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.”
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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.

New Day Dawning Thursday, Aug 16 2018 

This day draws near me,

The LORD is with me,

As I see the dawning light;

Strained from prayer throughout the night,

His voice so gently whispers,

“Come and see,

That the LORD, He is good.

Taste and see, the LORD, He is good.”

When suddenly,

Patterned distractions blind me,

Then I could not see,

I raised my shield in earnest fight,

Wiles of devil taking flight,

For the Word of God my heart displayed,

“With God there is no shadow of turning.”

My heart aflame, His Spirit burning.

For Christ my LORD portrayed,

one so feeble such as me,

could force the devil flee,

For with Jesus at my side,

I was able to abide

and to taste the flavor of the LORD,

and trace the scabbard of my sword.

Jessica May Moore

 

My Contrition Saturday, Jul 14 2018 

The Scripture for today may be found in the book of Isaiah chapter 6 verses 1 and 2:

Heaven Is God’s Throne

66 Thus says the Lord,

“Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool.
Where then is a house you could build for Me?
And where is a place that [a]I may rest?
“For My hand made all these things,
Thus all these things came into being,” declares the Lord.
“But to this one I will look,
To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.

As we come before the LORD this morning let’s be prayerful, mindful, admitting all to Him whatsoever we may find within ourselves to confess. Now at this time, I would caution you against the wiles of the devil for he would seek to convince you that anything you’ve done can’t be all that bad; after all you’re a Christian.

The devil loves to see a Christian fall. He relishes every opportunity to accuse the brethren.

So when you come before the LORD let your attitude be humble. Ask Him to help you to see those things you may have said or done no matter how slight that may have offended a brother or sister. Then go and make amends. Say you are sorry. Ask forgiveness. Show your remorse to them and to God Almighty.

Then when the devil attacks you with regards to it you can tell him, “You are a liar. I trust God’s word which says, “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”1 John 1:9

And remember too, Peter’s admonition in 1 Peter 3:8-12

[d]To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but [e]giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing. 10 For,

The one who desires life, to love and see good days,
Must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.
11 He must turn away from evil and do good;
He must seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous,
And His ears attend to their prayer,
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

My Dance Tuesday, May 15 2018 

The Scripture for today can be found in the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 3 verse 4:

A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.

I think that everybody gets down sometimes and the slightest thing makes them cry.

They say that crying is good for you. If nothing else it cleans your sinuses.

When David was seized by the Philistines in Gath he prayed to God:

“You have taken account of my wanderings;
Put my tears in Your bottle.
Are they not in Your book?

Yesterday, I received an email from my oldest sister that changed my life. She has no idea about this. She had written a few days earlier asking me to find out the information about where our mother had been buried. I am guessing she wanted to visit her grave on Mother’s Day or perhaps for the upcoming Memorial Day. Yesterday, she sent me an email showing that she had researched it herself and forwarded the information to me. I decided to print it out and keep it for future reference. Since I live over a thousand miles from there, I wouldn’t be able to go this year but maybe in the future. When it printed there were two pages. When the second page came out of it, the only words on the page were, “Trust in God.”

Why those three words affected me so profoundly, I may never know. But they did. And as I stood there, I felt the peace of the Spirit of God flow over me. I began to hear music. And it was so sweet and gentle. I just began dancing. I wasn’t worried about where my feet were going or what steps I was taking.

It was then and there that I realized, I’ve lived my whole life never hearing the music. As I was dancing verse after verse came to me: Ephesians 5:18-20

18 And do not get drunk with wine, [a]for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to [b]one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; 20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to [c]God, even the Father;

Romans 8:38-39

38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

John 19:20 30 Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

He gave up His Spirit to us! It is in us. We have it now! There is no waiting. There is nothing left we can do to add to our salvation. It was done at the cross.

He wants us to dance in the Spirit and praise Him with music.

 

 

 

My Priorities Friday, May 4 2018 

Have you ever wondered how many millions of times The Lord’s Prayer has been prayed? It came upon me just this morning as I was finishing up today’s bible study and prayer time.

Has God ever answered that prayer? I was specifically thinking of that request: “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.” Oh how I wished in my quiet hour that prayer could be answered.

Then, I had to ask myself, “am I praying with expectation of an answer?” Perhaps, I should be living it out myself. I had to evaluate my priorities. What should be my number one priority in this earthly life? Thinking it through the verse Ephesians 5:5 came to mind: “For this you know with certainty, that no [e]immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”

And also the greatest commandment in Matthew 22:36-40:

36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and [a]foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

And also 1 Peter 1:16 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Christians are called to be saints. Saints are holy.

Some will argue and say, “How can any man be holy?” or “Aren’t you just trying to return everybody to works instead of grace?”

Be careful that you are not being deceived by partial truth. Christianity is a process. It is made up of steps. We are first washed, justified, regenerated, separated, sanctified, made holy, and made perfect.

How do you respond to these scriptures? Are you uncomfortable? Or are you in agreement? How can you test yourself? Look to 1 John 3:3 : And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

 

 

My Rescue Monday, Apr 30 2018 

From my morning bible study today. I had done my P.A.R.T (Praise,
Admit, Request, Thanksgiving) and was beginning my L.M.N.O.P. (Listen, Messages, New Testament, Old Testament, Proverbs when….

Early in the wee hours of the morning, while I was listening for the voice of the LORD, the scales were removed from my spiritual eyes and the wax was removed from my spiritual ears. I saw before me as it were a light hovering over my head in a reflection. I saw movement of a corner that radiated from the aura of the light and out of it slipped slowly a black dark orb that slowly rose to the top of the reflection and out of sight. From my mouth I heard praises of God, Almighty repeating, “Blessed is the LORD, my God and my Redeemer.”

 

And again slowly rising from the right lower corner was now a dark grey orb that floated up and then left, out of the reflection.

 

And again I heard from my mouth, “Jesus, name above all names. Only thou art holy. Only thou art good. My King Jesus.”

 

And again slowly rising from the right lower corner was now a royal purple orb that slowly rose up and then right, out of the reflection.

 

And again I heard from my mouth, “Jesus, King of Kings and LORD of lords, Blessed be the name of the LORD, Jesus.”

 

Then the entire reflection turned the color of royal purple and  pulsated  like a steady heart-beat. And then my own reflection turned a neon purple and I heard from my mouth, “Jesus, thank-you, LORD. Thank-you, Jesus.”

 

The verse came to mind, “I am the light of the world.” and another, “I take away the sins of the world.” So, I sensed within that the orbs leaving were confessed sins. And another verse came to mind, “As far as the east is from the west have I removed your transgressions from you.” And another verse, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

 

The light was still shining over my head in the reflection. I saw myself just sitting there. I looked down at my bible and read again the Psalm for the day, Psalms 34:7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them.

Finding God Everywhere Saturday, Apr 28 2018 

Going back now to the basics let’s begin again in the book of Ephesians chapter 2 verse 10:

10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

This verse was given to me in answer to a prayer, namely, “Oh, God, why? Why must I go back to the basics?”

It has to do with our conversation. Take for instance Ephesians 4:29 29 Let no [u]unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification [v]according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.

Basically, God is saying, it isn’t just what you say but it is when you say it, why you say it, and how you say it. When is “according to the need of the moment”. Why is “so that it will give grace to those who hear”. And finally how is “but only such a word as is good for edification”.

First he begins with what not to do: speaking the old way, the unsaved talk, “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth”. As Christians, we think before we speak. We don’t just blurt out anything to hear ourselves talk. We don’t say hurtful and unkind words to have one over on somebody. We don’t gossip. We don’t use foul language. Our speech should be different, very unlike the world.

It has to do with the truth. Take for instance Ephesians 4:25 25 Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.

Second he begins with what not to do: speaking the old way, “lying”, “laying aside falsehood”. Then the new way, “speak truth each one you with his neighbor”, then why, “for we are members of one another”.

It is very difficult to have fellowship with a person who doesn’t know the truth from a lie.

Refer to Romans 9:10 for what form of fellowship: 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; [a]give preference to one another in honor;

This is not something that God does for us. Take for instance Ephesians 4:22-24 22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old [p]self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new [q]self, which [r]in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

We are to “put on the new man”. The new man has order and control. He is aware of what is proceeding out of his mouth. He controls it. He stops hurtful and shameful words before they ever pass through his lips.

I am speaking to myself here more than any of you.

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