About Bette Cox

Born, raised, educated, employed, married and widowed, all in Florence, SC, USA. Mother of two, grandmother of two, great-grandmother of four. Also "owned" by four rescued kitties, who all love me! Reader / writer / blogger. Follower of Jesus. Intercessor. Life-long Learner, too.

A three-fold battle

Exodus 17:8-16 – intercessory prayer is part of a 3-fold battle; Moses (leader who gets tired; President Trump); Aaron and Hur (experienced supporters; intercessors); and Joshua and his hand-picked warriors (attorneys and their legal teams).

The Lord woke me up early this morning with this passage. One main point is this — as long as Moses’ hands were raised, meaning he was willing for the battle to continue, Israel would win. His intercessions were just as much a battle as the one Joshua and his warriors were fighting. Fatigue was a real problem.

We know that this is a spiritual battle and it’s a vicious one. Many intercessors are feeling the fatigue, too. But intercessors are needed now more than ever. Spiritual / mental / emotional / physical fatigue sometimes cause leaders to quit fighting.

NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO QUIT.

It’s not who votes, it’s who counts the votes…

Some things never change… It’s not who votes, it’s who COUNTS the votes!

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In the 1960 John F. Kennedy vs. Richard Nixon presidential election, I volunteered to help count votes, by hand. At age 17 I was too young to vote but I wanted to help any way I could, so I signed up.

A large group of us met in the cafeteria at McKenzie Elementary School where the “adults in the room,” that is the regular poll workers, were in charge. Soon they began bringing in box after box of paper ballots, dumping them out on the long tables.

Each of us counters were handed tally sheets listing the names of the candidates for each office, and lead pencils. No ballpoint pens.

President wasn’t the only race that year of course, there were other names on the ballots, but Kennedy and Nixon were the political stars, the ones whose names stuck in your mind.

The poll worker assigned to our area of…

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Adoration by Mike Adkins

I woke up with this beautiful, anointed song running in my spirit. Such a wonderful way to wake up in the morning!

Lyrics:

Praise, we praise, praise, praise
Praise to the One who sent us His Son
Praise, praise, praise, praise
In one accord, we praise you, O Lord.

There is no other name above you
Blessed be your name
God of Jacob, Shepherd of Israel
Holy unto your name, Holy unto your name.

Praise, praise, praise, we praise
Praise to the One who sent us His Son
Praise, praise, praise, praise
In one accord, we praise you, O Lord.

Glory and Honor and Power
Unto the Lord our God
God of Abraham, faithful and true
Holy, holy are you, Holy, holy are you.

Son of righteousness and
The Lamb who was slain
You’re the lily of the valley
You’re my bright and morning star

You’re the beginning and the end
You’re the everlasting Father
You’re the God, the God of all glory
You’re my healer and the king of kings

My deliverer and my friend
You’re the sweet rose of Sharon
You’re all love, you’re all power
You’re merciful and you’re mighty

You’re the redeemer of all mankind
You’re the lion, the lion of Judah
You’re the ruler of this whole universe
You’re the most high, Messiah
You’re the soon coming king

Holy, holy is your name
Holy, holy is your name

(singing in the spirit)

Holy, holy is your name
Holy, holy is your name

 

Curious? Dissatisfied? Hungry? Desperate?

Esther's Petition

Who told Bartimaeus?

“Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus…

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Just Like Heaven

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This is the latest in my series of blog entries taking a fresh look at a variety of topics over the year. I’ve set up a page on the blog explaining the project and linking to my entries. This post’s topic is “Heaven.”

When Jesus finally got there, he found Lazarus already four days dead. Bethany was near Jerusalem, only a couple of miles away, and many of the Jews were visiting Martha and Mary, sympathizing with them over their brother. Martha heard Jesus was coming and went out to meet him. Mary remained in the house.

Martha said, “Master, if you’d been here, my brother wouldn’t have died. Even now, I know that whatever you ask God he will give you.”

Jesus said, “Your brother will be raised up.”

Martha replied, “I know that he will be raised up in the resurrection at the end of time.”

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2018

“2018 will be a year of contrasts, I think.” It sure was — and that was just the beginning! Looking back, looking forward, looking around, the contrasts are indeed vivid, and obvious.

Esther's Petition

2018 will be a year of contrasts, I think. I have been sensing some things about 2018. On the one hand, there will be more and worse disasters, chaos, tragedies, deadly weather, weird unique and odd evil happenings. So-called natural disasters will clearly be supernatural in origin. The magnitude and acceleration of these events will be impossible to miss.

There will be more political and religious deception, misdirection, sleight-of-hand and fake news. “Out and oust” has been my prayer in 2017 and we certainly have seen quite a lot of that! There will be more, occurring in many spheres of influence. Business, entertainment, media, and government will all experience their share of unpleasant revelations.

On the other hand, in this coming year millions more new Christians will come into the kingdom of God. There will be more appearances of angels and of Jesus. Breakthroughs will arrive – answers to long-time…

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Warfare and weapons

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SwordCutlassPirateWe are in a war today whether we know it or not. We have an enemy. He’s not flesh and blood but he stirs up people who are, to oppose God and His followers more viciously today than ever before. I was thinking and praying about that today. Here’s a bit of my train of thought…

Eph. 6:12: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].” The word for wrestle occurs in only this one place in the New Testament. It depicts a wrestling match where the winner pins his opponent, keeping him down and unable to continue fighting. Not dead, but defeated.

How can we defend against and defeat this enemy? Not with physical, human weapons. We have to use the weapons God designed and gave us, train with…

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An era is ending

Originally posted in 2015; still appropriate. Maybe even more so in 2020.

Esther's Petition

“But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.” (I Cor. 14:3 NIV)

A teacher once told our Sunday School class that prophecy today isn’t authentic unless it does one of those three things, and therefore it would always be pleasant or positive. Since the main subject of that day’s lesson was something else, I gave her comment little thought. I didn’t know much about prophecy at the time, Old Testament or New Testament.

Then one day I read Acts 21:10-14. The passage describes a prophet named Agabus, who came down from Judea to give Paul a prophecy about his upcoming trip to Jerusalem. It wasn’t pleasant or positive. “Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this…

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Perfect yet? No? Join the crowd.

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“Be patient, God isn’t finished with me yet!”
BePatientGirl

My friend Allyn Sawyer once created and gave me a framed cross-stitch of this. I love it! It’s so true.

Before we consider being “finished,”
i.e. perfect, we need to think about sanctification.

That’s an odd English word, not one we use every day at home, on the job, or in conversation with friends. It comes from the word sanctify, another odd word.

Simply put, it means to set something apart for one use. I’ve written about that before.  https://estherspetition.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/bush-burning-holy/

In the Bible that word means set apart for God’s use; consecrated to God; holy. The word saints means sanctified ones. When Paul wrote to the church in Corinth (1 Corinthians 1:2), he addressed them as those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints.

Being set apart for God’s use means God gets to use us. We get to cooperate. Simple.

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Perfected in His presence

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businessman-walking-down-the-street-with-jesus-at-his-side“What are you like, Father? What do you like?” I asked in bedtime prayer one night. A list of words started scrolling through my mind, like watching an overhead projector. Occasionally the list paused on a particular word, accompanied with more explanation about it. It was an amazing answer to my question. “There’s more,” I realized as I began to fall asleep.

A few days later I started writing down what I remembered of the list, looking up scripture references as well as definitions from the original language. Even more amazing. Now and then another one comes to mind. I add it to the list.

This morning, thinking about one particular “I am” description spoken by God himself, I looked for it in Strong’s Concordance. Here’s what I found.

“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I [am] the…

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