Morning Encouragement for 5/17/2022

Good morning,

The last we read about Jacob, he was caught by two opposing forces. His mother talked him into pretending he was Esau to get Isaac’s blessing and Esau would get Jacob’s curse. By forcing prophecy to occur through her actions, Rebekkah caused problems for Jacob which did not go away with the passing of time. In the same way, the Pharisees acted dishonorably by ensuring Jesus went to the cross. When God promises us something, whether it be a wife, a child, or a job, we owe to ourselves to let Him bring it about. The Devil finds no greater pleasure than to talk us into giving up our blessing in favor of a lesser item. The Devil promises the moon but only gives the misery of darkness, pain, and angst. Your family, just like your ministry, is far too important to allow the temporal spirit to take the reigns and lead you into paths of futility.

Readings: Genesis 30:37-43, Proverbs 3:4-5, Psalms 23, Romans 2:6-11



You are an awesome G-d. You love all of mankind yet you bless your righteous servants. You are the Lord our provider and if we will simply wait for you, YOu will answer with deeds of awesome righteousness. I asked for life and you gave it abundantly. I asked for your leadership and you carried me through every storm and trouble that I have faced these past 37 years. I pray now for my children and grandchildren that you will watch over them all of the time. I pray that the same spirit you have imparted to me will be with my children as they seek guidance in their lives. I pray for my nation that you will guide us through the storms. I pray for boldness to declare your love and mercy to a war-weary nation. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).
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