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.”

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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 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.

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.

 

Self-Discipline Friday, Jul 13 2018 

The Scripture for today may be found in 2 Peter 1:2-8:

2 Peter 1:2-8 Discipline yourself….examine yourself….test yourself…

Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Routine is not godliness. It keeps you in the first “add” which is “add to your faith virtue”; you must graduate on to “and virtue knowledge” through bible study. And then move on to “and knowledge temperance” through prayer. And then move on to “and temperance patience” through waiting on the LORD and watching for his coming. And then move on to “and to patience godliness” through well doing. And then move on to “and to godliness brotherly kindness” through grace and forgiveness to others. And then move on to “and to brotherly kindness charity” through the love of the Holy Spirit within you.

It is not that you no longer have faith when you acquire virtue but rather each is built one upon the other until God is glorified.

My Struggles Thursday, Jun 7 2018 

 

The Scripture for today can be found in the book of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians chapter 6 verse 10:

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.

As Christians, we are called to fight in a battle against the devil and his minions. Actually; to be honest, it is a war made up of many battles. It isn’t just a matter of a one-time battle that when it is over you get to go home. No, it is full on warfare that lasts our entire lives. It isn’t some namby-pamby skirmish. Every single day, we are to “put on” the armor of God. We are to “put on” Christ.

Joshua 1:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Only be strong and very courageous; [a]be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may [b]have success wherever you go.

2 Chronicles 32:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

“Be strong and courageous, do not fear or be dismayed because of the king of Assyria nor because of all the horde that is with him; for the one with us is greater than the one with him.

Isaiah 35:4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Say to those with anxious heart,
“Take courage, fear not.
Behold, your God will come with vengeance;
The recompense of God will come,
But He will save you.”

It isn’t going to do us any good to complain or get discouraged. God does not fight our battles for us, but He does fight our battles with us. We are still called to our duty as Christians. He does not leave us alone on the field of battle. It takes courage to be a Christian.

Perhaps, I should have titled today’s study: “Our Struggles”.

 

 

Come Back to the LORD-Day 9 Friday, Mar 30 2018 

The Scripture for today can be found in the book of Psalms chapter 119 verses 65-72:

Teth.

65 You have dealt well with Your servant,
O Lord, according to Your word.
66 Teach me good [a]discernment and knowledge,
For I believe in Your commandments.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray,
But now I keep Your word.
68 You are good and do good;
Teach me Your statutes.
69 The arrogant [b]have forged a lie against me;
With all my heart I will observe Your precepts.
70 Their heart is [c]covered with fat,
But I delight in Your law.
71 It is good for me that I was afflicted,
That I may learn Your statutes.
72 The law of Your mouth is better to me
Than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

There are benefits in coming back to the LORD. He teaches us directly from His Word. His Word is applicable to all people in all times in all places in all circumstances.

For we know Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.

 

 

Come Back to the Lord – Day 7 Wednesday, Mar 28 2018 

The scripture for today is Psalms 119:49-56

Zayin.

49 Remember the word to Your servant,
[s]In which You have made me hope.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction,
That Your word has [t]revived me.
51 The arrogant utterly deride me,
Yet I do not turn aside from Your law.
52 I have remembered Your ordinances from [u]of old, O Lord,
And comfort myself.
53 Burning indignation has seized me because of the wicked,
Who forsake Your law.
54 Your statutes are my songs
In the house of my pilgrimage.
55 O Lord, I remember Your name in the night,
And keep Your law.
56 This has become mine,
[v]That I observe Your precepts.

When the world begins closing in, we are taught to ask “WWJD?”, (what would Jesus do?).

He would seek the Lord in prayer. Go to some quiet place and plead our cause.

For we know:

Psalm 27:4-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To behold the [a]beauty of the Lord
And to [b]meditate in His temple.
For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His [c]tabernacle;
In the secret place of His tent He will hide me;
He will lift me up on a rock.
And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
And I will offer in His tent sacrifices [d]with shouts of joy;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

My Dreams-Part 2 Friday, Jan 26 2018 

The verse I would like to reference may be found in the book of Daniel, chapter 2, verse 1 And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.

In the second dream, I was sitting in a classroom and Jesus was the teacher. At the front of the class on a TV tray was a vase that had been painted white with small tea roses all over it. I thought it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. It was that same feeling you get when you see your newborn baby for the first time.

His instruction was, I would like each of you to look very closely at this piece and be ready to tell me what you see. So, when it was my turn, I took the vase in my hands and looked at it carefully peering down into it. I was mortified at what I saw. There were hundreds of tiny cracks in it that didn’t seem noticeable from a distance. I felt heart sick because I knew that the beautiful vase could never be used for what it was intended since the water required to hold the flowers would simply run right out of the cracks.

So when it was my turn to speak, I told Him. At first, I saw a beautiful piece from a distance but the closer I looked the more cracks I saw. I felt heartsick at the thought of it.

The meaning of the dream can be found in 2 Corinthians 13:

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.

Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.

For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.

And also: 1 Peter 1:14-16

14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

When I was first saved and hadn’t been studying the word very long, I thought I wasn’t all that bad because I hadn’t ever killed anybody nor stolen anything. In my mind sin had levels of intensity where murder was the worst of all.

But as the years went on and I “looked deeper” into the Word. It revealed the “cracks” in me. So this was a reminder dream to stay in the Word which is able to save: 1 James 1:20-22

20 For the wrath of man works not the righteousness of God.

21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

 

My Holiness Monday, Jan 8 2018 

Today’s scripture can be found in first Peter one verses 15 and 16:  15 but [p]like the Holy One who called you, [q]be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

Now I am empathetic at the cringes out there of those who feel the title of this blog post is radically offensive. I can just hear the “who do you think you are?” gasps of indignation.

The verse Romans 12:3 comes to mind: For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

The devil himself will accuse Christians for even thinking that we might be able to “be holy in all your behavior.”

But “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

The whole purpose for Christians is to become more and more like Christ, who is Holy, through the process of sanctification.

The verse 1 Corinthians 1:29-31 also comes to mind: 29 so that no [a]man may boast before God. 30 But [b]by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, [c]and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 31 so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

To be sanctified means to be set aside for holy use.

Now the Holy One is the one who uses us for His purposes.

You know that God is a “faithful creator”.  1 Peter 4:19 19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

God even creates the faithfulness in us. It isn’t ours of our own doing. We are His workmanship. It is the gift of God.

And 1 Timothy 1:12 states: 12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

Paul is telling Timothy that Christ “counted him faithful”.

Now let’s look at some Old Testament clues from Psalm 89: 5 The heavens will praise Your wonders, O Lord; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.

There are two words within this verse that I would like to draw your attention: first notice it says, “holy ones”, plural. God has given both faithfulness and holiness and wonders. Second notice it says, “heavens will praise”, plural.

Perhaps I should change the title of this blog post to “My Holiness and Faithfulness” by God’s gift.

 

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