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Battle Plan 47
April 11-17, 2021

We had a wonderful Easter weekend celebrating Jesus’ victory. Together we took a significant step forward in establishing victory against fear and anxiety.

Easter has introduced Spring. Gardens are not random, they reflect intentional design and effort. Routine inspection, analysis and action —these are necessary components of a flourishing garden. They are equally important components of a vibrant spiritual life.

Let’s invite the Holy Spirit to direct our year toward growth and maturity in our faith. Challenges will inevitably present—drought, insects, destructive weather. The good news is that God is a God of restoration. He is well able to protect, restore and deliver us to our destination. Let’s not shrink back in fear and unbelief.

Reading: Hebrews; note the “Let Us” passages.

Morning Prayer

I am persuaded; Jesus of Nazareth is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
John 14:6 (NIV)
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

I am persuaded; Scripture is inspired by God —a necessary and profitable part of God’s provision for my life.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (HCSB)
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

I am persuaded; God Almighty made the heavens, the earth and all that is in them.
Colossians 1:16-17 (NIV)
16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Mid-Day Prayer

I am persuaded; I have been reconciled to God, accepted and approved by Him.
Colossians 1:21-22 (NIV)
21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation–

I am persuaded; I have been delivered from the domain of darkness. I belong to the eternal kingdom of God. I have been redeemed and forgiven.
Colossians 1:13-14 (NASB)
13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

I am persuaded; Jesus is returning to the earth, triumphant. He will reward those who have honored him and bring judgment against those who have rejected him.
Revelation 1:7 (NIV)
Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.

Evening Prayer

I am persuaded; Jesus is building his church and I intend to assist in every possible way.
Matthew 16:18-19 (NIV)
. . .I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

I am persuaded; to honor God with my life—with all my heart, mind, soul and body. I will invest my time, my treasure and my talent as an expression of honor to my Lord and King.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)
19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

I am persuaded; I will endure, persevere, complete my course AND receive the reward which the Lord, the righteous judge will present.
2 Timothy 2:3, 4:6-8 (NIV)
3 Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. . . . 6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

I am persuaded; God has made complete provision for my life in time and eternity. In Christ I have been given everything I need to overcome, be victorious and demonstrate the faithfulness of my God.
2 Peter 1:3 (NIV)
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

Battle Plan 46

Battle Plan 46
March 28-April 3, 2021

This is Holy Week, Easter is approaching. There is an added significance this year. We are more aware than ever of the privilege of celebrating together. We have been delivered so that we might walk a new path with the Lord. This Easter is a new beginning!

Our blessings are many: we have survived a pandemic, we are able to gather together, we have the freedom to celebrate Jesus in public, we have Bibles, etc etc

Our challenges are great: our nation is in turmoil, truth and righteousness are seldom celebrated, deception and manipulation are emboldened, etc etc

Easter provides a powerful reminder for each of us. The triumph of life over death, hope over despair and God’s purposes over the adversaries schemes. We are in training. We are learning to trust the tools which Jesus gave his life to provide for us. For too long our behavior has been indistinguishable from the pagan; we have all trusted the same things for our stability and future. Now God is awakening us to the glory of His Kingdom.

Reading: Proverbs 8-14, read a chapter each day & select a verse as God’s word for your day

Morning Prayer –Prayer of Preparation
Almighty God,
I choose your best! Teach me to walk in paths of righteousness and to honor your word. Keep me far from deception and deliver me from temptation. My desire is to live uprightly before you, to be pleasing in your sight and to fulfill all for which you created me. Holy Spirit give me an understanding heart and the discernment to recognize the truth, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Mid-Day Proclamation of Belief
I testify as to what the Word of God says the blood of Jesus does for me;
Through the blood of Jesus, I am redeemed out of the hand of the devil;
Through the blood of Jesus, all my sins are forgiven;
The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, continually cleanses me from all sin;
Through the blood of Jesus I am sanctified, made holy, set apart to God;
Through the blood of Jesus I am justified, made righteous, just as if I’d never sinned.
My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, redeemed, cleansed by the blood of Jesus;
Therefore, Satan has no place in me, no power over me, through the blood of Jesus.

Evening Prayer
Heavenly Father,
May I live in the fullness of the victory of the cross. Deliver me from everything which diminishes what you created me for. May your wisdom inform my days, your power enable me to overcome every obstacle and your mercy sustain me in my weakness. I rejoice in the triumph of my Lord! May Jesus’ name be exalted throughout the earth. May His Church be anointed and empowered to proclaim the good news! Let all of creation rejoice in the goodness of the Lord, amen.

Battle Plan 45

Battle Plan 45
March 21-27, 2021

We are anxious to be done with the battle. We continue to establish “finish lines” so we can declare a victory and return to a more casual faith. “Once the election is over” we can return to normal. “After the vaccine is available” we can resume our schedule. “When the children return to school” things will level out. All of these are acceptable milestones but none of them are ultimate victory markers for the larger struggle.

Our nation’s heritage of a Christian worldview is being dismantled. Churches are sparsely attended and spiritual awareness is superseded by many other concerns. The shaking that began with a virus is still underway. God is purifying His people. We want to respond to Him with humility and determination. As we continue to repent and strengthen our faith, we will see the deliverance of our God. We will not stop!

Reading: Proverbs 1-7, read a chapter each day & select a verse as God’s word for your day

Morning Prayer –Prayer of Repentance

Heavenly Father,
I pause to repent, to repent of my willful disobedience to you. I repent of my stubborn refusal to believe and my ungodly choices, even when I knew what you had asked of me. I repent of suppressing the truth, refusing to speak when I knew the truth. I turn away from all ungodliness and choose a new path of action and thought—I choose to be pleasing in your sight. Look upon me with mercy and kindness and not with anger, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Mid-Day Proclamation of Belief

The Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried.
He descended into hades; the third day He rose again from the dead:
He ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty;
from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen.

Evening Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Our hope is in you and in you alone. We boldly declare Jesus is Lord in our world. Through Him all things were made, He is the faithful witness and the ruler of the kings of the earth. We submit ourselves to His authority and leadership. Through faith in Jesus our sins are forgiven, our strength is renewed and our hope is secure. Holy Spirit grant us a revelation of Jesus that will bring victory to our lives, in His name, amen.

Battle Plan 44

Week 44
March 1-7, 2021

2020 ignited a chain of disruptions which have not stopped. The consequences are not clear. It is difficult to gain perspective for many reasons: the disruptions are constant, deception is rampant, censorship impedes communication and many are indifferent. We must gain the victory over the spirit of disruption. We can be steadfast in the midst of turbulence.

The need for a church committed to holiness and godliness has never been greater. Do not succumb to the temptation of imagining we are powerless. Our strength does not reside in our number or our resources. The One who called us is faithful, His strength is sufficient.

We are in training! We are learning to pray, to believe, to stand and to work together. We have been called to this season and God will lead us through triumphantly.

Reading: 1 Peter – Take a few moments to write down all that you know about Peter . . . what was his profession, what miracles did he experience with Jesus, what role did he take after the ascension, etc. etc.

Morning Prayer

God’s Protection
I rejoice in the protection of Almighty God over my life. I am the Lord’s servant, I rest in the completeness of His strength and care. No weapon formed against me will prevail. I will refute every tongue which rises against me, this is my heritage as a servant of the Lord. A thousand may fall at my side but destruction will not overwhelm me. I have made the Most High my dwelling place. God is my refuge and my security. No harm will befall me, no disaster will overtake me. God has commanded his angels to watch over my life. My life and my future are secure through the strength of my Lord and my redeemer.

Isaiah 54:17 (NIV®)
17  no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD.

Psalm 91:7-11 (NIV®)
7  A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8  You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. 9  If you make the Most High your dwelling– even the LORD, who is my refuge– 10  then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. 11  For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;

Mid-Day Proclamation

Psalm 51:1-13 (NIV®)
1  Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.  2  Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 3  For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. 4  Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. 5  Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. 6  Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. 7  Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8  Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. 9  Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. 10  Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11  Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12  Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. 13  Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.

Evening Prayer

Hope and Encouragement
I put on the garment of praise and hope. I choose the joy of the Lord as my strength. I lay aside the spirit of heaviness and raise my voice in praise of the Living God. May my eyes be opened to the provision of God and my ears attentive to the sound of His deliverance. Holy Spirit help me, in You I find power and revelation. God has restored my broken heart and set my feet on a path of victory. I have hope for today and the strength to complete the course you have chosen for me. Let the people of God arise triumphant and may the name of Jesus be lifted up throughout the earth. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Psalm 34:18-19 (NIV®)
18  The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. 19  A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all;

Battle Plan 43

Week 43
February 22 – March 1, 2021

New disruptions, a generational ice & snow storm settled over Middle Tennessee and beyond. Once again, we were provided with an opportunity to stop and reflect upon the One who is our provider.

I pray you took some time during the week to pray and seek the Lord. In His mercy God continues to provide us with “windows of opportunity”.

God is calling His Church to this unique moment. Our freedoms and liberties should not be squandered. Let’s press in, we will see God’s power as never before.

Reading: 1 Corinthians. Pay attention to the challenges and struggles which were a part of this community of faith. Note Paul’s emphasis upon the cross and the power of God. Churches are not collections of perfect people. However, there is no excuse for sloppy living.

Morning Prayer

Colossians 1:10-14 (NKJV)
10  that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11  strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;
12  giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.
13  He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14  in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

Heavenly Father,
We offer ourselves as living sacrifices for your purposes. May our lives be pleasing to you. Help us to walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him becoming fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.  Strengthen us with your might through your glorious power. Establish us with your patience and endurance. Let us joyfully give thanks, you have qualified us to partake in the inheritance of the saints, delivering us from the power of darkness. We rejoice in our Lord and King, amen.

Mid-Day Proclamation

Psalm 91:1-7 (NIV)
1  He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2  I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
3  Surely he will save (me) from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
4  He will cover (me) with his feathers, and under his wings (I) will find refuge; his faithfulness will be (my) shield and rampart.
5  (I) will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
6  nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7  A thousand may fall at (my) side, ten thousand at (my) right hand, but it will not come near (me).

Evening Prayer

Psalm 119:132-136 (NIV)
132  Turn to me and have mercy on me, as you always do to those who love your name.
133  Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
134  Redeem me from the oppression of men, that I may obey your precepts.
135  Make your face shine upon your servant and teach me your decrees.
136  Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for your law is not obeyed.

Almighty God,
You are my strength and my shield. You and you alone can sustain me in this time of shaking. I turn to you in humility. Teach me to walk in your ways. Grant me a willing spirit to sustain me. Open my eyes to see and my ears to hear that I might understand your purposes. Give me boldness to respond, strength and courage to persevere. Deliver me from evil and do not lead me into temptation. May my life be pleasing in your sight, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Battle Plan 42

Week 42
February 15-22, 2021

We will not stop! God has called us to this time & place. Our choice is follow whole-heartedly.

Encourage one another. It is necessary, not just an expression of southern politeness.

Take time to pray in the Spirit, every day. We need help beyond our understanding and it is available.

Spend discretionary time with people who strengthen your faith. Gaining strength is a daily commitment.

Reading: Joshua, Caleb & Joshua completed what began in the brick pits of Egypt. Their lives are a testimony to faithfulness. Pay attention to the challenges, victories and temptations they faced. They spent 40 years with a group of rebellious people before they entered the Promised Land —-THAT IS COMMITMENT.

Morning Prayer

Luke 15:20-24 (NIV) 20  So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. 21  “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22  “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23  Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24  For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

Heavenly Father, We have lived as the prodigal. We demanded our inheritance, our blessings and we have lived recklessly. Forgive us for ignoring your truth while pretending to be obedient. We repent and choose a new path. We choose to follow, to wait, to persevere, to overcome . . . we choose to be content —In Jesus. Holy Spirit help us to understand the glorious riches of Christ. amen.

Mid-Day Proclamation

Isaiah 40:28-31 (NIV) 28  Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31  but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Evening Prayer

1 Peter 2:9-10 (NIV) 9  But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10  Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Almighty God, You have called us out of darkness. You have established us in righteousness. You have sanctified us. Forgive us for grumbling about the difficulty of the journey and failing to believe in your great strength. We repent of our stubborn unbelief. We choose to follow you with our whole heart! We will not stop, we will not turn aside, we will not forget – you have shed your grace upon us, your mercies are new every morning. Holy Spirit sustain us, open our hearts to receive a revelation of our Lord and King. Let Jesus name be exalted throughout the earth, amen.

Battle Plan 41

Week 41
February 7-14, 2021

Nehemiah 4:10, 14 (NIV)
10  Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.” . . . 14  After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.

Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)
12  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

It is almost a year ago we began the “Covid Protocols”. The Virus from Wuhan was a delivery system for tremendous change. Our patterns of living have been completely altered. Civil liberties have been set aside. Definitions of right and wrong have been rewritten. Trust has eroded.

In the midst of all God is still calling His people to live in truth and righteousness. We are gaining momentum in prayer, valuing community, re-arranging our misplaced priorities, and awakening to the significance of the mission we have been given.

There is a battle underway. It is not a military, economic or a political struggle. The conflict, at its root, is spiritual. This spiritual struggle may find expression in many of the more traditional arenas but the weapons and responses most needed begin in the lives of those with spiritual awareness.

Your prayers and humble submission to God will make the difference. You are of tremendous value to the emerging purposes of God. The Creator of All is aware of those who stand on His behalf. There is no greater affirmation available to us.

 

Reading: Nehemiah, a familiar story to many — pay attention to the changes required of Nehemiah and the different ways opposition challenged the rebuilding.

 

Morning Prayer
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
18  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Heavenly Father,
May the Holy Spirit direct my thoughts and prayers today. Grant me an awareness of the things which concern you. Keep me alert to the assignments you have for me and protect me from all distractions and interruptions. I cry out to you, deliver your people in the earth—protect them from those who intend harm and destruction. Open wide and effective doors for the proclamation of the gospel. Let the plans of the wicked come to nothing. Let righteousness rain upon us and Jesus’ name be exalted, amen.

 

Mid-Day Proclamation
Jude 1:24-25 (NIV)
24  To him who is able to keep (us) from falling and to present (us) before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy– 25  to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

 

Evening Prayer
1 Peter 5:7 -11 (NIV)
7  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 8  Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
9  Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10  And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11  To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Almighty God,
We cast all of our anxiety upon you. Forgive us for picking up the burdens of worry, fear and uncertainty. We lay them at the foot of the cross. We choose to lift our hearts in thanksgiving to the One who can save us from every foe. In Christ we have been redeemed, justified, sanctified and welcomed into the eternal kingdom of our God. May our minds and hearts be filled with an inexpressible joy of what has been given to us. In you we have been made more than conquerors, we stand in your strength! Amen.

Battle Plan 40

Week 40
January 24-31, 2021

Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
6  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

1 Peter 5:7-9 (NIV)
7  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 8  Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9  Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

We need to accept the wise counsel of Scripture. For many months our hearts have been filled with anxiety surrounding the election. We must give all of our concerns and fears to the Lord, He cares for us. We are not capable of providing self-care which is adequate. We need God’s help.

The preparation for standing firm and resisting the devil’s schemes is off-loading all of our anxiety. We are not to deny the stressful realities we see. Instead we are directed to give them to God, acknowledge what we see and feel to God. Then the Creator of All Things will care for us.

Reading: Hebrews 11, read it daily; each day select a different character/event for reflection.

Morning Prayer

Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)
23  Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

Heavenly Father, forgive me for imagining deliverance comes from anywhere but you. You are my God and my deliverer. Forgive me for any attitudes which are displeasing to you. If anyone acted deceitfully or illegally in our recent elections, I forgive them. I turn loose of all anger, bitterness or resentment. I accept your new appointments for me, I renounce all disappointment —its authority over my life is broken. Let righteousness rain upon our nation—every city, every neighborhood, every person, every state capital, upon Washington DC, upon our military wherever they may be serving, upon your people throughout the earth — Let Jesus’ name be exalted and righteousness rain upon us all. Amen.

Mid-Day Proclamation

Psalm 31:1-5 (NIV)
1  In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness.
2  Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me.
3  Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
4  Free me from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge.
5  Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth.

Evening Prayer

Isaiah 45:8 (NIV)
8  “You heavens above, rain down righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness grow with it; I, the LORD, have created it.

Hosea 10:12 (NIV)
for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.

Almighty God,
Open the heavens and let righteousness rain upon us. Wash us and we will be clean. Turn our hearts once again to our God. Grant us willing hearts to seek Your face and to turn from our wicked ways. We have walked in pride and arrogance ignoring your wisdom. Let the fear of the Lord fill our hearts as we humble ourselves before you. May the words of our mouths and the attitudes of our hearts be pleasing in your sight. Mercy, come quickly Lord Jesus, amen.

Battle Plan 39

Jan 17, 2021 – Jan 24, 2021

Romans 8:31 (NIV)
31  What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Dependence upon the Creator of All Things is not a diminished place. We have for too long imagined our freedoms were secured by our constitution or bill of rights. In reality, God is the source of justice and truth.

Our awakening brings great hope. Once we understand, we can become more effective advocates for our Lord and King. The desire for freedom and purpose is within every human heart. Jesus of Nazareth is the only source for sustained freedom and a significance for each life.

Do not be distracted by the rumblings, keep your attention on our Lord and King. Keep your heart open to hear what God is saying.

Reading: Romans 8, read it daily; each day select a different verse for reflection

Morning Proclamation

Romans 8:35-39 (NIV)
35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36  As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Nothing will separate us from the love of Christ. Trouble, hardship, persecution, famine and personal threats will not dissuade us from completing our assignment. In all of these things we are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ our Lord. God’s love for us expressed in Jesus transcends every threat—life or death, angels or demons, the present or the future, height or depth, any spiritual power—all of these are subject to the One we serve! In Christ we stand, triumphant!

Mid-Day Proclamation

Psalm 23:1-6 (NIV)
1  The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
2  He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
3  he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4  Even 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 overflows.
6  Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Evening Proclamation

Romans 8:26-28 (NIV)
26  In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. 27  And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.
28  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

God’s Spirit helps us in our weakness. He strengthens our mortal bodies, enlightens our minds, grants us revelation and fills us with inexpressible joy. When we do not know how to pray, He intercedes for us with sounds beyond our understanding and ability. He searches our hearts to intercede in accordance with God’s will. In every circumstance God works for our good because we love Him. Our lives are secured by the power of the Creator and Sustainer of all. In our weakness the strength of God is made evident. We will rest confidently in His care.

Battle Plan 38

Jan 10, 2021 – Jan 16, 2021

A new year, a new president –very familiar voices and circumstances. President Trump was elected in 2016 and the chorus of voices declared that he was “illegitimate and must be removed.” The chorus of voices is very similar today with regard to him as Washington prepare for a change of power.

Fortunately, the power under which we serve has not changed. Our assignment is clear. Our Helper is present. Our Lord is on His throne. Our God is actively watching over His people and His purposes.

The shaking continues. Our prayers are pivotal. Perseverance is required. Together we are seeing an unprecedented move of God throughout the earth.


Reading:
II Timothy, a short book—it is filled with emotion. Paul is in a Roman prison awaiting trial, anticipating condemnation. He is offering direction to a trusted friend and protégé. Much of his instruction is relevant for us today.

 

Morning Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Forgive us of our pride. We have imagined ourselves capable of securing our future. Our knowledge, our acts of obedience, our expressions of service, our possessions, our education, our relationships — all of these are inadequate to save us. Only you can secure our future. Forgive us. We turn our faces to you and yield our hearts to you. Open our eyes to see as we have never seen before. Open our hearts to receive. Grant us a willing spirit to sustain us. Guide us in paths of righteousness. You are our security, our provision, our salvation and the One to whom we turn. May the name of Jesus be lifted up for all the earth to see, in His name we pray, amen.

 

Mid-day Proclamation

A Reminder Of Our Core

The Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried.

He descended into hades; the third day He rose again from the dead:
He ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty;
from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen.

 

Evening Prayer

Heavenly Father,
You and you alone are capable of restoring us. We cry out to you. We pray for those in authority over us. May their choices honor you so that we might live in peace and godliness. May those who oppose your purposes fail in their schemes, may they stumble into the pits they have prepared for others. Awaken your church to faithfulness, humility and service. Grant us a boldness which reflects your heart and strength. Once again let truth be lifted up and justice be made evident. Be merciful to us Almighty God, apart from you there is no salvation. Amen

Battle Plan 37

Dec 26, 2020 – Jan 2, 2021

We are in the midst of the holidays. The days between Christmas and the New Year are often unfocused and undirected. Let’s use the freedom of this week to purposefully focus our attention on the Lord!

The conclusion is the most significant aspect of an effort. The conclusion of a book or movie is the most important scene. The final score of an athletic contest defines the entire effort. Let’s finish 2020 with praise & thanksgiving on our lips and God’s word in our heart.

We must guard our hearts. Perseverance and patience has been required of us this year. When we are weary we are more vulnerable to despair and discouragement. It is more important than ever to remind one another that God is our source of strength. He is our deliverer. Our assignment is to stand, to pray and to believe!

When the adversary reminds you of your frailty, your vulnerability and previous failures; begin to declare what God has said about you. Persist in your prayers and proclamations until the heaviness departs and the joy of the Lord fills your heart!

Reading: Jonah  — It is a short book and a familiar story. The outcome is a nation repenting and God showing mercy — a need we certainly can understand. The focus of the story is the reluctant, often misguided prophet. Jonah reminds the reader that God works through imperfect vessels.

Morning Proclamation
Hebrews 12:1-3 (NIV)
1  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Many have preceded me in a life of faith and obedience, I am not alone in my choices to honor Almighty God with my life. I choose to throw off every hindrance and to repent of all sin that might entangle so that I may run with perseverance the race marked out for me. Jesus is the author and perfecter of my faith. He is my strength and sustainer as complete my course. I will engage each day with the determination to honor the Lord and do His will!

Mid-day Proclamation
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (NIV)
24  Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26  Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 27  No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV)
13  “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Through God’s grace I have found the door which leads to life. I will pursue a life which pleases the One who called me. I will run my race with the determined self-control required to gain the prize. There is a crown which will last forever at the end of the contest. I will listen to instructions given, respond to the counsel provided by the Spirit and stand in the grace of the One who called me. May God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven, amen.

Evening Proclamation
Revelation 3:14-22 (NIV)
14  “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15  I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16  So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17  You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18  I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. 19  Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. 20  Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. 21  To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

I accept the counsel of “the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.” I know that nothing is hidden from him. I repent of my indifference and ambivalence. In pride I have imagined I was self-sufficient and had no needs. I was unaware of my desperate circumstances and stood arrogantly declaring my own righteousness. I repent. In Christ alone can I face the future triumphantly. Only through blood of Jesus am I cleansed, justified and sanctified. It is through the blood Jesus that I have been redeemed, made holy and set apart to God. Thank you for disciplining me in your great love. I choose to overcome, in the name of my Lord and King, Jesus of Nazareth.

Battle Plan 36
Dec 13-20, 2020

2020 has provided a course in prayer and trust. A year ago, prayer was a less significant part of our lives. For that awakening, we should be very thankful.

We still face a season of challenges. Health concerns persist, unapologetic censorship grows, disregard for God’s truth abounds; yet, it is Christmas. We have the wonderful reminder that God sent His son! The Christmas miracle was not merely an act of kindness, it was a rescue mission. God knew we had a great need for a savior and He provided Jesus.

It is important to remember, Jesus is Lord of all. Nothing conceived in the hearts of humanity or hidden in darkness surprises him. Jesus is not threatened by sickness, economics or politics. He is watching over His purposes in the earth. Our assignment is to remain faithful, to stand in the truth we know.

We are not alone, the Spirit of Almighty God dwells within. We are His people, chosen to bear His name and called to serve as His ambassadors. Let us rejoice this Christmas season. Our hope has a name, Jesus!

Reading: Luke  — The Gospel of Luke records the events surrounding Jesus’ birth from Mary’s vantage point. As you read, note Luke emphasis upon the presence and the power of the Spirit of God in Jesus’ life and ministry.

Our points of agreement:

  • We need to see the Covid-19 concerns diminish.
  • The truth to be told, plainly & broadly.
  • Jesus to be welcomed into our schools & universities again.
  • God’s mercy upon us as a nation


Morning Proclamation
Psalm 124:1-8 (NIV)
1 If the LORD had not been on our side– let Israel say–
2  if the LORD had not been on our side when men attacked us,
3  when their anger flared against us, they would have swallowed us alive;
4  the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us,
5  the raging waters would have swept us away.
6  Praise be to the LORD, who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
7  We have escaped like a bird out of the fowler’s snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped.
8  Our help is in the name of the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

The Lord is on my side.
When men attacked me and their anger flared against me; when their evil plans threatened to sweep me away—the Lord established me and has not allowed me to diminished by their destructive intent.
I have escaped like a bird from a trap, God has broken the trap and I have escaped.
My help is in the name of the Lord, the One who made heaven and earth is helping me.

 

Mid-day Proclamation
Isaiah 40:28-31 (NIV)
28  Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31  but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all things.
He who watches over me does not grow tired or weary.
God has given me strength and when I am weak He empowers me.
My hope is in the Lord, He renews my strength.
Therefore I will run and not grow weary, walk and not faint.

 

Evening Proclamation
Isaiah 41:10-14 (NIV)
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.
11  “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. 12  Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. 13  For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. 14  Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob, O little Israel, for I myself will help you,” declares the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.

Almighty God is my strength, He upholds me with His righteous right hand.
Therefore I do not fear nor am I dismayed.
All who rage against me will be ashamed and disgraced.
Those who oppose me will be as nothing and perish.
Those who wage war against me will be as nothing.
The Lord has taken hold of my right hand and said “Do not fear, I will help you.”
Therefore I am not afraid, the Holy One of Israel is my helper and my redeemer.

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Nov 30-Dec 6, 2020

The confusion and propaganda continue to wash across our nation. The fear and anxiety regarding Covid is resurgent—perhaps greater than at any time this year.

The election outcome remains confusing. We cannot afford to quietly yield to deception and fraud. We must call on the Lord until truth is made evident.

2020 is a gift from the Lord. He is shaking us from our slumber of comfort and convenience. We are being invited onto the stage of significance. Your persistent prayers, your expressions of humility –repentance & obedience—are creating an opportunity for God’s purposes to break forth! Do not grow weary. We are being trained in perseverance.

Despair is an enemy. The objective is to diminish and ultimately extinguish hope. Our hope is secured in a person, Jesus of Nazareth. Therefore disappointment and weariness do not steal our hope. He will renew our strength. He knows the outcome at the beginning and all we will need for the journey. GIVE THANKS!

Reading: Exodus  —a good reminder that God directs His people, the determining factor is not the strength of the opposition but the purposes of God

  • as you read, take note of the struggle the Hebrews had with cooperating
  • how often do they grumble, fail to understand, wish to go back
  • walking a new path is not easy or comfortable

Our points of agreement:

  • We need to see the Covid-19 concerns diminish.
  • The truth of the election to become plain for all and enacted.
  • The truth to be told, plainly & broadly.
  • Jesus to be welcomed into our schools & universities again.
  • God’s mercy upon us as a nation.

This week let’s meditate, think about, the goodness of God. He will address the things hidden in darkness.

Morning Prayer

Joshua 1:8 (NIV)
8  Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for loving me and calling me out of darkness into your kingdom of light. Grant me an understanding heart, eyes to see and ears to hear that I may walk uprightly before you. Forgive me for seeing the world through eyes of unbelief, for looking but not understanding. I repent. I choose to walk in a new way, seeing each person as your creation, each life as valuable. My relationship with you brings status more than my color, wealth or any other affiliation. Give me a boldness to share the truth so that those around me might know your kingdom. May your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, amen.

Mid-day Prayer

Hebrews 12:1-3 (NASB)
1  Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3  For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Almighty God,

Thank you for calling us out of darkness and including us in your eternal kingdom. We choose to stand with those who have preceded us in declaring the truth of Jesus Christ, honoring your Word and serving your purposes. Renew our strength, grant us boldness and the discernment we need to finish the course you have planned for us. Teach us to encourage one another. May Jesus name be exalted throughout the earth, amen!

Evening Prayer

1 Samuel 30:6 (NIV)
6  David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God.

Almighty God,

You are our strength and the one who sustains us. Our hope is not centered in politics or economics —our hope found in the one true living God. We rejoice today that our future is secured by the Creator of Heaven and Earth. The plans of our enemies are doomed to fail because the One Who Spoke the Universe into Existence is watching over his purposes. We rejoice in the grace and mercy of our God. Our hope is in you. You are our provider, our strength and the one who secures our futures. May Jesus’ name be lifted up and the glory of the Lord be made evident, in Jesus’ name, amen.

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