Friday Favorites: Who Is Your Boss?

Who Is Your Boss?

I remember a few years ago I overheard my preschool son tell his sister, my elementary aged daughter, “You are not the boss of me.” There was another time, this time, I was an employee.  The woman who was my supervisor preferred the staff, those of us who were her employees – NOT call her the “boss.” She had become our supervisor, not by applying for the job or by promotion, but by default. Since no one else was qualified to take her position, she was in charge of us – her employees. And she did not like being the boss. She thought by not allowing us to call her ‘the boss’ or the ‘one in charge,’ she would relate to us as peers rather than an authority figure.

We all have something or someone who is ‘the boss of us.’ We may not want to admit it but each of us has a master to whom we bow in submission. The wise person allows God to be their boss. For others, another person, a stronghold or habit might be their ruler. For years, I allowed nicotine, alcohol and other addictive substances to be my boss. These things determined the course of my life for many years. Others might allow food, spending, exercise, video games or any number of other things to trap them. God wants us to let Him be our ‘boss.’

“Have it Your Way” or “Be Your Own Boss” are bits of advice recommended by our culture to guarantee happiness. In reality, these stand-alone arrogances are guaranteed to satisfy.  In advertising, self-sufficiency and independence are used as synonyms for happiness. This is deception. And is not at all how God designed us to live. As believers, we must let God be our ‘boss.’ Dependence on God is not a sign of weakness. The only way to maximize our potential and enjoy our lives to their fullest extent is to live in harmony with our Creator. This happens when we are totally satisfied in our relationship with Him. “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

Essentially, submitting to God means we recognize God is the supreme master over all authorities, and we belong to Him. We can trust this sovereign Lord, described as Adonai, to direct our lives and guide our actions. The title, Adonai is translated Master, Lord, or Sovereign. To abide in the living God, Adonai, we must say yes to His lordship over our lives. We can trust His kind direction and abide in His peace as He guides our decisions.

Have you ever second-guessed a decision you’ve made? Of course, all of us have. Maybe you have thought it was the right thing to do at the time, but later on, when things didn’t work out as you had planned, you wanted to go back. I’ve done the same thing many times. This morning was one of those times. My mind was full of confusion and worry. These things clouded my thinking and my praise like a swarm of angry gnats trying to land in my hair. As is common when gnats swarm us, we beat the air over our heads in defense. Yet, the gnats remained. I had tried to use logic and reason to rid myself of confusion and worry. It didn’t work. In my time alone with God today, He reminded me, “Sheryl, release the decisions swirling in your anxious mind. I am your master.” Although I was unsettled, Adonai was asking me to submit to Him as my boss. He wanted me to trust his ultimate authority. When I chose to let go and trust God as my Adonai, to release the results to my Lord and Master, the swarm dissolved and was replaced with a sense of peace.

In addition to the illustration of who is our boss, another way to think about the concept of God as our master has to do with His role in our lives as a landlord. If you’ve ever rented a house, you remember what it was like to live by the landlord’s (the master’s) rules. You took good care of your rental, you asked permission before you painted the walls, and the landlord made the repairs. That’s the way it is when we submit our “temple,” our body, to Adonai.

Essentially, because of Jesus’ obedience on the cross, you and I have been “bought with a price.”  “Do you not know that your bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 We are not our own. God is a gracious landlord, who has given us boundaries for living. When we follow the Master’s rules and stay within His boundaries, we walk in His will and abide in His peace. Exalt and praise Adonai, our Sovereign Master, worthy of the highest honor and our total obedience.

Without allowing God to be our Adonai, and not inviting Him to inhabit the center of our lives, it’s hard to find joy in trying circumstances. Joy is not dependent on the absence of trials. It is contingent on the One whom we trust. We must believe God has our best interests in mind. We can show Him we trust Him when we submit to His plans. One way to show God you are wholeheartedly relying on Him is to pray continually. I Thess. 5:16-17 says, “Be joyful always, pray continually.” When we pray without ceasing, we invite His presence into every area of our lives. With His presence, besides peace and love, there is abundant joy. He promises never to leave or forsake us. Keep your mind on His word, letting it transform your mind.

Let’s pray this prayer of commitment from Psalm 119:10-12 “With my whole heart I have sought You, oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Blessed are you, O Lord! Teach me your statutes.” Thank you, Adonai; you are a trustworthy and loving Boss who only has my best in mind. Thank you for the opportunity to humbly bow in submission to you today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Sheryl Giesbrecht is a regular monthly blogger for Lead Like Jesus.

The blog appeared on the site below last week.

http://www.leadlikejesus.com/blog/who-your-boss

Friday Favorites: Sheryl’s From Ashes To Beauty May 2017 Newsletter

It’s May and things are ‘on the grow,’ including Sheryl’s teaching, training, coaching and counseling ministry. Our April event was a great evening of fun, food and fellowship. At “A Time To Grow” we hosted family, friends and ministry partners at Edwin and Kaye Camp’s Tractor Museum. The farm setting seemed like very fitting place to share how exciting growth is taking place in Sheryl’s ministry.

What a joy to share Sheryl’s 

families, workplaces, ministries and leadership.

(L to R) Bishop Andrew & Ann Marie Bills founders of The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network, hostess Kaye Camp, Robert & Christine Mc Duff, Sheryl & husband Jim Turner, Carol & Hank Wilcox enjoy the fun of “A Time To Grow.”

(L to R) Pastor Wendell & Lynda Vinson with Carlos & Amy Baldovinos and other friends fellowship at Sheryl’s event with a delicious catered meal by Salty’s Bar-B-Q.

 

 

 

 

…They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” Isaiah 61:1 & 3

 

 

 

 

– Tami Bettingfield (L) and Cynthia Earnest are graduates of the women’s discipleship program and continue to walk in freedom in Christ.

Grace and Cor Koelewjn minister to children and leaders in Uganda. Sheryl is planning an August trip to assist with teaching and training in Tororo, Uganda. The focus of this trip will be Freed to Lead: Identity-based leadership.

 We can’t continue to grow without your partnership. I am praying for you. Would you pray?

Would you invest, plant and water with me so we can continue to grow?  Thank you so much, Sheryl

Don’t miss our “Unquenchable Faith with Carol Kent” event Monday, September 18, 2017 – Stay Tuned for Details!

 

 

 

Friday Favorites: All Hope Is Ours

All Hope Is Ours

All hope is ours. Really? Yes, that’s right. Because of our position in Christ,

Sometimes it’s kind of hard to believe isn’t it? Hope is a gift God want to give us. How can we find hope? We can begin by expecting it to come our  way. Hope begins to be revived when we ask God to replace our dread and fear with the gift of hope. Abiding in hope is confident expectation for God’s provision. He is our refuge, our joy, our deliverer, our help, our strength and our comfort. Why would we hope in medication or therapy or anything else before we hope in God?

Romans 15:13 says, “Now may the God of HOPE make you full of joy and peace through faith, so that all hope may be yours in the power of the Holy Spirit.”

As we let that verse sink in, we can accept the fact that

God is faithful and will provide for us. I have experienced this firsthand. I am a delivered drug addict. I was once a hopeless dope fiend and now I am a dopeless hope fiend. I don’t know where I would be without the light of hope in my life. Whether you live in a garbage heap or a palace, without the hope of Jesus, we have nothing to look forward to.

If in the midst of a storm at sea, a ship may drop anchor, when it does, it is secured by the huge 25 ton iron anchor that goes down deep. When strong and wild waves hit the boat, the rough waters won’t tip it over, it is safe and secure because the anchor has held it fast to the bottom of the sea. This is how hope works – it keeps the eternal part of us safe and secure in the storms of life. Our hope must be solidly in Christ, vibrantly connected to Him, we can endure and we are secure even in life’s fiercest storms. Hebrews 6:19 says “We who are holding on to the hope of God’s salvation promises have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”

When I had cancer, I held onto God’s word by studying the names of God. God healed me from stage four cancer. When my husband was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident, I held onto hope by clinging onto His promises. God healed my broken heart so I could love again. If you want to know more about the names of God and how to stand on His promises, check out my teaching program – This weekend, I talk about Jehovah Jireh – My Provider on “Transformed Through Truth” with Sheryl Giesbrecht on www.HSBN.tv.

Let’s pray from Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”

Dear Lord, we ask for you to give us more hope. Help us not to let go of the hope you offer us. We want to receive all the hope you want to give us through the power of your Holy Spirit. Thank you for giving us handles of hope through your amazing character qualities, your promises and through deepening our faith. Help us to trust you and believe you more. Thank you, You never let go of us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

 

Friday Favorites: What Are You Hoping For?

Welcome to Friday Favorites: What Are You Hoping For?

Financial security? A stable career? A satisfying marriage? Family harmony? Everyone hopes in something As believers, we can get caught up in the false hope offered by the world. Each year, approximately 23 million Americans claim to struggle from anxiety disorders, 17.5 million with clinical depression, 530,000 actually attempt suicide and many others endure the daily pain of fear and hopelessness.

Some have found their search for hope is futile and they will never get what they want. Others think if their problems are solved, their bank accounts are full and everyone likes them, they have arrived. Yet even this type of hope will fade away. Romans 8:24  reminds us “hope that is seen is no hope at all.” The remedy is to focus on what God guarantees, we can find comfort and joy in what is true and reliable: God’s hope.

God is the only for sure hope achieve with His help. The concept is best explained in Heb. 11:1 “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” When we hope in God and fix our eyes on His promises, we can cling to the divine assurance of Scripture. Because God always keeps his promises, we can be confident our hope will never be disappointed. This Christ-centered hope must be the foundation of our lives and when it is properly understood and applied, it affects every single area of our lives. We fall down and we rise up, but God’s promises are forever.

the promises of God and the power of the all-sufficient Savior.

10 Scriptures About God’s Promises

2 Peter 1:4

And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Matthew 11:28-29

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Isaiah 40:29-31

He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.

Philippians 4:19

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:37-39

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Proverbs 1:33

But all who listen to me will live in peace,
untroubled by fear of harm.”

John 14:27

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

Romans 10:9

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

The promises of God are powerful and awesome to grasp. I pray that these scriptures about God’s promises were helpful to you today.

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/the-promises-of-god-10-powerful-bible-verses-1/

Let’s pray, “Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the hope you offer through life in your son. I want to stand firm on your promises. Thank you that when I hope in you, I will not be disappointed. In Jesus’ name, Amen”

Worldwide Wednesday: Pray for L – Liberia

Worldwide Wednesday: Pray for L – Liberia

Thank you for joining me once, again for praying for people around the world. We are praying through the alphabet by country.

So exciting, our church – Canyon Hills Assembly of God in Bakersfield, CA is sending a team to Liberia in June 2017. I can’t wait to watch God move through this team of young adults as they share the Gospel and care for needy in this desperate part of Africa. Thank you for your prayers for the Canyon Hills Team to Liberia June 2017. Here’s how you can pray for the country of Liberia:

Liberia

Republic of Liberia

Africa

Geography

Area: 99,067 sq km

Heavily forested coastal state adjoining Sierra Leone, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire.

Population: 4,101,767    Annual Growth: 4.23%

Capital: Monrovia

Official language: English    Languages: 31 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Ethnoreligionist

Religion                 Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 1,699,362 41.43 4.9
Evangelicals 600,533 14.6 4.6
Ethnoreligionist 1,743,251 42.50

Prayercast

Challenges for Prayer

The task of evangelization and mission must fall to Liberians and other Africans. Foreign missionaries had a long, hard, uphill struggle to plant churches in the interior; but disease, language diversity, entrenched fetishism and the disruption of war all hampered the work and eventually drove out all expat workers. Few have returned. Pray for those with a burden to return; pray for wisdom to know how they can best serve in rebuilding the nation, and best help the Liberian church complete the evangelization of every people. National mission leadership is making progress in missions advocacy among churches and in researching the nation’s current status in terms of evangelization.

Christian help ministries are essential in this land of great spiritual hunger, great spiritual needs, but few material resources:

  1. a) Bible translation and distribution ministries were gravely disrupted. The Bible Society and Lutheran Bible Translators projects have recommenced; 12 projects are active but another four languages have definite Bible translation needs. The completion in 2005 of the Bassa Bible (Liberia’s second largest indigenous language) was a major achievement.
  2. b) Christian literature. Many pastors and Christians have lost all they owned, and there is a great lack of Bibles, New Testaments and Christian literature, and few available bookstores. EHC continues nationwide literature distribution; recent focus was on the Mandingo people. Literacy is also a huge challenge in this country where almost a whole generation never had a proper chance to learn to read.
  3. c) The JESUS film has been viewed by the majority of the population and continues to have a converting impact on Muslims. It is available in 13 languages; six more are in production.
  4. d) GRN audio recordings are being used in 67 languages and dialects. These are essential for low-literacy contexts and oral learners. GRN has a Liberian base from which it has conducted nationwide outreaches and distribution. This base is well positioned to produce many more Christian recordings for evangelism, discipleship and training.
  5. e)

    might still be Africa’s best known station, despite being evacuated four times and destroyed twice during the wars. ELWA has been resurrected, with eight hours daily in English and with broadcasts in nine Liberian languages, and plans for three more. Other local stations include Worship FM and a station by the Christian Education Foundation of Liberia as well as a station planned by the AoG and United Methodist Church. Praise God for the message that goes out. Pray for the provision of funds for these ministries and for the production of excellent content that will both reach and bless the entire nation.

http://www.operationworld.org/libe

“Arise for it is your task, and we are with you; be strong and do it.” Ezra 10:4

PRAYER POINTS

  • Pray for healing from terrible pain caused by two civil wars and the rebuilding that must occur in this impoverished nation.

  • Pray for spiritually mature leaders in the churches who will preach the Bible with integrity.

  • Pray for restoration for Liberia’s children — 50% of the population — who struggle to overcome the devastation of war.

SUMMARY

in the hope of establishing a nation in which man was not owned.  Though Liberia is the oldest republic in Africa, a national identity has only started to take shape after surviving two civil wars in the past thirty years.  Blanketed with rain forests and valuable hardwood trees, Liberia is richly blessed in natural resources and temperate weather, which foster agriculture and a growing trade market.

However, the emotional and psychological scars of past conflicts still remain. 

15,000 surviving child soldiers remain haunted and robbed of their innocence.  Sex trafficking is widespread.  Young girls are kidnapped, frequently by adults they know, and spend their youth as slaves and adulthood as prostitutes and beggars in their own communities.  An estimated 68% of the population live below the poverty level, only 60% can read, and a mere quarter of the people have access to safe drinking water.  The violence of years past remains evident on damaged buildings and roads, and political corruption is still leaving the people questioning their trust in the authorities placed above them.

http://prayercast.com/liberia.html

Father God, You are Jehovah Rapha – the God who heals. We cry out for healing for the land of Liberia. Bring healing to the men, women and children. Strengthen those in the nation that are under the age of fifteen — the statistics say its over half of the nation. Would you, Almighty El Shaddai be their refuge in this time of need. Show yourself to be great, mighty -their all sufficient, provider who helps them in this time of need. Provide for the local churches, Bible believing leaders who will shepherd this flock in Liberia. We pray form Ezra 10:4 for Liberia, “Arise for it is your task and we are with you; be strong and do it.” Allow this nation to bring healing and hope to many others by the power of your word and by the presence of your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Motivation Monday: What Are You Waiting For?

Everyone is waiting on something. What are you waiting for? Christmas? Birthday? Vacation? Completing a project? Finishing a semester? Anticipating with an attitude of expectation is taking the long view. This is how we wait on God with an attitude of hope. Joyce Meyer says, “Hope is favorable and confident expectation, an expectant attitude that something good is going to happen and things will work out no matter what we are facing.” Hope is determined and does not give up.

John 16:33 says “In this world you will have trouble.” So we shouldn’t be surprised when we have trials, irritation and distress, but in spite of it, we can have peace. Jesus has overcome our difficulties and in Him we can have joy while we wait for His answers with an attitude of expectancy.

Zech. 9:12 “Return to the stronghold, you prisoner of hope, even today do I declare that I will restore double your former prosperity to you.” I like that, when you are a prisoner, you don’t have a choice about it, remain encased in hope, looking for God’s answers instead of our solutions. To get excited about waiting on God’s answer. Micah 7:7 says, “As for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my savior; my God will hear me.” I choose to look carefully for evidence of God working in my life circumstances. I must not grow weary in waiting on God and trust that He hears my prayers.

To abide in hope is more than saying I wish. It’s more than desiring something to come to pass, looking forward to an event or being in a person’s presence. Hope is defined by Webster as “expectation of something desired; thing that gives, or an object of focus.” Hope is more than mere wishful thinking, yet hopelessness can bring on despair, depression and even thoughts of suicide. Proverbs 13:12 reminds us, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” No wonder why the Bible approaches

and even depression and suicide. Instead of categorizing hopelessness (also known as despair) as a psychological disease, the Bible calls it disobedience. It is refusing to trust God. Hopefulness is a choice to trust God in the midst of impossible circumstances. It is relying on the unchanging attribute of God’s faithfulness. Psalm 37:3 remind us, “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” When we find pleasure in God, we give him first place, submit to His plans and are directed by His hand.

And then we can easily put into practice what Psalm 37:4 says“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and he will do this.”

He is our refuge, our joy, our deliverer, our help, our strength and our comfort. Why would we hope in medication or therapy or anything else before we hope in God? Especially when dealing with disappointment, hope will cause us to rise up and pray, “God I praise you. You are working in this situation and working in me. My faith and trust and hope are in you.  Thank you, you send hope when we wait on you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen”

 

Worldwide Wednesday: K Pray for Kazakhstan

Worldwide Wednesday: K Pray for Kazakhstan

I am praying for you.

Ephesians 1:18I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people”

K- Kazakhstan

Republic of Kazakhstan

Asia

Geography

Area: 2,717,300 sq km

World’s ninth-largest country. Dominating Central Asia and trade routes between east and west. Much of the country is semi-desert.

Population: 15,753,460    Annual Growth: 0.73%

Capital: Astana

Peoples: 76 (54% unreached)

Official language: Kazakh    Languages: 43 All languages

Largest Religion: Muslim

Challenges for Prayer

The expatriate Christian community is very diverse. Many speak Kazakh and are committed to long-term work in Kazakhstan. Russians, Americans, Koreans, Germans and many other nationalities all enrich the ministry in their own way. Pray for humility as they serve the indigenous Church. Thank God for the coordinating work of the Kazakh Partnership. There are many needs – reaching the unreached, training, discipling, tentmaking as well as business-as-mission and work focused on material needs. The government can be suspicious of and hostile to the presence of missionaries – pray for the doors to remain open to minister. The threat of intimidation, expulsion and even violence exists, even if it is not common.

Christian mercy ministries. There is widespread dysfunction and brokenness in many Kazakh families. Alcoholism and drug addiction are widespread; heroin is as easy to obtain as alcohol. Family breakdown and widespread corruption exacerbate the suffering of many. Pray for Christians to have a powerful transforming effect on society as they demonstrate Christ’s love. There are increasing numbers of ministries focusing on these needs. One of the most remarkable is Mission Agape, a live-in programme where addicts are discipled and trained – over 100 have become missionaries and church planters.

http://www.operationworld.org/kaza

Ephesians 6:18And 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 Lord’s people.

Young Kazakhs Actively Seeking Religion

October 18, 2016

“Almost 90 percent of the leaders of Kazakhstan youth consider themselves believers, with 86 percent of them professing Islam,” according to a survey conducted by sociologist Madina Nurgaliyeva, and leading her to warn that “religiosity among young Kazakhs is at a critically high level.” She also added, “half of those who list themselves as believers are active, that is, people who visit the mosque or a church, and regularly take part in Friday prayers” etc.

The young Kazakhs say they are increasingly put off by the secular state and increasingly attracted by information on religion on the Internet, and in some regions, various religious groups are actively recruiting young people.

“For residents of the western [portions of Kazakhstan],” she writes, “it has become customary to see people on the streets whose visages clearly reflect their religious attachments, things like beards and hijabs. For the local population, this is customary; but for visitors from elsewhere, it is shocking.” One consequence of this is that inter-religious conflicts are now more common than inter-ethnic ones, something that many in that country are worried about, leading them to ask the government to adopt a harder line against religion.

(caravan.kz/news/religioznost-kazakhstanskojj-molodezhi-nakhoditsya-na-kriticheski-vysokom-urovne-ehkspert-384248/).

Prayer Points for Kazakhstan

* Praise God for the growing number of Kazakh Christians. Pray that they would learn the Word of God quickly.
* Pray that there would be fresh leadership training materials prepared in the Kazakh language for pastors.
* Pray for salvation for heads of families as the Gospel is clearly presented to them.
* Ask the Lord to send long term laborers to live among the Kazak and share the love of Christ with them.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to open the hearts of the Kazak towards Christians so that they will be receptive to the Gospel.
* Pray that God will raise up prayer teams to go and break up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Ask God to encourage and protect the small number of Muslim Kazak who have converted to Christianity.
* Pray that these converts will begin to boldly share the Gospel with their own people.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Kazak.

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12599/KZ

http://www.persecution.org/2013/03/22/is-kazakhstan-moving-back-towards-its-soviet-era/

Thank you for joining me to pray for the people of Kazakhstan!

Kazakh Eagle Hunters still use the same methods they’ve depended on for hundreds of years. Let’s show God’s love through the ancient practice of praying for those who still need to hear of the God of Abraham, Jacob and Jesus who came so He could spend eternity with them.

 

Worldwide Wednesday: Pray for Jordan

Worldwide Wednesday: Pray for “J” Jordan

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” 1 John 5:14

Welcome to Worldwide Wednesday. Each week during the year of 2017, we are praying through the alphabet. Today we land on “J” and we are going to pray for Jordan. So what is all the fuss about Jordan? Jordan is the land where our founding fathers walked…Abraham, Isaac, Moses. But more than that, the Jordanian society is multi-ethnic – a phenomenon which is also reflected by the monarchy. Jordan hosts large groups of refugees, mostly from Iraq and Syria, which leads to economic, political and religious pressure, all of which is potentially destabilizing. The number of Christians in the country has been declining for half a century. For a long time, Jordan was one of the most liberal countries in the region in terms of freedom of religion. However, the tide seems to be turning for Christians – especially for Christian converts from a Muslim background (MBBs) who suffer the most persecution. Believers here often face interrogations from police or even abduction by family members.

Jordan

Geography

Area: 89,206 sq km

Lies on the eastern bank of the Jordan River. Agriculture and population are concentrated near the river. Most of the country is desert.

Population: 6,472,392    Annual Growth: 3.06%

Peoples: 21 (67% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card
Official language: Arabic    Languages: 16 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion                 Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 144,982 2.24 0.4
Evangelicals 19,116 0.3 3.3
Muslim 6,243,917 96.47

Jordanian women take part in a mass prayer for rainfall in Amman December 3. The Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs urged Jordanians to pray on Thursday for rainfall to help boost reserves in the water-parched Kingdom and calm farmers worried about their crops.
AJ/NS

Challenges for Prayer

Religious freedom could be a casualty amid rising religious tensions. This nation is a centre for many Christian activities and ministries, and much Christian work in the Middle East would suffer were a setback to occur in Jordan. A number of converts find life difficult – pressure comes from family, work and society. Emigration is often seen as an obvious and safe option. Pray for the freedom to proclaim the gospel and for followers of Jesus to be able to remain in Jordan.

Ministry opportunities for foreign Christians are under threat, but remain important. A crackdown on Islamist extremism resulted in some Christian ministries being shut down and visas denied. Several agencies are involved in a wide range of activities, usually supporting and enhancing the national Church and meeting humanitarian needs. Jordan also hosts a language school wherein many learn Arabic for their service in the Arab world. Pray that these expatriates’ lives may commend the Lord Jesus and gain witness opportunities.

http://www.operationworld.org/jord

Jordan is categorized as a restricted nation, where Christians are persecuted or oppressed as a result of government policy, and a staggering 14 of the 21 people groups in Jordan have not heard the Gospel. While Islam serves as the official religion, the constitution allows for religious freedom as long as Islamic law and public morality are not violated. Though legally protected, many new followers of Christ are pressured by the Muslim society and emigrate. This results in fewer people remaining to bear witness to the transforming power of the Gospel. While the churches within Jordan generally have good relations with each other, only about ten percent of house churches have meaningful relationships with Muslims. Media ministry is proving to be effective in this nation, specifically Christian satellite TV and radio broadcasts. Pray for the unreached to hear the Good News and be equipped to effectively minister to those around them.

http://prayercast.com/jordan.html

Thank you!

 

FRIDAY FAVORITES: BACK TO THE BASICS – CALL HIS NAME

If you’ve ever felt frustrated with prayer, you are in the right place. Do you compare your prayers with others? Do your prayers seem simple? You know, you don’t have to pray long, eloquent, fancy prayers so God hears you. Just call His name.

Especially when it comes to the name of God. Ever hear God’s name tossed around, carelessly? It’s sometimes used in cursing or to make off-color comments, but that is not at all what God intended. God gave his name as a title to tell us something about himself. Psalm 105:3,4 says, “glory in His holy name, seek the Lord and His strength, seek His face continually.” God wants us to know him. We can get to know him by relying on him, he wants us to call on his name.  God wants us to praise His name, to seek his power and that comes through prayer.

Some of us might feel a little embarrassed, we haven’t been faithful, God already knows everything about us. We are reminded about this in Psalm 139:1,2 “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise, you perceive my thoughts from afar.” Prayer is for our benefit. Prayer gives us the advantage.

It’s being comfortable and having confidence in the One we are asking. Our Heavenly Father loves us so much, He can’t love us any more than He does right now. He wants us to run to him with every concern, problem and difficulty. God says, “Just call my name.” Some people think of prayer as a formal meeting time. But prayer is as easy as calling out the name of Jesus. Jeremiah 33:3 says “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”  Try calling out God’s name today. Just call it out – Jesus. He will be there.

Father, Creator, Jesus are just a few of the names you can use to ask for God’s help. And there are many more. God is waiting for you.

 

Worldwide Wednesday: Pray for India

Welcome to Worldwide Wednesday: Pray for India

I was supposed to be in India right now! But since my travel visa was not approved, God has shown me He wants me to gather prayer partners for the Esther Movement/Global Sharing team ministering from March 10 – 24, 2017. Are you in?

“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 market out for us.” Hebrews 12:1

Here’s a detailed account of

http://fromashestobeauty.com/2017/03/march-2017-from-ashes-to-beauty-news/  I hope you will take time to print the prayer guide and pray through the various needs of the team day by day. Thank you!

The Dalit women of India are overlooked and marginalized members of society. They work long and grueling hours in the tea plantations. The Esther Movement/Global Sharing team is bringing hope and healing through God’s word and their presence. Please pray for open hearts to God’s work in their lives for the Dalit women. Pray for strength and stamina for the team. Pray for healing and hope through Jesus.

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.” Hebrews 12:2