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Tracey L. Moore (a.k.a. The Purposeful Poet) wants to take you down a spiritually poetic trail and challenge you to be your best for Christ. God taught her lessons and spoke to her through poems that were catalysts for her own spiritual and emotional transformation, and now she seeks to take her readers on a journey into wholeness. Her spiritual insights based on the Word of God inspire personal growth and transformation, prompt readers to look within themselves and to take inventory and the mental and spiritual steps needed to move towards more abundant living. After writing poetry and keeping personal journals for many years, Tracey has honed her craft and now her life purpose is to help others come to a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to facilitate their wholeness through rhyme and spiritually inspiring, encouraging words that that heal. She holds a M.A. Degree in Christian Counseling from Oral Roberts University, and currently resides with her family in Norfolk, Virginia. Learn more about Tracey at www.TraceyLMoore.com

SHOULD YOU PRAY ONCE, OR KEEP ASKING?

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Have you asked God for something in prayer? Have you bombarded heaven with the same prayer request over and over again in attempt to get a breakthrough? I know that in times past, I have tried to pattern myself after the woman in the Parable of the Persistent Widow in Luke 18:1-8. In this parable Jesus tells the story of a widow woman who was being mistreated. She sought legal protection from a local judge who was known to be unrighteous. I had always been taught that the lesson that we should learn from this passage is that we should pray about a particular issue that we are facing, keep bombarding heaven about it until God “gives up” and finally gives us what we want. But I asked the question of God, as many of you may have, if I have faith, should I pray once, or keep asking?  What does the Word of God have to say about the subject?

The Purpose of the Parable of the Persistent Widow

First, when you look at verse 1 in chapter 18 of the book of Luke, it reads:Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” Jesus tells us right up front the purpose of this parable was to encourage them to pray continuously and be persistent in prayer. The verse does not say that Jesus meant for them to pray about the same thing over and over. However, the Apostle Paul did communicate in I Thessalonians 5:17 Jesus’ intent: “Pray without ceasing.”

The Differences Between God and the Unjust Judge
Second, we should not conclude that God wants us to keep praying about the same thing over and over because God is NOT comparing Himself to the judge in the story. In fact He is provides a stark contrast when He says in verses 7-8, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him… I tell you that He will avenge them speedily.” Thus, the Lord is different from the unjust judge in the following ways:

  • God has integrity and character. He cannot be comparing Himself to this judge because He is absolutely nothing like him. God is not unjust. On the contrary He is totally righteous. Therefore, we should not assume that God meant for us to interpret this story, follow the widow woman’s example, and approach him about the same issue over and over.
  • God wants to help you.  In the beginning, the judge in the story was unwilling to help the widow. Our Father is never unwilling to come to our rescue. In fact, He says in Psalms 46:1 that “He is an ever-present help in the time of trouble.” In Jeremiah 33:3 He says, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” So when you approach the throne of God, do so with the knowledge that He is ready and willing to help, provide for, protect and defend you when necessary.
  • God is in covenant with you. In that passage, obviously Jesus had not died because He was the one telling the story. Therefore, since He has paid for your sins by dying on the cross, and if you have accepted Him as Lord and Savior, God is in covenant with you. That means that He has obligated himself to come to your rescue when you need help. So He cannot and does not have the same attitude toward you as exemplified by the unjust judge in this passage.

The Application for Believers

So what are the lessons that can be taken from passage?  What should you do?

  • Stay in constant contact with God. He says to pray without ceasing (I Thessalonians 5:17), but that does not mean for you to pray repetitive prayers. Just stay in constant contact with Him, and He will surely show favor unto you, His beloved child.
  • Ask for what you want one time. Jesus said in Mark 11:24, “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” My question is if you believe that you have received what you have asked for, then why would you ask for it again?
  • Be persistent in faith no matter what. Luke 18:7 (KJV) says, And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?” That phrase “bear long” means you may have to wait for a time. But in the very next verse, Jesus said, “When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” That means that He expects you to be willing to stay in faith until He comes back to get you at the rapture if necessary.

To summarize, when you pray, believe that your request has been granted. Don’t continue to ask God for the same thing. It’s already done, so thank Him for it every chance you get. Don’t pray the same prayer over and over because that’s an indication that your faith is failing.  All that is necessary is that you ask in faith once, and continue to expect an answer until you get your breakthrough. God will answer your prayer as He promised in His good time.

What has been your experience with persistence in prayer? Please leave a comment below. 

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A SNAPSHOT OF FAITH

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During my quiet time, I recently meditated on Hebrews 11:1 which says, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” The phrase “the evidence of things not seen” jumped of the page that day. I began to think about how photographs are evidence of things that actually do exist. For instance, when I see a picture of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, even though I have never been to Paris to see it with my own eyes, I know that it exists. Faith is like a snapshot or photograph in your heart which is evidence that what you desire exists somewhere. If you can formulate an image of yourself actually having what you desire and feel the emotions as if you actually have it, that IS the evidence that it exists somewhere. Where does it exists? In the Spirit realm, where God dwells.

You see, since He says He declares the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10), this is an indication that past, present and future exists simultaneously in the spirit realm. Another way to say this is from His perspective, He is experiencing past, presence, and future all at once. He can do that because He is omniscient, He knows everything that has happened, is happening, and will happen. In His world, what we desire is indeed already done. The healing is complete. The marriage is restored. The prodigal son has come home. The stronghold of drug addiction is broken. The anxiety and panic attacks are a thing of the past. So if we can get a picture in our heart and mind of what His Word already says is true to the extent that we can see it and feel as if it’s already done, that is the evidence that what He has promised does exist in the realm where He dwells.

The question is how do we get that snapshot to formulate in our heart? Back in the day, the formulation of a picture was a process that took place in a dark room with photography paper immersed in a solution. Similarly, the development of your snapshot of faith is also a process, and in order for you to formulate a picture in your heart, you must do the following:

  1. Read the Word. You must read the Word so you can find out what God’s will actually is and what He says you can have according to the covenant spelled out in the Bible. He says if you ask anything according to his will, He hears you, and if He hears you, you know that you have the petitions that you ask of Him (I John 5:14). The snapshot of faith cannot be developed apart from the known will of God.
  2. Speak the Word. Speaking the Word out loud is imperative because the Bible says, “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17) As you speak the Word, it goes into your own ears and drops down into your heart. Your Faith picture is being developed, and that image is becoming sharper and clearer.
  3. Make a declaration. You must declare what you want to happen. Job 22:28 says, “You shall decree a thing and it shall be established unto you, and light shall shine upon your ways.” Speak what you want to happen, and prophesy to your own future.  The Apostle Paul said, “I believed, and therefore have I spoken” (II Corinthians 4:13).
  4. Take action. Faith without works is dead (James 2:26). If you believe, then you must act as if you believe. Start to make preparation for the blessing that is on the way. When you really believe in your heart that your request is granted, you will not sit idly by, but will do what is necessary so that when the blessing shows up, you are ready to receive it.
  5. Embrace trials. Allow God to use the “dark room” of difficult experiences in your life to build your ability to trust and believe that He is true to His word. That means the “snapshot of faith” will sometimes be formulated as you walk through “the valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23).
  6. Rehearse past victories. Meditate on what God has done and how He has answered your prayers in the past. Has He healed your body? Has he provided what you needed just in time? Has He helped you to mend a difficult relationship when you thought there was no hope? When you revisit these experiences of how faithful God really is, that will build your faith and help you to formulate the “snapshot” of what you want in your heart.

Once the picture in your heart is formulated, just like the picture of the Eiffel Tower, THAT is the evidence that what you want and need exists, even though you can’t perceive it with your senses right now. When you can see in your heart the image of you possessing what you have asked God for, you’ll feel the emotions as if you already have it. That’s the time to praise Him like you have lost your mind! Why? Because in God’s timing, He will cause your blessing which exists in the spirit to show up in the natural.

What are you believing God for? Please leave a comment below.

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FATHER, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT

Jesus on the cross

One of the seven lasts sayings of Christ as He died on the cross is found in Luke 23:46, and reads, “Father, into Your hands I commit My Spirit.” When I read this verse, the first thing that came to my mind is how much Jesus trusted His Father. Jesus had to have trusted God because you don’t commit things to people you don’t trust.  The word commit means to place in safekeeping. That signifies you have a certain level of confidence in that person, and you are entrusting into their care that which is important and sacred to you.

The reason Jesus could trust in God is because He had an intimate knowledge of Him. He called Him “Father,” and that signifies there was a high level of intimacy between them. The Apostle Paul says in II Timothy 1:12 , “For I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” Because Paul had intimate knowledge of God, he was fully persuaded about God’s ability to keep whatever he placed in His care, and he also trusted him.

Likewise, you will only commit yourself and your affairs to God if you know Him. To know Him is to love Him. But to know Him, also is to trust Him. And the best way to know Him is to spend time with Him every day. It’s imperative that you get that time of fellowship with God daily in prayer and feeding on the Word to build your trust in the Lord.

We need to trust God to the degree that Jesus did. We need to entrust our “spirit” our entire being, our lives, everything that we are into His safe keeping in good times and in bad. While hanging on the cross, Jesus was experiencing the darkest moment of His entire life. When we face dark moments, tragedy, things we don’t understand, when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we definitely need to trust God.  That is the time to say, “Father, into Your hands I commit my Spirit.”

A refusal to trust God and commit your way unto Him is a proverbial “chink in your armor.” It’s an inroad that Satan will use to destroy your faith through deception, fear, worry, and overwhelm. To avoid this, you must do what the Bible says in Psalm 37:5 , “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” Committing your way to the Lord is another way of saying “Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit” or “Lord, I trust You.” How do you commit your way to the Lord?

  • Present your plans to him tentatively,
  • Pray and ask for His guidance and direction about what you should do.
  • Don’t move until you hear from Him.
  • Follow God’s instructions to the letter when you do hear from him.
  • Do your part, but trust Him with the outcome.

We need to follow Jesus’ example and fully commit ourselves to God. In other words, we need to be willing to relinquish our self-sufficiency be willing to be totally dependent on Him. The pride that comes with self-sufficiency must be annihilated because Jesus said, “Apart from Me you can do nothing.”

Therefore, you must expect God to take you through a process where His purpose is to strip you of a “spirit of independence.” He wants you to say, “Father into Your hands I commit my Spirit. Everything that I am, my life, my affairs, I commit it all to you.” That statement says to God, “I am dying to self, and I am letting You call the shots in my life, and I am leaving the outcome up to You.” That is how we pick up our cross, follow Christ, and allow our flesh to be crucified. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it in the end. Therefore, I charge you to follow Jesus’ example and tell the Lord, “Father, into Your hands, I commit My spirit.”

What has God taught you about committing your spirit into His hands? Please leave a comment below.

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LESSONS LEARNED FROM SUPER BOWL 2017

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Did you happen to watch the Super Bowl game On February 5, 2017? I’m not a real football fan, but I went to the Super Bowl party at church mainly for the food and the fellowship. It was an exciting game even for people like me who don’t even know what’s going on half the time. This game was phenomenal in the sense that so many records were broken!

Although this was just a football game, from a spiritual perspective, there were so many life lessons that could be gleaned from watching this particular clash of the football titans. Tom Brady, the New England Patriots’ quarterback, had a dream of helping his team to win the Superbowl for the fifth time. It looked like that dream was dashed when the team was down by 25 points in the third quarter. However, in spite of the huge deficit, he was able to lead his team to victory.

When it looks like your dreams are not going to be realized, you can take a lesson from Tom Brady. When the chips were down, Tom did the following:

  1. He never gave up. In a spiritual sense, you should never give up no matter how bad things look. Remember, it’s not over until God says it’s over. When you appear to be losing in life, and it looks like your dream will never come to pass, you must continue to persevere.
  2. He didn’t let the fact that the team was losing sway him. Sometimes it may look like you are losing in the natural, but you have to ignore what you see. The Bible says we walk by faith and not by sight. Focus on the promises of God, believe them, and expect to win anyway.
  3. He got in a huddle with his team regularly to discuss strategy. As a believer, when it looks like you are losing, you too must get into a huddle regularly. However, your Spiritual Dream Team is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit! When you are going through a difficult time, getting in a spiritual huddle through regular prayer time is a must, for that is where God will give you the strategy you need to win.
  4. He went in the locker room at half time and regrouped. When it seems the devil is winning in the game of life, it’s important for you to take a break and regroup as well. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me all ye that are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Isaiah 47:3 says, “Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” When you are weary, pull aside, take a time-out, and let God refresh you.
  5. He used the overtime as an opportunity to gain the victory. The game went into overtime for the first time in Superbowl history! The coin toss resulted in the Patriots getting the football first and giving them the first chance to score. The overtime and the favorable coin toss was analogous to the favor of God in the life of a believer.  Psalms 5:12 says, “His favor surrounds his people like a shield.” Expect the favor of God to show up when you need it. That’s what makes the difference between winning and losing.

Beloved, recognize the fact that if God put a dream in your heart, it’s only because He wants to bring it to fruition. However, you must cooperate with Him if you want to see that dream to come to pass. Don’t allow the enemy to deceive you. Ignore what you see in the natural. Stay prayerful, and look for God’s favor to miraculously show up on the scene. Finally, don’t ever give up! If Tom Brady can and the Patriots can come back, so can you.

What lessons have you learned on your journey towards pursuing your dreams? Please leave a comment below.

 

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HOW TO FIND YOUR PURPOSE

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I recently listened to a great CD teaching by financial guru, Gary Keesee, author of Fixing the Money Thing. The title was, “I Want to Know: What Is My Purpose?” I wish I would have had this information when I started out my spiritual journey many years ago! I would have avoided a lot of confusion, stress, and frustration.

Gary makes the following important points:

  1. God made you, so if you want to know your purpose, get to know Him.
  2. He gradually unfolds the mystery of your purpose so that the devil won’t be able to derail your destiny. Therefore, get comfortable with not knowing exactly what it is until He unveils it in His timing.
  3. What you are going through currently is training and preparation for you to lay hold to the purpose for which God created you.
  4. What you do with the insignificant things He is asking you to do during the preparation phase will determine when your purpose will be revealed. You must successfully endure the insignificant if you ever want to walk in the significance of your destiny.
  5. God will lead you to a place of service, and you are to do what He asks for a season until He gives you further instructions. This pattern is repeated over and over until He knows you are ready to have your purpose revealed to you.
  6. Be faithful to whatever God has instructed you to do in the now. Carry out your assignment with excellence where you are.
  7. He will reveal your purpose when you have been prepared and made ready to walk in it.

After I heard these ideas, I was able to exhale. All the frustration and questions I had could have been avoided had I known this paradigm. This explained everything that I have gone through, and then soon after I heard this teaching, while I was walking on my treadmill, God spoke to me about my own purpose. He relayed to me that purpose is four-fold. Three parts of purpose are generalized to all believers. We are all called to do the following right now, no matter where we are in our spiritual journey:

  1. Glorify God. People should be able to look at our lives as a testimony to the existence of God. We were created to point people to the Master.
  2. Share the Gospel. The Great Commission (Matthew 28:28) applies to every believer. We need to purpose in our hearts to be ready to share the Gospel with others on a daily basis.
  3. Fund the Kingdom. We are to use our God-given resources to fund the expansion of the Kingdom and make sure that the Gospel is relayed to the masses.

However, the fourth aspect of realizing divine purpose is specific. As a believer, you are called to use the gifts and talents God deposited in you to enhance the lives of others. Therefore, you must wait for God to specifically reveal the following:

  1. God-given gifts and talents within you;
  2. The niche or group of individuals you are called to serve with those gifts and talents;
  3. The platform that He will use to enable you to effectively share those gifts and talents with others to make their lives better.

So if you are confused and frustrated about your purpose, put your mind at rest. God is faithful, and He will reveal the specifics to you little by little. He will lead and guide you by His Spirit through His customized training program. Be faithful where He has placed you, and in His timing, when you are ready, your purpose will be revealed.

Where are you on your spiritual journey with regards to your purpose? If you know your purpose, what was the process by which God revealed it to you? Please leave a comment below.

 

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GOAL SETTING STRATEGIES FOR THE NEW YEAR

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In my last post, I included a poem I wrote entitled, “A New Year’s Petition.” I hope the piece inspired you to depend on the Holy Spirit help you to make progress in the areas of your life where you want to see change.  However, once you have earnestly sought God and made your “New Year’s Petitions” know unto Him, it’s time to be about the business of goal setting. In a church Bible study, we recently talked about goal setting, and then I stumbled upon a blog post about setting goals by Michael Hyatt, author of the book, Platform: Getting Noticed in a Noisy World.  I don’t think this was a coincidence. I believe the Holy Spirit is trying to help me to get to a new level in 2017.

Mr. Hyatt talked about the importance of writing down your goals using the “S.M.A.R.T.” acronym. This idea was first written down in November of 1981 by George T. Doran, former Director of Corporate Planning for Washington Water Power Company in a paper entitled, “There’s a S.M.A.R.T. Way to Write Management’s Goals and Objectives.” You may have heard of this method of goal setting, but I would like to reiterate it here just to remind you of what the elements of a good goal are.  If you want to effectively set goals for the New Year, these are the essential characteristics that need to be present:

S – Specific: What do you want to accomplish and why is the goal important?

M – Measurable: How can your progress be measured so that you will know when you have achieved the goal?

A – Action: What action(s) will you take in move toward reaching your goal?

R – Realistic: Is the goal something that you can really attain?

T – Time Constrained: In what time frame do you want to accomplish the goal?

After reading the post, I went into diagnostic mode to determine why I did not reach more of my goals last year. I recognized the following issues that tripped me up, and I hope this will be helpful to you as you strive to make your own New Year’s resolutions (or should I say New Year’s petitions) come to pass:

  1. I had set too many goals. Michael Hyatt says you need to set only a few goals and focus on them exclusively. This year I will narrow my goals to six major things I want to get done versus twenty. I will ask the Holy Spirit to help me to determine what goals are most important.
  2. I failed to review the goals regularly. You need to keep your goals in front of you so that you can be reminded of what you need to be doing. I wrote goals down for 2016 in my journal and didn’t look at them again until January 1, 2017. This year, I will review my goals daily upon rising as I start my day. I will ask the Holy Spirit to bring to my remembrance the goals I have set and for direction regarding what I need to be working on at any given moment.
  3. I did not specifically include action items to support the goal. It’s important that you write down what you will do because this is a part of the formulation of the plan to reach your goal. This year, I will write down what action I will take to reach each goal. Furthermore, I am determined to take Spirit-led action and pray that God will help me to avoid the distractions of the enemy.
  4. I didn’t write down the significance of reaching the goal. If the goal is not important, why even bother writing it down? If you can cite why it’s important, you will be more motivated and successful in getting what you want. This year I will write down my goals and the importance of reaching them. The ultimate question is, how will these goals help you to fulfill your God-given purpose?
  5. I had no accountability. If there is no one to hold you accountable for what you say you will do, you will be less likely to reach your goal. Therefore, get an accountability partner or find a group of people you can talk, meet, or pray with regularly. Choose people who are serious accomplishing their goals, and work together to keep each other on track. This year, I plan to become a part of an accountability group so that I can accomplish more this year.

Now that I have laid my soul bare, I have a question for you: what goals are you setting for yourself this year? In what ways is the Holy Spirit asking you to come up higher? Pray, ask for direction, set those goals, and get moving. Let’s see what we can accomplish with God’s help in 2017!

What goals will you set for yourself this year? What do you need to do differently to increase the likelihood that you reach more of your goals? Please leave a comment below.

 

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HOW TO GET YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION TO COME TO PASS

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The New Year is upon us, and many of us have made New Year’s Resolutions. In other words, we have set some new goals for the year. Every year I sit down on January 1, review my goals from the previous year, and write out my goals for the current year. Some of the goals I reach, but many of them I don’t. That is so frustrating! I want this year to be different, so I’ve got to make some changes. Are you with me? Would you like to reach more of your goals this year? Please read on.

One of the first and best things we can and should do before we set any goals is to pray. Instead of making a New Year’s Resolution, make a New Year’s Petition to the Holy Spirit to help you to set proper goals and reach them. Without His help, nothing will change. If we don’t rely on Him and try to change ourselves, we are destined for failure.

The poem cited below is one that I wrote about making New Year’s petitions instead of resolutions, and it’s entitled A New Year’s Petition.  I pray it will bless and inspire you.

 A NEW YEAR’S PETITION

When we make New Year’s resolutions,

We vow to make a change

In how we’ve done things all along,

But this truth will still remain:

A New Year’s resolution

Will never come to pass

Without the help of the Spirit

To make new behaviors last.

For only He can help us

To change our ways that shame.

For without Him we are powerless,

We are destined to stay the same.

So as you enter this New Year,

Don’t make resolutions galore.

Just make a New Year’s petition,

And don’t fool yourself anymore.

Humbly ask God to change you,

Then let the Spirit move.

Keep reading the Word and praying,

Let change without effort ensue.

For God alone can help us

To be all that we can be,

Only whom the Son sets free

Is truly free, indeed.

If you will start this brand-new year

With a fresh, new attitude,

With positive thoughts, and a mind renewed;

It will end with a brand-new you.

 ©2012 by Tracey L. Moore

What New Year’s Petitions are you asking the Lord to help you with? Leave a comment below.

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