I saw jets of light shining from cities and villages, and from the high places and the low places of the earth. God's word was obeyed, and as a result there were memorials for Him in every city and village. His truth was proclaimed throughout the world. --Testimonies, vol. 9, pp. 28, 29. {ChS 112.2}

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Waiting for God by James Smith, Book Review

Waiting For God by James Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

James Smith wrote this book after prayerful consideration following the urgings that he do so by his Christian mentors, Pastor Justis St.Hilaire, an evangelist, and Pastor Wesley Torres, now the President of the BC Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.  He writes poignantly and transparently about the emotional and physical pain that dogged him for the majority of his life, creating relationship havoc in his loving marriage, depression, unpredictable rage, social withdrawal and a search for help through substance addictions and Buddhism. He felt hopeless and worthless, and attempted suicide more than once in his life.

As it says on the book's back cover, "God revealed Himself at Jim's lowest point". The journey from there is the purpose for Jim's wanting to share his story. Through subsequent presentations, he has met many other male victims of childhood sexual abuse in the 1970s and this book and his ministry is for those who are searching for answers and hope in a world that really doesn't offer much of that. I personally know people who will benefit in their lives from reading this book, and you likely do as well. If you would like a free copy, please let me (Cynthia, Communications Facilitator) know at comoxvalleysda at gmail.com. Jim wants his story of hope and redemption in the love and mercy of Jesus Christ to be spread widely.

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Monday, December 07, 2015

Prayers that Prevail for Your Children: #42 : Protection During Temptation

This prayer is an adaptation of the  42nd prayer in the excellent book called  Prayers that Prevail for Your Children: A Parent's & Grandparent's Manual of Prayers that I have used over the years to pray God's promises for my children and grandchildren.  You can find a list of the other prayers in this book on my post HERE.

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him (James 1:2)

Dear Father-God,
I thank you for the beautiful promises in your Word.  You show us that there is no temptation that will come to us that others are not also prone to.  I believe in what you teach, Father, and I would like to raise up my child/children _______________________ to you , requesting that You will never allow him/her/them to be tempted above his/her/their ability to resist the temptation.  Please Lord, always offer a way of escape from the temptations, and give him/her/them the desire and wisdom to select the way of escape that you provide.  In the certainty that You WILL provide an escape, Lord, we find peace, rest, and victory that gives us the ability to deal with temptations and testings. Thank you Lord! (1 Cor. 10:13)

I thank you Lord that You-- who never gave into temptation-- would never tempt your people with evil. (James 1:13)

Protect my daughter/son/children from the various temptations that the deceiver puts in to their way.  Please send your Holy Spirit to build him/her/them up with so much strength and understanding of your Word that they will resist temptation in the same way our Lord Jesus resisted the devil's tempting ploys while He was here on earth. (Matthew 4:1-11) Reveal to __________________ that the devil always flees when the precious Word of God is used to rebuke him, because your Word, O Father, is the sword of the Spirit.(Ephesians 6:17)  

Please let ______________________ remember always that  hiding your Word in his/her/their heart(s) will help to keep him/her/them from sinning. (Psalms 119:11)  Provide my son/daughter/children with the grace to follow your teaching: "Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you." (Ephesisans 6:17)

Show my child/children how to live and walk by the Holy Spirit's leading, thereby not gratifying the lusts of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16)

Even though it is not possible for me to pray away all the temptations my child will come across, I can pray that you will keep him/her/them out of the way of the evil ones and his wicked schemes.  Lead _______________________ not into temptation and deliver him/her/them from evil and the evil one. (Galatians 5:16)  

Please  bring to my child's mind when he/she sins that he/she has an Advocate in Jesus Christ(1 John 2:1)  Guide him/her/them to confess any sin so that you can forgive him/her/them and cleanse him/her/them from all unrighteousness. Thank you Lord for being there with my child/children, leading him/her/them to a greater reliance on You. (1 John 2:1)  

SUGGESTIONS for praying the Bible Promises for your Child/ren:
Copy and paste and print the above and take it with you in your Bible on your daily errands, to work, flying, long road trips, etc.  Claim the promises as you do your regular devotionals/Bible readings.
  1. Make or purchase Scripture Cards that you can carry with you in your pocket/purse and pull out for cues to prayer. 
  2. Access this prayer from your device or home computer with a book mark.
  3. Use the Bible verses to write your own personalized prayers for angelic protection for someone you love.
  4. Note the date and circumstances of this prayer being answered -- a prayer journal is a handy place to do this... Here are some additional ideas for a Prayer Journal
  5. Share with others when this prayer has been answered!  I would also love to hear about it (in the Comments Section below)-- others who are praying for their kids and grandkids will be blessed and encouraged by your sharing of your victories!
Do you want to know more about the topic of 'overcoming temptation' as the Bible teaches?

 You can find a list of the other prayers in Prayers that Prevail for Your Children on my post HERE.