To Fear or Not to Fear? Tuesday, Oct 16 2018 

That is an important question and when taken directly from scripture the results may surprise you.

John 9:31 31 We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him.

Acts 13:26 26 “Brethren, sons of Abraham’s family, and those among you who fear God, to us the message of this salvation has been sent.

2 Corinthians 7:1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Philippians 2:12 So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;

1 Peter 2:17 17 Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the [b]king.

Revelation 14:7 and he said with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters.”

Now let’s take the “No Fear” verses.

Do not fear persecutors.

Matthew 10: “Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.

1 Peter 3:14 But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you [b]are blessed. And do not fear their [c]intimidation, and do not be troubled,

Do not fear your value to God.

Deuteronomy 31: Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.”

Luke 12: Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.

Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

Romans 8:14 15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery [a]leading to fear again, but you have received [b]a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear [a]involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

 

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Seeking God Through Prayer Thursday, Oct 11 2018 

One of the most intimate ways we seek God is through prayer. David sought God in the Psalms over and over again. When he was feeling far from God, He prayed in Psalm 51:11-12 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

Let’s come boldly to the throne of grace today and pray to our Father which is in heaven. May His Kingdom come and His Will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Let’s praise His holy name as we pray. Let’s pray in the Spirit. Thank-you, Lord for this new day and all of the blessings you have in store. Thank-you for the answered prayers from yesterday.

Help us to see your hand at work in our lives and lead us into the way everlasting. Direct our paths as we acknowledge you in all we do. Help us to mortify the deeds of our bodies in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Components of Christian Faith Tuesday, Oct 9 2018 

  1. Adoration: We love God because He first loved us.
  2. Revelation:  Witness of the Spirit with our spirit: Romans 8: 16 The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
  3. Compassion of Christ: For the lost, for the sick,

    The Anointed Bearer of Glad Tidings

    [a]The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
        because the Lord has anointed me;
    He has sent me to bring good news to the afflicted,
        to bind up the brokenhearted,
    To proclaim liberty to the captives,
        release to the prisoners,
    To announce a year of favor from the Lord
        and a day of vindication by our God;
    To comfort all who mourn;
        to place on those who mourn in Zion
        a diadem instead of ashes,
    To give them oil of gladness instead of mourning,
        a glorious mantle instead of a faint spirit.

  4. Acknowledgement of God’s Power: 2 Peter 1:1-3To those who have received a faith of the same [b]kind as ours, [c]by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us [d]by His own glory and [e]excellence.
  5. Confirmation by the Word: Hebrews 1:Now faith is the [a]assurance of things [b]hoped for, the [c]conviction of things not seen.
  6. Prayer to God through Jesus Christ:
    2 Thessalonians 1:10-12 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    10 when He comes to be glorified [a]in His [b]saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed—for our testimony to you was believed. 11 To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will [c]count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

  7. Individual Confirmation:
    Mark 16:16-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. 17 These [a]signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

  8. Thanksgiving:

    Thanksgiving for God’s Deliverance

    10 [d]I will rejoice heartily in the Lord,
        my being exults in my God;
    For he has clothed me with garments of salvation,
        and wrapped me in a robe of justice,
    Like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem,
        as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
    11 As the earth brings forth its shoots,
        and a garden makes its seeds spring up,
    So will the Lord God make justice spring up,
        and praise before all the nations.

  9. Individual Input:
    Romans 5:10-12 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved [a]by His life. 11 And not only this, [b]but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

  10. Call to action:as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, [f]according to the proportion of his faith; if [g]service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with [h]liberality; he who [i]leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

    Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; [j]give preference to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the [k]saints, [l]practicing hospitality.

    14 Bless those who persecute [m]you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but [n]associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. [o]Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but [p]leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

  11. Confirmation of Faith:
    Romans 1:16-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed [a]from faith to faith; as it is written, “[b]But the righteous man shall live by faith.”

Components of Worship Sunday, Oct 7 2018 

  1. Adoration of God through worship music, dancing, singing.
  2. Revelation from God for our need for Him for all things by the reading of a scripture as Christ got up and read from Isaiah.
  3. Compassion from Christ: “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Preparing your hearts in silence for:
  4. Acknowledgement of Christ and remembrance of Him by the taking of communion.
  5. Confirmation by the Word received from preaching.
  6. Requests to God for the needs of those attending worship. Pray for one another.
  7. Individual Confirmation and receiving of testimonies of God’s hand working in our lives day to day.
  8. Thanksgiving, praise and worship for answered prayers.
  9. Individual output through the receiving of tithes and offerings from those attending worship.
  10. Your Input by announcement of condition of missions, ministries, home groups, visiting, and children’s.
  11. Call to action by announcement of activities and opportunities for service within the church, community, state, and nation.
  12. Confirmation of faith by those accepting Christ then in unison give the doxology, “May the LORD guard between you and me while we are absent one from another.”

Components of Devotions Saturday, Oct 6 2018 

  1. Adoration of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.
  2. Revelation from God:  Lord, reveal to me this day your grace and truth what to do in  order to grow in devotion to you.
  3. Compassion from God:  Lord, fill me with a compassionate heart in coming to you full of the desire to receive your love gift today in order to be able to fulfill your purpose for this day with all sincerity.
  4.  Acknowledgement of God’s power:  Lord, you so love the world that you gave your only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
  5. Confirmation by the Word: 1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.
  6. Requests from God-Prayer:  Lord, give us this day our daily Word, lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil…
  7. Individual Confirmation:  Lord, help me to know and feel your love, your power, your presence, your peace, your protection, your joy, great faith, great hope, patience by the Holy Ghost.
  8. Thanksgiving to God: Lord, thank-you for all you give us; your righteousness, your holiness, your covering, your forgiveness, your justification, your sanctification, your salvation.
  9. Individual Input:  Lord, as I read and meditate on your Word, let it work in me your transforming power over my mind, my life, my heart.  In Christ Jesus my LORD.
  10. Your Output: Lord, as I share these lessons you’ve taught in today’s devotions help me to reflect you in I do in you.
  11. Call to Action:  Lord, help me to live out this life devoted to you and your purposes.  May you be glorified in all that I do today.  May the power of your resurrection grace conquer every trial.
  12. Confirmation of faith: In order to affix your devotions tell someone about what devotion God has revealed to you. Post a blog, keep a journal, call a friend, tell a family member.

Components of Evangelism Friday, Oct 5 2018 

  1. Compassion from the Evangelist:  Lord, give us a heart for the lost.  Help us to hear your call to evangelize in our community, our state, our nation, and all the world.
  2. Prayer for Direction: Lord, lead us to our specific call. Acts 17:26 26 and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation,
  3. Prayer for Provision: Lord, provide the resources necessary to evangelize this area.
  4. Confirmation by the Word:  Matthew 28:19 19 [e]Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
  5. Requests from the Evangelist:  Lord, give us strength of purpose, commitment to honor God, devotion to duty and to the glorification of the father in Evangelism.
  6. Acknowledgement of our call:  Lord, we are called to this place and we know you will provide opportunity to evangelize here.
  7. Revelation form the Evangelist:  Lord, open our eyes to opportunities around us to witness, serve, and care for the people here.
  8. Thanksgiving to the Evangelist:  Lord, thank-you for the opportunity to share our faith, our joy in the Lord, and your Gospel with others.
  9. Baptize: “Ask if they believe Jesus is the Son of God…”  Lord,  In your name we baptize these people.
  10. Record the Baptized: Keep a record of the names and dates of each baptism.
  11. Following the baptism inquire as to the needs for a bible, fellowship, prayer, and family or friends that need salvation also, towels, etc.
  12. Confirmation of justification and assurance: Give time for them to rejoice with family and friends.

Components of Bible Teaching Thursday, Oct 4 2018 

  1. Prayer to the Teacher:  Lord, help us in our deepest hearts to receive your teaching through your Holy Word. Jesus is the Teacher.
  2. Revelation from Jesus: Prayer for Direction:  Lord, direct us as we go through your Word verse by verse for our instruction in your glorious purpose.
  3. Compassion from Jesus: He knows we are but dust and struggle to focus so pray for focus:  Lord Help us to focus on what we are learning from you and how it may be applied to our lives.
  4. Acknowledgement: There is power in reading of the Bible: Make mention of the verse you will begin with and any additional following verses you hope to cover as the Holy Spirit leads. Read them.
  5. Confirmation by the Word: Commentary by the students: Each student comment on what they heard and offer similar text from the scriptures.
  6. Requests: Prayer is a two way process so after your requests wait on the LORD: Listen for the Spirit of the Lord’s instruction in righteousness, reproof, correction….
  7. Individual Confirmation: Rightly divide the Word of Truth by contemplating its application in each area of your life, each relationship, each circumstance.
  8. Thanksgiving: Thank God for the instruction He has given.
  9. Requests:  Lord, help us to incorporate this Bible teaching into our daily lives.
  10. Your Input by sharing:  Lord remind us of opportunities to share this lesson with others we may come into contact with until we meet again.
  11. Call to Action: Frequency: Personal instruction from the LORD should be daily.  i.e. devotions. Group instruction no less than weekly.
  12. Confirmation of Sanctification:  Lord, sanctify us by your Word. Your Word is truth.

Components of a Healing Prayer Wednesday, Oct 3 2018 

  1. Adoration to the Healer:  Lord, every good and perfect gift comes from you.
  2. Revelation from the Healer:  Lord, open our eyes to the causes and contributing factors involved in this illness.
  3. Compassion from the Healer:  Lord, give us a heart of compassion like you use each time you heal.  Give us the desire to alleviate the suffering in sincerity.
  4. Acknowledgement of the Healer’s power: Lord, you do all good things.
  5. Confirmation by His Word: Lord, in your Word it is said, “Anything you ask in my name, if you believe, you shall have it.”
  6. Request from the Healer: (hands on the ill person with their permission.) Lord, heal this person of this illness.  Relieve all pain and suffering. Reduce swelling and inflammation. Remove all causes and contributing factors from this individual. Heal them from the inside out.
  7. Confirmation to the healed:  Lord help them to know and feel your healing power even now as you heal them of this illness. Give them peace and protection from recurrence.
  8. Thanks to the Healer:  Lord, Thank-you that you are healing them from this illness.
  9. Input from the healed person:  How do you feel now? Are you in any pain?
  10. Input from the praying person: Be observant throughout the prayer of any changes you become aware of with regards to the individual for whom you are praying.
  11. Call to Action:  Depending on this exchange either continue praying or move to the final step.
  12. Confirmation of faith:  Lord, we believe you are healing this illness. Help our unbelief. Help us to see, and feel, and know the power of your healing touch.  Give us confirmation of the results of this prayer through continued wellness, medical testing, or any other confirmation you choose to give us.

Private Reveille Tuesday, Oct 2 2018 

The rain snapped, crackled, and popped as it wrestled in my head.

Twas then I awoke upon my jostled bed.

I looked at the clock transposed for a fix.

The next that I looked, twas a quarter passed six.

Where was the time I somehow had lost?

What was the consequence and what was the cost?

Then came the woe some worry, would I be late?

Could I remember appointments, could I remember the date?

Twas then the morning sun began to dawn,

And I upon my bed for stalled a yawn.

Stretching to and fro I heard a creek,

As my aging bones began to speak.

Should I arise and conquer the day?

What would I do and what would I say?

How would I handle the trials life would bring?

How would I honor the call of my King?

For Jesus was calling so sure and so true,

And He was the Master and I was the crew.

by Jessica May Moore

My Confidence Saturday, Aug 25 2018 

The verses for today may be found in the book of Psalms chapter 71 verses 4-6:

Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,
    from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel.

For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord,
    my confidence since my youth.
From birth I have relied on you;
    you brought me forth from my mother’s womb.
    I will ever praise you.

And also verses 13-15 in 1 John:

13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

Ever had an inspiration that filled you up? A knowing? An assurance? And in that instant your mouth could not hold back the praises of Him who saved you? You called upon His name. You trusted. You knew that you knew that you were saved. Even the confidence comes from Him. Even your Faith is a free gift from Him. You think that if in that moment He called you to walk on the water, you could. The power of the Spirit led you deep into places that your flesh could not go.

As Christians, our hope is in Jesus.

 

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