SOMETIMES A DELAY IN YOUR PLANS IS GOD'S PROTECTION.
At times, our agenda is out of line with God's. Other times, it is a Godly agenda but differs from God's agenda, and His is always best and perfect. He will delay our own plans or shut doors to protect us physically, emotionally, mentally, and/or spiritually. It is good for us to realize that perceived delays are not always bad and may serve to protect us and guide us forward in His perfect plan.
Tower of Power
Thankfulness reflects God’s kingdom order; it unlocks the heavenly storehouse of His treasures. When we forget to thank Him, we miss out on many of the blessings He has prepared for us. But here’s the kicker: An attitude of thankfulness doesn’t just happen to us; we must learn to intentionally cultivate it.
Gratitude is not just a great personality trait that certain “happy” women possess; it’s a skill, a choice, and a spiritual discipline. Thankfulness lifts the shadow of despair from our darkest days. And when others look at us, if they see thankfulness even in tough times, they will also see Christ in us, the hope of glory.
God created the natural world to operate according to ordered, natural laws. In the same way, He created the spiritual world to operate according to His spiritual laws, set forth in His unfailing Word. Our prayers create a “heavenly reaction” that engages spiritual powers on a universal scale.
To break through to blessing for our kids, we must learn to pray with both the power and the authority of Jesus Christ. We often use the terms power and authority interchangeably, but they aren’t exactly the same. Power is physical and relational; authority is legal and positional…
Jesus has both the ultimate power and the ultimate authority over everything in heaven and earth. He said, “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:14). Always use the mighty name of Jesus to “set His seal” on your prayers for your kids.
As Prayer Warriors, we have seven powerful weapons of spiritual warfare at our disposal. Here is our arsenal of spiritual weapons—our “tower of power”:
• The name of Jesus Christ
• The blood of Jesus Christ
• Agreement with the Holy Spirit and other believers
• Binding and loosing (forbidding the power of Satan and claiming victory through the Word of God)
• Praise and thanksgiving
• The Word of God and the testimony of believers
When you engage your tower of power, you connect the power and authority of God with yours and your children’s needs on earth, swinging open the doors of blessing for you and your children.