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March 2013

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)

 

Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you and your loved ones. We are all fine, and looking forward to all that God has planned for this year. Here we are in March already, and cannot believe that Resurrection Sunday is this month! The time is going just too fast, it is hard to keep up!

If we listen to the news, and read all that is on the Internet, it seems as if we are in such times that there is no hope for the future. So much is going on in politics, in Israel and in the world, as well as the change in weather patterns that it is so easy to get fearful.

I was praying one day and thinking about all these things, when suddenly the Lord spoke and asked me why was I being so fearful? I really didn’t realize that I was being fearful, I was simply praying about everything that I heard that day on the news or through people. So I asked God to please, if this was Him, to speak some more, and let me know what He saw in me that brought that on. It is amazing how we do not see ourselves the way we should, either for the good or for the bad! Only God knows our true heart!

I began examining my motives, my intentions, and my thoughts as I was praying. The result that the Lord gave me was that my motives were good. Okay, so what about my intentions? He knew that I was concerned about all the unsaved and saved in the world who are going through all the things that were happening at the time. So, that was good. But lo and behold, I realized that I was praying also in fear! I was fearful of what was going to happen next. I was fearful for my loved ones, for my city, for our country, and for Israel. I realized then that I was not praying in faith, but in fear! So there I was, a person who is considered a prayer warrior, and praying in fear! Immediately though, the Lord gave me Psalm 27:1 to encourage me. Okay, if He is the strength of my life, I should never be afraid of anything that may come against me or anyone who I am praying for either! This promise is for everyone but it doesn’t hit home unless we know Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and have a personal relationship with Him. On the other hand, Jesus then reminded me of His cry when on the Cross of Calvary. He felt so

alone then, He was obedient unto death, but as He was suffering on the Cross He cried out “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” (Matt. 27:46) I started to cry then and all the condemnation that came against me was washed off. If Jesus Himself could feel afraid, or abandoned, who was I to think that I always had to be so strong?

This was where He reminded me that because of what He accomplished on the Cross, He is alive forevermore and now sits at the Right Hand of the Father, interceding for us. “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” (Heb. 7:25) Glory to God!! This is our hope!! This is what keeps us strong in Him! We are not alone! Because of what Jesus has done, we can now come before our Heavenly Father in His Name and know that our prayers are being heard and answered. It is His Name, the Name that is above all Names, that gives us the right to go boldly before our Heavenly Father with our petitions. When God sees us, He sees Jesus! We are covered, and God will always give His Son all things that He asks for.

Therefore, when we pray, we pray in the Name of Jesus, fully believing that God hears our prayer and will answer. We pray with Faith because of what Jesus has done for us. We offer our fears to Him and ask for the courage to press in and win that race that we are running. The word “worry” comes from a word that means “to divide.” When we worry about a situation then the problem gets bigger than the answer that is needed. Most things that we worry about do not come true at all. So, why divide a faith filled prayer with worry?

We have a hope that the whole world needs. Because we have received Jesus into our heart, and made Him Lord of our life, we have been set free from the powers of darkness and brought into His heavenly Kingdom. As Born Again Christians, we are already in seated in Heavenly Places. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ...” (Eph.1:3) We already have every spiritual blessing that is in heaven! We do not have to beg for it, we do not have to wait for it, we have it now! Therefore, we can bring our needs to God our Father, in the Name of Jesus, and believe that we have already received it. Sometimes the manifestation of it takes some time, but let us hold on fast to our Lord and Savior, fully believing that when we pray, we shall receive. There is no fear in Him, and we belong to Him. So let us pray fully expecting, and begin praising Him now for the answer!

Father, in Jesus’ Name I lift this reader up to you, and place him or her into Your loving arms. Father, hold this person tight, fill this person with Your love and Your tender mercies. Fill this person with hope for the future. Remove all fear, remove all that draws attention to what is in the natural, and let this person see with Your eyes the answer to the prayer that is on this heart. Jesus, we thank You for dying on the Cross for our sins, we believe that God raised You from the dead, and that You now live in us. Because of you, we can face tomorrow with hope, with joy, with confidence knowing who we are in You! Amen! Happy Resurrection Sunday!

God bless you as you pray for others!

Rev. Barbara A. Yovino, Ph.D.

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