About Belinda Williams

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Praises, Prayers and Petitions


Praise Reports
·         Shannon second stint procedure successful
·         Paul - healing nicely
·         Andrew - surgery complete



Prayer Requests
·         Lou Ann - grandson brain dead
·         Rogers - kidney failure
·         Lynn - side effects of chemo
·         Glenn - spiritual attack
·         Steve and Debbie - Rwanda Missions
·         LM - salvation and deliverance
·         Kay - healing and favor
·         Belinda and Michelle - preparations for Uganda trip
·         Berly's mother-in-law - cancer


Cuba
·         Population 11.3 million
·         56.2% professing Christians
·         About 8% Evangelical

·         Prevailing Religion - Roman Catholicism



Friday, February 19, 2016

Priceless!

What is the value of your life?  Extensive research has been done by companies, government entities, judicial courts and insurance industries to determine the value of human life.  They all have their reasons as to why they need a monetary figure of what your life is worth; but can they ever fully measure the value of life?  From my calculations, it is impossible to measure the full worth of someone.  You can approximate life span and general health based on known factors, but the contributions to the earth by one person is immeasurable.  You can't calculate potential.  You cannot calculate intangible, but very real contributions in lives and families.  When someone tries to value or devalue your life, they had better watch out.  In all probability, they don't see who you really are.

You are a work of art.  A masterpiece.  A Designer's original.  How can man dare to try to assign a value to you.  Now a good appraiser will examine, study, analyze  a piece of art to ascertain its true worth.  They look at the style and condition of the piece being evaluated.  When examining God's people, they can see the external, but they can't see the uniqueness of the expression of God in us.  They can't see the gifts, the insights, the heart that the Savior has redeemed.  They may try to look at the artist's previous works to see if you, His artwork, are consistent with His techniques.  Our Creator is THE CREATOR.  From the creation of the aardvark to the zebra, you see His unique eye that He puts into everything He breathed life into.  There is some consistency in His uncommon designs, but they remain immeasurable. 

The appraiser will also look at comparable works of the artist.  God's family is born of and filled with the same Spirit. Yet, He manifests Himself differently through each one according to His will.  When you view us through God's eyes, we are exquisite one of a kinds.  When examining the quality of the size, age, complexity and coloring of God's art, I believe most appraisers would quit at this point.  As much as experts try to label us as black, white, brown, yellow and red, none of those colors do justice to the tones and hues of God's family.  We are all different body types with varying features.  Some of us have thin noses, others big lips.  Still other have protruding foreheads, while others have long fingers.  Original? That's us. Valuable? Absolutely. Measurable? Impossible.


14 I will praise You, for £I am fearfully and wonderfully made;  Marvelous are Your works,  And that my soul knows very well. Psalms 139:14(NKJV)

Since our value is incalculable, let's not undervalue ourselves.  We are fearfully and wondrously made.  Shame on ourselves if we think we are not gifted, unattractive, dumb, stupid or worthless.  Those are words and descriptors originating from our enemy.  Don't believe the lies.  Believe God.  Not only  did He create us.  He knows us.  According to the bible, God knows us, our names and calls us by name (John 10:3, 14-15; Isaiah 43:1).  The word of God even goes further and tells us He knows what we need before we even ask us (Matthew 6:8).  Jesus said the very hairs of our heads are numbered. 

3Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel.  4And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.  Jeremiah 18:3-4(NKJV)

What is your real value?  You are priceless!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Praises, Prayers and Petitions

Praise Reports
·         Sir James Edward Johnson was born healthy and beautiful
·         Stint successfully inserted for Shannon (one more to go)
·         Lauren made honor society and special honor with Duke University





Prayer Requests
·         Carswell family - bereavement
·         Shannon - healing
·         Rodney - healing
·         Doris - healing
·         Pastor Botha - healing
·         Paul - healing
·         Palmers - mission trip
·         Ginny - healing
·         CMB - healing


Albania
·         Located in Southeastern Europe
·         Surrounded by Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia and Greece
·         One of the poorest countries in Europe
·         Home country of Mother Theresa
·         Population - 3.2 million
·         26.7 Christian - Less than .4% Evangelical
·         Prevalent Religion - Islam


Thursday, February 4, 2016

But I Said In Jesus Name...

Before I became a believer, I knew to end every prayer with the phrase "In the Name of Jesus."  It was years after my salvation before I begin to think about why we say it all the time.  Even when someone prays and don't use those words, we insert it in our minds.  I think we believe if we tag His name on the end of a prayer or plaster it on a program, we have His stamp of approval. 

"In His Name" is not a magical phrase or a lucky charm that allows us to do anything or get everything we want.  It denotes relationship.  I know many feel like we are in partnership with God.  We sing, "Jesus take the wheel" while we are still trying to shift the gears and press the gas and brake pedals.  He is the Leader and we are His followers.  Jesus' request was for us to follow Him, not walk with Him on equal footing.  When we learn to follow Him, we become friends, even family, who follow His lead.  After all, we see with very limited vision.  Our  truth is developed out of our very finite abilities to process information.  We make decisions based on known factors when there is so much we can't see or know.  On the other hand, God sees the whole picture - wait...He created the picture.  He knows all of the facts and details (including your desires).  He also knows, better than we do, all that we are capable of when we follow His lead and believe His word.    

14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.  Romans 8:14(NKJV)

I firmly believe you can walk so closely with God that His leading becomes transparent in the spirit realm.  In other words, you are following so intimately that you know you are on course and if you deviate, you sense it immediately.  It is that "oneness" with Him, that releases Him to answer your prayers, even the unspoken ones.  It is that agreement between His role and your role, that allows you to freely ask and receive. 


21that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.  22And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 
23I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.  John 17:21-23(NKJV)


In Jesus name  is more than a statement, a mantra, a magic-prayer-granting-ending to your petitions.  It is a lifestyle of agreement with the Almighty One.  When we really choose to follow, we no longer make plans, rattle off prayer desires and check off our weekly commitments of time with Him by adding that phrase.  Instead, we approach the day with an openness and flexibility that allows Him to see through your actions that you live IN HIS NAME. 

12“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.  13And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  14If you £ask anything in My name, I will do it.  John 14:12-14(NKJV)


I pray that you truly let Him take the wheel and lead you each and every day - In Jesus Name!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Praises, Prayers and Petitions

Praise Reports
·         Juanita test results benign
·         Rose place 4th overall, 1st in several events
·         Tirea - work objectives exceeded


Prayer Requests
·         Shannon - heart
·         Lauren - healing
·         Craig family - bereavement
·         Lottie - work and family struggles
·         Palmers - mission trip
·         Thippu - wisdom and revelation
·         Kay - bereavement and favor
·         Teri - strength and wisdom
·         Papa Nelson - healing
·         Paul - healing
·         Richard - healing and deliverance
·         Kathy - healing
·         Trudy - healing


Mauritius
·         Mountainous island located in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar
·         Population - 1.2 million
·         31.5 professing Christians (8.2% Evangelical
·         Primary Religion - Hinduism



Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Praises, Prayers and Petitions

Praise Reports
·         Paul out of hospital
·         Belinda received 4 new tires free
·         Kathy out of hospital
·         Lynn - lungs clear of cancer




Prayer Requests
·         Bjork - healing
·         Lottie - peace and favor
·         Victims of Eufala shooting
·         Kim - wisdom
·         Leye - favorable decision
·         Ida - rest
·         Angela - peace and wisdom
·         Christie - wisdom
·         Shannon - healing
·         Ana - easy birth


Kazakhstan
·         Extends from the Caspian Sea in the west to the Altai Mountains
·         Bordered by China, Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan
·         Population 16.7m+
·         21.8% Professing Christians - .6% Evangelical
·         Primary Religion - Islam

Friday, January 22, 2016

Peek a Boo

Have you ever played peek-a-boo with a child?  It is a game of hide and seek, but in plain sight.  It's a very simple game, but one little kids typically enjoy playing.  Many believers seem to play the same game with God.  They duck their heads as if God can't see them hiding.  Just because we can't see Him, doesn't mean His eyes are not on us.  We fool ourselves with our limited vision.  I think sometimes we feel like if we stay away from church, God loses sight of us and our behavior.  The out of sight out of mind thinking.  Though the Lord no longer presents Himself in flesh and blood human form, He is very much present with us.  He is with you everywhere you go.  Beloved, He sees you.

24 Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him?” says the Lord;     “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord. Jeremiah 23:24(NKJV)

One of the names of God is "El Roi" meaning the God who sees.  The only reference to this particular name of God is in Genesis 16.  Hagar, a maidservant to Sarai, was given to Sarai's husband Abram as a wife.  After becoming pregnant with Abram's child, she was kicked out of the camp because she no longer viewed Sarai with respect. Hagar ran off from the only authority she knew in her life, but was confronted by the ultimate authority in God.  After an encounter with the presence of the Lord, she promptly called Him - El Roi, the God who Sees. 

God sees all.  He sees the good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful.  He saw Hagar's obedience as she was given to Sarai's husband at Sarai's request; and he saw Hagar's heart as she despised her patron.  He saw it all.  Instead of just berating her for running off, El Roi let her know that He saw her and then gave her direction, hope and the plan for the son she had yet to birth.

Like Hagar, you may be running from God.  You may have gotten hurt in church or disappointed because of struggles in life.  It may be because you don't like the expectations found in the Word of God or you simply don't believe God likes you.  Maybe you don't think you matter to God.  Let me assure you, you matter.  El Roi sees you, loves you and knows you.  You can run all you want, but He is right there with you.  I think Psalm 139:7-12 sums it up best:

7Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there;  If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. 9If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall £fall on me,”  Even the night shall be light about me; 12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You. Psalms 139:7-12(NKJV)

You may say Peek a Boo, but God says, "I see YOU!"

Monday, January 18, 2016

Praises, Prayers and Petitions

Praise Reports
·         Tirea's work prospered
·         Rose placed in gymnastics
·         Kathy - doing much better
·         Bro Thip outreaches effective for Kingdom

 






Prayer Requests
·         Paul Thornton - healing
·         Kaydience's parents - saved, delivered, healing
·         Juanita - healing
·         Shannon - healling
·         Lee - healing
·         St. Julian - healing
·         Dee - peace and wisdom
·         Angela- healing and wisdom for docs
·         Michael - salvation
·         Rodney - healing
·         Cody - protection and wisdom
·         Dad Nelson - healing
·         Kay - comfort, peace and walk in forgiveness
·         Ken Botha - Stroke




Singapore
·         Bordered by the  Riau Archipelago in Indonesia and Malaysia
·         Population  - 5.1 million
·         13.4% Professing Christian (6.1 Evangelical)
·         Primary Religion - Buddhism

Friday, January 15, 2016

The Souls, the Souls the Souls


I know a fellow believer who recently had a visitation from the Lord.  Over dinner with a group of friends,  he shared his experience with God.  Normally this man doesn't speak much or socialize often; but he had a story to tell.  Before I share it with you let me back up and tell you about an encounter I had with the Spirit of God prior to this meeting.  Just a few days before, I was reading a devotional and as I was meditating on the message of the writer, I heard the Lord clearly ask me a question.  "How long will you let your kingdom stand?"  I was shocked! What?  I don't have a kingdom.  I am careful to give Him all the glory.  What was God referring to?  I asked Him.  His response shook me.  I felt God say that most believers have some remnant of their kingdom still standing.  Of course, I asked again what He meant.  Let me summarize and say that basically when we have anything that we cling to with or without regard to the Lord's will, it is our little kingdom.  Some of us say we will go into to some countries and people groups and not into certain others.  For others, we will not move out in ministry until our children are grown or we have a certain amount of money or possessions paid off.  Other little kingdoms include our appetites for food, things, power and influence.  For each person it is different; but until our little kingdoms are destroyed, we will never be able to move in the fullness of the authority, power and love of the Kingdom. These things are in the way of us being one with Christ and fulfilling the desires of His heart.  Needless to say, I stayed in prayer for quite a while tearing down my little Kingdom.

Now back to my friend's encounter with God.  He was in prayer meeting a few other intercessors.  From the perspective of the other intercessors at dinner with us, all of a sudden, this man fell to the floor and started praying in tongues loudly.  This was not only atypical for him, but the length of time that it went on was curious.  He didn't remember falling or praying loudly.  He remembered opening his eyes and seeing Jesus.  He knew it was Jesus, but was surprised because he looked different than any image of Him he'd ever seen.  Of course, he could feel the overwhelming love and acceptance of God.  At some point Jesus opened his eyes to see the lost souls in the earth.  As the man relayed the encounter to us, he would cry and say, "the souls, the souls, the souls." He would be emotionally transported back to the visitation and he would weep.  The weeping was frustrating for him because now he was prone to cry at any time in any place.  I was amazed.  This quiet, almost shy man was completely changed in the presence of the Savior.  I was also encouraged that in this hour in the earth, Jesus could have spoke to this man about many things, but He didn't.  He didn't speak about the upcoming elections in America, the state of the various nations of the earth or the personal wants and desires of this man.  The overriding take away from this encounter was the God's heart for souls.  Jesus cares about the lost, the broken, the captive, the blind and the hurting.  That is His heart.

One question:  Are you in sync with His heart?  Does your conversations, social media postings, emails, preaching and teaching reflect God's heart for souls or the wants and desires of your little mini Kingdom?


...the souls, the souls, the souls

Monday, January 11, 2016

Praises, Prayers and Petitions

Praise Reports
·         James received favor in legal case
·         Randy received a visitation that has changed him
·         Mom Ward released to rehab

 











Prayer Requests
·         Rodney - health and memory
·         Wilhelmina - breast cancer
·         Tracy - MS, diabetes, high blood pressure
·         Breena - employment
·         Michael - healing and deliverance
·         Kaydience family to stay together




United Arab Emirates
·         Located at the tip of the Arabian peninsula bordering Saudi Arabia and Oman
·         Population 5.6 million (85% of population non-citizens)
·         8% Professing Christians (1.4% Evangelical)
·         Primary Religion - Islam


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Free at Last


My brother could be called many things including a poet, an adventurer and even foolhardy. He has always felt like he was free to do whatever he wanted.  He took it to heart that he lived in the land of the free.  Unfortunately, the land was free, but my brother was often arrested for exercising his freedoms.  On one such occasion, I went to get him out of jail for reciting poetry in a shopping/tourist area.  I knew I needed a bail bondsman so I grabbed a phone book and noticed one named Free At Last.  Though I chuckled at the name, I ended up not needing help since the police released my brother in the hopes that he would stop using his freedom so publicly (in the land of the free). 

 America has always been liberal with its freedom declaration.  Although noble in its intention, this ideal of freedom has lead many into great bondage.   After all, are you truly free just because you get to say whatever you want?  Most of our free speech reflect the depth and degree of bondage Americans are in from additions and prejudices to selfishness  and greed.  Don't misunderstand, I do love the freedoms we have in our country; but true freedom cannot be found in a government, social systems or mandates.  It can only be found where the Leader can release true freedom to the people.  The Land of the Free is more accurately known as the Kingdom of God.

One of my favorites scriptures is Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage (NKJV).   The English Standard Version says it this way, " For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery."  Freedom is intended for people to actually be free.  As believers, we are to walk in complete freedom.  This is not only just freedom from sin, but freedom in all areas of life.  This requires unwavering trust in God.

We are to walk in financial freedom. Being debt free is good, but it is not financial freedom.  A homeless person can be debt free.  True financial freedom is when you have all of your resources available to God at any time.  If you have $50 and the Lord asks you to give away $49, you are free if you can do it trusting that He will provide all your needs.  In the same way, you can only say you live free, when your dependence is only upon God and you wait daily for Him to lead you.  So often we schedule ministry activities, church attendance and Christian outreach around our schedules.  When you are truly abiding in the Land of the Free (aka the Kingdom of God), you are always available for what the King of the Kingdom would like you to do. Everything else is scheduled in light of the King's plans and purposes

My encouragement to you is to enter the Kingdom of God by way of the cross of Jesus Christ and abide in the Land of the Free.  It's a place where you can really declare "Free at Last!"