.

Jesus said repentance must be taught in My name in the four corners of the earth according to Luke 24:47. For the spirit of prayer through repentance is a way of life and not something just for new converts. So Job knew this and created nightmares for the Devil. All of Hell’s powers could not get to Job because he walked in the spirit of prayer through repentance! Job’s attitude of repentance kept evil out of his household. Proverbs 19:32 says the man who fears the Lord shall not be visited with evil. For he shall be satisfied, and he will tend to live. Jesus healed people after He told them, “your sins are forgiven.”

Will you pray:
The spirit of repentance sweeps throughout our congregations to release the miraculous!
The fruit of repentance is manifested through great joy and real conversions and transformations amongst the people.
That repentance is preached in our pulpits with more regularity.
That the spirit of repentance drives worldliness out of the churches and produces a genuine biblical spirit of holiness.
The spirit of repentance activates the gifts of the spirit in our churches.
The spirit of repentance is released with power and victory with global missionaries who are breaking ground in new territories.

Pastor Don Rogers
The Pentecostals of Wisconsin
Wisconsin District Prayer Coordinator
WNOP North Central Regional Prayer Coordinator
(Info from World Network of Prayer – wnopadmins@upci.org)


“Making Memories” by Angela Overton.
And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. (I Peter 4:8-9, NKJV}

This time of year evokes a deep sense of gratitude as I reminisce about my childhood around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I did not grow up with a lot of monetary blessings. Some Thanksgiving dinners were baked chicken breasts rather than a turkey, and many of my Christmas presents were from the dollar store. None of those memories bring me to a place of sadness; rather, I feel so blessed to feel a great depth of love interwoven with each meal and celebration.

Fancy dinners are quickly eaten and forgotten, but the family traditions that are made and love shared are what make memories become legacy. Expensive toys are lost, ruined, or outgrown; but learning that love is more valuable than material items is priceless.

Love is a treasured gift, and it is something we can all give and receive without needing a robust checking account. I love to give gifts, but when I begin to feel pressure to “deliver” something spectacular, that is the moment I need to step back and reevaluate my motives. We feel a lot of pressure to have an Instagram-worthy Thanksgiving meal, but in the process of creating perfection, are we trading special moments for stress, disappointment, debt, and exhaustion?

By all means, go all out, if that’s what you enjoy doing—don’t let me discourage an unforgettable spread at Thanksgiving and awesome, heartfelt gifts for your loved ones at Christmas. But, while doing “all the things,” take time to make memories. Engage in meaningful conversations, sit on the floor and play with your kids, don’t wait to share your heart for another time—the time is now, no one is promised tomorrow.
The things we express at funerals should be the things we share at birthday parties and family gatherings.

Many of us feel like Covid has stolen many of our memories with loved ones due to the restrictions of the last year and a half, so let’s be intentional about making moments last a lifetime.

(Information from: Pure Ministry – UPCI Ladies Ministries – ladiesconnections@upci.org)


“Creating Family” by Mary Loudermilk.
You can’t choose your family. Or can you? Family is generally defined as “a group of people related to one another by blood or marriage.” Not everyone, however, has “family” by this definition. For a variety of reasons, many people find themselves alone in life. It may be due to death, estrangement, miles, or circumstance.

Life can be lonely without these vital connections. Those with strong relationships live longer and healthier lives. Having a support system helps buffer the effects of stress. Those with little or no support in their lives may be more depressed, have decreased immunity from illness, and have high blood pressure.

We all need family, whether biological or a family of choice. Yes, family can be a choice. Let me tell you about my family. Most of my life has been spent many miles from my biological family, but I am surrounded by family. Several friends were in similar situations, all having moved here from other states. It really wasn’t a conscious thought that we create a family, but that’s what evolved over time. I’m a sister, an aunt, and a grandma—all by choice. One of the nieces (chosen) was trying to determine her relationship to another niece (biological). She explained, “We’re half cousins.” It may not be in the dictionary, but it works for me.

Someone has called families like ours “created kinship.” My chosen family celebrates major holidays together. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter will find us gathered around the table together. Like any family, we have our traditions. We know exactly who will make the salad, the deviled eggs, the homemade cheese bread, and the chocolate dessert. Like family, together we put away the leftovers, load the dishwasher, and clean the kitchen after the meal.

This family of mine will step in when someone’s ill, give a ride when there’s car trouble, pick up an item at the grocery, and help shovel snow. I feel comfortable calling late at night (and have) when there’s a problem. Even though I have no biological family nearby, I know there’s someone as close as a phone call.

So you are thinking to yourself, “I really don’t have family either, but how would I go about creating family?” The first place to look is at church. Undoubtedly there are others within the congregation in similar circumstances. Look around. Psalm 68:6 says, “God sets the solitary [lonely] in families” (NKJV). Ask God to help you develop friendships that may turn into family.

Family doesn’t happen overnight, and sometimes a relationship just doesn’t “click.” But you never know until you make the effort. Take the risk. You may find family—another friend, sister, half cousin, niece/nephew, or grandchild—just waiting when you reach out with a smile and friendly hello.

(Information from: Pure Ministry – UPCI Ladies Ministries – ladiesconnections@upci.org)

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