Pray for the Peace of Washington D.C.

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I picked up a great little book that I take with me to church and sit in the prayer room during the second service. It’s from Joyce Meyer Ministries: The Secret Power of Speaking God’s Word. I bought it when Joyce was here in Phoenix a few years ago. What makes this book different is that it puts scripture into the first person and it’s divided into topical sections.

In the “Civic Responsibility” section I like to take the 3rd one down and give it my own spin:

“I pray for the peace of Washington D.C.! … May peace be within your walls and prosperity within your palaces!” (based on Psalm 122:6-7)

If Christians in the U.S. pray this several times a day, maybe we’ll see a change.

Here’s another…

I am one of God’s chosen people. I am called by His name. If I humble myself, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity the face of God and turn from my wicked ways, then will God hear from heaven, forgive my sin, and heal my land. (based on 2 Chronicles 7:14)

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” ~Matthew 11:28 (MSG)

Prayer is a powerful tool.

We may feel that we can’t do anything to change anything in Washington D.C. We may feel that our representatives and senators aren’t listening to us or putting the needs of the people first instead of politics. We may feel helpless, but we’re not. We’ve got the power of prayer.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:6-7

We don’t know what God’s plans are. We can seek his Will for our lives and pray for the lives of others. And when we do, we will feel “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” and that is an awesome feeling. What happens in the world, doesn’t matter. It’s in God’s hands.

Soli Deo Gloria!
Giselle Aguiar




Notes from Joyce Meyer in Phoenix

Power Thoughts: 12 Strategies to Win the Battle of the MindAwesome as usual, I walked across the street to Phoenix First Assembly to see Joyce Meyer 3 out of the 4 sessions. What was also great was being able to finally connect with a college friend of mine (college in VT) who lives in my same neighborhood.

Last year, I wrote a series of articles on each of the sessions. This time I’m just going to share my notes. As always, i come out of these sessions pumped up for the Lord and determined to change for the better.

One thing about Joyce is that she doesn’t hold anything back. She’s also a trooper. Her first night in Phoenix, she developed an abscessed tooth and had to wait to have it fixed till she got back home. But, in pain and with a swollen cheek, she taught her sessions not missing a beat. Joyce always reads from the Amplified Bible which adds insights to certain words and phrases and helps in better understanding scripture. I’m switching to that versions so all bible verses that pop up are from there.

The theme this time was Strife – how to deal with it, get over it and avoid it.

Strife is defined as bickering, arguing, disagreement – an angry undercurrent. As Christians, we encounter strife often – at home, at work – out in the world. We cannot just take up space in a pew. Stop just hearing the message and do it!

Keep strife out of your life. Resolve the problem.

As Christians, we need to carry an anointing from God. Do what you do with excellence. Always be a person of integrity – be honest and keep your word.

We that call ourselves “children of God” should not live in anger.

One of the signs of the end times is the body of God growing cold.

It’s impossible to be angry and have the Love of God.

Philippians 2:2-5

Humility of Mind – have a great opinion of other people.

Ask God to “Teach you through everybody.”

Take responsibility for how we respond to other people.

We need to pray to be Christlike.

God wants us to grow.

We can receive conviction and not have condemnation.

Acts 13:22
1 Corinthians 3:1-3

We are nothing without God.

People can’t help being the way the are.

Let the love of God flow through you.

Stop pretending that everything’s OK. We can’t prosper where there is no peace. Treat strife like poison.

There’s power in agreement – there’s discourse in disagreement.

Matthew 18:19-20

If God says not to do it, we need to make a commitment to not do it.

Luke 10:1-6

Our words should be drenched with the anointing of God. 1 Peter 3:10-11
1 Corinthians 10:9-10

Look at the Jews – they were on an 11-day journey that took 40 years – they complained when God didn’t give them what they wanted.

Stop trying to figure it out. Have peace with yourself.

You need to be able to take correction.
Philippians 3:12
When You’re condemned, you’re pressed down so you can’t press forward.

We can’t always do something about other people but we can control how we react (WWJD?)

Wear the breastplate of God’s approval. Philippians 1:27
God’s not surprised by your weakness.
Give each individual the right to be who they are -which is different from you.

Romans 12:3-6

You are much more than your opinion.

  1. Be courteous and respectful
  2. Listen with an open mind
  3. Be willing to pray about what they said
  4. Don’t be touchy and easily offended
  5. Keep looking for a place that you agree about than harping on what you don’t agree. 
  6. Be careful about voice tones and body language
  7. Pick the right time to confront someone
  8. Get over being selfish
Pray daily: “Fill me to overflowing with the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Proverbs 11:24-25
Proverbs 28:25
If we really trust God, there is no need to ever be jealous of anyone. 
If we can never be happy for other people who get what we want before we do, we will never get what we want.
If it’s right for you and you’re mature enough to handle it – God will grant it. 
Character is developed when we don’t get what we want. (How true)
How consistently content are you? 
Fight jealousy by showing love. 
It’s easy to resent – to become judgmental – to slander.
Don’t be jealous of any one who has what you want if you don’t want to do what they did to get it. 
We don’t trust God’s providence 100% in our hearts. 
Works of the flesh – when we try to do what only God can do. 
James 4:1-2
What you really need is to be closer to God. Enjoy God. 
Don’t give the devil much credit. The Devil will leave you alone if you’re 100% on fire for Jesus. 
Mark 11:22-25
God doesn’t give us a timetable (“in due time”). 
Trust God and be a blessing wherever you go.
God wants you to be blessed.
If you do what you can do no matter how small, God will always do what you can’t do. God is able. 
If God wants you to do it, you’ll do it. 
Giving up is easy. You don’t need the power of the Holy Spirit to give up. 
Ephesians 5:5-7
Proverbs 22:10
Philippians 4:11
I picked up The Secret Power of Speaking God’s Word  and I plan to read it cover to cover before Luis Palau’s City Fest. 
What Joyce talked about this weekend is WWJD. Get with the program.  
God Bless
Soli Deo Gloria

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