2017 United States Presidential Inauguration A Mighty Call to Prayer

2017 United States Presidential Inauguration A Mighty Call to Prayer

This week I humbly ask that we pray peace of our nation. With the passing of power we need to be in prayer for the outgoing administration as they seek the next chapter in their lives. We also need to be in prayer for the incoming administration as they prepare to lead our nation.

The best thing we can do for our Country is to be unified in our love for each other with unhindered prayers that are empowered by our unity. Jesus thought the unity of His followers was important enough to spend His last night on earth as a man praying about it. We must strive together; we must pray to end the chaos and attacks on others before it goes another season. Jesus said a house divided against itself cannot stand.

I recognize that this election has been contentious, with a diversity of views. I have prayed for the past eight years for President Obama and his family and I will continue to pray for our new President and family as well. I Pray for all the elected officials who run our country no matter if I agree with them or not. It’s our duty as Christian’s to do so and prayers can change hearts, minds and give wisdom to those very people. Just remember it was JESUS who said “nothing is impossible with God” that is our hope that we rest upon. Just focus on Him and let Him lead the way. It may be a different outcome than you had planned, however He knows best for each of us. God promises, “…..that ALL things will work together for the good of those who love Him.” Romans 8:28 .

Don’t give up. Don’t worry. Keep praying. Keep the peace. Strive for unity. Keep focused on Jesus. Keep the faith. Keep believing. Don’t loose hope. God’s got this because nothing is impossible with Him.

Martin Luther King taught that hate cannot drive out hate. The response to this challenge is love with action. Together we can pray for God to guide our country as we move forward. As the protesters prepare for Friday may they all remember Dr. King’s quote, “As you prepare to march, meditate on the life and teachings of Jesus.” May God put shield of protection around everyone Friday! Let’s pray for God to be glorified at Friday’s inauguration! May our faith enable us to sow the seeds of love in our ever-changing world. We are playing into the devil’s hand and he is out to destroy this Country, our families, and the list could go on and on. We need Jesus to heal this very broken land and unify our Country. Will you join me praying for our Country and leaders?

Daniel 2:21And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:

1 Timothy 2:1-2 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.

1 Peter 2:17 Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king

Stacey Hitch  For Daily Devotionals you can Follow on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GodsRace/

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Begin With Joy

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
James 1:2-3
God tells us to expect trials. If we choose to respond to trails with a good attitude, then the james1_2_3slhtest or struggle we are going through will refine our faith. Our outlook determines outcome and attitude determines action. As a believer we remain “under construction” until we take our final breath here on earth. Bottom line Satan fights us, the world opposes us, and we have to simply look at trials through the eyes of faith. Instead of complaining about our struggles, we need see them as opportunities for growth. Hard-hitting times can teach us perseverance. You will not know the depth of your character until you see how you respond under pressure. It is easy to be kind to others when everything is going well, but can you be kind to others when you feel everything is falling apart. Developing patience and character though our trials will require us to trust God, and obey. Satan cannot overcome the Christian who knows his Bible and understands the purposes of God while completely leaning and trusting Him. To end with joy, you must begin with joy.
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National Day of Prayer “Wake Up America”

National Day of Prayer “Wake Up America”

Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God. Isaiah 58:1-2

I have given National Day of Prayer a lot of thought for the past couple of weeks.  Our nation needs a National Day of Prayer to remind us of all we have to be thankful for and all we have to pray for as a community and especially individually.  Over the years I have seen many themes associated with National Day of Prayer and 2016 theme is “Wake Up America”. This is crucial time for our nation, and it is important to pray for our nation, but it also equally important we pray for ourselves to be pruned and to do our part as the citizens of United State of America. Americans have a tendency to loudly proclaim what is wrong in America but offer little solution and I have been guilty of this myself.  Jesus demonstrated a heart of service and sacrifice because of love. Translating this to me as a citizen, it’s really about considering the needs of society out of a love for people and wanting to see others succeed in life spiritually and physically here on earth. No government, organization is perfect but we need to look hard at ourselves and our personal circle and be more than an armchair critic complaining about what is wrong with our youth, society, government, jobs, church, and even schools, the list could go on and on.  My prayer this National day of prayer will not be limited to our Nation but what can I do to be part of the solution knowing God will direct my steps. 

Jesus demonstrated the attributes of God through his teachings, actions and love. Jesus is certainly not an armchair critic or a keyboard soldier ready to pounce! We should demonstrate those attributes; I mean really demonstrate them! Many times I wonder if our kids are looking at us as if we have two heads because of our double standards that we have laid before them. We have to look at what’s wrong, but with that in mind, what can we do to put things right again, whether through our actions or involvement. The questions we need to ask our self are,” What can I do to fix, repair, and restore broken relationships between humankind and humanity, and between humankind and Jesus?” “Am I setting a double standard?” “Am I being an Arm Chair Critic offering no solution?” “Am I praying for God to clean me up before I criticize someone else and look at their faults or actions?” It is about making our community, our nation, and our world whole again and cleaning up our own lives, including cleaning up the words we say and even the words we type or share.  Are my words helpful? Do they provide a solution? Does my words verbal or typed match up to the attributes of God and the Fruits of the Spirit without twisting them to be my truth but only His truth?

God is all-powerful and ever present and certainly knows you better than anyone else.  God Is Sovereign, Holy and is absolute Truth. God is Righteous and Just. God is Love and Merciful. He is Faithful and never changes.  I’m thankful in a world that is constantly changing God does not.  His word gives us the Fruits of Spirit a guideline when we feel like being an Arm Chair Critic.

Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

People will let you down, however we can still pray for them. Being an armchair critic appears to be more personally fulfilling.  If we can highlight the person’s errors to all, we feel we have done some good in the world, but have we? The thief who repented on the cross next to Jesus is an excellent example of God’s desire for everyone to be saved and he was able to make himself right with God. I’m sure the thief was grateful his final destination was not in the hands of his community.

God can put words in your mouth, even words to type, prayers in your heart and resources in your hands so that souls can be added to the kingdom. Are you asking God for them? Are you asking God to lead you words you say and write (type)? God will keep pruning us until the fruit is evident but we have to be willing to change.  My cry is to be changed by God so loud and clear that I’m part of a solution for Him to use me and not the spectator on the sidelines sitting in my armchair shouting out the negatives in everything.  I haven’t seen in the Bible anywhere that we are to criticize everyone and everything just to get our point across.  However, I have seen Pray without Ceasing.

Following Christ there is no room for spectators or critics, bottom line we are either helping or harming the Kingdom. We can do much harm without even trying but to be a solution requires deliberate effort, and that is one of the things we need to wake up our minds to.  I have had ISIS follow my Christian devotionals and make fun of them, I have had people put down my devotional because maybe I had a spelling error or they didn’t like the nifty picture I put behind the words.  I have had people criticize my devotionals a lot, and I go to admit a few times I have walked away shaking my head and thinking, “your worried about that but not picture of Jesus hanging on a cross dressed in a cheerleading outfit.” On the other hand, I have had many people that have offered encouragement.  I started doing devotionals because it kept me on track to learn about God and build my foundation.  Thank God my foundation was stronger when the arm chair critics came out and I was able to say nothing with God’s help.  Now instead of shaking my head I will be part of the solution and pray for them.  Who knows I might meet those very same people one day.  I choose to hold up a mirror to myself and reach-out with the other hand, not to crush with hopelessness, but to rebuild America with hope with actions and words, and yes it took years of pruning to get to this point and I’m sure God has not put away the sheers yet. 

Let us Wake Up America, pray we are kinder, pray we can hold our tongue, pray we can keep out fingers from typing negatives. Pray we will be pruned so our fruit will grow to help fill His Kingdom. 

Heavenly Father, I praise you Lord that I’m able to worship you freely no matter what is going on around me.  Wake Me Up oh Lord, give me the kind of eyesight that allows me to see things clearly and pray in accordance of you will.  Lord I pray that I seek your words and direction when I’m tempted to criticize someone.  May my words always draw them closer to you.  Help me to draw souls to you instead of being one of those armchair critics, and not be guilty of the same. Help me to control my tongue and the words I type but instead to use the breath you have given me to proclaim your Holiness and ability to save, to the lost souls. I humbly ask you this through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen!

Stacey Hitch

John 15:8-9  By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

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God is Great

Psalm 135:5 For I know that the Lord is great,And our Lord is above all gods.

As you face a new week, I hope you’ll take the time to reflect on this little verse. Read it over and over and let its truth sink in. This simple passage contains a world of hope, and believing it brings the blessing of peace. Remember, God is great and God is good!

 God is God God is Great 

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Give up or Crumble

Your Only As Strong As Your Foundation       There is a growing tendency to give up. People are crumbling under the pressures of every day life and as a result they are bailing out of relationships, jobs, and commitments. Though retreating in defeat may be the easy way out, it only provides a temporary fix to a deeper problem. True and lasting healing cannot begin until we recognize that Jesus is the Great Physician, and He alone knows how to heal our pain. Remember it is only in the dark that you can see the stars. 

God wants to renew your hope. Trust Him and don’t listen to the devil’s lies that your situation will never change. The only thing that never changes is God and He will prove Himself faithful. The one thing you can count on is that God will never fail to keep His promises to you. With Jesus the best is always yet to come.

Psalm 34:19 KJV Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

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Final Notice!! Lukewarm Lately?

Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean : from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.  And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. Ezekiel 36:25-28

Day after day we throw our lives into striving for the things of this world and judging success by what we have and achieve rather than in striving for righteousness. Throwing ourselves into our job, career and family and forgetting to invest in love are life-threatening mistakes.  God is reminding His people to invest in Him, invest in LOVE, we have to get our new self together before it is too late, we have to heat up our life that has gone tepid.

My dad preach on this the other Sunday and I’m sure that it wasn’t an easy sermon to preach, but God is Love and sometimes He reminds us that we need correction.  One thing I took away from Sunday is God’s words were healing which caused Freedom in many including me!  These are the questions God gave my dad Sunday. Please read them, pray about them because you never know this could be your Final Notice.

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.  Colossians 3:23-24 KJV

  1. What are you pursing?
  2. Does it have eternal value?
  3. Are you seeking things above or just earthly things?
  4. Is it drawing you closer to God or keeping you from alone time with Him?
  5. Are you being deluded with modern-day philosophies or traditions which contradict The Word or better yet not even God’s Word.
  6. Are you going to make it your goal to let the Word of Christ richly dwell within you and walk in His Precepts?
  7. Are you proclaiming the Lord Jesus Christ and holding firmly to all He is and all the you have in Him?
  8. Have you seen any areas in your life in which you are falling short or simply walking in disobedience to God’s Word?

Remember who we are serving. We are serving the King of Kings. We are working for the greatest Master.  Let Him shape you into a beautiful vessel that you were meant to be before it is to late.

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Christmas Jesus Style

The real Christmas spirit is truly in those people who have followed the wise men’s model. They stop their worldly activities, seek the Savior, and offer a special gift to him. Their gift to him is their individual lives.  Jesus wants a heart of obedience.  Jesus Christ wants true disciples who serve him, and who ultimately glorify God the Father.

Every year I am reminded of the very heart of Christmas — Emanuel, God with us. God wants to be involved in the simple, ordinary happenings of daily life: where we go and what we do, the smile we give the agitated stranger and the patience we exhibit in the crowd of impatient shoppers, the love that prompts the secret gift and the heart that constantly celebrates His birth through every sparkling light, every beautifully wrapped gift, each special meal, every card.

This Christmas and throughout the year, give the Lord the gifts that He’s most delighted with….gifts of love! Give your love! Shine forth the love and peace of Jesus through the light of your eyes, a warm look, compassionate words, and thoughtful deeds. Be like Jesus for others.  His Gospel is love. Will you live it? Will you give it?

This Christmas, celebrate “Jesus style”.  What better way to live Christmas each and every day of the year than to continually give to those around you, to truly live how He taught us, to show His love in all the little ways throughout the day, to show the world living proof that the love of Jesus works!

May God grant you the light in Christmas which is faith; the warmth of Christmas, which is love; the radiance of Christmas, which is purity; the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice; the belief in Christmas, which is truth and the all of Christmas, which is Christ.

Christmas is a time to celebrate the good news of the birth of Jesus.  Choose this Christmas whom you will serve.

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