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November 16, 2013

If That Isn’t Love

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Think about it:

John 1:1-4. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. The Word was with God in the beginning. All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind.

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was God and the Word was with God. The Word and God had never experienced separation. But mankind, who God created through His Word for fellowship with God and the Word, broke that fellowship. God and the Word missed the fellowship of mankind so God sent the willing Word into the womb of a woman to grow flesh and bones Ike the God-created man. The Word became God’s only begotten Son still the Word but now also man.

They did this to show mankind how God intended them to live and fellowship with God. If this wasn’t enough love there is even more. As the Son grew, experiencing all that mankind experiences, He showed how to do it without sin and in fellowship with God,the Father. The Son had to fellowship and communicate with the Father through prayer demonstrating to mankind the same means. If that isn’t enough love there’s more. Since sinful mankind had no sinless sacrifice the Son gave His flesh and blood over to mankind who rejected God’s love and shed His blood for the eternal sacrifice for mankind’s forgiveness. If that’s not enough love there’s more. The Son physically rose from the dead and showed Himself to hundreds of mankind to tell mankind of God the Father’s forgiveness of mankind through the blood He shed on their behalf. Through mankind’s confession of sin and acceptance of the Son and His shed blood mankind could once again have fellowship with God through prayer. Mankind also has the promise of continual fellowship throughout eternity. What wondrous love is this. Think about it

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November 11, 2013

Gossip in Prayer

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Proverbs 26:22. The words of a gossip are like delicious morsels; they go down into a persons innermost being.

We think we don’t gossip but listen to the prayer requests we make on behalf of others. Do we really need to know all the details of someone’s need to pray for them? This. Is a Christian form of gossip. God knows their needs, He knows their situation. All we need do is lift them up. Encore the throne of God. We need not and should not go into detail of their situation. It is enough to say physical healing, emotional healing, financial healing or spiritual healing. Those 4 categories cover all our needs and situations. Let us stop using prayer requests as our way of divulging the problems of others. We read in Proverbs 15:2 “The tongue of the wise treats knowledge correctly,
but the mouth of the fool spouts out folly.”

October 30, 2013

Testifier

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John 15:26
26 When the Advocate comes, whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who goes out from the Father-he will testify about me,

We’ve seen the truth is God and the witness to the truth is Jesus. It is God’s Holy Spirit who continues to testify to the truth. The Holy Spirit reassures us of the truth (God) being in us. It is the thought of God that is the truth, the reality, of everything that is. When we remain in truth, remain in a God, all is well. Our question is how do we keep the truth in us? We keep,our minds fixed on God through the scriptures, prayer, meditation, worship and the mutual encouragement of the community of believers. Let us not only seek the truth (God), let us learn to reflect the truth and become one with the truth through the continual help,of the witness of God’s Holy Spirit.

October 12, 2013

The Lord’s Prayer

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Matthew 6:9. So pray this way: Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored,

Jesus didn’t say pray this prayer or recite this prayer. He said pray this way. He was telling us the subjects we should have in our prayers and how to order them. There is nothing wrong with reciting His example prayer as long as we understand and mean the words we are reciting. But we are also to pray from our hearts. Some have made an acronym for the example prayer. It is ACTS. A is for adoration. C is for confession. T is for thanksgiving. S is for supplication. We will probably be looking into these four areas the next few days. For now, let’s recite the prayer example slowly thinking about what the words we are saying really mean.

October 6, 2013

Amen

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Matthew 6:13. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Someone asked me why I don’t say “amen” at the end of my prayers. It is because my prayers never end. Prayer is a 2-way conversation with God. I keep a running conversation throughout my day. There are times when I do close with the word “amen.” This is when praying for a group out loud but even then I often omit the ending “amen.” “Amen” is a word meaning “so be it,”. To me the only one qualified to say “so be it” is God. There are times I pray for something that really isn’t in the center of God’s design. I want God’s perfect will and God’s best over what I might think is best. Most often I end with “thank you Lord.” I am so very thankful I am allowed to talk to God and He listens and answers. When I consider Who God is and what I am I see the miracle in this relationship. The question today is do we desire to keep an ongoing, 2-way conversation going between us and God? Wether we say “amen” or anything else, let us always keep, the ears and hearts open and the conversation going.

August 19, 2013

Pray with Feet

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Ephesians 6:15. by fitting your feet with the preparation that comes from the good news of peace,

There are many types of prayer: praise, thanksgiving, confession, intercession and others. Some prayers must result in our action of using our feet. It’s like a man standing in his yard praying for some money. A neighbor sees him and goes to him offering him money if he’d mow the neighbor’s lawn. The first man answers, ”I can’t. I’m busy praying for God to bring me some money.” This really isn’t funny. It’s sad. We ask God for things but we don’t want to be part of the answer. Our question is do we expect to ask and sit and wait for God to do all the work or will we choose to allow God to enable us and work through us.

August 18, 2013

Devoted to Prayer

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Colossians 2:4. Be devoted to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.

Devoted to prayer. How underused our prayer room is at church. How underused our altar rails are for people to bend their knees in the presence of others and pray. How as so few are willing to pray aloud. It seems we are embarrassed or ashamed of prayer. Prayer is a wonderful privilege. People aren’t allowed to initiate a conversation with a king unless a king invites them to speak. God is King of all and has given us permission to speak to Him at any time. He is always listening. Like a parent eager to hear their child’s first word, God is always eager to hear us. Quiet prayer within our minds are heard by Him. He also likes to hear our physical voices both in private and in public. Our question is why do we hesitate? Each must answer that for themself.

August 4, 2013

Specific Prayer

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Matthew 20:32. Jesus stopped, called them, and said, “What do you want me to do for you?”

We were around our table for breakfast and prayed, “Lord, give us an abundance of water.” That’s all we asked. I was to go to our new property and meet the well digger. In did and he quickly reached a good source of water. I returned o our rental house and, as I opened the door I heard what sounded like our aquarium. But it was un storage. As I stepped inside I found I was in ankle dep water. The bottom of the hot water heater had rusted out and no one was there to shut off the water. God answered our prayer, an abundance of water. We were not pacific in our prayer and God was giving us a long-lasting lesson in prayer. Many of our prayers appear unanswered because we are not specific so we have no specific answer to hear or discover. It could be a lack of faith that leads us to pray generalities. Our question is do we really believe God hears and answered our prayers? Let us make our specific requests known and watch the power of God work in specific glory.

July 30, 2013

Be Ready

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1 Peter 3:15. But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess.

Always be ready. Be ready to bring Christ to all you meet. How can we always be ready? We must continually confess anything that would separate us from God; any action in-action, thought or word. After each confession we must ask for a refilling of God’s Holy Spirit. We must also know what is written in God’s word, the Holy Bible through study and meditation. Our question is are we willing to be honest with ourselves in confession to God and willing to spend the time learning His instructions for living? If our living doesn’t show the reflection of Christ Jesus we won’t be asked. Let us be sure to be ready to encourage a struggling believer or help someone into God’s family.

July 18, 2013

Present Tense

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Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, “ I am that I am.” And he said, “You must say this to the Israelites, I am has sent me to you. ”

God said, “I Am.” We say, “God is.” These 2 verbs, “am” and “is” are in the present tense. There is no past of “was” nor future of “will be.” God is. He never changes. We use both past and present tenses for ourselves. We are in a continual state of becoming. As finite creations we either move forward or we die. There are no freeze-dried people. Our question is what are we becoming? We have a choice. We can become into a oneness with God as He originally created us or we can become further away until we can no longer see, hear or call on Him. We become into oneness with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. The tool He uses to re-mold us is His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit shapes us through worship of God, meditation on His written word, the Holy Bible, prayer and circumstances we experience. Which direction do you choose?

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