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by Gretchen Rodriguez
Agape Life Ministries, Inc
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Jacksonville Beach, FL 32240
October 14:        Be Still
by Gretchen Rodriguez

There are those who have been crying out to God for an answer to prayer and a breakthrough for their situation.
Many have heard only one thing from the Lord, “Stand.” Yet, the circumstances around you are seemingly worse and
the enemy is doing all he can do, to convince you that God doesn’t hear you. Today, I believe many of you will find
encouragement in the scripture below.

“And He said, go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and
strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and
after the wind and earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord
was not in the fire but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.”
1 Kings 19:11-12

In that moment Elijah was totally at the mercy of God. He stood on the mount, in very dangerous conditions, in total
surrender and abandoned trust to the will of God. He could have run for cover, but he didn’t. He knew that the safest
place to be was in the will of God; and so he stood. Elijah did hear the voice of the Lord in a place of being still before

We too must stay focused upon the Lord and not be moved by the circumstances around us. Lean into His presence
and listen for Him to speak, just as Elijah did. You will find your answer in a place of peace; in the safety of His
presence. He loves you.

October 13, 2010:        Children of Light
by Jennifer Underwood

Keeping oneself in the Light of Christ is an ongoing consideration while living in this present world of darkness.  

At times, it can appear to be an overwhelming responsibility, when we think of managing our own heart, plus our home
and family, our field of work and our greater sphere of influence throughout the church body, the community, state,
country and nations. And yet, we are called to walk as children of the light.  "For you were once darkness, but now
you are light in the Lord.  Walk as children of light.   Ephesians 5:8  NKJV

Confessing Christian individuals, teams, organizations and governments bow under the pressure and sometimes make
concessions to the darkness, as daily life moves at a fast pace and the world swirls around them.  This is why our light
must shine even brighter as the days shorten until the return of Christ. In these days and times, we must stay in full
agreement with the Light of the world, Jesus Christ. We must identify with Him as we go about our daily affairs knowing
that we can outshine the darkness wherever we are.  We are the righteous and we belong only to the Light. The light
of the righteous rejoices!     Proverbs 13:9  NKJV

If we do our part, we have a powerful hope that strengthens us each day.  Meditate on  II Corinthians 4:6
When God commands something, it is finished.  It is solidly established and eternal.  When the Father equips His
children for the task, we can be assured that we have what we need to complete it.  This is the encouragement that
we draw from.

"For it is the God Who commanded light to shine out of darkness, Who has shone in our hearts, to give the light of the
knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."

Make it a priority to walk in His light today.  Be a child of the Light in your sphere and together we will walk as
children of Light.

October 23:        Simply Believe
by Gretchen Rodriguez

Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have
” Mark 11:24 NKJV

The Word of God holds many keys which, if we dare to believe, will unlock doors that lead to answered prayer. Many
have the hardest time accepting some of the simplest truths of Scripture. It is simple and yet profound that by
believing, truly believing we can have what we ask for when we pray, we will have it if we ask according to the will of
God. (James 4:3)

We must come with confident trust that is willing to wait for God to answer in His timing. Our soul will come to a place
of peace if it remains fixed upon the Lord in total expectation. We must train our minds to resist entertaining thoughts
of doubt and unbelief, wavering between two opinions. The Bible tells us we shouldn’t expect to receive anything from
the Lord if we are double minded. (James 1:6-8) As we grow in our love and trust of the Lord we are able to say, “My
soul waits silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense;
I shall not be moved.” Psalm 62:5-6 NKJV
Do not allow yourself to be moved. Believe God’s Word and frame your world with His Words. (Romans 10:17)

I encourage you to go back and pick up the promises of God that you have let fall to the ground. God wants to bless
you and to answer the desires of your heart! Once you are sure of God’s will, ask in faith, and then do not be moved
as you wait upon Him. You will have the things you ask for if you ask with a heart totally abandoned to Him. It’s as
simple as that!

“Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after
you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.” Hebrews 10:35-36 NKJV

November 10:        Change
Gretchen Rodriguez

Change is inevitable; whether it is our job, church, physical location, or a number of other things, at some point we
are all lead by the Lord to change things in our lives. Many times when the Lord prompts us to make a change, He
leaves us with few details other than His desire for a shift.
For example, He may tell us to get a different job, but not tell us how to get it. Or, He may tell us to move- telling us
what state to move to, but not what city. He may even call you to the ministry, but not tell you how to begin or even
what it will take to get there! Sometimes the shifts are exciting and other times they are alarming. At some point or
another we all hear the Lord telling us to make changes. Since we know that God loves us and His will is ultimately the
best for our lives, we must always yield our desires to Him.

Through the years I have learned that regardless how absurd the changes He asks me to make may seem, there is one
way to know if the shift I am sensing is from the Lord. The determining factor MUST be the presence of the Lord. If the
decision you are making gives you peace deep inside, regardless of what your mind says, and you can feel His presence
when you are alone with Him, then it most likely is the Lord. (Of course the Lord will never tell us to do anything
contrary to His Word!)

When God told Moses to lead the children of Israel out of Sinai, Moses' response was:
“If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. For how then will it be known that Your people
and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us?" Exodus 33:15-16  

It is vital that in every decision, every choice we make, we are always mindful of His presence. Moses was determined
that if God was going to ask him to do difficult things, then God's presence would be the determining factor. He told
the Lord that he would not take one step unless he was led by His presence!

I pray that you too will be led by His presence in every decision you make. Do not be led by what your mind can
accept; be led by the Holy Spirit inside of you.

December 12:        Jesus, Our Power To Change
Gretchen Rodriguez

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind
and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of
God in Christ Jesus.
” Philippians 3:13-14

Jesus is our prize, our goal, our great reward, and our power to change! In order to reach forward, pressing into a
closer walk with Him, we must let go of everything that hinders love. Although we come, many times, into His presence
carry burdens, mindsets, sins, and cares of this world, we must not come out of His presence with them. If we chose
to come into His presence, leaving behind everything that fights for our attention, His presence will change us and
through His glory we will be transformed into the image of Christ. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

When the children of Israel would come before the Lord to worship, they would enter through the gate in one
direction, but leave in the opposite direction. This gives us an illustration of how the Lord desires us to come into His
presence one way, but leave another! Do not be satisfied with casual visits from the Lord. Unlike the children of Israel,
we can actually choose to abide in His presence and have continual communion with Him. Regardless of how often we
turn our focus off of Him, by His grace we can continually turn it back to Him. I encourage you today, and every day,
to set Him as your goal. Do not be satisfied with anything, or anyone less!

But when the people of the land come before the Lord on the appointed feast days, whoever enters by way of the north
gate to worship shall go out by way of the south gate; and whoever enters by way of the south gate shall go out by way
of the north gate. He shall not return by way of the gate through which he came, but shall go out through the opposite
” Ezekiel 46:9

Gretchen Rodriguez
Kingdom Culture Ministries, Inc.
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