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” You Can Do This! ” by Gayla Baughman.

Have you ever felt the pressure to perform the impossible? Everyone wants a piece of you. You want to do things that will improve your self-being or enhance your walk with God, but you don’t have enough left over to focus on you. You are too busy fixing everyone else.

Have you ever felt the pressure to perform the impossible? Everyone wants a piece of you. You want to do things that will improve your self-being or enhance your walk with God, but you don’t have enough left over to focus on you. You are too busy fixing everyone else.

Your list is endless. Fix your children; fix your marriage; fix your husband; pay the bills; feed the family; fix everyone’s “owies”; mend broken relationships; nurture new relationships; help others with drug addictions; suicidal thoughts; alcohol; anger; pornography; bondage, etcetera.

Take a deep breath and let me remind you that you are not a wonder woman. You cannot do all the things you feel pressured to do because you are only human. There are some things you can do to help others, and thank God that is a good thing. But you cannot be all things to all the people in your life.

There is one major, important, absolutely necessary thing you CAN do. This may sound too simple, or elementary but trust me. In light of the performance pressures you are feeling at this moment, this is definitely doable.

In fact, the Bible clearly outlines the process of this single, doable task that is required. And as an added bonus, when you do it in the right order, it is an overwhelming success!

I wonder if you have guessed what it is yet. It is LOVE.

You can love. Love them.

“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-40, NLT).

If this important practice is put in order, you will accomplish all you need to “fix” the world around you. Remember to love God first (with all of your heart), and then show love to others as you do to yourself. You cannot fix everyone in your circle of community, but you can love them. Sometimes it is love that fixes the broken wheel. It is love that gives them hope.

The encouraging thought is that no matter how small you feel the task of loving someone, or how hard it is to show love and kindness to a difficult person, your work of love is never in vain.

“So my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless” (1 Corinthians 15:58, NLT).

If you love your children first, then focus on their discipline, you will give them a greater gift than propriety. If you show your husband love even when he doesn’t deserve it, you give him the ability to rise to your expectations because your expectations are based on the love of Jesus. Every act of love should be rooted in the foot of the cross. That is where love was enacted out in its purest form. Be selfless to others in the way Christ is with you. You can’t always fix them, but you can certainly love them.

Gayla Baughman is an author, songwriter, and musician. She serves as the Women’s Ministries Pastor at LifeChurch, Gilbert, Arizona. Gayla received a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Music from Christian Life College, Stockton, California, where she also taught.
(From: UPCI Ladies Ministries ladiesconnections@upci.org)


” EFFECTUAL AND FERVENT PRAYER ” by Pastor Don Rogers.

There are important aspects to prayer that make our praying effectual and fervent unto God:

Prayers that focus to know the Jesus of the scriptures in an intimate way. To know His ways, His character and His resurrection love.
Prayers to become like Him. Where the Word becomes flesh in our own character and value system.
Prayers that relationally serve others. That transfers His nature to those we love and are committed to.
Prayers that focus on reaching the hurting and the lost. Our prayers must mature beyond just our personal needs and our personal self-interest to becoming conduits for God’s presence and to pray through us for others according to His sovereign divine plan.
Prayers that oppose the kingdom of darkness. We were commanded to occupy until Jesus returns. These are prayers that stand our ground for holiness living. Prayers that stand our ground against immorality and perversion. To exalt the name of Jesus in the face of all evil.

These five prayers make our praying biblically effectual and fervent for kingdom living.

“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death” (Philippians 3:10).

Effectual fervent praying is growing in the maturity and knowledge of His Word and nature relationally with both Christ and others.

It’s possible to perfect one area and neglect the others. Effectual fervent praying seeks the balance and heart of God intimately.
Ultimately our goal is to pray His heart and not a regimented catechism of repetitious praying that Jesus warned us not to do.
God’s number one goal is to have access to our heart as His throne room for operating on earth.
Is there room in your busy schedule and heart for God to operate effectually and fervently as His headquarters throne for His kingdom?

“Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13).

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


” Setting the Standard by the Spirit of Prayer in Leadership. “

In this scriptural account Miriam just dies. (Numbers 20:1-12) This had to be tough on Moses, (verse 1) Israel lacked resources. (verse 2) The people were not happy with their leaders. (verses 3-5) Moses and Aaron enter into a prayer shift after this and show up and speak to them. (verse 6) However, Moses misrepresents God’s voice, God’s mind, and God’s image for leadership in verse 10.

As we proceed with the story, now God rebukes and corrects Moses for it in verse 12. All because he did ministry with a contempt for the people. Moses was God’s standard for the people to judge their walk by: handling problem relationships; how to approach God while you are hurting; how to cope with unappreciative people; setting the standard for fearing; etc. It is so serious that his actions caused him not to see the Promise Land.

A leader’s actions must always reflect three important leadership principles: reflecting God’s Spirit and ways in a situation; reflecting God’s Word in a situation; reflecting your pastor (Godly authority) and fellowship guidelines and standards in dealing with the saints. Otherwise, you are smiting the rock of Moses with the wrong attitude in leadership.

So how do we avoid smiting the rock with contempt? How do we reflect leadership properly? “Now I know you fear me.” (Genesis 22:12) Our consecration of worship, prayer, and fasting must be mixed with the fear of God in it. This requires transparency with your attitude towards God and men. It requires affection displayed towards God and men. This requires putting nothing before your love and integrity with God, including your Isaacs…like money, things, children, a relationship, etc.

Like Moses, we face some hardships: spiritual Miriams dying, lack of resources, and some saints being unhappy with our decision-making. But, let us go to Jehovah Jireh right now…that when we hit our faces and rise up after worship, we will show God’s standard for leadership. II Timothy 2:24-26 says, “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”

Pray:
that our personal agendas do not hurt or interfere with God’s Kingdom business.
that we do not cause the saints to stumble with our selfishness.
that our wounds do not cause people to see Jesus in an unhealthy way.
that we show the Saints God’s standard and Pastor’s standards for church sacrificial living and giving.
that we do not misrepresent our leadership with our own philosophical agendas.

Pastor Don Rogers
The Pentecostals of Wisconsin
Wisconsin District Prayer Coordinator
WNOP North Central Regional Prayer Coordinator

( Information from: World Network of Prayer wnopadmins@upci.org )


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