Saskatchewan!

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Something pretty amazing is happening in Saskatchewan. Not only are we having the time of our lives travelling across the prairies, as you can see below with some of the women from this beautiful place, but women's lives are being changed forever. We had our first meeting where about 130 women showed up. The power of God graced us with His presence. Healing took place as women lined up at the altar for prayer and deliverance. Shame fell off, the spell of rejection, regret and insecurity was broken. Lies told in secret places of the heart were revealed and the power of deception was shattered... The enemy is a liar and his tactics are always the same. He goads and tempts us to mess up and then he spends the rest of our lives accusing us of our mistakes. The great news is that what was meant to destroy us has actually qualified us for the redemption of God. He did not come for those who were perfect, He is perfect. He did not come for those who could manage on their own, He came for those who needed a Saviour. Psalm 103:12 (NIV) "As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us." Tonight Women's Journey of Faith (WJOF) with Jodi Kozan, Bailey Rudoski and Shawna-Rae Pierce are in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan at Victory Church... starts at 7 p.m. Say a word of prayer for us...

The Heart of God

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The heart of God....Jeremiah 32:38-41 "They will be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me and that all will then go well for them and for their children after them. I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me. I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul."

About Psalm 119

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When I was in high school our teacher Mr. Severson made us read the longest chapter in the Bible, Psalm 119, out loud as a punishment when we had all been a terrible handful. We groaned as we began the arduous discipline. I found it boring. Today...I can't stop reading it...it is life giving water to my soul...
WHEN I NEED TO KNOW HOW TO LIVE RIGHT...Vs. 9 How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word. 98 Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are my constant guide. 37 Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word.
WHEN ENEMIES HAVE COME AGAINST ME...Vs. 21 You rebuke the arrogant;
those who wander from your commands are cursed. 78 Bring disgrace upon the arrogant people who lied about me; meanwhile, I will concentrate on your commandments. Sustain me, and I will be rescued; then I will meditate continually on your decrees. 118 But you have rejected all who stray from your decrees. They are only fooling themselves. 161 Powerful people harass me without cause, but my heart trembles only at your word.
WHEN I NEED GOD TO MOVE ON MY BEHALF...Vs. 166 I long for your rescue, Lord, so I have obeyed your commands. 126 Lord, it is time for you to act, for these evil people have violated your instructions.
WHEN I NEED TO KNOW HIS COMMITMENT TO ME...Vs. 107 I have suffered much, O Lord; restore my life again as you promised. Lord, give me your unfailing love, the salvation that you promised me. 38 Reassure me of your promise, made to those who fear you. 39 Help me abandon my shameful ways; for your regulations are good. Remember your promise to me; it is my only hope. 50 Your promise revives me: it comforts me in all my troubles.
WHEN I NEED TO KNOW HE LOVES ME...Vs. 76 Now let your unfailing love comfort me, just as you promised me, your servant. 77 Surround me with your tender mercies so I may live, for your instructions are my delight.
WOW... I could go on...but it's all there in Psalm 119...your hope, your strength, your security of His powerful, unending love for you

The Journey

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The journey may seem long and very difficult. It feels like endless days of wondering when the end will come, how it will unfold and where God is in the process. We feel His gentle hand on our shoulder in the dead of night when morning seems miles away. We know He's working when a friend calls to say, "You've been on my mind. I'm praying for you." We even see little miraculous moments that only God could have orchestrated...and yet we wait, with no conclusion, no wrap up in sight and no evidence of a "suddenly" happening to us. It is the most agonizing trial of our lives to wait on a promise of God and not see with our eyes what God is creating underneath what is visible. It is a time when we must find strength outside of ourselves to simply wait...and trust...and hope...and know that there is a God who laughs at the schemes of the wicked...for He knows their day is coming. There is a God who has no lack of power, ingenuity or resourcefulness to orchestrate your pledged victory. It is on its way. The only thing between you and God's total vindication in your life is time. Align yourself quickly with His will. Wait with courage...wait with anticipation...wait with hope. Your God commands your strength Ps. 68:28 There is no glory in giving up; no acceptable way to view your self-initiated defeat. God is not a man that He would lie...stand and wait with brave resolution for God's destined timing. He is not late. You, need not be early. Habakkuk 2:3 (NKJV) "For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry."

Praise Brings Victory

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What we might miss when we are in the raging inferno of our trial is how intimately and intricately God is directing the storm on our behalf. We cannot see how He is moving the pieces. After I recently saw God decimate the enemy on my behalf, I have read Psalm 71 as if it were written with me in mind. Since David did not know me, he was clearly writing of God's eternal truth to all of us....His loyalty to the righteous and His judgment on those who do evil. It may take a while for the walls of your Jericho to come down, but they are comin' down! Psalm 71 begins with a powerful prayer for God to intervene when there is a serious and desperate need for justice and deliverance. It then shows David's position and his refusal to stop praising God when things don't look good and ultimately, how God destroys his enemies... for good! Never to be seen again! Your victory is closer than you know. If the enemy can distract you with fear and anxiety you may miss the joy of watching it all unfold like a perfectly executed strategy of war against your foes. Here is a shortened version of Psalm 71... God's gonna show up with a vengeance!! "... For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth. From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb... For my enemies speak against me; those who wait to kill me conspire together...Do not be far from me, my God: come quickly, God, to help me. May my accusers perish in shame; may those who want to harm me be covered with scorn and disgrace...Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once more... My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you— I whom you have delivered. My tongue will tell of your righteous acts all day long, for those who wanted to harm me have been put to shame and confusion." Selah...pause and reflect on what God is about to do for you...

The Battle

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You may be dealing with a long-standing attack on your life and have come to realize that there is no way for you to get out of this on your own. The battle has been so intense for so long that you have almost accepted ... it may never end. You've prayed every prayer of deliverance, you've called out for mercy and justice to Almighty God and in the absence of visible intervention have reconciled that perhaps He simply does not see you. The one thing you do know is that this assault is a direct hit from the enemy who hates you and has been unrelenting in his battering. There was a woman "whom Satan had bound" (Luke 13:16) who had sustained eighteen years of attack. Eighteen years of infirmity which bent her soul, spirit and body toward the dust of the ground. Eighteen long years of wishing, hoping and praying that something, some miracle ... someone would help her, would heal her ... would see her and do something about it! Take the Old Testament story of Hagar, who declared in her crisis in Genesis 16:13 "...'You are the God who sees me', for she said, 'I have now seen the One who sees me.'" There is something powerful about finally SEEING the One Who sees you. Job was at the end of his desperate trial when he declared in Job 42:5 “My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you.” The woman in Luke 13 finally saw Jesus, the Son of God. It says in verse 12, “But when Jesus saw her …” God had known this woman’s plight since her conception, yet on this day ~~ HER eyes now saw the One who had always seen her. “He called her to Him and said to her, ‘Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.’” Eighteen years of pain and assault ~~ gone in a moment of time. If you are walking through an unrelenting furnace of affliction, set your heart, soul and eyes on seeing Jesus. Your suddenly is coming! When you see the vindication, healing, restoration and resurrection He has had specifically planned for you all along, your eyes will truly to opened to seeing Who He is. All loving, all compassionate, all-powerful, God of justice and truth. He is Who you must see… for that will set you free.

True Freedom

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True freedom in life means understanding that you do not need to worry or fear what lays ahead of you. Complete surrender is a beautiful place. It is finally laying down all the control, the anxiety, the expectations of your own desires and ambitions. It is a a place of peace and trust in the One Who will order your steps in perfect synchronization (regardless of what your situation looks like today). He is God. He is the Master Architect. He is fully in control of even that which seems chaotic. He is not random; He is an exact, precise administrator of justice, beauty and victory. Our hope is in the name of the Lord. Whatever it looks like today, lay it down and give Him the room to do what He does best...bringing every thing to order and an avalanche of triumph in its time. Jeremiah 10:23 (NLT) "I know, Lord, that our lives are not our own. We are not able to plan our own course."