Accountability At The Highest Level

Holding God Accountable

Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass. 1 Thessalonians 5:24

One of the most important things we can do as Christians is to pray according to our covenantal rights. But we often don’t do this because we misunderstand what prayer is.

Let me define prayer by first saying what prayer is not. Prayer is not simply talking to God. Instead, prayer is asserting earthly permission for heavenly interference. Prayer is earth giving heaven authorization to intervene in the affairs of earth as heaven has previously stated it would. That permission is granted based on your legal position and rights. That’s why it is essential to study the Word of God and to know the rights He has granted you through His Word.

It is essential to study the Word of God and to know the rights He has granted you through His Word. If you’re being held in bondage by an illegitimate force in your life, cry out to God. Pray to Him for deliverance by appealing to Him based on your covenantal rights. God has a legal obligation to respond to you because you have a legitimate agreement with Him found in His Word.

Go through the Scriptures and read everything that relates to your stronghold and pray it back to God. When you do that, prayer is no longer just a spiritual exercise or something to check off of your Christian to-do list. Rather, prayer becomes a legal meeting where you and God get together in agreement on the same covenantal arrangement. Prayer becomes an act of holding God accountable, in the right sense of the word, to what He holds Himself accountable to: His Word.

God is the author of His Word therefore hold Him accountable to every portion of His word so you are able to receive all the BENEFITS of His Word.

Until we meet again

In His Name

Chaplain Dewberry

God Uses Broken Pieces For His Purpose

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Psalm 51:17

We’ve all seen restored furniture. Restoring furniture involves stripping away old varnish or paint with strong chemicals. This reveals all the old scratches, gouges, and spots on the piece. The sanding takes place next—the wood is rubbed with coarse sandpaper in order to smooth out its imperfections. Then the furniture is ready to receive a new stain or paint color. New glory can be given to old furniture, and God can do the same thing with us. He can put new glory inside an old life, but He must first strip away our old nature and sand away our sinful strongholds.

We shouldn’t run from being broken. Even though it’s not pleasant, it will produce a better life. Brokenness is a blessing because it puts us on the road to a breakthrough. Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit” (Matthew 5:3). Those who are spiritually broken will be blessed because they will see God, and God’s power will flow through their lives.

Brokenness is a blessing because it puts us on the road to a breakthrough.Scripture promises that God remains with those who are broken and makes them stronger than before. In Isaiah 61:3, God promises to give those who mourn and are broken “a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.”

Trust God He knows what He’s doing even if you are experiencing pain as He restores the end result is what really matters.

In His Name

Chaplain Dewberry

God Knows and Cares

Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your law. Psalm 119:18

As Jesus was leaving Jericho, two blind men who were sitting along the roadway called out to Him, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” (Matthew 20:30). More than likely, Jesus had spotted the men on his way into the city. Perhaps they had even cried out to Him then but He waited to see if their desire to be healed waned. It did not.

In fact, the crowd that was with Jesus tried to silence the men, but their efforts didn’t work. As the Lord drew nearer, the men only grew louder in their request to be healed. Stopping beside them, Jesus asked, “What do you want Me to do for you?” (verse 32).

They could have asked for anything—wealth, riches, fame, or fortune. Instead, they asked for sight. “Lord, we want our eyes to be opened” (verse 33). The text says that Jesus was moved with compassion and granted their request. He touched their eyes, and they regained what was once lost.

Perhaps you have a very great need in your life, and you have cried out to the Lord to be healed or rescued from some ruin. Maybe your son or daughter is living outside of God’s will and you remember how he or she once sat beside you in church. Don’t give up. God is listening. He hears your prayers. You may not understand all there is to this life, but God will open your eyes of faith when you pray.

Don’t give up. God is listening. He hears your prayers.

Because of His great care for you, you can pray, “Open my eyes, Lord, so I can see Your will and purpose for my life. Even though sorrow and thoughts of impossibilities tug at my heart, You give me the ability to believe and live life to the fullest.”
Pressing In His Name
Chaplain Dewberry

God Is About To Blow Your Mind

Do not fear, O land, rejoice and be glad, for the Lord has done great things. Joel 2:21

How do you know when God is ready to move you out from between a rock and a hard place? You know because He invades your ordinary with something extraordinary. He comes to your normal with something abnormal. He creates a scenario that doesn’t make sense.

When God creates a scenario that doesn’t make sense, it’s not supposed to make sense. Don’t be surprised or confused if God shows up in a way you can’t explain. You can’t explain it because God is showing up in it. The Bible is replete with examples of God moving people out from between a rock and a hard place by showing up in ways that human understanding couldn’t explain.

My best advice to you is that if you are in a wilderness, if you’re between a rock and a hard place and can’t find a good way out, if your situation seems as if it will never end, look for God to show up in a way that you can’t explain. His ways are not your ways. His thoughts are not your thoughts. God is not like you or me. If God were living in the era of Soul Music, his favorite song would be, “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time?” Didn’t I show up in a way that you couldn’t explain?

Our God is an AWESOME GOD

In His Name

Chaplain Dewberry

This Is Only A Test

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
James 1:5

Every three months I go to the doctor’s office for an exam. I sit in his office and he asks me, “John, how are you feeling?”

I answer, “I’m feeling fine.”

My heart might feel fine to me, but at the same time, it might not be fine. The doctor can determine the strength of my heart only when he measures it under stress. So he creates a stressful situation by having me walk for a long time. He tests my heart to find out whether the way I feel corresponds with how I really am. I could have good feelings yet still have a bad heart.

Living the Christian life is no different. We can go to church every week, sing worship songs, memorize Bible verses, serve on a variety of committees, and assume that our hearts, faith, and souls are strong. We can even express our devotion: “I love you God. God, you are so good. I’ll follow you, God. I’ll do whatever you say.” But God doesn’t want to just take your word for it.

He tests you and me because He wants what is best for us. He tests us because He is getting ready to do something amazing in our lives. He tests us by putting us in stressful scenarios… experiences we often call trials. In a trial, God reveals how strong our faith really is.

Be Blessed and a Blessing

In His Name

Chaplain Dewberry