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    VillageChurch Prayer Team 2014 Page 1

    Forgiveness and Cleansing

    Mark 11:25 But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in Heaven will forgive you your sins too. TLB Colossians 3:13 Be gentle and ready to forgive, never hold grudges. Remember the Lord forgave you so you must forgive others. TLB 1 John 1:9 But if we confess our sins to Him, He can be depended on to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. And it is perfectly proper for God to do this for us because Christ died to wash away our sins. TLB Unforgiveness and bitterness are two areas that will hinder our prayers, stifle our growth, and ruin our witness. We can decide and choose to repent of unforgiveness and bitterness and resentment or grudges. Forgiveness of others is not always a feeling. When we agree with God that it is wrong in our lives and repent, His Word says He is faithful and just to FORGIVE and CLEANSE us. The cleansing part is as equally important as forgiveness. Here is a comparison of cleansing to an everyday problem we may have in our lawns: We have a problem with dandelions in our lawn. If we pull them up they will return, for they have a deep tap root. We have to apply Round up weed killer for it to get to the root of the problem so it will not return. We need the application of the weed killer of God’s Holy Spirit to bitterness and unforgiveness or it will be sure to come back at some other time. One of the ways to assure that it does not come back is when we repent, accept God’s forgiveness and cleansing by asking Him to fill your life with ALL the fruits of the Holy Spirit in the place of that sin being removed. Heavenly Father, I ask Your forgiveness for unforgiveness and bitterness, resentment, and holding grudges, I thank You that I am forgiven and cleansed of those sins and I ask You to fill me with Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control in the place of those sins. In Jesus Name, Amen

    Submitted by Peggy Hood

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    VillageChurch Prayer Team 2014 Page 2

    Worship – Preparing Our Hearts in Humility before God

    Psalms 84: 1-3. How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, my soul yearns for the courts of the

    Lord, my heart and my flesh cry out and sing for joy to the living God. Yes, the sparrow has

    found a house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young-even Your

    altars, O lord of hosts, my King and my God..”

    I will share an experience which a dear friend had, some years ago. Kevin had been very ill and his family feared for his life when he became nearly comatose. He continued to call on the Lord, and later stated that at that point, all he wanted was God’s presence. So he began to worship God in his spirit, with whatever little strength he had left. His family only had to wait, and go to God in prayer for their loved one’s life. I take the story as he told it in a book. “Kevin had been ill with a high fever for nearly two weeks. Despite the numerous medications he had conscientiously taken according to his physician’s instructions, he just was not getting any better, and remained homebound. On the twelfth day of his ailment, he dreamt that he was in a lush green meadow and the Lord Jesus came and asked him to make one request. He asked only for his sickness to be taken away. Kevin felt he was immediately transported to a temple with large circular pillars, and experienced such a reduction in size that he could not see around the girth of one pillar; each pillar seemed like it extended upwards as far as the eye could see to the heavens. Kevin experienced a peace and understanding that he never imagined possible, and awoke suddenly. His fever had broken! Kevin believes he was transported to the “Throne of Grace,” to the courts of our Lord Jesus in heaven. His descriptions and experience is consonant with the song of the Sons of Korah in Psalm 84. There is no doubt that there is healing, joy and peace in the courts of the Lord, and that His healing is permanent for those who believe. Kevin is a living testament to that fact.”

    (Excerpt from Christ Led Rebound Principles, Ewulu K.D., 2013)

    Father, I come humbly to You, through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Draw me into your loving arms,

    Lord, into Your presence, where I can find rest, and peace, even in the center of a storm. Refresh

    me, heal me, and strengthen me now, as I place my trust in You. Thank you for Your promise,

    Lord. Amen.

    Submitted by Ijea Kene-Ewulu

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    VillageChurch Prayer Team 2014 Page 3

    Developing a Hunger for Service

    Based on the gift they have received, everyone should use it to serve others, as good managers

    of the varied grace of God. 1 Peter 4:10

    There are multiple verses that talk about the various spiritual gifts God has given his children. In Romans 12 God talks about believers being the body of Christ and how we all must work together as one. The church body working together is what makes up the church and keeps the fellowship going so that others can come to know Christ. If you have never done an inventory on your spiritual gifts, I encourage you to read the verses below and to seek out a study on spiritual gifts. However, do we sometimes use these verses as an excuse to not do what the Lord is calling us to do because it’s not our “spiritual gift”? Are we in our comfort zone and don’t want to leave it? In Exodus 4, God is calling Moses to talk to Pharaoh about releasing the Israelites. Moses pleaded with God to send someone else because he did not feel speaking was a gift of his. Finally, in verse 14, “The Lord’s anger burned against Moses….” and the Lord agreed to send someone else. I believe this is how we are many times. As an example, when VillageChurch was on one of the mission trips to Haiti, an individual gave a testimony that there were various reasons they were resistant to going on the trip, one being the cost, two the thought of being in a third world country and not having the conveniences of life we have here, and third, not feeling that working with children was their gift. With much persuasion they went and were very blessed by their experience -and now can’t wait to go back. Chances are if you feel the calling to do something or serve in a certain area, or someone asks you to serve in a certain area, it’s because someone has been praying about this and you are the answer to this prayer. I Peter 4:10 says “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms”. If you have received your calling from God as to where your spiritual gifts lie or you have answered the calling to where God would have you to serve, I encourage you to “Keep ablaze the gift of God that is in you” 2 Timothy 1:6.

    Verses on Spiritual Gifts: Romans 12:4-8; I Corinthians 12:7-11

    Father, thank You that You have gifted EVERY one of us with spiritual gifts. Please give us the

    courage to discover our gifts through service to others in Your name. Amen.”

    Submitted by Lydia Thurston

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    VillageChurch Prayer Team 2014 Page 4

    Contentment in Hard Times 2 Corinthians 12:10. This is why, for Christ sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. Question: Do you think it is possible to be content when your world as you know it seems to be crashing down around you? I would have never thought so, but I was surprised to learn that we can be content in the midst of our suffering. I am not talking about mere inconvenience, but severe, agonizing suffering. The issue, I learned, is that our circumstances don't determine our contentment, but our faith and trust in God does. Even in what I thought was my darkest hour, when it seemed like my world would surely crush me completely, I found peace in knowing that I was in the center of God’s will for my life- not at first, but when I humbled myself and confessed my own sins. I truly believe, if we are in the center of God’s will for our lives we can handle all the stress that the devil can throw at us. But if we are out of God’s will even winning the lottery can taste sour and bitter. Even though we cannot always see the light at the end of the tunnel, and even though our emotions are frayed, we can know contentment in hard times by the in audible voice of the Holy Spirit. We can delight in the fellowship which comes from sharing in Christ's sufferings. With a God as gracious as this, shouldn't we let him be the ruler of our lives? Father God, we thank you for your Holy Spirit. We pray Lord that when the world weighs heavy on our souls that we will just be still and listen to your Holy Spirit to lead us and guild us so we my always find contentment in you Lord. In your Son’s Holy name we pray. Amen

    Submitted by Gary Collins

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    Leading Others Spiritually Through Personal Experiences

    John 15:1-3, 5 & 8. “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me

    that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it

    may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the w