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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Joy in Certain Victory!

Joy in Certain Victory! 

 Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. (I Thessalonians 5:16-19)

 

Unquenchable, unshakable joy ought to be the defining characteristic of the life of a believer. Jesus IS our joy, and He is unchanging—no matter what our circumstances are.

 

Through communing with Him constantly in prayer, we receive Him as our joy in our daily moments. Notice how these concepts are connected in the above passage, one after the other: rejoice constantly, pray constantly, give thanks in everything, don’t quench the Spirit . . . because we receive the Spirit of God within us through prayer (communion with God) and we demonstrate it through rejoicing and giving thanks in everything.

 

The state of prayer is a state of joy. Joy and prayer are inseparably linked…because joy isn’t an emotion or a feeling. It’s a Person, Jesus Christ, and the sure, deep delight and confidence we have in Him. Scripture confirms that God “makes us joyful in [His] house of prayer” (Isaiah 56:7). We possess that joy because Jesus has overcome sin, death, evil, and our flesh. He’s won the victory already. And in Him, so have we. Temporary obstacles can’t defeat us. Struggles of life can’t bring us down. We’re already living in the heavenly kingdom . . . and through “praying without ceasing,” we keep ourselves in the awareness of that kingdom and reality despite our earthly challenges.

 

Today, let’s march out to the battle that is set before us singing, praising, praying, and giving thanks, just as the army of Israel did (I Chronicles 20). The victory IS won, and today, the victory in you is won or lost in the prayer closet. Wrestle with God in prayer until He gives confidence that IT IS DONE . . . then go forth praising Him for that sure victory!

 

Father, take the blinders off our eyes. Thank You that we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of You, and not of us. You have cast out the works of darkness; make it manifest in this physical realm.

And to the enemy, we say, The Lord rebuke you! You are bound. You are defeated. You have no place here. Greater is He that is in us than you, who are in the world. This is not your hour, nor the power of darkness! That happened two thousand years ago at the Cross—and you were defeated by the Light! This is the hour of victory. This is the hour of the increase of the Kingdom of God. This is the hour of the power and holiness of God.

Thank you, Father, for the victory You have already won. We stand in that victory. We claim it, and we speak it. It is done. This is the confidence that we have in You, that if we ask anything according to Your will, You hear us—and we know that if You hear, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions we have desired of You. Thank you, Father. This is for Your recognition, in Your Son’s name. Amen.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Before We Can Pray...

Before We Can Pray…

It’s so easy to want to keep some of the world in our hearts. We tell ourselves it’s okay. And maybe the worldly thing isn’t even a sin.

But what did Jesus do?

He set Himself completely apart. He laid aside what He wanted. He denied every particle of the world—for our sakes. That we might also be made holy, separate, set apart for others’ sake. (John 17:16-19)

That’s our call. He has made us to be priests—intercessors, coming before God on behalf of others.

What does that have to do with holiness?

Just this: a thought comes to your mind. It’s not a godly thought, but maybe it doesn’t seem like too bad a thought. Or maybe it does. Either way, you want to think about it for a bit.

What if that was the moment that God decided to answer your prayers for the person you love most . . . and you’re about to negate it by your filthy thoughts?


What if that was the moment God was about to pour out His inspiration for your writing and break through your writer’s block?


What if that was the moment God wanted to show Himself strong in your life and cause you to enter into His victory over the thing you struggle with the most?

“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” (Psalm 66:18)

Iniquity is happens in both the mind and heart. It’s meditation upon our own things, upon sin, upon what pleases our flesh. For your sake and for the sake of others, beg God to pardon your iniquities and receive His strength and power to set your affections wholly on things above, not on things on the earth.

Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts. 

I sat not in the assembly of the merrymakers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand…

Therefore thus saith the LORD, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile [worthless], thou shalt be as my mouth: let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them. 

And I will make thee unto this people a fenced brasen wall: and they shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail against thee: for I am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee, saith the LORD. (Jeremiah 15:16-20)

Receive God’s truth and be sanctified! Set your mind above! Live set apart! Live holy—because He’s holy, and for others. Others might think you’re strange, but what does it matter in light of eternity?

Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed (holy) be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil—for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen. 

Friday, October 16, 2020

You're Invited Into the Work of God

You're Invited Into the Work of God

Praise God that He has made us kings and priests unto Himself (Revelation 1:6, 5:10)!

But what does it mean to be a king and a priest?

A king: one who rules and reigns

A priest: one who comes before God on behalf of the people, bearing their names before Him in intercession

We’ll look at the ruling and reigning next week, but for now let’s focus on our work as a priest of God.

God is doing a mighty work and advancing His kingdom upon this earth, but He wants His people to be a part of it. So many times in Scripture, God waited to move until one of His people asked Him to.

Seven times in three chapters Jesus gives this command with promise:

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 

If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. 
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. 
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. 

Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. (John 14:13-14; 15:7-8, 16; 16:23-24, 26-27)

Ask! It shall be done! Do we believe this? Do we live this? Prayer is the work, the ministry, the battlefield.

From Scripture, we know:

God is love. (I John 4:19)

Love does not seek its own. (I Corinthians 13:5)

Therefore, God does not seek His own. When He purposes to do something, instead of just doing it, He says to one of His children, “Suggest to Me that I do this. Join Me in My work through prayer.”

When the person prays, THEN God does His work. Indeed, He does not seek His own! He could do everything Himself, but He loves to use us!

For us as Christian writers, the call to prayer manifests itself both in our daily life and in our writing life. Ask! You shall receive! Whatever you need in your daily life, He will supply. Ask! Whatever you need in your writing life, He will supply. Ask! It is amazing what a divine touch weaves itself through our manuscripts as we bathe the writing and editing processes in constant prayer.

And as daughters of the King of Kings, we ought to do no less.

Father, like Jacob, may we wrestle with You through prayer. As a prince, we have power with God and with man, and as a prince, we prevail. Please prompt us to join You in Your work through prayer continually and remind us to do so. May we carry out the priestly work of intercession that You have given us.

Challenge: meditate on one or more of the above passages. Ask God to grant you full belief in those words in your mind, heart, and life. Cultivate a habit of continual prayer by including God in your thoughts . . . instead of merely thinking thoughts, turn them into prayers to Him for the purpose of fellowship and knowing Him.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Oct 15

 First Day of Camp


Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.

Hebrews 12:2

It's the first day of camp. Excitement has been building and ideas are churning through our brains just waiting to be turned into amazing stories. We grab our pens, or open our document on the computer, and start to write. It's exciting!

But what happens when we get stuck? When we run into criticism, writer's block, or dead ends? What happens if we have no idea where the story should go next, or if the ideas you had don't work? What about when our characters don't act like we think they should? Are we done? Do we give up?

Let's look at our verse for today again.

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.

Jesus is our Author! He is writing our story. He knows when hardships come, when difficulties and stress press us on every side. He knows when our pitiful human stories that we are trying to write aren't working. He knows it all! And yet, Jesus isn't just the Author. He is the Finisher! I love that!

Do any of you have stories you've not finished? I know I do. I have some I doubt I'll ever finish, some I hope to finish, and others I'm not sure about. But Jesus is never like that. He is never at a loss as to what to do next. He never has to ask for someone else's opinion about our lives. He not only knows the beginning, the start of our story, but He knows the ending.

It's an amazing thought to think that Jesus is writing our story and WILL finish it!

But don't forget the very first part of the verse.

LOOKING

We should have our eyes on the great Author and Finisher of our faith.

As we go through the next days and weeks of writing here at camp, let us keep looking to Jesus. Let us use our stories to point others to Him. Let us trust that our Author and Finisher knows all things and will work things out for our good no matter what is going on.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Coming Soon!

Autumn Camp Coming Soon!

It's hard for some of us to believe that our next camp is just around the corner! Less than three weeks until we unlock the gates and start letting campers in.

Our Autumn Camp will run from October 15 – November 15.

Gates will open for registration on October 1st, and camp will close on November 30th. 

Are you coming? Do you have any friends who might be interested?

If you are thinking about joining the Fall Camp, here are a few things you can do to prepare:

  • Pray! (It's always a good idea to pray about your stories if you want them to glorify our Lord.)
  • Decide on a story (or several) to work on during camp. (I like to have a main story and then a couple backup ones just in case the first one runs into difficulty.)
  • Figure out when you write best during the day (or night). (Knowing when you write best can help you get more words written during camp.
  • Decide on a reasonable (or crazy) goal. (Personally, I like reasonable goals. If they are too large I tend to just give up because I know I can't reach them. I'd rather need to up my goal to keep me motivated.)
  • If you write best with snacks on hand, collect some for the weeks of camp.
  • Get excited! (One key to getting a good start on camp is to be excited!)
  • Find family members and/or friends who will support you and your story (or stories if you are like me and tend to switch them out).
  • Spread the word about it. (Feel free to share this website on your social media accounts, on your blogs, via email, or in good old fashioned letter form.
  • Pray some more. (We are told to do ALL things for the glory of God. That includes our writing.)

 

If there are ways you are preparing for Camp, let us know! We'd love to hear your ideas.

~Auntie Rebekah

Friday, July 31, 2020

Welcome

Welcome!


Well, here it is. The Headquarters for the King's Daughters' Writing Camp.

I don't know how often we'll post on here, but we'll be sure to let you know when we are planning a new camp, or perhaps, if someone publishes their book (that they were working on during camp), we'll do a special post about it.

I know it may feel lonely and strange to have to go back to writing alone without the encouragement, support, and fellowship of other writers, but remember that no matter where you are, your Heavenly Father is there with you. He will help, strengthen, encourage, and guide you if you are willing to rest in Him.

Go forward from strength to strength, dear writers!
Write for the glory of God and not man's praise.

Go forward from strength to strength, dear sisters!
Live for the glory of God and not human attention.

Until next time!
~Auntie Rebekah