Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Diligence is the key...

Do you ever think about diligence? What it means? 2 Peter 1:5-8 in the Amplified states:

"For this very reason, [a]adding your diligence [to the divine promises], employ every effort in [b]exercising your faith to develop virtue (excellence, resolution, Christian energy), and in [exercising] virtue [develop] knowledge (intelligence),
And in [exercising] knowledge [develop] self-control, and in [exercising] self-control [develop] steadfastness (patience, endurance), and in [exercising] steadfastness [develop] godliness (piety),
And in [exercising] godliness [develop] brotherly affection, and in [exercising] brotherly affection [develop] Christian love.
For as these qualities are yours and increasingly abound in you, they will keep [you] from being idle or unfruitful unto the [[c]full personal] knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One)."

Why bring this up? We are supposed to be praying for America and Israel, aren't we? Exactly! We are and we need to be doing it "DILIGENTLY". We keep praying 1 Timothy 2:1-6
"FIRST OF all, then, I admonish and urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all men,
For kings and all who are in positions of authority or high responsibility, that [outwardly] we may pass a quiet and undisturbed life [and inwardly] a peaceable one in all godliness and reverence and seriousness in every way.
For such [praying] is good and right, and [it is] pleasing and acceptable to God our Savior,
Who wishes all men to be saved and [increasingly] to perceive and recognize and discern and know precisely and correctly the [divine] Truth.
For there [is only] one God, and [only] one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,
Who gave Himself as a ransom for all [people, a fact that was] attested to at the right and proper time."

 We are praying this for our leaders now and IN THE FUTURE! We keep lifting up those in positions of authority both here at home and in G-d's chosen land Israel. We diligently offer up prayers of thanksgiving for our country and the men and women who have stepped up to serve in areas of government. We pray for Godly wisdom and counsel for them, if they choose not to follow His will that they will be replaced by those that will! We pray for leadership of the armed forces both US and IDF, that plots and plans of the enemy will be brought to the surface and extinguished before any harm can happen. Most of all we pray for Jesus love to shine through in all we do.

Love and blessings!!

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