Archive | January 2016

The Power of Hope


page 18 middleMargaret (Peggy) Kannaday
707 Torrey Pines Lane
Fort Mill, SC 29715
803 500 1267
lkannaday@gmail.com
Hope is Key to a Healthy Mind and Life
We know that it is impossible to please God if we do not have “faith”.
What is faith? Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. In short, without hope; there could be no faith.
Why? Because faith is based on the content of what the person is hoping to experience or attain. Hope is a required prerequisite to activate God’s power in your life.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, and a hopeless person is very sad, depressed and ill. We must keep our hope strong at all costs.
Christians are so blessed because they all have the hope of their salvation. They know that this life is just a vapor, and then we move onward and upward to a glorious life with The Lord Jesus Christ.
A Christian should never feel hopeless on a continual basic because we have the Word of God. We gain hope from reading God’s wonderful promises every day.
Faith is dependent on having hope, and it also comes through hearing the Word of God. Hearing the Word of God produces hope in our hearts and minds.
We need the Word of God as our daily food. When we focus on God’s Words; we can be totally free from heaviness, sadness and depression.
There is Christ’s life in the Words of God. The power of The Holy Spirit manifests Himself as we read, study and live by The Word of God.
Many people are losing hope in the world system, the church, the leaders in every area of society. This is alright because when we lose hope in the world system and in everything around us; it can be the start of our putting out total hope and trust in Jesus Christ.

When our hope is in salvation; our hope will never be deferred. Jesus Christ has already paid the price on the cross. Our salvation has already been paid for, and it is fully complete.
Our salvation includes, eternal life with God, healings, blessings, deliverance and a blessed life. Our hope is secure when we put it in the Lord Jesus Christ and the Word of God.
Our family, friends, jobs, and other things in our lives may at times fail us, and many Christians will fall away from their faith before the Lord Jesus returns.
Many times in the history of the prophets before us; they were left all alone and without any friend. Jesus Himself was abandoned by many of His disciples, and He said that He endured the cross for the joy that was set before Him.
In short, what kept Jesus from turning away from the cross was the hope that He held on to concerning the future He would have with His beloved Father.
It is the same with all of us. We Christians are being persecuted for Christ’s sake on a daily basis these days, but we can say along with Job, “Though He slay me; yet will I trust (and have hope) in Him”.
No matter what happens in our lives; we know that our Lord Jesus has been through much worse, and He has prepared the way for us to go through many afflictions, and He will deliver us out of them all.
So many people, even Christians are under attack to become hopeless. They are being bombarded with bad news 24/7. We must counteract these very bad news reports with the Word of God.
If all we hear daily is negative and very hopeless; we can easily become lethargic and down mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We must balance all of the bad disinformation and news with The Truth of The Word of God.
Because so many people are depressed in America, on drugs, on alcohol, and who are hooked on gambling and other vices; we must fight to live the victorious Christian life.
When we fight the negative with Bible reading, prayer and praise; we will not go too low into heaviness. We must pray to have the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
Having a hope-filled heart and speaking out words of thankfulness and praise fight off all hopeless feelings. God Himself inhabits the praises of His people.
When we are grateful to God for our very breath and our salvation; it will produce a wonderful hope in our heats for the future. No matter how difficult our present condition is; we can always have our hope for the future when we walk faithfully with Jesus Christ daily.
The closer we stay with The Lord; the most blessed we will be, and the most we can bless others. Paul and Silas were praising God after they were beaten and put in a filthy prison in chains. God gave them an earthquake and a supernatural way of escape out of their bondage. He will do the same for His people today.
If you can have hope when your situation seems hopeless; you will always be a winner. You will overcome the current situation by focusing on the future hope that is in Jesus Christ and His glorious salvation.
I pray that The Lord will give you the wonderful hope of salvation which will keep you safely. King James Bible
“But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation” (1 Thes. 5.8)
The protection of our minds; is the Helmet entitled “The Hope of Salvation”. It provides a guard against all negative thoughts and hopelessness.
When the movie, “The Passion” was shown all over the world; the masses of people went to see it because they knew it was about Jesus Christ. However, it was not complete because the movie left out the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Without the Resurrection of Jesus Christ; the story has a very sad ending. However, all of those who know The Lord Jesus Christ have the knowledge and promise of The Resurrection. Our lives have been renewed, revived, and we will be resurrected in the future.
We have the greatest future and hope because of Jesus’ victory over the grave and over death.
Our hope is in “He is Risen” . He is no longer in the tomb because He is Risen Indeed, and He sits at the right hand of God, The Father.
He is there interceding for His people night and day. When we pray; His resurrection power can flow through our mortal bodies to bring new life, new love and new hope for each one of us.
My prayer for you,
Dear Father, Please fill these innocent ones with Your love, joy, peace, faith and the hope of salvation. Please bless them with your helmet of salvation so that they can live with You for all eternity in Jesus Christ’s Name.
Peggy Kannaday is a Freelance Writer in Fort Mill, SC.
lkannaday@gmail.com, 803 500 1267
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No Greater Love!


“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).mf734

I was watching a documentary that was reporting on a severe tornado in the Midwest in the United States.

The whole area was devastated beyond recognition, and there was only debris where homes and buildings had been standing.

One of the first responders spoke to the camera, and he described the scene he found in a school that had been demolished.

He found the dead body of a woman teacher, and she was found over the bodies of three small children who were still alive.

I remember the man said, “Good job, teach”.  He understood what this teacher had done.  He realized her great sacrifice, and he commended her in his own way.

We know there are many heroes in the world who go into burning buildings, and pull out people from explosive vehicles, and who dive into icy waters to save people that they may not even know.  This is the ultimate demonstration of love for another person.

Recently, I read of about a celebrity, Jamie Fox who pulled the body of a man out of a vehicle  that had crashed near his home.  The car was on fire, and he risked his welfare in pulling the man out of the car.

There are many other cases of this type of heroism even among children and teenagers who saved people from disasters.  It shows that there is still love and decency in our society despite all of the bad news reports and crimes.

To have the love and courage to put your own life in jeopardy for the sake of another person is the supreme example of pure, unselfish and undefiled love.

It is the love that God The Father had when He sacrificed His only Son for our salvation and our eternal lives to live with Him for all eternity.  It is the same love That Jesus Christ demonstrated on the cross, when He took our place to die for our sins and trespasses.

God proved His love for each one of us.  He would have died on the cross to save the life of even one human being.

God’s love is without measure, and He has set the highest standard for His followers.  We must deny ourselves, take up our own crosses and follow Him in this life.  Those who desire to save their lives on this earth will lose them, and those who desire to lay down their lives for Christ’s sake will find them and save them.

“For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matthew 16:25)

Missionary, Jim Elliot who died in Ecuador, had already settled this in his mind before he was martyred.  He said, “He is no fool, who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose”.

Some of us, as Christians may be required to give our lives for Christ’s sake, but we also need to be willing to lay down our own plans, desires, and our own wills every day in order to obey our Lord Jesus and to trust in Him totally.  Most all of the great men of God were tested in the area of their devotion to The Lord.  There was Job, Joseph, Abraham, Daniel, David, Joshua, Caleb, The rich young ruler, Paul and all the disciples that had to stand strong in the faith of God.

We need to be praying that we will be able to stand strong when the time comes.

My prayer for you:

Dear Father,

Teach us Your ways, that we may please You.  Help us to stand strong in love, faith and hope during these most perilous times.

Fill us anew with Your Holy Spirit and Your power to be over comers in this life.  In The Name of Jesus Christ, and all for Your honor and glory, amen, amen and amen.

 

 

 

The Golden Key to a Wonderful Marriage


The heart of any society is the family unit, and the husband and wife are at the core of God’s building block.   That is the reason the relationship between a husband and a wife are under attack today.

God ordained His church to be a symbol of the marriage between one man and one woman.  Christ is supposed to be the Head of the marriage, just as He is ordained to be the Head of The Church.                                       

In my previous work; I had a chance to minister to pastors who were visiting the prayer mountain in order to pray.  These were very devout men of God who were married in most cases, and their wives were minding their churches while they were away for a month or so.

The one question that I asked them was, “Do you pray with your wife?”  

They usually said, “No”.  That was such a surprise to me as my whole life after my tremendous conversion in 1972 revolved around prayer.

I do not think that I would have ever survived all of the trials and afflictions that I went through if I had not totally relied upon prayer.  

I always prayed with my daughter and then later; I had a wonderful prayer partner who is a tent maker, and we pray every morning by phone for about one hour.

How great it is to have a sincere prayer partner who will be in agreement with each other.  There is exponential power in your prayers as you are in God’s love, unity and agreement.  It is life-changing.

When a Christian gets married, that person has an instant prayer partner, and a small church.  They have all of the potential to grow, mature and multiply as they abide in The Vine, Jesus Christ.

The Lord Jesus must always be at the center of our prayers, as praying

His will is crucial.  As Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Take This cup from Me, but not My will but Thine be done”.  In the final analysis; we must always realize that God’s will and our Father always know what is best.

I learned over many years that so many Christian ministers were missing out on the awesome power that they had at their disposal.  It is very convenient for a husband and wife to be their own prayer partners on a daily basis.  

Praying together is a bonding exercise, and it brings tremendous, positive results as God honors the holy Covenant of Marriage greatly.  When God is at the center of the prayers of the husband and wife; a threefold cord is formed which cannot be easily broken no matter how difficult the circumstances.

There is nothing impossible for a husband and wife that pray together daily.  All things “are” possible as they exercise their faith and trust in God through their daily prayers.

I always tried to encourage these pastors to go back home and pray with their wives.  I think for those not accustomed to pray with their spouse; it could be awkward at first, but if they continue on; it will become their most intimate, and blessed time of each day.

“How can husbands and wives meet each other’s needs?”

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They can meet each other’s need through their prayers for one another.  I have never found any challenge, problem or attack that could not be overcome through this method of praying for one another.  We are commanded to pray for one and another, and it is an honor to pray for the needs of your spouse.  

Lift up the needs of your spouse, and watch as the answers come in.  It is very exciting and rewarding to experience God’s faithfulness as He brings in His promises with your faith, patience and prayers.  

What does a godly marriage look like?

A Godly marriage looks like a beautiful Wedding Cake with the bride and groom standing on the top.  The bride and groom are triumphant in their marriage, and if they place God at the center and at the head; they will never fail.

A marriage that is ordained and blessed by almighty God will be a glorious example of God’s own relationship with His beloved Church.  It will be a blessing to all those who perceive it, and it will bring honor and glory to The Lord Jesus Christ as it grows in Him.

Why should God always be kept at the center?

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The reason that God must always be kept at the center and head of your marriage is because the marriage is and has always been under satanic attack.  

The marriage, the family and all of our society are under siege during these current end times.  

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We cannot combat these assaults without the power of The Holy Spirit, and without the power of almighty God.  We must give our lives, our marriages, our families, our churches and our countries unto the Lord for His protection, peace and so that He can bring in the leaders that He chooses.  God knows the beginning and the end, and He alone can bring the victory in any given situation.

Our God is all-knowing, all-powerful and omnipresent.  He will always assist those who trust and put their total faith in Him.  He alone is worthy of our trust and faith as He proved His love for each and every one of us on the cross.

If we abide in Him, and He abides in us; we will continue to grow up in Him and into His image.  The wonderful golden key is prayer.  

The family was designed to multiply; just as the church should be multiplying.  We can only multiply as we abide in The Vine Jesus Christ.

My prayer for you:

Dear Heavenly Father,

We pray that all of your men and women of God will abide in Your Son Jesus Christ, and we will grow up into maturity, and we will bear much fruit for Your Kingdom, honor and glory.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen, amen and amen.