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Cocke County Prayer Group


Praying for the salvation of our citizens, deliverance from addictions, and giving people hope that comes from the Word of God. Praying for the unity of the churches in the county.
December 17th, 2015 Debbie Yelton Good morning to all. Today's verses are Ps 32:6-7. This Psalm instructs us to pray in advance of the floodwaters. "This is what everyone faithful should pray at a time when God can be found. Then when the floodwaters are raging, they will not reach to him." (Verse 6)

We are always preparing for various things in our lives. So doesn't it make sense to spiritually prepare ahead of time for life's storms. No one is immune to the storms of life.

The Word of God teaches us about sowing and reaping
Sowing and reaping is a Godly principle that affects every area of our lives. We can sow prayers of protection and deliverance and God will give us a harvest of protection and deliverance. Perhaps we can avoid the storm altogether because we took the time to pray in advance.

Verse 7 states, "You are a hiding place for me, you will keep me from distress; you will surround me with songs of delivetance." Our God is our hiding place. He is a strong tower to those who are righteous. (Ps. 18:1-2; Ps. 46:1-3; Ps. 91:2; Ps. 27:1; Ps 37-39)

Put your faith/trust in God and He will deliver you! Amen.


December 12th, 2015 Debbie Yelton Hello everyone. I trust all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. My computer has been down for a while. I still don't have it back as yet but I have figured out how to log in to our page. As you can probably tell I am not the smartest with today's technology, but I do eventually figure it out.

I would like to ask you a question today. What or who is your refuge and strength? Who or what are you putting your trust in? Who or what is worthy pf your trust?

Ps. 46:1-3 reads: "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help on trouble. Therefore we are unafraid, even if the earth gives way, even if the mountains tremble into the depths of the sea, even if the waters rage and foam, and mountains shake at its turbulence."

Because God is our strength and our refuge we do not need to fear even if one diaster after another is taking place. God will secure us, God will fight for us.

The storms will come, trials and temptations will come but our God is greater than any storm or trial. God will help us in the time of temptation. 1 Cor. 10:13 states "No temptation has seized you beyond what people normally experience, and God can be trusted not to allow you to be tested beyond what you can bear. On the contrary, along with the temptation He will also provide the way out, so that you will be able to endure."

We have an awesome God that loves us and wants us to succeed even more than we want to succeed. Amen


November 3rd, 2015 Debbie Yelton This is a very descriptive verse for the time that we are living in and also for what is happening in our nation and around the world. Prov. 29:16 "When the wicked flourish, wrongdoing flourishes; but the righteous will witness their downfall."

The bad news is the wicked are flourishing right now. We can see this when our government passes into law things that are completely against the Word of God; even things that God calls an abomination. Sin is flaunted in our faces everywhere we look and our rights are being taken away because we remind the wicked that their is a God and they will, one day, have to answer to Him for the deeds done in the flesh unless they repent and turn to Him.

However, the good news is "the righteous will witness their downfall". That is pretty good news to me. We know that the wicked will come to an end. The wicked will not always flourish. Our God is in total control. Yes, man does have a free will, but there will come a time when God says ENOUGH!

Until that times comes, my friends, we need to pray for our nation and for all those around the world who are being persecuted because they will not deny Jesus and accept a false god. Pray God strengthen them, give them courage and boldness to proclaim God's word so that some of the persecutors may repent and turn to the Living God, the One True God of the Bible.

Just like in the Book of Acts Peter was in prison but the believers were praying for his release. As a result of the prayers God sent an angel to set him free. We should pray for the freedom of our brothers and sisters that have been imprisoned for their faith that God will make a way of escape for them. Pray that Jesus will get the glory in the lives of all those believers.

These believers that are being persecuted are not strangers to us. We may not know them all by name or even by sight. However, because of the blood of Jesus we are all brothers and sisters. Our Father is God and He is their Father and God as well. Pray for them at every opportunity. They need our prayers and faithfulness right now.

Amen.


October 26th, 2015 Debbie Yelton I have been reading in Psalms 106:23 which says, "Therefore He said that he would destroy them (and He would have) had not Moses, His chosen one, stood before him in the breach to turn back his destroying fury. God was so angry with the people for their sins that He was ready to destroy them. But Moses interceded on behalf of the people basically asking Him to show them mercy.

The Hebrew word for breach is parets which means "break". The Israelites "broke" the covenant when they made the golden calf. Moses, out of his love for the people, stood in the gap and pleaded or interceded on behalf of the people. Yes, they were guilty and God had every right to destroy them in His fury but, through intercession Moses pleaded for God to have mercy upon them. As a result of Moses' prayer God did relent of His fury.

In essence this is what we do every time we pray for someone who is not walking in the way of God. We are asking that God be merciful to them and send them witnesses or to speak to them in dreams and to give them a desire to turn away from their sins . We are to pray that God spare their life and ask that they die not in their sins.

We are to be a people of prayer. Did not God say that His house would be called a "house of prayer". (Mt. 21:13; Isa. 56:7) Our battle is not fought with guns, tanks, missiles, knives. Our battle is fought with prayer. Our prayer closet (place of quite time with God) is where we wage our war and make our strategies against the enemy. We fight for the souls of men.

So my dear friend, you are a warrior and you have the means to win the war in your prayer closet. Pray for everyone you know that isn't serving God, pray for Israel's peace and protection against her enemy, pray for those who are on the front lines like your pastors and teachers, pray for our government leaders. Ask God to guide them in making the right decisions, begin now to pray for the upcoming elections, pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world and the list goes on.

Then after you pray give God thanks for hearing and answering your prayers. I would encourage you not to rush out of your prayer closet when you are finished praying. Wait for a few minutes. God just may speak to you through a scripture in the Bible, or maybe He will speak to you in a "still small voice".

Prayer is our privilege as the sons and daughters of God. We can come boldly before the throne of God and obtain help in the time of our troubles. (Heb. 4:16)

Amen.


October 19th, 2015 Debbie Yelton I was reading Psalm 32 today and saw something I had not noticed before. In Psalm 32:6 we are given an instruction. "This is what everyone faithful should pray at a time when You can be found. Then, when the floodwaters are raging, they will not reach to him." What I see here is we are being told what to pray before the temptation, trial or persecution comes to us. And by praying this ahead of time the "floodwaters" will not reach us. I believe this prayer could fall under the catergory of sowing and reaping. You sowed a prayer for protection and your reap God's protection.

This is the prayer: "You are a hiding place for me, you will keep me from distress; you will surround me with songs of deliverance. I will instruct and teach you in this way that you are to go; I will give you counsel; my eyes will be watching you." (Verses 7-8) God is our hiding place. He will keep us from distress and not only that but we will be surrounded with songs of deliverance. God will instruct us in the way we should go, we will have access to His counsel and His eyes will be watching us. I don't know about you but that makes me feel very safe in a world that is upside down in sin.

This is purely God's provision for His children.

David goes on to say in the Psalm "Don't be like a horse or mule that has no understanding, that has to be curbed with bit and bridle, or else it won't come near you. Many are the torments of the wicked, but grace surrounds those who trust in Adonai; rejoice, you righteous! Shout for joy, all you upright in heart." (Verses 9-11)

In other words, don't make God use a bit and bridle on you to make you come near to Him. God wants us to come near to Him of our own free will. You who are righteous do not need to fear approaching our Holy Father. He wants to talk with us, He wants to share His wisdom with us, He wants to provide for us and protect us. He wants to have fellowship with us. Come humbly, knowing that you cannot deliver yourself from the enemy around us. Know and realize that your help comes from God and only God.

The wicked have many torments but we, God's children, have grace. We are to rejoice in our God. David even writes that we are to "shout for joy"!

So I would encourage you to start praying this prayer in preparation of what is to come. Amen.


October 19th, 2015 Debbie Yelton The terrorism in Israel is now on a one-to-one basis, they are stabbing Israeli citizens. Age is not a factor. Yesterday they stabbed a 70 year old woman on a bus. Please pray for confusion to fall on the enemies of Israel because God teaches us that a house divided cannot stand. Also we should pray for the salvation of the enemy. If they cross over to the Messiah (Jesus the Christ) then they are no longer a threat. Just like Paul. Paul, before he received a revelation of Christ, went about persecuting and even killing believers. The Palestinians are no different than Paul in that respect. Pray for their revelation of the Messiah in their lives so that they can become our brothers and sisters in the Lord. Amen.


October 13th, 2015 Debbie Yelton Please pray for the protection and safety of all those living in Israel. The war isn't over; we just aren't hearing too much about it any more. There have been several in Israel killed just within this week. Pray that they (Israel) will call upon God to help them and not put their trust in man. God is Israel's defense and strong tower. Pray that they will come to know their Messiah (Jesus). Amen.


October 13th, 2015 Debbie Yelton Good afternoon everyone. I am reading today in Psalm 146. It is a very encouraging Psalm. It starts out with "Praise the Lord, O my soul! Just as this Psalm starts with "Praise the Lord, O my soul" we should start out every day with these same words. Every time God wakes us in the morning is a reason to praise Him and give Him thanks for watching over us as we slept through the night. We should live lives of thanksgiving to our God. The Bible teaches us that in all things we are to give thanks. (1 Thes. 5:18) Even in the bad, painful situations as well as the good and pleasant situations we are to give thanks and the giving of thanks is God's will for us.

We can praise God in the bad, difficult situations because we know that God is our God and that He will work all things together for our good because we love Him and we are the called according to His purpose. (Rom. 8:28) That is a tremendous blessing just having knowledge of this. Praising instead of complaining will help us through the situations.

Paul, when in prison was found praising God and not complaining. (See Acts 16:25-34.) Praise is a tremendous force in the Kingdom of God. Praising God in the bad and difficult situations releases your faith. When faith is released it activates the Kingdom of God on your behalf.

I pray the next time you may find yourself in a situation like this that you will praise God and not complain. Just as praise releases faith; complaining releases doubt. As long as we are in doubt God cannot bless us.

You can praise God by telling Him how much you love Him, need Him, and want Him either in your words, your song and even in your dance. Praising God is a way of life. In the words of a song that I like, "Praise is what I do when I am happy or sad, in the good and the bad". Amen.


October 7th, 2015 Debbie Yelton Good morning everyone. I am going back to the Letter of James starting in chapter 1:19-20 "Therefore, my dear brothers, let every person be quick to listen but slow to speak, slow to get angry; for a person's anger does not accomplish God's righteousness!" James is telling us to hear what the other person is saying; do not jump to conclusions. Give the person time to speak and state their case or situation.

Do not be quick to become angry because our anger DOES NOT accomplish God's righteousness. Many times, in our anger, we sin. Anger seems to be an emotion that takes us over and opens the door for us to sin. For example, in our anger we may say something that we will regret later, we may lose a friendship or an opportunity to minister to someone. Don't let anger overtake you. You should overtake anger and not give it place in your life. When you feel anger welling up inside you, just speak to it: i.e.: " Anger, you are not my lord and I will not give you control in my life. Anger you will submit to the will of God." I know this seems strange at first, but it really does work. You can do the same thing with all the negative emotions that try to control you.

James 1:21-22 "So rid yourselves of all filthiness and wickedness and receive with meekness the Word implanted in you that can save your lives." The Word of God that we received in our hearts is the very thing than can save us. The Word of God can deliver us from all filthiness and wickedness. The Word of God directs us in the way we should conduct our daily lives. So many people have said the we do not come with an instruction manual. But, I beg to differ. The Word of God, the Holy Bible, IS our instruction manual. As we read it, we will learn the way that God designed for us to function. There is a set way God has prepared for us but in order to know that way we must become familiar with His instructions.

God did not create us and leave us blind as to our goal in life, or how to treat others, or how to live a holy and righteous life. It is all contained in one convenient book - the Bible. Ask God to put a love in your heart for His Word. Ask for a hunger and thirst for His Word and He will give it to you. Amen.


October 2nd, 2015 Debbie Yelton Please pray that the weather this weekend will not be like the forecasters are saying. Empower Cocke County has an opportunity to set up at the Harvest Fest in Newport and if it rains we will not be able to reach as many people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Ask God for favor and that the rains hold off until the festival is over.

Keep Israel in prayer. Pray for their safety and that God will open their eyes to the true Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus).

Pray for those who are being negatively affected by all this rain.


October 2nd, 2015 Debbie Yelton Good morning everyone. I believe God really wants this message posted because I have lost it now three times and had to start over. So, prayerfully, I will be successful this time.

Today I have been in the Book of James. James isn't good at small talk. Verse one is the greeting and in verse 2 begins his message on temptation. It is like me saying to you, "Hi. Now regarding temptations." That is exactly what James did in this letter.

"Regard it all as joy, my brothers, when you face various kinds of temptations (yes, he did say to count it as JOY when you are faced with various temptations. That is not a typo or misprint but a direct quote) for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. (This is why we count it as joy. It is working something good into our character. So many of us are impatient and want to give up but through the temptations we learn how to persevere. We develop an attitude of 'I am going to see this through no matter what". But let perseverance do it work that you may be complete and whole, lacking in nothing.'" Verses 2-4

Verse 5: "Now if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who give to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him." God wants us to be wise in the ways of His Kingdom and NOT in the ways of this world. If we ask for wisdom, He will give it to us. It is God's good pleasure to give us of His Kingdom. See Luke 12:32

Verses 6-8 "But let him ask in faith, doubting nothing; for the doubter is like a wave in the sea being tossed and driven by the wind. Indeed that person should not think that he will receive anything from the Lord, because he is double-minded, unstable in all his ways." Our asking must be in faith and that faith cannot waiver. We can't say "Maybe He will, maybe He won't." We have to have it made up in our minds that God will give us what we have asked for and remain steadfast in that faith or persevere until the answer comes. If you waiver between opinions God says (not me, but God) you are unstable in ALL your ways. And if unstable in all your ways don't think that you will receive anything from God. (Also God's words, not mine.)

What is the reward for being steadfast and persevering in the Word of God. Go down to verses 12 and 13, "How blessed is the man who perseveres through temptation! For after he has passed the test, he will receive as his crown the life which God has promised to those who love Him. That is worth enduring and being steadfast. Amen.


September 28th, 2015 Debbie Yelton The word for today is do not give up!!!! There is a great prize waiting for us if we just don't give up.

1 John 5:4-5 "because everything which has God as its Father overcomes the world. And this is what victoriously overcomes the world: our trust (or faith). Who does overcome the world if not the person who believes that Yeshua is the Son of God?" If God is our Father, than we overcome the world. The one who overcomes is the one who has trust or faith in God. We overcome by our faith. We do not have to give into the demands of the world to sin and live an ungodly life. Through our faith in God we can overcome every temptation that is thrown at us.

1 John 5:14 "This is the confidence we have in his presence: if we ask anything that is in accordance with His will, he hears us. And if we know that He hears us -- whatever we ask -- then we know that we have what we have asked from Him." We can have the confidence or faith that whatever we ask that is in agreement with God's will we know that we have whatever we are asking. I believe that God enjoys answering our prayers. You can call out to your Father in the midst of a battle, warfare, trial or test and he will give you either the ability to get through it or He will provide you with a way out. Either way, you can come out of it victorious. You don't have to fail because God has all the strength and ability that you could possibly need for any situation.

This is a very exciting verse for me: Revelation 3:21 "I will let him who wins the victory sit with me on my throne, just as I myself also won the victory and sat down with my Father on His throne. Can you imagine, Jesus, Himself, will allow us to sit on the Throne with Him. How wonderful and awesome is that. Now that is something worth enduring for. Just being with Jesus for all eternity is something worth enduring to the end.

Let's look at some other blessings of overcoming: To him winning the victory I will give the right to eat from the Tree of Life which is in God's Garden of Eden. (Revelation 2:7) The Garden of Eden will be restored in the future and those who overcome will be able to eat from the Tree of Life. Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities. He who wins the victory will not be hurt at all by the second death. The second death, the Lake of Fire, will not be able to hurt us. (Revelation 2:11)

To him who wins the victory and does what I want until the goal is reached, I will give him authority over the nations; he will rule them with a staff of iron and dash them to pieces like pottery, just as I have received authority from my Father, I will also give him the morning star. (Revelation 2:26-28)

That is some pretty encouraging words. Now, God didn't say our journey here on earth would be easy, but He did promise to be with us, He sent the Holy Spirit to help us, and He gave us the weapons of our warfare. Always remember, we are not fighting against flesh and blood but against spiritual wickedness in high places. The enemy we fight is Satan and his demons. But we are well equipped to win the battle and stand strong in the Lord.

Submit yourself to God, resist the devil and he will flee. (James 4:7)

Also see Ephesians 6:10-18; Philippians 4:19; Philippians 4:12-13

I pray that you will have a very blessed day today. Amen.







September 23rd, 2015 Debbie Yelton Good morning everyone. This is the day the Lord has made and we shall rejoice in it. I am so thankful for every day that God wakes me up, gives me breath in my body. I am thankful for the ability to think, speak, walk and to learn. I thank God for all that He has blessed me with from my salvation to my husband, to my friends, food, shelter, clothing and, yes, even my cat. I thank God that he is a faithful Father who provides for His children whatever they have need of. Our Father, gave His very best, Yeshua (Jesus) for us, so why would He not provide other needs. I thank God that He gives me strength to stand against the wicked one, the enemy of our souls which brings me to our verse for today. James 4:7-10:

7) Therefore, submit to God. Moreover, take a stand against the Adversary, and he will flee from you. (We have something that we must do in causing the enemy to flee. We have to submit ourselves to God first, take a stand against the enemy and HE WILL FLEE. You have to stand or resist him. You cannot stand idly by as he is coming against you.)

8) Come close to God and He will come close to you. Clean your hands, sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded people! (The only way we can clean our hands and purify our hearts is by accepting Jesus into your life and being willing to obey His will for your life. Being double-minded is pretty much what it says: one day you believe God and His word, the next day you don't. You have to make up in your mind and heart if God is who He says He is and if you believe His report or the report of the world. You cannot serve two masters. The Bible teaches us we will love the one and hate the other. You cannot walk in the righteousness of God and in the ways of the world too. [Mt. 6:25]).

9) Wail, mourn, sob! Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into gloom. (We should wail, mourn, and sob over our sins. We should be mourning our breaking God's Word and rejecting His Messiah. )

10) Humble yourself before the Lord and He will lift you up. (That is good news. If we humble ourselves before God i.e.: recognize that He is greater and has a better plan than we could ever think of; ask His forgiveness, repent or turn away from our sins and walk in His ways than He will lift us up.)

God will lift us up from the sin that we partook of, He will cleanse us, He will restore us to fellowship with Him, He will give us a clean heart. None of this is anything that we can do on our own. It take the spotless, sinless Lamb of God. It takes Jesus to do this. Praise God for His love that made redemption a reality for mankind.

As you go throughout the day, praise God for all He has done for you. Take every moment you can to tell Him how much you love Him and appreciate His love. Even sing a song to Him. Amen.


September 22nd, 2015 Debbie Yelton I trust you had a blessed day today. Have you ever wondered who will be able to live with God or be with God? Psalm 15 answers this question very well.

1. Adonai (Lord), who can rest in your tent? Who can live on your holy mountain? (It appears David was asking God the very same question. Then in the next couple verses the answer comes.)

2. Those who live a blameless life, who behave uprightly, who speak truth from their hearts

3. who never do harm to others or seek to discredit neighbors;

4. who look with scorn on the vile, but honor those who fear Adonai; who hold to an oath, no matter the cost;

5. who refuse usury when they lend money and refuse a bribe to damage the innocent. (This can be accomplished by and through Jesus Christ. Submit your will to Him. The Bible teaches us we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. {Phil. 4:13} ).

It appears that those who live a godly life in world will be able to live in God's tents. They will be the ones with Him in eternity.

6. Those who do these things never will be removed.

Those who do the things listed above will never be removed from God's Kingdom. That is a wonderful promise especially in the day and time that we live in. Everything that can be shaken is being shaken. But, because of Jesus Christ the Lord being in our lives, we stand on solid ground. Jesus is our Rock! He is our solid foundation. We have nothing to fear in this world.

All through the Biblical history God always protected his people in times of judgement. In order to be a partaker of God's protection we must be obedient to His Word.

Don't be fearful because of what you see or hear. Keep your trust in God and He will bring you through.

In Psalm 8:3-4 David writes:
3. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars that you set in place--

4. what are mere mortals, that you concern yourself with them; humans, that you watch over them with such care?

God watches over us with great care. Without God we would all be like sitting ducks because anything could happen. But God protects us and keeps us safe. God loves us like a father loves his child. We are special to Him, We are the only part of creation that God actually made and formed with His hands. Everything else God spoke into existence.

Don't doubt God; just trust Him and all will work out.


September 19th, 2015 Debbie Yelton I am back. I had become so busy for a little while and I wasn't able to give this the amount of time and dedication that is needed so I stopped writing instead of doing it half way. I knew that half way effort would not be pleasing to God and I wouldn't be helping anyone. When we serve God we should put all our effort in it because we love God and we want to please him.

So, today I have been meditating in Proverbs and I think I have a question that I cannot fully answer but I am putting it out there to see if any of you can answer it.

Proverbs 26:23-28 Smooth lips with an evil heart are like glaze on an earthen vessel. (The glaze makes the dirt look pretty but it really doesn't change what the vessel of made of. It is still an earthen vessel.)

A hateful person disguises himself with his speech and harbors deceit within. (This person hides or disguises the hatred in his heart by speaking flowery words. He is almost too flattering, to many sweet words; he is really working hard to hide the hatred. This person is really harboring or holding in his heart deceit. He is not being truthful.)

When he speaks graciously, don't believe him, for there are seven abominations in his heart. (An abomination is something disgusting morally. It can also be an abhorrence especially idolatry or an idol. It is also something that is abominable such as a custom or thing. Perhaps his hatred has become an idol to him or something he is giving more attention to in his life than he is to God)

Though his hatred is concealed by deception his evil will be revealed in the assembly. (Though he try with all that is in him to hide the evil intentions, it will be revealed in the assembly. I believe this is another good reason for us to assemble ourselves together. It is protection for us. It is easy to break on stick but, if you have several sticks together, it isn't easy to break. )

The one who digs a pit will fall into it, and whoever rolls a stone: it will come back on him. (This is showing the law of sowing and reaping. Whatever you do will come back on you. If you do good, you will reap good, if you do evil, you will reap evil.)

A lying tongue hates those it crushes, and a flattering mouth causes ruin. (We can see this happening today in many churches. I do want to emphasize here that not every pastor or church is like this. The pastor wants to preach to someone in the services so he waters the word of God down to where it doesn't step or anyone's toes nor does it any longer convict of sin. They don't even call sin sin today. They call it "an issue". Have you ever heard someone say they had issues but in reality they actually had sin problems.)

Ok. Here is my question: The Bible states that there are seven abominations in the hateful person's heart. I can find deceit, covering or hiding sin, lying, hatred, murder (we can kill a person with our words as well as we can with a weapon), and idolatry. What is the seventh abomination?

Submit your comments. I really want to know what your thoughts are.



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