Monday, May 14, 2012
On behalf of Soul Shaping Publications, it is my privilege and great delight to publish the first book by my teacher, former Pastor and spiritual parent—Pastor Jean Ferguson. It is no coincidence that her first work is on the subject of intercessory prayer because Pastor Jean is first and foremost an intercessor. I am a living breathing witness that she lives the word she preaches and now writes about. I can't even imagine where I would be now without the over 20 years of prayer the Lord led her to invest in my life. Her book One of the Greatest Calls of All, like her Sunday morning messages is bathed in prayer, is written under the anointing of the Holy Spirit and is delivered to you with love.
May 17 is Pastor Jean’s birthday and I invite you to honor her life and this wonderful work by purchasing your copy today. You will be so glad you did and your prayer life will not be the same.
Here’s a brief excerpt:
In my early days as an intercessor, the Lord would give me something to pray for a person or a situation and there would be no evidence that prayer was needed. I would be afraid that I was off because no one else had heard the prayer need and some of the situations seemed far fetched. In those days, I would write the prayer concern down and give it to the person I was praying for. Afterwards, I would continue to pray as the Holy Spirit directed me. As God would have it, I learned that I was right and that God was using me to bring heaven and earth in harmony (Matthew 18:18) before the sickness came on or before the situation became a problem.
I remember one time we owned a trailer that had a butane gas tank on the back of it. It was parked in our driveway and for about two or three days the Lord had me coming against the house catching on fire and the children being burned. I didn’t make the connection. I just obeyed. On the third day after God had me praying, two cars had a wreck on the corner and one of them sailed onto the sidewalk and came within inches of hitting that butane tank. That butane tank would have exploded on impact but for God....
One of The Greatest Calls of All: The Ministry of Intercession by Jean Ferguson http://amzn.com/B0081BZ9H4
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Saturday, May 12, 2012
Excerpt from The Way of Forgiveness: God Shows Joseph the Way
When I was five years old my mother was hospitalized and was out of my life off and on for the next seven years. I did not understand and I held it against Ma for nearly forty years.
In a lot of ways I believe that some of the wrong choices I made in my life were my attempt to make Ma pay for not being there for me. Everything I did hurt me, but I thought I was making her pay.
God loved me so much though that when Ma got old, feeble and eventually bed bound, He directed me to step in and take care of her. Through that ten year caregiving experience God surfaced every bad feeling I had toward Ma. God also allowed me to see the bad feelings I had toward Him. No relationship I had was working and the Lord taught me to love and accept Him first as my pathway to loving and accepting others.
I started looking forward to, even longing for late night chats with the Lord.
There were times when I’d sing to Him, other times when He’d sing to me.
Other days I’d be so frustrated, I’d just rant and cry until I fell asleep.
The Lord taught me to get off my own case and forgive myself when I would make a mistake.
He helped me over and over again to rest even when I didn’t have a clue what was going on.
Sometimes I’d just sit with the Lord not saying anything and would enjoy every minute of it.
I had never known such intimacy.
Then the Lord began to help me replace the unforgiveness I had for Ma with forgiveness and genuine love. He’d give me little things to do for her and I had to obey even if I didn’t feel like it. He taught me to pray what He told me to pray for her even when I didn’t want to. Over time I was able to trust the Lord enough to allow Him to walk me out of that dark place called unforgiveness.
I’ll never forget that the final stage of God’s healing work happened when I would visit Ma at my sister’s house in the last two years of Ma’s life. My sister had stepped in as caregiver by then and when I would come into Ma’s room to visit, Ma would say, “Is that my baby?”
She would then proceed to say over and over again, “I love you, I love you, I love you.”
Each time she said it, I would say it back and mean it. Those three words were healing for my soul.
Pretty soon I couldn’t wait to finish my day so I could go see Ma. Our relationship was transformed.
When Ma went home to be with the Lord I had perfect peace. I grieved of course, but there was a peace that surpasseth all understanding.
I tell you, there is no limit to what God can and will do for us if we let Him have His way.
I am so thankful today for Ma and even more grateful that the Lord used her in my life in such an extraordinary way.
As I look back now, every precious memory of Ma points me to Jesus and i can't help but praise Him.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Sunday, May 6, 2012
If you are fed up today, then fill up. Most times when we are fed up we are full of the wrong things---- thoughts meditations, feelings.
God has a solution to our fed up. He wants us to fill up with the right things. Start with a few extra doses of the Word this week because we are cleansed by the washing of the water of the Word according to Ephesians 5:26. Taking in more Word will help to wash those toxic thoughts away. Read it, meditate on it and accept it as truth. Remember that we are supposed to think on things that are true and right, just, pure, lovely, admiral and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8) Think on those things.
Next, commit to seven days straight of thanksgiving no matter what. God is worthy, isn’t He? The great news is that our thanksgiving makes Him larger (magnifies Him) in our minds. In the day that we live in and with all the negativity that comes our way, we need our God to be bigger than everything else in our minds.
Finally, take a chill break and just sit with the Lord. Enter into His gates (His presence) with thanksgiving and praise as He directs us to in Psalm 100:4 and then sit a spell and chill. Instead of giving Him our laundry list of requests, ask the Lord what’s on His mind today. (Isn’t that what we would do for anyone else we were in relationship with?)
Later for fed up, get with the program. God wants us filled up with His Word, with thanksgiving and with Him.
Is that too much to ask?