Cowboy Church & Prayer

Cowboy Church with Pastor Linda Case Founder of LCM Ministries Reaching those in the Cowboy World with the Word of God , Prayer and Encouragement.

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[01/19/21]   Jesus, looking at them, said, "With men it is impossible, but not with God, for all things are possible with God." Mark 10:27 WEB.

Have you ever faced a seemingly impossible circumstance, something that looked entirely hopeless? Jesus said that ALL things are possible with God. There is nothing out of reach or that He cannot do, for the Bible is a possibilities book. It contains so many instances of God creating something from nothing. He is a miracle-making God.

We often try to work things out in our minds using our own reasoning and resources. We only see things from our limited point of view. What we can accomplish by using our strength and our abilities. In that light, many things would be impossible for us. We need God's thoughts to become our own, which only happens when we listen to Him.

Do not get discouraged today by what you see around you. Instead, spend a little time with the Lord. Read a few verses from your Bible. Pray and listen for a moment. That is where the impossible becomes possible.

There have been many times in my life when I thought that I had reached a dead end. I felt like He had "Hung me out to dry." Perhaps I had one sin too many, and now they had caught up with me. I was out of options. Then each time, a new door would open up. What we think is the end of the road is usually the beginning of a new one. When we reach the end of our rope, He is there to catch us.

Leave room for God to move in your thoughts and your speech. Stand firm in your faith with, "I don't know how this is going to work out, but God is going to bring me through it!" He can see the end from the beginning. While we can only see the past unless He shares more with us. God can make a way where there seems to be no way. He can make dreams become realities.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for this day and for sending Your word to lift me up. I believe that You will help me, Lord. That this situation will work out for good. No weapon formed against me will prosper. Please help me be strong and to stand firm in my faith today. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

Pastor Linda Case

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[01/17/21]   Early in the morning, while it was still dark, he rose up and went out, and departed into a deserted place, and prayed there. Simon and those who were with him searched for him. They found him and told him, "Everyone is looking for you." Mark 1:35-37 WEB.

Jesus would often withdraw from the noisy crowds to be alone with His Heavenly Father in prayer. It was here that He chose His Apostles, refreshed His strength, prepared for the coming day, and got His next mission. Prayer and listening was His morning update.

Jesus' life was not without its struggles while He was here on the earth. He was tested in every way just as we are, but He passed every test (Hebrews 4:15). Jesus earned the saying, "Worthy is the Lamb." It was not given to Him. Part of it involved praying hard and regularly.

We often get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the day and slowly start to fall apart under stress. If we can get alone and spend some time in prayer, those things will fix themselves, and things will begin to fall into place. God will help us take care of it, but we still need to ask Him to. James said that we have not because we ask not (James 4:2).

When you don't know the answer, He does. When you don't have the resources, He does. When you feel lost and don't know what to do next, He does. When no one else on earth cares about you, He does.

No matter how busy you get today, set aside some time for prayer so you can refresh your spirit and get your morning update. You build yourself up by praying (Jude 20). Jesus teaches us to pray always and not give up (Luke 18:1). Spending time with God will provide the answer to the questions you will face today.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for all that You do for me. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Please walk with me and talk with me today. Help me learn to recognize Your voice and to know when You are leading me. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

Pastor Linda Case

[01/15/21]   Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. Samuel said to Jesse, "Yahweh has not chosen these." Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all your children here?" He said, "There remains yet the youngest. Behold, he is keeping the sheep." Samuel said to Jesse, "Send and get him, for we will not sit down until he comes here." He sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with a handsome face and good appearance. Yahweh said, "Arise! Anoint him, for this is he." Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the middle of his brothers. Then Yahweh's Spirit came mightily on David from that day forward. 1 Samuel 16:10'13 WEB.

While his father's sheep grazed peacefully in the pasture, young David watched over the flock. There was not a lot to do but watch them eat unless a predator showed up. He learned to play music on his harp to fight the boredom, sang, and slung rocks with a sling. He had no idea that his future was being shaped while doing it.

God would send him increasingly difficult challenges. Lions and bears came to attack the sheep, and David would have to fight them off. The Lord was training him, and he improved a little each day.

David had seven brothers who were older and bigger than he was. But God chose him because He looked at David's heart. David spent time with God in the field when he was tending those sheep, and God prepared him and took his life to a new level while he was doing it.

David protected his dad's sheep when he was little, then God's sheep when he was a grown man. He used the sling that he practiced with to later kill the giant Goliath. He used his musical skills to play soothing music for the king. God will use the trivial things that you learn along the way to prepare you for something bigger.

Today, talk with God wherever you are, whatever you are doing. While in the field, or in the home, begin to converse with Him. The relationship you develop while doing simple things opens the doors to something much more significant in the future. God just might say, "Anoint this one."

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for bringing me this far. Please guide me into all that You have and help me make the most of my time here on earth. Help me know You more deeply, Lord. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

Pastor Linda Case

[01/13/21]   How would you like to see more divine provision, protection, peace, and rest in your life? To have less anxiety and worry about what is coming tomorrow? There is a way. Jesus told us this:

(Matthew 11:28–30 NKJV) Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
A yoke was a device used to link animals and make them pull a load together. It was used for plowing a field or pulling a chariot in battle. The yoke divided the work among those pulling. By working together, they could get much more done in a shorter amount of time and not have to work as hard.
Jesus told us to take His yoke upon us, to join forces with Him, and there we would find rest. The yoke is a device for work, but He promises that we would find our rest while working for Him. He also said to learn from Him, and we would find rest for our souls. Sometimes the burden would become so heavy that the oxen would stumble, but Jesus said that His yoke is easy, and His burden light.
Wild horses roaming the range go where they please and do whatever they want. They are unbridled and free! Yet, that freedom brings a price. They always have to be concerned with whether there will be another meal. They are prey and threatened by wolves, bears, and other predators. If they break a leg, they will probably soon die, for there is no one to care for them.
Horses that are broken and are bearing the yoke are taken care of by their Master. They are restricted by the coupling and cannot roam free anymore. They have to go where the Master guides them. All the food they need is provided as well as a safe place to rest at night. They are protected from predators, for the Master will not allow them to be harmed. If they are injured and break a leg, it will be bandaged up, and they will be taken care of while they heal. They can rest easy knowing that the Master will take care of their needs.
Do you see the differences between the two? I did whatever I wished for a long time, but there was always a lack. There was no peace, no rest to be found. My plans were not God's plans, and He doesn't finance our ideas. Instead, He provides what is needed to accomplish His will on Earth. We are to get in league with Him. The sooner we get yoked together with Him, the sooner our circumstances improve. Discipline and restraint are good things to learn early on in life. Jeremiah wrote this:
(Lamentations 3:25–27 NASB) The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him. It is good that he waits silently For the salvation of the LORD. It is good for a man that he should bear The yoke in his youth.
When you team up with the Lord, He makes the decisions. You don't have to worry about what's coming tomorrow because He already has the workday planned out. When you are working directly for Him and following His instructions, all you need will be provided at the proper time. When attacks come, He will fight the battle with us. Your will is to do His will. Only then do You become a horse He can use.
Wild horses that kick, break the restraints, and run off to have some fun, are pretty useless to Him. They cannot be trusted. They may grow up, mature, learn discipline, and perhaps He can use them later. But many times, their years of youth were wasted being frivolous. They spent their time doing worthless things while He watched them.
(Matthew 9:37 NASB) Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.
There are hundreds of thousands of wild horses running about today, but the workers are few. When you are bearing the yoke, there is no freedom of speech. You can't just say everything that comes to your mind. You have to make your body behave, and you set limits on what you will look upon, be a part of, or participate in. The Apostle Paul said this:
(1 Corinthians 9:26–27 NASB) Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.
When compared to the hundreds of laws in Judaism, Christianity has few. But there is still something to carry. We cannot merely overlook what Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount, His parables, and the Great Commission.
For example, we are commanded to love God and love one another (Luke 10:27). That instantly rules out hatred for any person, so you can't put Jesus in a hate group. He just doesn't fit. Look at any movement, and if you see it filled with violence, hate, and bitterness, the heart of God is not in it. That is not how He gets things done. It is not by might, nor power, but by My Spirit says the Lord (Zechariah 4:6). The violence of man does not accomplish the will of God.
I encourage everyone to team up with the Lord and what the Holy Spirit is doing on the Earth. Stop being a horse who runs with a wild herd because it is the direction everyone else is going. Stop allowing yourself to do things that are wrong because everyone else seems to.
When you bear the yoke, you can't follow the herd. You must follow the Master.
You can pray this with me if you like:
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I choose to follow You today. Put Your yoke upon me and bring Your rest, protection, and provision with it. Lord, I am Yours, and I am ready to work. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

God Bless,

Pastor Linda Case

[01/12/21]   Therefore be merciful, even as your Father is also merciful. Don't judge, and you won't be judged. Don't condemn, and you won't be condemned. Set free, and you will be set free. Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be given to you. For with the same measure you measure it will be measured back to you. Luke 6:36-38 WEB.

I once heard an elder at our church, who was about 75 years old then, say, "Everything that I said I would never do, I have now done." He explained that each time he had looked down on someone else's mistake and said that he would never do that, he later found himself in the same situation. And when he was walking in their shoes, things felt a lot different.

This is something that I wish I had known when I was much younger. When we judge others or look down on their circumstances, we open the door for the same thing to happen to our family and us. Perhaps when young and youthful, we look down at someone overweight, then years later, their weight is on us.

Jesus told us, "As you would like people to do to you, do exactly so to them" (Luke 6:31). On the surface, it means, "Treat people like you would like to be treated," but it goes far deeper than that. The way that you treat others now is how you will be treated in the future. How is that for poetic justice?

We will reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7). That is the pattern Jesus gave us: Don't judge, and you will not be judged. Don't condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you.

God's laws are like the law of gravity. They work invisibly, silently, and affect everyone. All those commandments are still valid when reversed: Judge others, and you will be judged. Condemn others, and you will be condemned. Refuse to forgive others, and you will remain unforgiven. Don't give to others, and it will not be given to you.

If you know of an area of your life where you have criticized or judged someone else, then do yourself a favor and repent of it now before you get to walk a mile in their shoes.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please forgive me for being critical of others or of passing judgment on them. I realize that is Your job. Help me see the world through Your eyes. Help me break this cycle and become the best version of myself. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

Pastor Linda Case

[01/10/21]   God heard the voice of the boy. The angel of God called to Hagar out of the sky, and said to her, "What troubles you, Hagar? Don't be afraid. For God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. Get up, lift up the boy, and hold him with your hand. For I will make him a great nation." God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. She went, filled the container with water, and gave the boy a drink. Genesis 21:19 WEB.

Hagar wandered in the dry desert of Beersheba with her young son, rejected, alone, despised, homeless, an outcast. Eventually, she ran out of water. When all her hope was gone, with her son about to die of thirst, she sat down and wept bitterly. God heard the crying, and He opened her eyes to see a well of water nearby.

An exciting part of this story is that there was plenty of water near her, but Hagar could not see it. Her crying caused God to open her eyes and enable her to see resources that were already around her. We can have 20/20 vision and still be blind (Revelation 3:17). God is our ultimate source and supplier. We should not rely only on what we can see or obtain with our own eyes and strength.

God will hear your cry too. There may be a well of water right beside you as you walk through your own personal desert. Sometimes He can make a little go a long, long way. Cry out to the Lord and put your trust in Him. It is He that causes the blind to see.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please open my eyes to see the hidden resources around me. Help me put what You have already given me to the best use. Help me make the right decisions and provide me with wisdom in life management. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

Pastor Linda Case

[01/01/21]   Welcome the New Year 2021
Let God Lead.

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[12/27/20]   In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6'7 WEB.

In the past, many saints and martyrs have faced terrible trials and death with peace in their hearts that no one could explain. Some sang hymns on the way to their execution or even while being burned on a stake. They had access to the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Today many of us do not have this peace, but it is still available for us. God has not changed His mind. There is a peace that surpasses all understanding, and it is available through prayer. It is a supernatural peace where you do not understand, but you thoroughly know everything will be OK.

Many times in my life, I have had to face a situation where I had no answers, but after praying for a few moments, I knew what to do. He taught me to lean on Him, especially in the workplace. When God shows up at church, it is hopefully expected. When He shows up in the workplace, it begins to shake things up, and it puts a smile on my face. My trials may be minor when compared to the great saints, but they are major to me.

When things begin to overwhelm you, stop and pray a moment. Make your requests known to God. Pray until the peace comes and the stress leaves. Pour your heart out to God as you would your best friend and talk with Him throughout the day. Be yourself when praying, and do not pretend to be too Holy or speak in religious biblical terms to impress Him. He knows you far better than that. The best that you can do is to humbly acknowledge that you need His help today. Pray about your needs, and then patiently trust Him to come through.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You so much for taking care of me. Please give me the grace to face this day and make it fun, simple, and easy. Cover me with Your presence and fill me with Your peace. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

Pastor Linda Case

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