18 Jul Online Prayer, ENCOURAGE YOURSELF IN THE LORD, Wednesday, July 18, 2018
1 Samuel 30:6 NKJV
And David was greatly distressed for the people spoke of him, because the soul of all the people was grieved,
every man for his sons and his daughters: BUT DAVID ENCOURAGED HIMSELF IN THE LORD HIS GOD.
We are given a window in time when the Bible says, “And David was greatly distressed” (1 Sam. 30:6). A condensed version of the narrative is that David had just lost his back-up alliance with King Achish and his army. In returning to Ziklag, David and his men found the city burned to the ground and their wives and children missing. The enemy had invaded while they were away and killed, stole, and destroyed all that was precious to them. It was recorded that they wept until they had no more tears. Then David’s men began to blame David for their losses and discussed killing him. David found himself in a place where there was nothing to lean on, nowhere to return, and no one to go to find solace and strength. Here was the man after God’s own heart, chosen by God, and anointed by the prophet Samuel, and the champion of many victories. But now—standing alone. Saul tried many times to kill him. He had to flee to the wilderness in escape and hide in caves.
We can conclude that, although not directly responsible for this loss and disaster, God did allow it to bring David to a place where he had no one to turn to but God. He had hit a dead end road, the end of his rope, the end of himself. It was here, standing in the ruins of his life and totally alone that the Scripture reveals a truly profound statement. But David encouraged himself in the LORD (1 Sam. 30:6). He found that place internally where God is waiting to release strength, courage, and hope. Blessed is the man who strength is in You; in whose heart are the ways of God in Zion. Who passing through the valley of sorrows make it a well; the rain also fills the pools. They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appears before God. (Ps. 84:5-7) David had discovered the inner world where the core of encouragement is a secret place to draw from. Paul also wrote about this hidden well of strength and cup of blessing. That He would grant you…to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man (Eph. 3:16).
David practiced something that only a few know about and fewer still have mastered. It is the art of “self-encouragement”. All of us talk to ourselves, but this “self-talk” is an acknowledgement of the spirit man within and the ability to rise above the mind and emotions and speak by the Holy Spirit the Word of God to command the inner world to line up, not with circumstances, but God. Just a couple of examples. Ps. 42:5, 7-8 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance. Deep calls to deep of the noise of Your waterfalls. All your waves and billows have gone over me. The LORD will command His loving-kindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me—A prayer to the God of my life. And again, Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits (Ps. 103:1-2). There is an ebb and flow, a back and forth between soul and spirit where the inmost being commands all that is within us to not forget and to do as told. This combines meditation and verbalization. Ps. 104:34 My meditation of Him shall be sweet, I will be glad in the Lord. (Ps. 19:14) May the words of my mouth and the mediations of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my stronghold and redeemer. This is important to comprehend because our words are carriers, connectors, and containers of life and death. Moreover, As a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Pro. 23:7). Faith inhabits thoughts and words. I believe, therefore, have I spoken (2 Cor. 4:13). Mary also reveals the dividing asunder: My soul does magnify the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savoir (Lk. 1:46-47). Note that her soul was in the act of magnifying while her spirit-being was emanating from behind to sustain her strength and courage moving forward.
The Hebrew for “encourage” here is hūzag: a verb meaning, to be strengthened; access strength: amass courageous; to overpower. This is not found in self-help techniques or self-talk to the old nature. But as David did…in the LORD. As Paul would charge: Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might (Eph. 6:10). Beloved, either all of us have been here or will arrive at this place called Ziklag. Here is where we learn that when God allows testing it is not to see what we know but have we learned what He has been teaching us. It has been said that Adversity does not the man make, but reveals what the man is made of.
In preparing for this prayer time the Lord took me back to a message from David Wilkerson in December 1983 with the self-same title. In it, Bro. Wilkerson directed attention to Psalm 16 as an example or structure through which David encouraged himself in the Lord and others can too. He said it so changed his life that he read Psalm 16 every day from that time forward.
Jewish scholars believe that David wrote Psalm 16 when he was exiled in the wilderness. You will note that at the beginning it is referred to as a Mĭchtăm of David. The Jewish Study Bible says this is the only Psalm that is framed in this way and is somewhat obscure. Most agreed that it means: “to cover or to commit” it is a silent prayer or words to be whispered in providing shelter over the words of prayer and refuge over the meditations of the heart. In it he says, I have set the LORD always before me (vs.8). And in Psalm 141:3 David wrote, Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
Today we will offer a Mĭchtăm of our own to God in prayer. We will use Psalm 16 as the framework to practice to Encourage Yourself In The LORD in five ways:
- You Need…SIMPLE TRUST…as David did: Finding comfort, confidence, and courage in God’s character and nature.
- You Need…TO RE•MEMBER…as David did: To recall, rehearse, and regain momentum in who God is and what He’s done.
- You Need…A WORD FROM THE LORD…as David did: To learn to look, listen, and wait on God’s instructions and promises.
- You Need…A GARMENT OF PRAISE…as David did: To weaponize praise and obtain through praise what you could not in the natural.
- You Need…A SOUL-SOLUTION…AS DAVID did: To refresh the spirit, restore the soul, renew the mind, and replenish the body.
Today we learn to (Ps. 55:22) cast our burdens of the Lord and He will sustain us and as with David. (1 Sam. 16:12-13) And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him; for this is he…and the Spirit of the LORD came upon him from that day forward. Beloved, as we encourage ourselves in the LORD let us be conduits of hope and help, vessels of where to access strength and amass courage, let us impart encouragement in the Lord! It’s time Arise and be anointed…for this is us!
- You Need…SIMPLE TRUST
Psalm 16:1 Amplified
KEEP AND protect me, O God, for in You I have found refuge,
and IN YOU DO I PUT MY TRUST AND HIDE MYSELF.
Isaiah 50:10 NKJV
Who among you fears the LORD? Who obeys the voice of His Servant? Who walks in darkness and has no light?
LET HIM TRUST IN THE NAME OF THE LORD AND RELY UPON HIS GOD.
Proverbs 3:5-6 TPT
Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you,
and he will lead you in the every decision you make.
2 Corinthians 11:3 NKJV
But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness,
so your minds may be corrupt FROM THE SIMPLICITY THAT IS IN CHRIST.
General Direction: That we would understand simple trust and the simplicity in Christ and learn to look to Him and not lean on our own understanding; that our trust is based on who God is in His character, nature, power, and promises.
- 3 Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and –Pro. 16:3 Amp.
- 23 Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is [a]for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!—Pro. 10:23-24 NKJV
- 10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are [a] –Pro. 18:10 NKJV
- He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” 4 He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and [a] 5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. 8 Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. 9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, 10 No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; 11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. 12 In their hands they shall [b]bear you up, Lest you [c]dash your foot against a stone. 13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. 14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will [d]set him on high, because he has known My name. 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With [e]long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.” –Ps. 91:1-2, 4-16 NKJV
- 3 I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel. –Is. 45:3 NKJV
- Lord, You have been our [a]dwelling place in all generations. 12 So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom. 17 And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, And establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands. –Ps. 90:1,12, 17 NKJV
- 5 Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. 6 Your righteousness is like the [a]great mountains; Your judgments are a great deep; O Lord, You preserve man and beast. 7 How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. –Ps. 36:5-7 NKJV
- 17 The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”—Zeph. 3:17 NKJV
- 7 [a]It is decreed: She shall be led away captive, She shall be brought up; And her maidservants shall lead her as with the voice of doves, Beating their breasts. –Nah. 2:7 NKJV
- The Lordis my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When the wicked came against me To eat[a] up my flesh, My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell. 3 Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be 4 One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the [b]beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple. –Ps. 27:1-4 NKJV
- 3 For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. 4 I will abide in Your [a]tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah—Ps. 61:3-4 NKJV
- 5 For You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth. –Ps. 71:5 NKJV
- 28 But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, That I may declare all Your works. –Ps. 73:28 NKJV
- 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any [a]trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. – 2 Cor. 1:3-4; 20 NKJV
- 8 It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in man.—Ps. 118:8 NKJV
- That we would understand the simplicity of total trust and not leaning to our own understanding or creating Ishmaels for Isaacs.
- That we would learn to completely cover ourselves with the name of the Lord and position ourselves under the shadow of His wings.
- That we would not look to our own strength, to put our trust in men’s methods, mechanics, or makeups to provide what only God can.
- That we would learn the practice of guarding our meditations and setting a watch at our lips to establish a “Mĭchtăm” to shelter in place in Christ.
- That our peace, provision, and power is self-contained in our trusting in God character, nature, promises, and faithfulness.
- That we would practice to wait on the LORD to renew our strength and cast all our cares on Him and He will sustain us.
- That we would learn to look away from our problems and lift our eyes and look to Him first, fix our gaze on Him, and keep looking until breakthrough.
- That we would simply trust the Lord with all our heart knowing He will work all things together for our good because we love Him and are called according to His purposes.
- That we would resist the temptation to seek out “a word from someone”, run to a seminar or conference, or read a blog or book instead of going directly to the Lord and wait on Him in His Word and in stillness listen for His voice.
- You need…TO RE•MEMBER
Psalm 16:2, 5-6 TPT
So I said to the LORD God, “You are my Maker, my Mediator, and my Master.
Any good thing you find in me has come from you.”
Lord, I have chosen you alone as my inheritance. You are my prize, my pleasure, and my portion.
I leave my destiny and its timing in your hands. Your pleasant paths leads me to pleasant places.
I’m overwhelmed by the privileges that comes with following you, for you have given me the best!
1 Corinthians 11:24-25 NKJV
“Take eat; this is My body which is broken for you; DO THIS IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME.”
This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME.
General Direction: To Re•Member who God is, what He said, and what He’s done; to keep reminding ourselves that trials and tribulations will come and pass but God will promote and empower us; that God will never leave us, not forget our labors of love, and perfect, settle, and establish us in the end with a double-portion blessing.
- I cried out to God with my voice—To God with my voice;And He gave ear to me.2 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; My hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing; My soul refused to be comforted. 3 I remembered God, and was troubled; I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah 6 I call to remembrance my song in the night; I meditate within my heart, And my spirit [a]makes diligent search. 11 I will remember the works of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. 12 I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds. 13 Your way, O God, is in [a]the sanctuary; Who is so great a God as our God? 14 You are the God who does wonders; You have declared Your strength among the peoples. 19 Your way was in the sea, Your path in the great waters, And Your footsteps were not known. 20 You led Your people like a flock By the hand of Moses and Aaron. –Ps. 77:1-3, 6, 11-14, 19-20 NKJV
- Now faith is the [a]substance of things hoped for, the [b]evidence of things not seen. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. –Heb. 11:1, 6 NKJV
- 22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have –Mk. 11:22-24 NKJV
- 13 They soon forgot His works; They did not wait for His counsel, 14 But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, And tested God in the desert. 15 And He gave them their request, But sent leanness into their soul. 21 They forgot God their Savior, Who had done great things in Egypt, 22 Wondrous works in the land of Ham, Awesome things by the Red Sea. 23 Therefore He said that He would destroy them, Had not Moses His chosen one stood before Him in the breach, To turn away His wrath, lest He destroy 44 Nevertheless He regarded their affliction, When He heard their cry; 45 And for their sake He remembered His covenant, And relented according to the multitude of His mercies. –Ps. 106: 13-15, 21-23, 44-45 NKJV
- 14 The Lord upholds all who fall, And raises up all who are bowed down. 15 The eyes of all look expectantly to You, And You give them their food in due season. 16 You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing. 17 The Lord is righteous in all His ways, Gracious in all His works. 18 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. 19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them. 20 The Lord preserves all who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy. –Ps. 145:14-20 NKJV
- 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. 9 He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. 11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; 12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13 As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him. 14 For He [a]knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. 15 As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. 16 For the wind passes over it, and it is [b]gone, And its place remembers it no more. 17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children, 18 To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them. –Ps. 103: 8-18 NKJV
- God is our refuge and strength, A[a] very present help in trouble. 10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah –Ps. 46:1, 10-11 NKJV
- 2 The works of the Lord are great, Studied by all who have pleasure in them. 3 His work is honorable and glorious, And His righteousness endures forever. –Ps. 111:2-3 NKJV
- 6 That the generation to come might know them, The children who would be born, That they may arise and declare them to their children, 7 That they may set their hope in God, And not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments; 8 And may not be like their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that did not [a]set its heart aright, And whose spirit was not faithful to God. –Ps. 78:6-8 NKJV
- 4 Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; They will still be praising You. Selah 5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage. 6 As they pass through the Valley of [a]Baca, They make it a spring; The rain also covers it with [b] 7 They go from strength to strength; [c]Each one appears before God in Zion. 10 For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather [a]be a doorkeeper in the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness. 11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly. –Ps. 84:4-7, 10-11 NKJV
- I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever;With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.2 For I have said, “Mercy shall be built up forever; Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens.” 14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face. 15 Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your countenance. 16 In Your name they rejoice all day long, And in Your righteousness they are exalted. 17 For You are the glory of their strength, And in Your favor our [a]horn is exalted. 18 For our shield belongs to the Lord, And our king to the Holy One of Israel.— Ps. 89:1-2, 14-18 NKJV
- It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; 2 To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night, –Ps. 92:1-2 NKJV
- 22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” 25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. 26 It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the Lord. –Lam. 3:22-26 NKJV
- 7 The [a]angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them. 8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! –Ps. 34:7-8 NKJV
- 3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit[a] your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. 6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday. 7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. –Ps. 37:3-7 NKJV
- That to Re•Member means to reassemble or put back together who God is, what He said He would do and what He has done for us in the past to build confidence, security, and faith to carry us through the wilderness, valleys, and gates of hell.
- That we must speak or verbalize what we believe because God has given us the power of life and death in our words, and authority in His name to bind and loose and call those things that are not as though they were.
- That God tested Job to promote him; He tested Joseph to position Him; He sifted Peter to strengthen him, He tested David to reveal Himself to him and us.
- That we remember that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom and that after sufferings, persecutions, hardships, difficulties, isolations, struggles, and problems the God of all peace will settle us, establish us, and perfect us and we shall recover, plunder the enemies spoils, and receive double-portion blessing.
- To Re•Member:
- Trust: is the confidence/security in knowing God’s character and nature.
- Faith: is believing in the ability of God to provide what He has promised.
- Hope: is the strength of expectation and courage of assurance that God will answer.
- To remember that God said He would never leave nor forsake us and would never forget our labors of love or our unmovable spirit.
- To keep reminding ourselves who is our position and who holds our days, timing, and destiny.
- To perfect the practice of casting down vain imaginations of doubt and unbelief and take captive every thought of trust, faith, hope, and love.
- You Need…A WORD FROM THE LORD
Psalm 16:7-8 Amplified
I will bless the Lord, WHO HAS GIVEN ME COUNSEL; YES, MY HEART INSTRUCTS ME IN NIGHT SEASONS.
I have set the Lord continually, before me, I shall not be moved.
1 Samuel 30:8, 18-20 NKJV
And David inquired of the LORD…And HE answered him, Pursue: for you will surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.
And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away; David recovered all. This is David’s spoil (plunder).
Romans 10:17 NKJV
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.
General Direction: That we would understand and comprehend that God’s word is sure in prevailing against all odds and impossibilities; His word never returns to Him void, He watches over His word to perform it; His word is greater than any methods or means of man.
- 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. – Rom. 10:17 NKJV
- 22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have –Mk. 11:22-24 NKJV
- Now faith is the [a]substance of things hoped for, the [b]evidence of things not seen. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.— Heb. 11:1, 6 NKJV
- 21 Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left. – Is. 30:21 NKJV
- Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. 9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.” –1 Sam. 3:1, 9-10 NKJV
- 16 I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, And crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, And not forsake them. –Is. 42:16 NKJV
- 7 You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah 8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. 9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you. 10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him. – Ps. 32:7-10 NKJV
- 4 Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. 5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day. 6 Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses, For they are from of old. 9 The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way. 10 All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.—Ps. 25:4-6, 9-10 NKJV
- 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba,[a]” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, –Rom. 8:14-16 NKJV
- 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. –Jn. 16:13 NKJV
- 10 Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is Lead me in the land of uprightness.—Ps. 143:10 NKJV
- Hear my cry, O God;Attend to my prayer.2 From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 3 For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. 4 I will abide in Your [b]tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah –Ps. 61:1-4 NKJV
- 2 Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 3 “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. 7 And it happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land. 8 Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 9 “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.”— 1 Kgs. 17:2-3, 7-9 NKJV
- And it came to pass after many days that the word of the Lord came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, “Go, present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the earth.”—1 Kgs. 18:1 NKJV
- 11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire [a]a still small voice. –1 Kgs. 19:11-12 NKJV
- 12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. –Heb. 4:12 NKJV
- 56 “Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest[a] to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses. –1 Kgs. 8:56 NKJV
- 20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter days. 21 There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand. – Pro. 19:20-21 NKJV
- 18 Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, And whoever spreads slander is a fool. –Pro. 10:18 NKJV
- 30 There is no wisdom or understanding Or counsel against the Lord.—Pro. 21:30 NKJV
- 23 Jesus said to him, “If[a] you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”—Mk. 9:23 NKJV
- 27 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”—Mk. 10:27 NKJV
- 8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. 10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, 11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me [a]void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.—Is. 55:8-11 NKJV
- 12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am [a]ready to perform My word.”—Jer. 1:12 NKJV
- 24 because “All flesh is as grass, And all [a]the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, 25 But the [b]word of the Lord endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.—1 Pet. 1:24-25 NKJV
- 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.—Mt. 24:35 NKJV
- That when in distress and adversity we learn to be still and know He is God and fine-tune our hearing to listen to His voice and follow His commands.
- That we not look to men, luck, superstitions, or ourselves when we need a word from God but go directly to Him and His Word.
- To imitate David in encouraging himself in the LORD and waiting for God’s instructions and promises.
- That we search our heart by Holy Spirit and remove anything that would stop us from hearing God’s voice (unforgiveness, bitterness, anger, jealousy, lust, pride, or greed…etc).
- That we speak to our soul to be confident, persevere, and obey that we will receive the promises of God after we have done the will of God.
- That like Jeremiah, we search God’s word as bread and consume it and in the living word find joy, rejoicing, and delight.
- That we encourage ourselves in the LORD by being strong in Him and the power of His might and to be strengthened and with might by His Spirit in the inner man.
- That not one word of God has ever failed, He is watching over His word to perform it, and the words that proceed out of His mouth never return empty but establishes and accomplishes His purposes.
- That in meditating on God’s Word and speaking it to our souls and in our hearing we will be strong and courageous and we will prosper the work of our hands.
- That hearing a word from the LORD is greater than anything we could trust, believe, or hope in.
- You Need…A GARMENT OF PRAISE
Psalm 16:7, 9, 11 Amplified
I will bless the Lord, who has given me counsel;
Therefore, my heart is glad and my glory [my inner self] rejoices.
You will show me thy path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy,
at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.
Isaiah 61:3b NKJV
(Put on) The garments of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness,
the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.
Psalm 47:5-6 NIV
God has ascended amid shouts of joy, the LORD amid the sounding of trumpets.
Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises.
General Direction: That we would establish the power of putting on a garment of praise to establish a throne for God to indwell, to dethrone the devil and scatter the enemy, and to lift off the spirit of depression, distress, and despair; to magnify God bigger then all mountains, valleys, wildernesses, deserts, giants, and trials and tribulations.
- Bless the Lord, O my soul;And all that is within me, bless His holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, 4 Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,– Ps. 103:1-4 NKJV
- I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever;With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations. 20 I have found My servant David; With My holy oil I have anointed him, 21 With whom My hand shall be established; Also My arm shall strengthen him.—Ps. 89:1, 20-21 NKJV
- It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; 2 To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night, 12 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be [a]fresh and [b]flourishing, 15 To declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.— Ps. 92:1-2, 12-15 NKJV
- 2 Sing out the honor of His name; Make His praise glorious. 8 Oh, bless our God, you peoples! And make the voice of His praise to be heard,– Ps. 66:2, 8 NKJV
- Let God arise,Let His enemies be scattered;Let those also who hate Him flee before Him. 3 But let the righteous be glad; Let them rejoice before God; Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly. 4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Extol[a] Him who rides on the [b]clouds, By His name [c]Yah, And rejoice before Him. –Ps. 68:1, 3-4 NKJV
- 15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, [a]giving thanks to His name. –Heb. 13:15 NKJV
- 9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; –1 Pet. 2:9 NKJV
- 22 Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. –2 Chron. 20:22 NKJV
- 3 “Hear, O kings! Give ear, O princes! I, even I, will sing to the Lord; I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel.–Judges 5:3 NKJV
- “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!” 21 And every man stood in his place all around the camp; and the whole army ran and cried out and fled. 22 When the three hundred blew the trumpets, the Lord set every man’s sword against his companion throughout the whole camp; and the army fled to [a]Beth Acacia, toward Zererah, as far as the border of Abel Meholah, by Tabbath.—Judges 7:20b-22 NKJV
- 6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand, 9 To execute on them the written judgment— This honor have all His saints. [a]Praise the Lord! –Ps. 149:6, 9 NKJV
- 6Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord! – Ps. 150: 6 NKJV
- 15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 17 You will not need to fight in this Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.” 21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord For His mercy endures forever.” 22 Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. –2 Chron. 20:15, 17, 21-22 NKJV
- 13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?” 14 So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?” 15 Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is” And Joshua did so.—Jsh. 5:13-15 NKJV
- 20 So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. – Jsh.. 6:20 NKJV
- 31 For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? 32 It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect. 33 He makes my feet like the feet of deer, And sets me on my high places. 34 He teaches my hands to make war, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. –Ps. 18:31-34 NKJV
- 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and [a]appear before God? 3 My tears have been my food day and night, While they continually say to me, “Where is your God?” –Ps. 42:2-3 NKJV
- 5 God has gone up with a shout, The Lord with the sound of a trumpet. 6 Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! 7 For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with understanding. 8 God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne.—Ps. 47:5-8 NKJV
- 23 Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.”— Ps. 50:23 NKJV
- 3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises. – Ps. 22:3 NIV
- Let God arise,Let His enemies be scattered;Let those also who hate Him flee before Him. 19 Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, The God of our salvation! Selah – Ps. 68:1, 19 NKJV
- 4 ‘Your seed I will establish forever, And build up your throne to all generations.’ ” Selah 5 And the heavens will praise Your wonders, O Lord; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the saints. 6 For who in the heavens can be compared to the Lord? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the Lord? 7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, And to be held in reverence by all those around Him. 11 The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours; The world and all its fullness, You have founded them. 12 The north and the south, You have created them; Tabor and Hermon rejoice in Your name. – Ps. 89:4-7, 11-12 NKJV
- 8 [a]Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come into His courts. 9 Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth.—Ps. 96:8-9 NKJV
- 2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,– Ps. 107:2 NKJV
- 13 Through God we will do valiantly, For it is He who shall tread down our enemies.—Ps. 108:13 NKJV
- 7 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise.—Ps. 57:7 NKJV
- That we would understand the power of perfect praise in obtaining what we could not receive in the natural and that praise lifts depression, distress, and despair, and scatters our enemies.
- That the praise that cost the most counts the most—the sacrifice of praise offering.
- That praise raises God above our problems and magnifies the Lord bigger than our mountains and giants, and exalts God to his rightful place.
- That praise is a weapon in the spirit-realm, prevailing in the heavenlies and overcoming the gates of hell and counsels of men.
- That perfect praise establishes God’s throne and dethrones the devils claim to steal, kill, and destroy.
- That praise lifts our soul out of the pits of destruction and leads us to the rock higher.
- That God inhabits our praises and displaces heaviness, prevails over circumstances, and hell’s schemes.
- That the power of praise is becoming to the righteous and is the honor of the saints to build God a throne to inherit and advance the kingdom for His glory.
- That the Scripture commands us to “Sing with joy” and “Sing for joy”; to praise him when things are good or bad, happy or sad, when you feel Him and when you don’t.
- That praise is a very-present help to strengthen and courage and confidence place in God’s ability
- You Need…A SOUL- SOLUTION
Psalm 16:10-11 NASB
For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay. You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is the fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasure forever.
Psalm 27:5-6 NKJV
For in the time of trouble He shall hide my in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me;
He shall set me high upon a rock.
And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.
Ephesians 2:6 NIV
And God has raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.
General Direction: That we learn what it means to encourage ourselves in the Lord and use wisdom, understanding, the counsel of the Lord to recover our souls, prosper in soul and health, and take care of the temple of the Holy Spirit in a renewed mind, restored soul, uncluttered emotions, reins of the will surrendered, and healthy bodies for wholeness and wellness.
- 11 Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people, 12 to whom he said, “This is the resting place, let the weary rest”; and, “This is the place of repose”— but they would not listen. – Is. 28:11-12 NIV
- 15 This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. 21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” —Is. 30:15, 21 NIV
- 4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. 13 Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. 15 What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding. –1 Cor. 14:4, 13-15 NKJV
- 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, –Jude 20 NKJV
- 7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.—Jam. 4:7-8, 10 NKJV
- 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 8 Be [a]sober, be [b]vigilant; [c]because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But [d]may the God of all grace, who called [e]us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, [f]perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.—1 Pet. 5:6-11 NKJV
- 23 I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches[a] the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.— Rev. 2:23 NKJV
- 5 Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his [a]strength, Whose heart departs from the Lord. 6 For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited.7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord. 8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not [b]fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit. 9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, And [c]desperately wicked; Who can know it? 10 I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the [d]mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings. 12 A glorious high throne from the beginning Is the place of our sanctuary. 13 O Lord, the hope of Israel, All who forsake You shall be ashamed. “Those who depart from Me Shall be written in the earth, Because they have forsaken the Lord, The fountain of living waters.” 14 Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; Save me, and I shall be saved, For You are my praise.—Jer. 17:5-10, 12-14 NKJV
- God is our refuge and strength, A[a] very present help in trouble. 10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah—Ps. 46:1, 10-11 NKJV
- As the deer [b]pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and [c]appear before God? 5 Why are you [a]cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him [b]For the help of His countenance. –Ps. 42:1-2, 5 NKJV
- Hear my cry, O God;Attend to my prayer.2 From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 3 For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. 4 I will abide in Your [b]tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah – Ps. 61:1-4 NKJV
- 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am [a]gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”— Mt. 11:28-30 NKJV
- 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, –Phil. 2:10 NKJV
- 5Let your [a]gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.—Phil. 4:5-9 NKJV
- 20 And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. 25 [a]Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began 26 but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith— 27 to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.—Rom. 16:20, 25-27 NKJV
- 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.—2 Cor. 12:9-10 NKJV
- 2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. –3 Jn. 2 NKJV
- 13 [a]I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. 14 Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord. –Ps. 27:13-14 NASB
- To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.2 O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me. –Ps. 25:1-2 NKJV
- The Lordis my shepherd; I shall not [a] 2 He makes me to lie down in [b]green pastures; He leads me beside the [c]still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. –Ps. 23:1-5 NKJV
- 7 Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the [a]fowlers; The snare is broken, and we have escaped. 8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. –Ps. 124:7-8 NKJV
- 3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. –Is. 26:3 NKJV
- That we seek to encourage ourselves in every way, shape, and form, from every angle and means given to us as tools and weapons of God.
- That we speak from our spirit-man and command our soul to line up with our new nature, God’s word and promises; that our renewed mind tells our brain what to think.
- That we ask Jesus to lay His axe to any root of sin in us and for us to flush our heart and mind with heavy volumes of the rivers of God’s word flooding.
- That we understand and take advantage of praying in the Holy Spirit.
- That we exploit the power of increasing our faith by speaking the Word in our hearing and soul’s restoration.
- That it is God’s will and word to restore our soul and our soul prospers.
- That it is God’s will and word for our health to prosper, that we live in divine health, wellness, and wholeness.
- That we need to take special care of the house God lives in (our bodies) in:
- Good Nutrition
- Adequate Hydration
- Proper Exercise
- Essentials Sleep/Rest
- That we clean house by confessing, bear fruit in keeping with repentance to allow breakthrough and the fullness of God’s life into spirit, soul, and body.