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“The Moving of Spiritual Territories” by Pastor Don Rogers.
It is in our human nature to seek routines that give us self-security, especially when it comes to religious traditions. Conversely, the nature of the Holy Ghost is that we must be willing to move and be flexible when God is sovereignly doing something. We see this with the cloud of God in the wilderness. When it moved, Israel had to move. We all have spiritual, emotional, and physical landmarks we reference every day to give us a sense of security and familiarity.

Retrospectively, when hurricane Katrina left New Orleans there were many of its citizens who needed psychological counseling because they lost their sense of familiarity with landmarks that had been existing for decades. The same is the case for God’s children concerning spiritual things. God is moving landmarks in our lives through the Covid-19 culture. Our way of life has changed drastically through the pandemic. God is moving us into the vestibule of the book of Revelation. This too is causing a massive shift emotionally, spiritually, and psychologically. We must be willing to shift with God. For in Him we move, we live, and have our being.

These shifts mean we must be willing to:

Change the way we pray to listen more than we ever have for God in prayer for end-time instructions from His throne.
Be willing to shift the way you approach church services.
Be willing to mentor people differently and with much flexibility.
Be willing to give yourself in areas of local church ministry that you have never done before.
Be willing to change your paradigm about soul winning from individual soul winning to winning whole families.
Be willing to allow the Holy Ghost as He authorizes to use women differently in your church.
Cross pollinate evangelism with groups outside of your cultural circles.
Be willing to give financially to missions projects like you have never done before.
Be willing to have a second service for seeking after God.
Open up house prayer meetings.

In the story of Jesus’ transfiguration, we see Peter trying to create a routine or place of settling into familiarity. (see scriptures below) He tells Jesus let’s make a permanent place for you and these three men. Jesus was showing them a prelude to His resurrected image in the book of Revelation. He was trying to prepare them for what was to come. We too are being prepared for what is too come by taking another look at the resurrected Jesus. It is in Him we live, we move and have our being. In Him we find end-time direction. We must be flexible to His voice of pre-rapture revival instructions. For you are only as submitted to God as you are flexible!

“And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him. And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said. While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud. And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen” (Luke 9:28-36).

Pastor Don Rogers
The Pentecostals of Wisconsin
Wisconsin District Prayer Coordinator
WNOP North Central Regional Prayer Coordinator
(FROM: World Network of Prayer – wnopadmins@upci.org)

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“Be aware, the teacher in me has something to say” by Darline Royer.
Some years ago, I taught classes in Bible college in Creative Writing and English Composition in which I addressed the subject of “euphemisms.” I purposed to give students an understanding of some words that should not be spoken by Christians.

By definition a euphemism is “a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.” One common example would be to speak of someone passing rather than to say he died.

Many euphemisms are beneficially gentle in our communication. However, some euphemisms become a hidden form of taking the Lord’s name in vain. God’s Word speaks clearly on this matter: “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain” (Exodus 20:7 NKJV).

Recognizing the holiness and omnipotence of our God, we can understand the importance of honoring Him with our words as well as our actions. Allow me to name a few words that I found listed in a secular textbook under “euphemisms.” This textbook listed gee and geez as variant forms of Jesus and gosh and golly as euphemisms referring to God. Such words are sometimes described as “minced oaths.” To know this causes us as Christians to avoid using such words, even though they are culturally common.

The catalyst for a similar article, which I originally posted on Facebook, comes from seeing in writing and hearing frequently the use of such words by Christian associates.

Another word I hear frequently is heck, which I am even hesitant to type. While this word has transitioned to softer meanings, such as expressing surprise or annoyance, it is primarily a euphemistic word for hell. As an urban slang term, it has a more vulgar meaning, a word I will not type.

Another phrase that employs the name of our God which concerns me is the frequent expression, Oh, my God, or its written equivalent OMG. If spoken as a praise or prayer to God, this phrase would be appropriate. However, as an expression of surprise or distress, it is using the Lord’s name inappropriately. As Christians, we need to exercise diligence in guarding our speech from such expressions, which in reality are taking the Lord’s name in vain.

I share these thoughts, not to criticize or belittle anyone, but to bring an awareness for making our speech pleasing to our Lord. The New Testament admonishes us on this matter: “Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned [emphasis mine], so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil so say about us” (Titus 2:7,8 NKJV).

May it be our daily intent to glorify God through our words and deeds!

Darline Royer is a retired UPCI missionary (Kenya & Uganda) and Bible college teacher whose teaching ministry has spanned over fifty years. She currently resides in Yuba City, California.
(Info from: UPCI Ladies Ministries – ladiesconnections@upci.org)

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“Daily Decisions” by Bishop Jeff Tracy.
God has given each of us two amazing gifts: “choice” and “today”. The freedom to choose what we will or will not do is an incredible and powerful responsibility. When choice is combined with living each day to the fullest, (redeeming the time), our eternal destiny and that of those we influence is impacted. Everyone makes daily choices for either good or evil.

Daily decisions are the building blocks of our lives. The prophet Isaiah put it this way, “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:” (Isaiah 28:10) In a culture that is about bigger, better and brighter it can be easy to lose sight of the power of consistent commitments. The accumulative value of our daily choices is eternal and immeasurable in every area of our lives (spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical). We decide, daily, if God’s law of sowing and reaping will abound to our good or avalanche to our destruction.

Here are two tools that can help you identify and improve the impact of your daily choices: Reflect and Review. Pray that we effectively incorporate these tools.

Reflect

Count your blessings…
• List how God has blessed you (ex. salvation, work, family, etc.), then take time to meditate on how their loss would affect you. How often, and with what intensity, do you thank God for them?
• Having reflected, is there anything that hinders God from blessing you more? Ask Him. Write down what needs to change. Repent. Ask. Seek. Knock.

Review

What are your priorities?
• List the things you think should be the priorities in a Christian’s life (ex: prayer, work, family, etc.).
• Number them in order of priority (1 being most important, etc.).
• How have you lived out your priorities in the last 24 hours?

I keep a copy in my Bible. It helps me keep my priorities, remember what I value, and keeps me focused on what I most need to change (by His grace). Furthermore, this list becomes a matter of the most important and impactful of all my daily decisions: my prayer time.

What will be the reward of your daily decisions? We all will find out on that great and final day!

Bishop Jeff Tracy
New Life St. Louis
Bridgeton, Missouri
(From: Prayer Connect – World Network of Prayer – wnopadmins@upci.org)

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