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January 2012

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord: thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
 

Dear Friend,

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones! Trusting that all is well with you, and that you have been blessed during the Christmas season. Here we are once again, in a new year! This is amazing, isn’t it? Time just keeps flying so quickly that it is difficult to keep up sometimes!

Praise God for another year to spend time with Jesus and worship Him and enjoy His blessings and provision. As I grow older, (notice I did not say “old” ...smile) I am growing more and more dependent on my times alone with the Lord. Time is rapidly passing by and it is so easy to go from one day to the next just moving along without taking time out to pray and seek His face. This happens even when we are going through a hard time! Our thoughts seem to center in on the problem, and not the problem Solver. Meanwhile, God tells us that He is there thinking about us! Isn’t it amazing to think that God, the Lord of the Universe, Who made heaven and earth, is thinking about you and me? We are on His mind, and He is thinking thoughts of love and peace and a wonderful future for us! As He is thinking of us, we should also have Him on our mind! As we go about our day we can take time to speak to Him, to praise Him, and let Him know what is on our mind. He wants to hear from us! He says in Jeremiah He will listen to us, and when we seek Him (earnestly) and when we search for Him with all our heart (in desperation) He will be found by us. (My emphasis)

There is a difference between simply speaking with Him and praising Him, than when we seek Him with all of our heart. When trouble comes, there is a level of intensity that goes beyond the norm, it is in desperation! The word “search” (Hebrew darash) suggests a following after, or close pursuit of a desired objective. It also implies diligence in the searching process. This suggests warfare! There are certain times in our life where spiritual warfare is necessary to see an answer to prayer. Those are times when through our relationship with Him we truly understand that God is committed to His Word, and He intends to see to it that His Word is fulfilled. Warfare is not easy, it takes commitment just as it takes commitment for a soldier in battle to defend the truths he lives by while watching out for his buddies who are under line of fire. It takes perseverance to press in and not give up. It takes courage. The battle must be won, retreating is not an option. When we truly understand that God is for us, that His promises are for us, that He intends good and is working to fullfull His Word, then how could we ever give up? We have to see in the spirit the unseen world where God is sending forth His angels to do battle as we pray, and if we give up then the battle is over, nothing is accomplished! There are intercessors ready to pray for one another, such as our prayer partners on the Hope Connection phones line, intercessors through the mailing such as you, who pray for the needs on Apape PrayerNet Battalion, and on the Internet through our HopeNet ministry. There is always help! God has placed these intercessors to help one another in battle! This year, let us not give up in prayer! Let us take time to spend with Jesus, talk to Him, love on Him, praise Him, and let Him know what is on our heart. Did you know that praise is spiritual warfare? Where there is praise, the enemy cannot enter. He cannot take it to be in the company of worship and praise. That is a weapon of our warfare! So when things get tough, begin praising God! Know in your heart that God is for you, and if He is for you, who can be against you? Please take some time today to read Romans 8:31-39.

Those are the times when we should be resting in the confidence that God is working to fulfill His promises. Let us always remember that God intends good for His people to give them hope! He intends good for YOU and for your loved ones! Therefore we can know that even when wrongly treated, or in disappointments God will work in the situation to fulfill His good purpose in us or those we are praying for. There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God, and as we enter into this new year let us do so with hope, with faith, with courage, and with joy.

Let us believe for one another that God will prevail in every circumstance we face. Let us believe together that in this new year we will rise up as conquerors and that nothing can separate us from the love of God. We are His children, we are co-heirs with Jesus Christ! When we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we received all the promises of God. Glory!

If you have not accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, do so now, at the very beginning of the New Year. Simply pray: “Lord Jesus I need You. I confess to You that I am a sinner. I am sorry for all my sins and I ask You to forgive me. Thank You for dying on the Cross for my sins. Come into my life, wash me clean and make me whole. Thank You Jesus for this new life. Thank You for forgiving my sins. Thank You that the past is wiped clean, and that You now live in me as my Lord and Savior. Praise You Jesus, thank You that I am Born Again because of the Blood you shed for me. Amen!

My prayer for you is Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians in chapter 3:16-21. “That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height-to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” God bless you and your loved ones in this new year!

 

God bless you,


Rev. Barbara A. Yovino, Ph.D.

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