A Sunday Prayer

God, I don’t have all the answers. God, sometimes I just don’t have a clue what to say or do. The only thing I am sure of is, you know. I don’t want to spend my time trying to figure out things and events that aren’t meant for me to understand. I do want to spend my time getting to know you, who understands everything. Please guide my heart, my mind, and my footsteps in every way. I am grateful  for my life. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve you. And, I am grateful for your plan for me. As long as you have a plan, I will never be lost. I am found in you and I am ever so grateful! Lord I thank you. Make this your prayer today and find your strength in the Lord. He knows everything.

Be encouraged,

T Brown

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Pray For Yourself First!

We have to be sensitive to and sincere about the things that concern us. Sometimes our situations weigh us down enough to seek others for prayer but we are not putting forth the effort to pray for ourselves.

James chapter 5:13 says if any among you be afflicted, let him pray.

What is afflicted? to suffer (endure) evils (hardships, troubles) Yes! Suffer! Hardships! Troubles! If you are suffering, pray for yourself. Once you pray for yourself, then ask someone to come in agreement with you. It is crazy to ask someone to come in agreement with something you aren’t even praying for. That is why some prayers are not effective. You have been entrusted with the gift of the Holy Spirit and the power of God. Use it to maintain the dominion God has commanded you to have. Yes, there are times when you will need others to pray for you.

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much

***Notice*** it starts off with confessing our faults. But we don’t want to confess our faults. We try to hide those things. What exactly is a fault? The word fault means: a lapse or deviation from truth and uprightness, a sin, misdeed

So, basically you must confess the sin in your life and pray for one another and be healed. You don’t need anyone to pray for you when your feelings get hurt or like we like to say, “Going Through.” If you are afflicted pray for yourself. We are in times when prayer is necessary and need to have an focus behind it. We cannot depend on others to keep us uplifted. Although, someone is always praying for you even when you do not realize it. Increase your faith and walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. Then next time you are going through some trouble and hardship, begin to pray for yourself. Command change in your life. If you are falling short in your walk, confess it and be accountable so someone can pray for you. Once you have been healed in that area keep it moving! I hope this encourages you to walk in the power of God. Know the difference when it is time for you to pray and when you need someone to pray for you. Everything about God has an order. And yes, it does work!

Be encouraged,

T Brown

Your Golden Ticket Is In the Moment

Do you have those moments when something gets to you so badly, you need to reach out to someone before reacting. Of course you do! We all do! When we have the time to contemplate how we will respond to a situation, that is a clear sign that God is in control. He is giving us an opportunity to sort it out, think it through, and walk away if necessary. When you are seeking the right words or the right reaction….follow through. What is the point in seeking God’s righteousness, and yet choosing to do wrong. If you don’t have that moment to think, you might be in trouble.

1 Cor 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

How many times have you stared temptation right in the face and took some time to decide whether you wanted to partake in it? Temptation is not sin. Giving in to the temptation is the sin. If you are considering whether to do it or not, once again, God is in control. He won’t tempt you, but he will give you a way out. Which way will you go?  Will you choose to be triumphant?

2 Cor 11 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

No one in the world can give us a guarantee to succeed except Christ. We have the guarantee that we can overcome if we choose to. The scripture says God “always causes us to triumph”, not fail. We choose to fail because we let our flesh take control instead of God. So, next time you face a situation and have a moment to think about what you are about to say or do…remember, it is in that very moment you can grab your golden ticket to victory, if you choose right!

Be encouraged,

T Brown

Only If…..

One of the hardest things to do is to try and encourage someone who is living in sin. Why do I say that? It is hard enough to encourage people who profess to be saved and still don’t have hope. There comes a time when we just need to wake up. This world is not going to get any better, but we can. And a lot of this stuff can be counteracted only if:

  1. the intercessors would truly intercede
  2. if the prophets would speak what God is saying in this hour
  3. if the evangelists would compel men to come to Christ
  4. if the teachers would teach sound doctrine in a way the people can understand and apply it to their lives
  5. if the pastors would lead the body of Christ and stop compromising
  6. if the parents would raise their children in holiness
  7. if the children would obey their parents and the word of God
  8. if the worshipers would release the right sound in the atmosphere
  9. if churches would come together and minister to this world
  10. if believers would practice what they preach at home first, then in the church, and on their job
  11. if we all would love with agape love
  12. if we all would forgive over and over again

This list can go on and on. What can you do differently]to cause a change in your home and your community? A little bit can go a long way. Only if!

Be encouraged,

T Brown

Dreaming It, Won’t Achieve It, Unless You Do It!

We have to stop telling people to dream it and achieve it. Many people dream all their life and never get anywhere. Dreaming just simply isn’t enough any more. We have to want change in our life so bad that we won’t stop until we achieve it. We spend way too much time dreaming about and talking about what we want. We talk to other people about what we want. We get guidance on what to do. We can even see ourselves doing it.  And yet, we are still laying in our bed, doing nothing, receiving nothing, and still dreaming. It is time to do something!

  1. Whatever you are trying to achieve, write it down.
  2. Immediately speak to yourself and change your mindset!
    1. Tell yourself to stop being lazy!
    2. Tell yourself it will require sacrifice!
    3. Tell yourself not to cut corners!
    4. Tell yourself to follow through!
  3. Find someone who has succeeded in that area and get some good sound advice.
  4. Apply that good sound advice to your life as long as it lines up with the word of God.
  5. Set a realistic goal, with a short term and long term plan.
  6. Surround yourself with people who are already doing what you are aiming for.
    1. This may require you to make a move.
    2. You may need to change friends, change jobs, change locations…etc
  7. Start walking the plan out.
  8. Don’t quit until you achieve it!

I can hear some of you saying, wait a minute, “Don’t we need to pray about it?” Of course, that is a given. Prayer should be a part of your daily walk, not part of a plan to achieve something. We have to get out of going to God for stuff and start including him in our life daily. We should have a daily prayer life, fellowship, and communion with God. He will be the one to give you the green light and the confidence to go after your dream. He is the one who gave you the dream in the first place. There is greatness and success ahead of all us us. We just have to see it, believe it, plan it, do it, and bless God for it!

Be encouraged,

T Brown

Babes and Soldiers, Which One Are You?

Hopefully this will help someone who may be struggling in their walk and trying to lead at the same time. We cannot be babes in Christ and soldiers at the same time. Babes need to be nurtured and spoon fed. Babes need someone to hold their hand and carry them until they are self sufficient. Soldiers carry weapons, fight battles, and overcome obstacles. Too often, you find babes trying to operate as soldiers and getting destroyed in the middle of the war. You also find soldiers who want to be carried instead of fighting as they have been trained. Which one are you?

If you are a babe, be a babe. Sit down, learn, and grow. Don’t try to hold any position until you are a full grown adult. If you are a soldier, stand up and fight. Don’t whine and beg for attention and for someone to baby you every time you get a battle wound. It is all a part of the warfare we encounter. While you are a babe, you will get nurtured and taught the basics of this Christian journey. Someone will carry you. Someone will hold your hand and make sure you are okay. Once you step into the role of a soldier, intense training begins. Not only are you taught how to endure as a good soldier, but you will be taught how to be of good courage. You will be taught how to stand against the wiles of the devil. You will be taught to forgive over and over again. You will be taught to love when flesh wants to be angry. You will be taught how to put your training into action. If you hold any position in any ministry and find yourself wanting to be treated like a babe, maybe you aren’t ready. Adults don’t like to be treated like a baby, babes want to be babied.

The first step in growing from stepping out to soon is admitting you made a mistake. Many have started in ministry before they were ready. Step down before you fall and cause someone else to fall right a long with you. Soldiers of Christ are leaders. You can’t possibly be a baby soldier. Somebody is eventually going to get hurt. Let’s stop being selfish in wanting to be bigger than we are and doing things we aren’t ready to do. Consider the people who are following you. Yes, we can do all things through Christ which strengthens us; but the key word is “strengthened.” Babes aren’t strong. They are babes. It is time for a re-evaluation. Babes and Soldiers, ask yourself, which one are you? Then get in the right position to receive the right training. Both are a great position to be in, as long as you know which one you are supposed to be in. It is time to grow from where you are! We all have to start somewhere!

Be encouraged,

T Brown