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Praise to the PARACLETE

08/20/2018

“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Paraclete), that He may be with you forever;”

John 14:16

The Holy Spirit is described as a Paraclete (Helper) who is with us forever. Studying the Greek definition of the word “Helper, Paraclete” ummm – helps.  Consider the following definition of Paraclete:*

  • Someone summoned, called to one’s side, esp. called to one’s aid
  • One who pleads another’s cause before a judge, counsel for defense, an advocate
  • Of the Holy Spirit destined to take the place of Christ with the apostles (after his ascension to the Father), to lead them to a deeper knowledge of the gospel truth, and give them divine strength needed to enable them to undergo trials and persecutions on behalf of the divine kingdom

When we think of the magnitude of God’s provisions for us, it’s staggering. Our Heavenly Father not only took it upon Himself to send His Son to save us, but also made sure that His Spirit, the Paraclete, would be an abiding divine strength within us. We never walk alone.

To learn more about the Paraclete – Holy Spirit and how to listen to Him, click HERE.

Heavenly Father, Son, and Paraclete – Holy Spirit, the gift of Your Presence is something we will only fully realize when we are in Heaven. Thank You, Lord!  

*https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?strongs=G3875&t=NASB

Why I’m Changing my Prayers for My Kids

08/20/2018

I want to pray bold and effective prayers. I want to pray war room prayers. I want to pray mountain moving prayers.  
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Praise to the OVERCOMER

08/19/2018

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have OVERCOME the world.”

Our personal problems can seem overwhelming at times. National and international problems may cause us to shake our heads and wonder what the world’s coming to. Health issues may be a constant concern. Financial issues, parenting, marital, and work challenges can be ongoing. But Jesus interrupts our conflicted worries and gets straight to the point. In the world, we’re going to have tribulation, which means “pressure, affliction, oppression, and distress.” Then, He says the most amazing thing. He’s bigger than the world. He’s OVERCOME it. And that’s why He invites us to take His hand and take His peace. Even though He’s not visible to our eye, He’s walking with us.

Lord Jesus Christ, You are the OVERCOMER. We praise You for the peace You give us when we trust in You.

Praise to Christ Our Passover

08/18/2018

“Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.”

  1 Corinthians 5:7

Anyone want to guess what the context was for Christ being described as our Passover?

Paul was rebuking the Corinthian church because of the immorality among them. He called them arrogant because rather than mourning over the situation, they turned their heads the other way. Paul is spinning their heads (and maybe ours) back in the right direction.

  • Someone has DIED because of our sin and immorality: Jesus. How can we think that accepting abiding sin is okay?
  • Jesus, the pure Lamb of God, was sacrificed. His death, His blood, is our atonement; covering our black sins.
  • “Clean it out. Get rid of the sin.” Paul urges. Christ, our PASSOVER, has been SACRIFICED on an altar that has our name on it.
  • Demonstrate our love, honor, and respect the Passover Lamb, Christ Jesus, by living for Him.

Christ, our PASSOVER, forgive us when we live for what You died for – our sin.

Image: Ecce agnus Dei 12.4.2009: from Matthias Grünewald, Isenheim altarpiece, 1512-1516, Musée Unterlinden, Colmar

Praise to OUR FATHER

08/17/2018

“‘Pray, then, in this way: OUR FATHER who is in heaven…’”

Of the many ways Jesus could have told us to address God in prayer, He chose, “OUR FATHER.”
In verses 6-14, Jesus tells us:
  • OUR FATHER sees us.
  • OUR FATHER rewards sacrificial effort that no one sees.
  • OUR FATHER knows what we need before we ask.
  • OUR FATHER forgives us as we forgive others.
  • Regardless of what kind of earthly father we had, we have a HEAVENLY FATHER who is holy and who is listening as we pray.

Would you join me today in praying the Lord’s Prayer in worship and praise to OUR FATHER. 

Praise to the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON

08/16/2018

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

   John 3:16

How old were you when you first heard or learned John 3:16? It’s a pivotal verse in the Bible. Did John realize the line in the sand God drew when he recorded these words? It’s a powerful statement and call to action.

  • God so loves the world that He took action to save us from perishing.
  • God is personally involved. It required that He sacrifice His Only Begotten Son.
  • It’s personal for you and me – whoever believes in Him. There it is – our call to action, to respond to God’s love.
  • There’s a promise – will not perish – experience eternal death.
  • There’s a reward – will have eternal life.

It’s personal for God because He gave His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON. It’s personal for us because we either gratefully respond “yes” to Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf, or we say “no.”

What are your thoughts about God giving His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON so we can be saved and have eternal life?

Heavenly Father, who gave Your Only Begotten Son, we receive Your eternal gift of life with overflowing, grateful hearts. 

Praise to ONE WHO OPENS Our Lips

08/15/2018

“O LORD, open my lips, that my mouth may declare Your praise.”

   Psalm 51:15

Did your mother ever tell you, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all?” My mother did. Often, words of instruction center on telling us to keep our mouths closed so we don’t offend others or so we don’t speak out of anger. However, David, the psalmist, understood that our walk with God isn’t only about what we don’t say. It’s also about what we say.  We may get a gold star for not cussing. But do we get a gold star for praising God, encouraging others in their walk with Him, and sharing Christ with unbelievers? If not, perhaps we should recognize that God is the One to whom we can pray as David prayed, “LORD, open my lips, that my mouth may declare Your praise.”  That’s a good prayer to the ONE who can OPEN our lips, don’t you think?

LORD, You are powerful and able to OPEN OUR LIPS to praise and honor You. We pray You do so that we faithfully praise You and share Christ with others. 

Do you want to praise God, but don’t really know how? If so, HERE’s  help..

Do you want to dig into the Word and learn from Jesus how to engage people in conversations about eternity and salvation? If so, HERE’s help.

 

Praise to the ONE Who IMPARTIALLY JUDGES

08/14/2018

If (since) you address as Father the one who IMPARTIALLY JUDGES according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth;”

1 Peter 1:17

Are you aware that the Bible describes different kinds of judgments? The one to which Peter is referring is the judgment of believers’ works. Although we’re not saved by works, God takes note of how we conduct ourselves after we’re saved.

Peter reminds us that God is an IMPARTIAL JUDGE and that we should live in way that shows reverence for Christ. Peter gives examples of what this looks like.

  • We are holy in all our behavior, like the Holy One who called us, 1:15
  • We fervently love one another from the heart, 1:22
  • We put aside all malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander, 2:1
  • We long for the pure milk of the word, so we grow in respect to salvation, 2:2
  • We proclaim the excellencies of Christ who has called us our of darkness into His marvelous light, 2:9
  • We abstain from fleshly lusts that wage war against our soul, 2:11
  • We keep our behavior excellent, 2:12
  • We submit for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, 2:13
  • We honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king, 2:17
  • We follow in Christ’s steps, 2:21
  • Wives are submissive, chaste, and respectful to their husbands, 3:1-2
  • Husbands live with their wives in an understanding way and show them honor as a fellow heir of grace so their prayers aren’t hindered, 3:7
  • We are harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead, 3:8-9
  • We keep our tongue from evil and our lips from speaking deceit, 3:10
  • We turn away from evil and do good; seeking peace, 3:11
  • We sanctify Christ as Lord in our heart, and are always ready to make a gentle, reverent defense to everyone who asks us to give an account for the hope that is in us, 3:15
  • We keep a good conscience, 3:16
  • We live the rest of our lives no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God, 4:2
  • We live in the spirit according to the will of God, 4:6
  • We’re of sound judgement and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer, 4:7
  • We’re hospitable to one another without complaint, 4:9
  • We employ the special gift God’s given us in serving one another as good stewards, 4:10
  • We speak as one speaking the utterances of God and serve by the strength God supplies so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, 4:11
  • We entrust our souls to our faithful Creator when we suffer according to the will of God, 4:19
  • We humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, 5:6
  • We cast all our anxiety on God, because He cares for us, 5:7
  • We’re of sober spirit and on the alert knowing that our adversary, the devil, prowls like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour, 5:8
  • We resist the devil, firm in our faith, 5:9

Our lives are to represent the excellencies of Christ. How are we doing?

Heavenly Father, thank You that You are impartial, and that each of us is called and has the opportunity to serve You well. 

Praise to the ONE Who APPOINTS

08/13/2018

“Son of man, I have appointed you a watchman to the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from My mouth, warn them from Me.”

Ezekiel 3:17

Have you ever considered that God appoints people, times, places, and more? Contemplate the following:

“So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the APPOINTED time of which God had spoken to him,” Gen 21:2.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have APPOINTED you a prophet to the nations,” Jer 1:5.

And the LORD APPOINTED a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights,” Jonah 1:17.

“So the LORD God APPOINTED a plant and it grew up over Jonah to be a shade over his head to deliver him from his discomfort. And Jonah was extremely happy about the plant,” Jonah 4:6.

“He (Jesus) APPOINTED twelve, so that they would be with Him and that He could send them out to preach, Mark 3:14.

“Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the APPOINTED time will come,” Mark 13:33.

“And inasmuch as it is APPOINTED for men to die once and after this comes judgment,” Hebrews 9:27.

Yes, God appoints times, people, places, events, and more. What has He appointed us to do? Read the Bible and we’ll find out!

LORD GOD, You APPOINT people, places, and times. Rather than fret, help us accept Your appointed times and gratefully respond to that which You  appoint us to do.

 

Praise to the ONE GOD

08/12/2018

“For there is ONE GOD, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

1 Timothy 2: 5

We have to make a decision. We either believe what Jesus says about Himself or we don’t. In other words, we call Him a liar or we call Him LORD. Although we might want to say that there are many ways to heaven, that’s NOT what the Bible says; it’s not what Jesus claimed. And, no other prophet claimed to be God; as Jesus did. No other prophet was killed and rose from the dead as Jesus did; His resurrection witnessed by hundreds. There is ONE GOD, and one mediator between God and us, Jesus Christ. If you don’t yet know Him, get to know Him. The account of His life and even His own words are recorded in the Bible. A good place to begin is the New Testament book of John. Before you read, you might want to say a simple prayer, “God, please help me see You and find You. If Jesus is Your true Son, open my heart, mind, and spirit to receive Him.”

Lord Jesus Christ, thank YOU for being the ONE God we can trust. We praise You and rejoice in the eternal life You give us.