Morning Fourteen: Guidance from the Holy Spirit throughout the day

Morning Fourteen: Guidance from the Holy Spirit

28 Days of Morning Prayer Focus

The more we grow in ‘walking in the Spirit’ the more the Holy Spirit will reveal Truth to us in many areas.

For example:

• Truth about God

• Truth about ourselves

• Truth about the Word of God

• Truth about His Glory, His love, etc.

• Truth about the unity of His Spirit, etc.

Indeed, we need the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of Truth and of Power, to come in power. By “power” we mean the ability to do, to act, to walk in, to live in.

Consider the following summary points about how the power of the Holy spirit can be manifested and work in and through our lives:

1. Power over the works of satan (1 John 3:8, Luke 10:17-20, 2 Cor. 10:3-6)

2. Powerover sin (Romans 6)

3. Power to be overcomers (1 John 5:1-4)

4. Power to live the life God is calling us to live (Matthew 4:18-20)

5. Power to do the works of God (John 14:120

6. Power to love (1 Cor. 13)

7. Power to produce the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22)

8. Power to walk in freedom (Gal. 5:1-2 Romans 8:1-2)

9. Power to witness (Acts 1:8)

10. Power to pray (Romans 8:26)

11. Power to be children of God (Romans 8:14-16)

These are but a few outworking of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

As individuals, as families, as local churches and as part of the bride of Christ, we need to constantly be growing in our ability to walk in step with the Holy Spirit. This will in turn cause us to grow into believers who naturally live power-filled, supernatural lives that bring the love and light of God to a dying world. May we become desperate with the desire for more of God. May we long deeply for the Holy Spirit to lead us every day and in every way to be lights in a dying world.

“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” John 16:13

“The moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” Romans 8:26-28

Prayer:

Lord, I pray you would move the Spirit more boldly in my life. I know that any sin can grieve and diminish the voice of the Spirit, and I pray against the temptation to sin. Help me crave your presence more than I crave sin. Help me grow in the fruit of the Spirit and so walk closer with Yourself. I pray for guidance from your Spirit- let your will and promises always be a meditation of my heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Morning Thirteen: Rejoice In The Lord Always.

28 Days Of Morning Prayer Focus

Morning Thirteen: A Daily Prayer that leads us to rejoicing.

Rejoice In The Lord

28 Days Of Morning Prayer Focus

“Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, take pleasure in Him]; again I will say, rejoice!” Philippians 4:4

Lord God,

Thank you for loving us and caring for our needs as You do. For You know the plan ahead for us and know how to guide our steps to be in line with that plan. It’s not always easy to rejoice and remain hopeful in You when problems and circumstances arise, but we have to think back on the times we have been in similar positions and remember how You blessed us more than we thought possible. From big to little, we can count the blessings that You gave us before and discover they are more numerous than we ever thought possible. That is because You know our needs before we ask them, You know our heartaches before we have them, and You know what will grow us the most to be all we can be in Your eyes. So, let us rejoice and be glad as we give You our prayers, knowing when we least expect it, You will bring them into fruition. We give all of this to You in Jesus’s name. Amen.

As followers of Christ, we should rejoice always, in good times and bad. Easier said than done, right? Fortunately, in Paul the Apostle we have a steadfast model for finding joy in times of great struggle through trust in Jesus.

In his mission to spread the Christian faith, Paul endured persecution, imprisonment, threats to his life and ultimately death. Yet, his writings are full of joy and rejoicing because of Christ’s promise of salvation.

So, the next time you are seeking joy in the face of challenge, try turning to Paul for a bit of inspiration:

May you always be joyful in your union with the Lord. I say it again: rejoice! Show a gentle attitude toward everyone. The Lord is coming soon. – Philippians 4:4-9

Now that we are God’s friends, how much more will we be saved by Christ’s life! But that is not all; we rejoice because of what God has done through our Lord Jesus Christ, who has now made us God’s friends. – Romans 5:10-11

Be joyful always, pray at all times, be thankful in all circumstances. This is what God wants from you in your life in union with Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

May God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace by means of your faith in him, so that your hope will continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13

And with joy give thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to have your share of what God has reserved for his people in the kingdom of light. – Colossians 1:11-14

Morning Twelve: Prayer for the joy of the Lord to be my strength

“The joy of the Lord is my strength” is a phrase we often hear, but what does it mean, really? Let’s take a deeper look at the context of Nehemiah 8:10 and discover what this phrase means for us as Christians today.

Ever feel like your strength is running out? I have. Some days, it’s all too easy to evaluate my current level of strength and measure it against the days ahead. I even have moments when I struggle with doubt at times, and wonder how I am going to make it through that day, let alone all the days in the future.

Today, let’s look at the Bible Verse “The joy of the lord is my strength”.

Where does the phrase “the joy of the Lord is my strength” come from? This bible verse is found in Nehemiah 8, where Ezra the scribe reads the words of God’s law to the people. They stand in reverence for hours as God’s word is read, and as they understand it, begin weeping.

For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law.

Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:9-10)

When we feel sorrow – whether it be realization of sin or because of difficult circumstances – we often wonder where our strength is going to come from. But it is vital to remember: the joy of the Lord is my strength.

But what is ‘the joy of the Lord’?

We cannot conjure up this type of joy within ourselves, by our own power. It has to come from one source only – the Lord.

Thank goodness it’s not our human joy – it’s the joy of the Lord. Put another way, it’s the joy God has, or possesses.

Can you even begin to imagine the amount of joy God has?

What’s even more amazing is that God’s joy centers around us. Hebrews 12:2 says that Jesus endured the cross “for the joy set before Him” (a relationship with us). And Zephaniah 3:17 says that God rejoices over us with singing!

Have you ever thought about the fact that being in a relationship with you makes God happy? Knowing that God feels this way about you should spark the flame of joy within you, too!

As Christians, we have access to God’s boundless joy, a joy that does not come from our circumstances or within ourselves. It does not depend on how strong or spiritual we are.

This joy comes from God alone, and the relationship we have with Him.

This realization also enabled the apostle Paul. Here’s a sermon clip from my husband about how God’s strength enabled him:

How to Let God Be Your Strength (Like Paul)

You may be asking, “But how can I access God’s joy in my life?”

We have an example from Nehemiah 8. As Nehemiah read the words of the Law, the people wept and mourned because they were not obeying the law. But Ezra comforts them, telling them not to weep because the joy of the Lord is their strength.

Their joy was realized because, even though a knowledge of the truth caused sorrow (repentance), it also gave them direction. 2 Corinthians 7:10 says, “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”

Changing their lives and following God’s ways gave them a deeper joy than they could have attained on their own.

It’s the same for us – when we study and know the truth within the pages of the Bible, we have the joy of the Lord!

Wishing you joy ten-thousand fold today!
Praying for you today that your joy be made full!!!

Father, thank you for intervening in my life and allowing me to have a personal relationship with you. Thank you for your love for me today and forever. Thank you for the blessings you’ve given me and my family. Help us use those blessings to bless others. May I live a life of true joy as I see you at work around me today! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Morning Eleven: A Prayer to Seek God Throughout The Day

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

“You will seek me and find me when you
seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

Morning Eleven: A Prayer to Seek God Throughout The Day

28 Days of Morning Prayer Focus

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

Scripture tells us that if we seek the Kingdom of God first, then all the things we need will be given to us. When we place God first in life, we see him working through all circumstances and events for our good. Whether you are just beginning to seek out God or you have been a Christian for years, we should never stop seeking to know God better!

“Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.” 1 Chronicles 16:11

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

Father, Praise You for the sky and sun, for both remind us of a new day’s challenge and chance to chase You. Thank You for reminding us life is not always easy, but that we don’t have to carry the hard into each new day. Forgive us for dwelling on the past and for holding onto grudges. Bless our hearts to be held back by nothing as we seek You each day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Daytona Busch Clash MRO Bible Time Lesson

Hello MRO Community Center families!!

Sending love and prayers to all of our MRO families!! It’s our first MRO Community Center Bible Time of 2021!! Join me for a Let’s Go God Story below!!!!

I’ll be back this weekend!!! Miss a weekend- No worries!! You can find them all here @ the mrocommunitycenter.com blog, Motor Racing Outreach Vimeo, MOtor Racing Outreach You Tube, Twitter and the MRO Community Center Facebook page!

“Your (God’s ) Word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105

Morning Nine: A Morning Prayer For Strength

28 Days of Focused Morning Prayer ~A Morning Prayer for Strength

“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3

God I look to You. Pick up your cell phone. Read the above verse and then listen to the empowering words that remind us to look to Him to be our strength and your song! Spend a moment in pure and undistracted words of praise to tour Heavenly Father. Soak it all in and let the Lord’s presence lead you through this day.

Lord, I am weary and don’t know when this “race” will end in my life. I feel like I’ve been running forever, trying to outrun this trial. Help me to stop trying to outrun my pain but rather run with endurance the race you have set before me. I know that because of you I am ultimately a victor over the trials in my life. I know that nothing in this world can separate me from your steadfast love. Please give me a measure of your love today; give me the strength to endure this trial. Thank you for your love for me that never ends! And thank you for the crown of joy that awaits me forever in your Kingdom! Amen.

Where Do We Find Strength?

Where do we find our strength? In the Lord our God!

Psalm 46:1-3 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”

Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe.”

Nehemiah 8:10 “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Exodus 15:2 “The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him— my father’s God, and I will exalt him!”

Psalm 9:9-10 “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”

Psalm 34:10b “Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.”

Isaiah 26: 3-4 “Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock.”

1 Chronicles 16:11 “Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!”

Psalm 32:7-8 “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”

Exodus 33:14 “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Deuteronomy 31:8 “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Deuteronomy 33:27 “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”

Psalm 34:17 “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles.”

Isaiah 30:15 “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.”

It can be so easy to give into worry, fear and despair, but with Him we can find strength, and look forward to wonderful things. He gives us hope!

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord you God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Isaiah 43: 1-3

Morning Eight: A Prayer To Follow God Today

Morning Eight: A Prayer To Follow God Today

28 Days of Morning Prayer Focus

A Prayer to Follow God Today

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will,

for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground”.  Psalm 143: 8-10

I love this Psalm. David has a beautiful way with speaking His heart to the Lord. David’s struggle with sin was real but He knew that following God would be His greatest gift to the world. King David is asking for protection, and affirming his trust in God. Faith and trust are crucial as a follower of Christ.

He was saying here not only will I put my trust in You, every day God’s mercies are new. He was affirming His trust in all of who he was as well. Kind David affirmed that He considered himself a servant of the most high God. Laying down his fear and doubt, David knew he could walk without fear into the unknown of what a new day may hold. Words in this passage worthy of our focus today.

Dear Lord, I don’t know who or what will cross my path today. But I do know that You are my Rock and my Fortress. You are my Shield and my Strong Tower. Help me to anchor myself to You today. Teach me how to stand strong in You and choose only Your way today. Help me walk by Your truth and not my feelings. Help me to embrace anything that comes my way as an opportunity to see You at work and as an opportunity to point others to You. Thank You that You love me and nothing can ever take that away from me! Even if I fail today and fall short, You whisper Your unconditional love deep into my soul and remind me that Your mercies are new every morning. That truly amazes me, Lord. Thank You for meeting with me today. Would You wake me again tomorrow with the same sweet whisper of Your love? I can’t wait to meet with You again. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Morning Seven: A Prayer To Start The Day

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice

28 Days of Morning Prayer Focus

Morning Seven: A Prayer To Start The Day

Hosea 6:3: “Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, He will appear; He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”

With this beautiful Scripture from Hosea, we can pray and proclaim God’s promises just like the prophet did.

-Just as sure as the sun rises, you will appear Lord.

-I will not fear anything this day may bring in my life, because You will be with me from the very beginning of the day.

Psalm 5:3 “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you

and wait expectantly.”

This morning prayer focus reminds us to make communication with our Heavenly Father a priority in our lives.

In the morning before you get out of bed whisper sweet words of praise to the Father. He is right there waiting to put in place the beauty of the that only He can give!!!

Dear God, at the start of this new day, help me to exalt You above all else. Open the eyes of my heart that I might see you, and take it all in regarding how you are at work in my life. Give me wisdom to make the best choices, fill me with a desire to seek after you more than anything else in this world. Let your Spirit and power breathe in me, through me again, fresh and new.

Thank You that You are greater than anything that I may face today. Thank You that Your presence goes with me, and that my joy is never dependent on my circumstances, but it is my true and lasting strength, no matter what I am up against.

I ask that Your peace lead me, that it would guard my heart and mind in You. I ask for Your grace to cover my life this day. I love you Lord…I need you. In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

Ten Days of Thanks {Day Three}

Day Three

God’s beautiful message to you- His beloved. 

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1Thessalonians 5:18

I am calling you to a life of thankfulness. I want all your moments to be punctuated with thanksgiving. The basis for your gratitude is My sovereignty. I am the Creator and Controller of the universe. Heaven and earth are filled with My glorious Presence.

My husband Monty served in the US Air Force for 23 years. We were blessed to see the best of this beautiful country that we call home. Over his career, we lived in 8 different states and helped start three new churches in three of those states. There have been many adventures along the way, and we are grateful to the Lord for God allowing us the opportunity to live ten-thousand lifetimes.

Yet, if I can be honest with you, there were hard times. Lonely and isolating times where we knew no one. Because of Monty’s career field, we were not assigned to a base so there was no support and no other military families in the community. Of our almost 40 years of marriage, Monty has probably been away from our little family for 3 1/2 of those years. Deployments, education/schooling, temporary duties and wherever the USAF decided they needed him took priority over everything. 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months at a time.

There was one particular move that we made that I thought was the most horrible decision ever handed to us. Monty had 18 years in the AF, we had built our forever home in the Raleigh, NC area and our plan was to retire there. Monty was a career medical (docs/nurses) recruiter for the AF and was very successful. We were set for him to become a medical headhunter for several of the hospitals in eastern NC. We were surprised to get word that he had a new assignment/huge promotion and we would move to Muncie, IN. WHERE? Really? We were in an amazing church, I was on staff there, had the most amazing friends and God was really moving in this church. Move. Noooo.

Long story short. I went kicking and screaming. Not literally but I just could not see God’s hand anywhere. I was overwhelmed with frustration, feelings of abandonment and anger. I would hold on to those feeling for nearly a year. Then it started snowing and the isolation would walk hand in had with loneliness and deep sadness. Surely God had made a mistake. Surely I knew better. I had closed my heart off to the possibility that God was going to do something good in our lives. So, I put my game face on and told God straight up I was not happy and then proceeded to lead my children on “one more amazing adventure”. And we are gonna have fun if it kills us. Ugh.

You know where this is going. God allowed me my spiritual tantrum. He is God like that. I continued to pursue my relationship with the Lord. God began to lead me on a journey that opened doors for ministry in ways He had never done before. Mid-western folks are the best but it took them a while to finally accept this southern girl with a twang. God was good and faithful. Sovereign and gracious. There was an awakening in this little college town. People were coming to Christ and with every small faithful moment of surrender, God would care for us and bless every area of our lives. Muncie was a Romans 8 road for sure but I learned a lot about gratitude and THANKS-living. God revealed Himself in ways that I had never known Him before. He firmly walked me out of the pit into His glorious light. These are things I have pulled from my prayer journal from that time in my life. Thought it might speak to you just as I felt God speaking to me then.

I wrote this on the morning that we had received 26 inches of snow in 24 hours. Monty was stranded in Indianapolis after the interstate was closed down. Our power had gone out @ 2am. The kids in the bed with me with almost every blanket we owned on top of us. By 7 am we could see our breath and were freezing. It was 10 degrees below zero and the wind chill was beyond wicked. 

Funny thing the kids thought this was the coolest thing ever! So we called just in time to get the last hotel room at the good hotel. We laughed and made plans for hot chocolate as soon as we got to the hotel. I smiled deep and gratitude filled my heart. 

These are the words God spoke to my heart as well in that moment.

When you criticize or complain, you are acting as if you think you could run the world better than I do. From your limited human per- spective, it may look as if I’m mismanaging things. But you don’t know what I know or see what I see. If I pulled back the curtain to allow you to view heavenly realms, you would understand much more. 

However, I have designed you to live by faith, not by sight. I lovingly shield you from knowing the future or seeing into the spirit world. Acknowledge My sovereignty by giving thanks in all circumstances.

“…the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them….” Romans 8:26-28

It just may be a great day to grab your Bible and check out Romans 8. I know you will identify and want to lay hold of the truths written there. I promise it will be a spiritual exercise as powerful as your morning workout.

We live by faith, not by sight. —2 Corinthians 5:7

PS. Just in case you ever wondered- Nothing can separate you from His love. 

You are so LOVED!!!!

Urgent: Atlanta & Homestead MRO CC Information

From Billy Mauldin- MRO

In an effort to do all we can to support the efforts nationwide to contain COVID – 19, and within our NASCAR family, the MRO Community Center services will be temporality suspended through Miami Homestead.

We remain available to support and encourage everyone the best we can by phone, text, or email and ask that you do not hesitate to reach out to us. As circumstances change, we will keep you up to date with regard to future events.

Monty and I are so sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused your family but we are all in agreement that out of respect to what NASCAR has encouraged for our community, that we as well adhere to their request for only essential workers to be present at the track.

Our prayers, love and support go with your families during this time of unrest in our nation. We will continue to trust a faithful God to lead, guide, direct and protect our NASCAR family in the days and weeks to come.