“Led by His Spirit.”
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14).
Let us do a bit of time traveling today. Imagine that you are an Israelite woman camped in the wilderness. For a few days you have been in one spot, and you have gone about your daily routine.
Each morning as you awake, the first thing you do is go to your tent door and look towards the Tabernacle. Is the cloud still hovering over the Tabernacle, or has it started to rise? Depending on the answer, you will either wake the rest of the family and start packing up your belongings, or you will just settle down for another day in camp. Of course, the first thing you will have to do is gather the daily manna so there will be food for your family, whether you are staying or traveling.
Numbers 9:15-23 tells us how God led His people by a pillar of cloud by night and a pillar of fire by day. When the cloud stayed upon the Tabernacle, the people rested in their tents, and when the cloud began to move, they packed up their belongings and started to march.
His Indwelling Presence
When I read this, I realized this had great meaning for us. Jesus leads us by His Spirit, by His presence that dwells within us. Each morning when we wake up, our first thought should be to thank the Lord for watching over us for another night, and for another day that He has given us. We should whisper a prayer to Him, asking that He will guide us and keep us through the day.
We do not know what the day holds, but the Lord does. When we commit the day to Him, He will lead us and guide us. As we read our Bible and pray, we are gathering the spiritual manna that we will need for whatever the day brings. Maybe today, He will just want us to rest and spend some extra time with Him. Or maybe, He has something that He wants us to do, someone He wants us to bless.
I was praying one morning last week, when I got a text from my neighbor asking me to pray for her. Instead of answering the text, I knocked on her door and asked her what was wrong. She was facing some difficult circumstances in her life. Since we can’t go into each other’s apartment, I prayed for her there in the hallway and felt God’s presence in a special way. As we prayed together, God ministered comfort and strength to her.
He Guides Us Each Day
Romans 8:14 tells us that as many as are led by the Spirit of God they are the sons of God. Just as the Israelites looked for the cloud over the Tabernacle to direct their day, so we rely on the presence of the Lord that dwells within us, to guide us and direct us. Every morning, and all through the day, let us be mindful of that presence and have our ears open to hear His call.
(Information from: Anne Johnston – UPCI Ladies Ministries – email@example.com – Preserving . Understanding . Renewing . Embracing)
“Anointed for Service” by Mary Loudermilk.
“I shall be anointed with fresh oil” (Psalm 92:10).
Do you feel weary in your walk with God? Excitement and joy are missing; and when you do pause to meet the Lord, your time together feels superficial and empty. If so, it’s time to ask God to anoint you with fresh oil.
In the Old Testament special sacred oil was used to anoint and consecrated the holy articles of Tabernacle worship. God gave exact instructions for mixing the perfumed oil, and it could only be used for that purpose. Aaron and his sons were also anointed with oil to serve as priests (Exodus 30:30). The anointed one became a chosen vessel, set apart to fulfill God’s purpose.
Oil Symbolizes the Spirit
In the New Testament oil symbolize the Holy Spirit. When we are filled with the Spirit, we are consecrated, set apart from the world for a holy purpose. The anointing of the Spirit brings the power and presence of God into our lives. It also brings victory. “It shall come to pass in that day that his burden shall be taken away from your shoulder, And his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil” (Isaiah 10:27 NKJV).
It is interesting that in the Bible oil was considered a symbol of abundance (Deuteronomy 8:8) and a lack symbolized want (Joel 1:10). The Lord showed us this in Matthew 25:1-13 when He told the parable of the ten virgins. Five were wise and five foolish. Why were they foolish? Because they did not bring enough oil to keep their lamps burning as they waited for the bridegroom. While gone to seek oil, they missed the bridegroom and were shut out of the celebration. This parable reminds us to keep full of the oil of the Spirit so we do not find ourselves empty and shut out from the presence of our Bridegroom.
The apostles understood the importance of renewing the Spirit (anointing) in their lives. Following their initial Upper Room experience on the Day of Pentecost, they continued to be refilled—receive a fresh anointing—again and again. “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31). Stephen was “full of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 7:55). The Spirit baptism was not a one-time experience but a constant renewal process.
Keep the Oil Fresh
In our walk with God, it is important to seek His fresh oil each day. Otherwise, the oil of our anointing may become rancid, causing us to lose the preserving power of the God’s Spirit in our lives. We will also lose the wonder of knowing God’s purpose and plan.
We find that fresh oil in the same way we first received it—on our knees in prayer. We receive renewed power as God enables and equips us. The anointing brings a fresh understanding and enjoyment of God’s Word. We achieve victory over Satan and his desires for us.
Fresh oil brings abundance to our walk with God.
(Information from: UPCI Ladies Ministries – firstname.lastname@example.org – Preserving . Understanding . Renewing . Embracing)
Prayer and “The Divine Burden of the Intercessor” from Pastor Don Rogers.
Romans 8:26 says,”Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Let there be a unison cry of earth’s intercessors for the prayers below in this article. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man whom You choose and cause to come near, that he may dwell in Your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple. Would you join intercessors throughout our country for these prayers?
Pray for the great falling away of the apostasy of the Church of America. Pray for people who have quit coming to church on a permanent basis because of COVID-19. Pray also for people who have put their faith in the hands of health departments or the government, instead of God.
Pray for people who have become more enraged with their political parties’ injustices than they are about the fading holiness of God’s sacred presence in America. Whereas the focus by discerning of the Spirit should be shifted to the Book of Revelation and The Lamb sitting on the throne Who will execute His sovereignty despite any government corruption or man-made interferences.
Pray for the silent screaming of psychological, emotional trauma of children throughout America who are caged within their homes and given no voice to receive help.
Pray for the front-line responders who risk their lives every day treating COVID-19 cases in corporate America and abroad (i.e, retail business, hospitals, etc.).
Pray for families who have suffered greatly by sickness and death due to COVOID-19.
Pray for local church pastors, their families, and their staff who are desperately searching for new direction and methods to keep their church alive, surviving, and growing.
Pray for God to illuminate the power of the weaponry in the seven spirits of God in the hands of the five-fold ministry. Intercede for His corporate body to operate with overcoming authority in the thick, gross darkness of the earth. The seven spirits of God Himself manifested as the Book of Revelation Lamb specifically for end-time operation.
Let the intercessors cry before the mercy seat of the resurrected Christ so that His sovereign hand may reveal more of Himself to His Church and to the lost and the wicked. Let them cry that the holiness of His glory and the power of His name be elevated and exalted in the earth in the time of gross darkness. Perhaps your church would fast and pray, offering God the first fruits of your inheritance of consecration, that He would give a little reviving in the bondage of present-day pandemic conditions.
Pastor Don Rogers
WNOP North Central Regional Prayer Coordinator
Wisconsin District Prayer Coordinator
(Information from: World Network of Prayer – email@example.com)
“The Mission of Submission” from Kathy Brewster.
Reflecting upon the way God orchestrates the affairs of our life is beyond my scope of comprehension. Submission was always the key. It was my mission.
When the army said go, I was right by my husband’s side. I chose to disrupt the completion of my bachelor’s degree to accompany my husband to Chun, Chung South Korea. A new country, a new language, and a surprise beyond my wildest dreams.
Upon arrival I sought for ways to make a difference. I learned that teachers were much in demand, so I began teaching Search for Truth Bible studies. I could teach English and the Bible at the same time while my husband was serving as the Post Chaplain at Camp Page.
Doors began to swing open for a variety of teaching opportunities even though I had not yet obtained my degree. Private lessons turned into teaching at a women’s center with a private chauffeur and then a special winter course taught at a local college. My gift has always been in my voice and I was told that Koreans could understand me when I talked.
Obedience and submission take us to dimensions of impossibilities made possible.
Kang Wang University notified me with a contract to read their English training manuals. I spent hours in the studio. The experience was surreal. I had no credentials, only a gift with the Holy Ghost anointing.
Not long afterwards, I was notified by Hallym University in Chuncheon. They needed a professor to teach conversational English. They explained to me during my interview that because I did not have a PhD, I could not obtain the same salary. They did offer me a beautiful office and the ability to create my own curriculum, teaching ten classes of conversational English a week. Look at God! Yes, the salary was inviting (all tax free), but the experiences were life-changing and invaluable.
It was in Korea that I found my niche and greatest joy as an audiobook reader.
In later years when my husband had unaccompanied tours and my children took up much of my time, I learned to be content in the state that I was in, spiritually and literally.
Submission provides a safe place for us, knowing that our safest place is in the will of God. It unlocks doors and is laced with jaw-dropping wonders!
Who could ask for a greater mission?
(Information from: SISTERS Military Newsletter – March 2021 – UPCI Ladies Ministries – firstname.lastname@example.org)