VIDEO Annual Prayer Breakfast February 2, 2017

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FULL President Donald Trump Annual Prayer Breakfast Speech in Washington DC FULL 2/2/17

 

President Trump full speech  at the Annual Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. Speech at the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., Thursday an annual event hosted by Congress and the Fellowship Foundation

 

The US Senate Chaplain Black’s Spirit filled keynote starts at about 22:40

 

 

Prayer James-5 16

Prince’s ex-girlfriend said ‘demons slept in her bed,’ until Jesus appeared in a vision

 

Denise Matthews after she gave up the name Vanity and the sin of rock star fame.

 

“Kill Vanity.”

Vanity lay agonizing in a hospital bed in 1994 with only three days left to live. With her kidneys shutting down after a crack cocaine overdose, Prince’s ex was at the end of her musical career and wild living when Jesus showed up in a vision and told her that if she “killed” her lingerie-donning stage persona and become a Christian, she would live.

“My blood pressure was 250 over 190. I lost both kidneys,” Vanity told Jet. “I had internal bleeding with blood clots on the brain. I was completely blind and deaf. I had a heart attack and a stroke.”

So Vanity died, and Denise Matthews lived. Denise executed a radical 180-degree turnaround in her life, going from church to church to share her testimony. She pushed Jesus even harder than she had promoted sexuality, an image cultivated by the “Purple Rain” megastar. “When I came to the Lord Jesus Christ, I threw out about 1,000 tapes of mine — interview, every tape, every video,” she said. “Everything.”

A year ago on Feb. 15, Denise went to her eternal reward after two decades of kingdom service.

When she rolled with Prince.

Denise was born on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Her mother abandoned the household, and her dad was abusive. Because of the hurts in her childhood, she hurtled into a hedonistic lifestyle that offered only temporary relief from the internal pain.

She immigrated to America to pursue a career in modeling and music in New York, where she hooked up with “Superfreak” funk legend Rick James, according to the Daily Beast. In 1980, she met Prince at the American Music Awards, and joined his entourage. Prince re-christened her as “Vanity” and set her up from the start in the sultry girl group Vanity 6 which burst on the music scene with “Nasty Girl.” Prince urged her to flaunt her sexuality, she said.

“Prince created the whole Vanity 6 image. It bothered me at the time. I lied and said it was the image I wanted. I did it because he told me I had to do it,” she said. “If I didn’t do it, I wouldn’t get paid. I got into it. I wanted the old Diana Ross image.”

Behind the headlong rush into sin there was a little girl still hurting from the abuse of her father and neglect of her mother.

Behind the show, she cried. Drugs could only distract her from the pain temporarily.

“I always put on a show. I’m a mighty fine actress when it comes to that. I would wear a smile on the outside and come back and cry inside,” Denise said. “I would truly hate what I was doing, but I was all caught up in it. It’s like someone caught up in a lie who wants to tell the truth. You put this big façade up and you don’t want to give anyone the idea that you’re weak. I finally let it go and gave it to God. I said, ‘I am nobody. I need somebody. Please help me.’”

Along with the promiscuity came drugs. Denise became highly addicted to smoking crack cocaine. When she parted ways with Prince and Vanity 6, she signed for Motown Records as a solo artist and released two underperforming albums Wild Animal and Skin on Skin. She tried to jump-start an acting career with roles in the movies “The Last Dragon,” “Never Too Young to Die,” “Action Jackson” and “52 Pick-Up.”

Then Denise met and got engaged in 1987 to Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, who was also addicted to drugs. The couple abused drugs for entire nights and enabled each other’s habit. Sixx overdosed and nearly died the year he got engaged. “I can’t believe I did freebase with Vanity all night,” Sixx wrote in his drug memoir The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star. “I threw her out at about 8 a.m. She was getting crazy.”

Then in 1994, Denise had her own brush with death and met Jesus.

“It was drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, that whole sexual thing. Vanity was praying to die because she was lost and hurting inside. God said you have to go through darkness until you find His light,” she said. “Torture was going on in my life and led me to the Lord. For 33 years, I was walking dead. I masked myself in clothes, makeup, anything.”

The fame and the “fun” were all futile attempts to cope with the lack of love in her life. On the outside she exuded delight in the reckless abandon, but on the inside she suffered from the pangs of conscience for the evil she was committing.

“I was extremely wild. I found out that if you are not walking with God, the Devil will possess you. I prayed that God would take me because I was afraid of what would happen to my body,” Denise said.

“Demons were coming into my bed and sleeping in my bed. Those things will happen if you’re carrying on like I did. I have a strong love for Jesus Christ. He delivered me from anguish, death and sin. I get excited by God. No man shall enter the Kingdom of God unless he is born again.”

So that is how Denise changed her deathbed to a birthing bed. Jesus appeared to her in a vision and offered her life if she would let “Vanity” die. Denise re-assumed her the name given by her parents. Her transformation was so thorough  that she even refused the royalties coming from her entertainment career.

Denise met and married the L.A. Rams player Anthony Smith the following year, but he didn’t share her growing zeal for the Lord.

“If I don’t watch out she will even hand out the furniture in our house,” Smith complained. “She is constantly giving out her number and offering meals and showers to people.”

Two years later, the couple divorced. Smith was subsequently arrested, tried and convicted for the double-murder of brothers Ricky and Kevin Nettles in 1999 and the 2001 death of Dennis Henderson. He is serving three life sentences in prison.

Denise, on the other hand, kept growing in her Christian faith. She wrote and spoke, sharing her testimony tirelessly, in attempt to rescue other suffering young women from the deception of the devil.

“When I was Vanity, it was all about being sexy, getting slimmer, and getting cuter,” she said. “Things have changed. Now it’s not the outward appearance, it’s the inward man that I’m trying to change. And that’s the message I bring to the people.”

She received a kidney transplant in 1997 and wrote an autobiography, Blame It On Vanity: Hollywood, Hell and Heaven, in 2010.

Ultimately, the damage to her kidneys claimed her life. In 2015, she checked into a hospital in Fremont, California, for health complications related to the kidneys. At age 57, she slipped into eternity.

Prince eulogized the love he once shared with his protégé, but that love was superseded by the love of the Lord.

Christian friend MC Hammer tweeted on the announcement of her death. “Today my friend & Sister Denise Katrina Matthews aka #Vanity passed away. She absolutely loved GOD unto salvation. Rest in his Glory.”

The Author Kayla Armstrong is a sophomore at the Lighthouse Christian Academy in Santa Monica.

https://mustardseedbudget.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/vanity-prince-girl-friend-tried-to-escape-pain-through-fame-drugs-and-sex/

http://blog.godreports.com/2017/01/princes-ex-girlfriend-said-demons-slept-in-her-bed-until-jesus-appeared-in-a-vision/

Service Is Not an Option

 

Titus 2:11-15

Who is a servant of God? Ask average churchgoers that question, and they will most likely point to their pastor or some Christian celebrity. They almost certainly will not say, “We are God’s servants.” The church has a mixed-up idea that believers are separated into servants—that is, individuals in full-time ministry—and laypeople. The Bible contains no such distinction. Instead, Paul reminds the Ephesians that believers are saved so that they might serve (Ephesians 2:10).

If there were no other reason to serve God besides gratitude for salvation, that would be cause enough. We are rescued from torment and given eternal life with the Holy Spirit’s indwelling presence. Our service is but a small acknowledgment of the Father sending His Son to be sacrificed in payment of the sin debt we owed. We have no right to withhold our gifts or time.

Many people, believers included, serve the big “I.” What satisfies and pleases “I”? What is convenient for “I”? What makes “I” happy and prosperous? When a pastor appeals for help, most of his parishioners are sure he is speaking to someone else because “I” has insufficient training or a busy schedule. Here is a harsh reality: If “I” is our master, we are committing “I”-dolatry. Anything given first place over God—including selfish desires—is an idol.

Service isn’t an option. God calls us to be servants so we can invest our lives in an eternally valuable purpose: the salvation of unbelievers and their subsequent discipleship for His glory. Our job may seem insignificant or our limitations great, but we are vessels of Christ with a role in the kingdom.

Are You Joint Heirs with Christ?

 

“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” (Romans 8:16-17)

Modern-day humanists and unbelievers take great sport in belittling Christians, but despite their estimate, and even despite whatever humble view Christians may entertain of themselves, the fact remains that the Bible clearly declares believers to possess a position of preeminent standing and blessing.

Consider the wondrous fact that we as believers are “children of God.” “As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12). “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26). We are His offspring, for “according to his abundant mercy [he] hath begotten us again” (1 Peter 1:3). As His children, we even look like Him, in a spiritual sense, “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4), and His Fatherly love surrounds us.

Furthermore, we are the inheritors of all good things, just as a human child can expect to inherit from his or her human father. Christ is the Son of God, but He is also “the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29). Our inheritance is nothing less than God Himself: all that He is and has is ours, and we will share it all with Christ, our elder brother. “The glory which thou [the Father] gavest me [Christ] I have given them [all believers]” (John 17:22).

This standing and privilege is ours, but we must not forget it is ours as a result of His doing, not our own worth, lest we become prideful. Nevertheless, it is ours. So let us believe it, accept it, and present it in such a way that others will want to share in it. JDM

“He shall see of the travail of His soul.”

Isaiah 53

The sacrifice of Isaac reminds us of the

Divine Father, who spared not his own

Son, but freely delivered him up for us all. Let us read Isaiah’s account of the sufferings of the

Great Son of God.

Isaiah 53:1

None believe the gospel, but those who are wrought upon by the power of God.

Isaiah 53:3

The Eternal Father out of love to man sent forth his Son to be thus dishonoured, and shamefully entreated among men. Herein is love!

Isaiah 53:5

Four words are used to describe the pains of the Lord Jesus—”wounded,” “bruised” “chastisement” “stripes.” How many, how varied, and how acute were his pains none of us can tell.

Isaiah 53:6

Here is the essence of the gospel—sin was laid on Jesus, and lies no longer on his people. Jehovah himself made the transfer, and therefore none dare question the lawfulness of it.

Isaiah 53:10

Jehovah took pleasure in the atoning sacrifice. So great was his love that he bruised the Son of his love to save rebellious sinners;

Yes, Jehovah himself put his own Son to grief. In this God commendeth his love towards us, and we ought to give our whole souls to him in return.

Isaiah 53:11-12

Those who unfeignedly trust in the Lord Jesus may rest assured that their sins have ceased to be, for Jesus has fully discharged their debt: they may also rejoice that the prevalent plea of the exalted Intercessor secures them from all harm. Let us draw near to the cross of Jesus, and rest our souls beneath the shadow of the Crucified. God has provided himself a Lamb for a burnt-offering, the victim is slain, the covenant is established, believers are secure. For this let the Eternal Father be evermore adored.

 

Nature with open volume stands,

To spread her Maker’s praise abroad;

And every labour of his hands

Shows something worthy of a God.

 

But in the grace that rescued man

His brightest form of glory shines;

Here, on the cross, ’tis fairest drawn

In precious blood and crimson lines.

 

Here I behold his inmost heart,

Where grace and vengeance strangely join,

Piercing his Son with sharpest smart,

To make the purchased pleasures mine.

 

Do Whatever Is Necessary To Keep Envy and Strife Out of Your Life!

James 3:16

The devil knows that envy and strife destroy relationships and long-term friendships. He is aware that if he can create envy and strife between you and the ones you love, he can ruin those special relationships that God intended to be a blessing in your life. Do you have any relationships in your life right now that are under this kind of demonic assault?

The devil doesn’t just target friendships with this type of assault. He also knows how to get in between you and your church family, a ministry you love and support, or even the organization or place of business where you work. The enemy doesn’t care whom he divides—he simply wants to divide! Since envy and strife are some of the tools he uses to do this, it is crucial that you understand how to recognize envy and strife and how to stand against them!

In James 3:16, the Bible says, “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” I want you to notice the word “envy” in this verse. It is taken from the Greek word zelos, and it denotes a fierce desire to promote one’s own ideas and convictions to the exclusion of everyone else. This word zelos is where we get the word zealot, which describes a person who is so fixated, obsessed, and fanatical about his own cause that others perceive him as an extremist on the threshold of becoming militant.

In the case of James 3:16, this word presents a picture of a believer who is so obsessed, gripped, and preoccupied with his own view of things that he can’t see or hear the view of anyone else. In fact, his militant perspective has made him lopsided in his thinking. He never takes a softer line but holds out until all the other parties admit defeat and agree with his point of view.

 

Therefore, the word “envy” in James 3:16 could be translated this way:

“For where there is a fierce desire to promote one’s own ideas and convictions to the elimination of everyone else….”

If this kind of attitude continues, it will naturally lead to the next step in this horrible sequence of events. This is where strife comes into the picture! Notice that James goes on to say, “For where envying and strife is….”

The word “strife” is taken from the Greek word eritheia. It was used by the ancient Greeks to stand for a political party. This Greek word is often translated as a party spirit because of its linkage to political systems and political parties. Therefore, in order for us to understand why James used this word, we need to stop and think about the way political parties are formed and how they function.

Political parties are formed by a group of people who have similar values and views. After the party is formed, the participants develop a unified agenda; once the agenda is decided on, they create a platform. From that platform, the people begin to push their agenda and ideas, fighting fiercely to see that their party’s platform is accepted and eventually put in the position of ruling and calling the shots.

In the same way, some Christians become so clouded by their ambition to see their own views adopted that they have no tolerance for anyone who sees things differently than they do. These people usually gravitate to other believers who hold similar views.

Once these “like-minded” Christians find each other, they naturally begin to take sides, forming a kind of allegiance. Then they begin to form agendas and develop plans to see their views pushed, promoted, and accepted. As a result, people who once stood shoulder to shoulder often end up standing on different sides of a fight with their relationships ruined and filled with hurt.

When envy and strife have made it this far, the next step in this sequence of events becomes inevitable. James 3:16 continues, “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion…”

The word “confusion” is taken from the word akatastasia. It was used in New Testament times to describe civil disobedience, disorder, and anarchy in a city, state, or government. By using this word, James explicitly tells us that when situations of strife and discord are allowed to persist, an atmosphere of anarchy sets in and begins to destroy the relationships once loved and cherished. Rational thinking is replaced by raw emotions, and people end up getting hurt.

James wants to make sure we understand what this kind of conduct eventually produces if this behavior isn’t stopped. He goes on to say, “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.”

The word “evil” is from the word phaulos, describing something that is terribly bad or exceedingly vile. We get the word “foul” from this Greek word. James is saying that where envy and strife are permitted to operate, thus producing confusion and anarchy in relationships, they ultimately yield a foul-smelling situation!

 

These various Greek words in James 3:16 convey this idea:

“For where there is a fierce desire to promote one’s own ideas and convictions to the exclusion of everyone else’s, it produces divisions so great that people end up taking sides and forming differing parties with conflicting agendas. This is a terrible event, because it creates great unrest among people who should be united. Ultimately, the whole situation becomes a stinking mess!”

But understand this: You can help stop this from happening by choosing to consider other people’s opinions to be just as important as your own! Instead of pushing your own agenda, why not stop and listen to what others have to say? They may have something powerful to contribute, but if you can’t hear them, you’ll never benefit from their perspective.

You don’t have to yield to envy and strife! When the opportunity for strife arises, you can beat Satan at his own game by choosing to make room for the ideas, thoughts, and opinions of others. Even if you don’t agree with what they say, at least you can demonstrate that you value their right to have a differing opinion. By maintaining an attitude of staying on the same side with your fellow believers, you can put the devil on the run and keep your relationships alive, healthy, and long-lasting!

MY PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, I ask You to forgive me for the times I have allowed strife to get into my heart. Also, please forgive me for those occasions when I have been the origin of strife and fighting. Help me grow in discernment so I can quickly recognize when the devil is trying to create division. Show me how to be a peacekeeper and a source of harmony rather than a player in the midst of others’ wrong attitudes.

I pray this in Jesus’ name!

MY CONFESSION FOR TODAY

I confess that I do not yield to envy and strife! When the opportunity for strife arises, I beat Satan at his own game by choosing to respectfully make room for the ideas, thoughts, and opinions of others. Even if I don’t agree with what they say, I let them know that I value their right to have a differing opinion. I maintain an attitude of staying on the same side with my fellow believers; therefore, I put the devil on the run and keep him OUT of my relationships!

I declare this by faith in Jesus’ name!

QUESTIONS FOR YOU TO CONSIDER

  1. Do your coworkers, friends, and family members find you openhearted to their suggestions, or do they find it difficult to express themselves honestly in front of you?
  2. When the opportunity for strife arises, what can you do to circumvent it and promote peace?
  3. Can you recall moments when you were so sure you were right, only to discover that someone else’s idea was really much better than yours?

Even if you don’t agree with what others say, at least you can demonstrate that you value their right to have a differing opinion. By maintaining an attitude of staying on the same side with your fellow believers, you can put the devil on the run and keep your relationships alive, healthy, and long-lasting!

 

Spiritual Failure

How do you deal with your spiritual failures?

  • Despair?
  • Self-condemnation?
  • Self flagellating?

Or

  • Confession: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
  • Acceptance of His grace: “If Thou, Lord, shouldst mark iniquitieswho could stand? But there is forgiveness with Thee, that Thou mayest be feared.” (Psalm 130:3, 4)
  • New determination: “A righteous man falls seven times, and rises again.” (Proverbs 24:16a)

How you choose to deal with your spiritual failings probably has something to do with your view of God, either as a condemning Tyrant, or as a loving Father.

 

Here’s how Francis of Sales, a Seventeenth Century mystic handled his failings:

 

“Well my poor soul, here we are in the ditch again – in spite of our earnest resolve to stay out of it.

 

“Ah well, let us get out and be on our way; and we will do well enough, God helping us.”

 

Unless we comprehend and appropriate a measure of His grace amidst our personal struggles with sin, we will despair of the Christian life. Those pilgrims who end their spiritual journey well have learned to drink freely of that grace. How about you?