Monthly Archives: July 2015

Especially Thankful

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Especially Thankful

BIBLE THOUGHTS

Of all the things to remember most, we must remember that a price was paid for our forgiveness. And it was paid out of love. David was especially thankful for God’s promise to forgive his sins. He understood what a wonderful blessing it is to be cleansed and forgiven. God loves you so much that He does not want to be separated from you. Sin separates man from God.

John 3:16-17 NKJV

For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

God is a holy God and sin breaks off our fellowship with Him. It is because God wants to cleanse you and forgive you of your sin that He sent Jesus to die on the cross. God required that blood be shed to pay for sin.

Hebrews 9:22 NKJV

“And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.”

Only the precious blood of Jesus can cleanse us from our sin and unrighteousness, making it possible for us to have fellowship with our holy God. Jesus shed His blood to pay for the sins of everyone. It is up to each of us to either accept the gift of salvation and forgiveness or to reject it.

1 John 1:7

“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

Dear Father,

Thank-you for Your promise to forgive my sins. It truly is a wonderful blessing to be cleansed and forgiven. Thank-you so much for Your love toward me. A love so great that You gave Your own Son, Jesus Christ, as a sacrifice for my sins. By the power of the Holy Spirit convict me of all sin so that my relationship with You is not hindered in any way. Cleanse me and forgive me of my sins and unrighteousness.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Your Help Is Not In Man

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Your Help Is Not In Man

Psalm 34:20 NKJVBIBLE THOUGHTS

“Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.”

If you are desperate, you must turn your eyes to God. You must realize and admit that God is your only source of help. When you admit that God is your source of help, you will openly acknowledge your belief. Your belief will be followed up by an action.

Mark 5:25-28 NKJV

“Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”

The woman with the issue of blood had been to many, many doctors for twelve years. She had spent a lot of money on the doctors, but the treatments that they gave her did not help. She grew weaker and weaker. It was not until she had spent all her money and wasted twelve years of her life that she became desperate, and truly realized that her help was not in man.

Dear Father,

You are my shield and strong tower. I thank-you that You are my source of help. By the power of the Holy Spirit help me to keep my eyes fixed on You and not on circumstances.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Admitting, Believing, Confessing, and Forsaking

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Admitting, Believing, Confessing, and Forsaking

BIBLE THOUGHTSEveryone that experiences true salvation will be received by God. True repentance is being sorry for doing wrong (for going against God), not being sorry that you were caught doing wrong. If we are truly sorry that we have sinned and we go to Jesus for forgiveness, we will receive forgiveness.

Admit

Everyone who wants to receive salvation must admit that they have sinned.

Romans 3:23 NKJV

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Believe

Everyone who wants to receive salvation must believe in Jesus Christ.

Acts 16:31 NKJV

“So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.’ ”

* They must believe that Jesus is the Son of God (the deity of Jesus Christ).

* They must believe that Jesus came to this earth through a virgin birth.

* They must believe that Jesus lived a sinless life while here on earth.

* They must believe that Jesus died on the cross, and that His blood was shed for the remission of their sins.

* They must believe that Jesus rose from the grave, that He is alive in heaven and that He will return to earth again.

Confess

Everyone who wants to receive salvation must confess their sin to God. Today we have direct access to God through Jesus, therefore we do not have to confess our sin to a priest or another person. We can go directly to God with our confession.

1 John 1:9 NKJV

”If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Forsake

Everyone who wants true salvation must forsake their sin. Once you have experienced the full knowledge of Christ and His salvation, do not turn back. Knowledge of Christ without obedience to Christ can be very dangerous. It is not enough to know that we are to turn from evil, we must do it. Don’t return to your old (sinful) ways.

2 Peter 2:20-22 NKJV

“For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning,

For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: ‘A dog returns to his own vomit,’ and, ‘a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”

God takes the commitment that we make when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior very serious. Once we become part of the kingdom of God we are not to look back, or to return to our old ways.

Luke 9:62 NKJV

“But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Discipline Of Prayer

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Discipline Of Prayer

 

Isaiah 56:7 NKJV

“Even them I will bring to My holy mountain,

And make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices

Will be accepted on My altar; For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”

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The early believers were trained in the discipline of prayer. The early church viewed corporate prayers as an essential part of the spiritual growth of the church.

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Acts 2:42 NKJV

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers.”

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Prayer is the act of speaking to God (not about Him, but to Him) in worship, entering into spiritual communication with God, the act of offering worship (ascribing worth to) to God, and making earnest requests (petitions) to God. Prayer is very important to the spiritual well-being of a person and a church. It was the desire of Jesus that His house (both the individual Christian and the church) be a house of prayer.

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Luke 19:45-46 NKJV

“Then He went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it, saying to them, ‘It is written, My house is a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of thieves.’ ”

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Prayer is not, and should not be made into, a dry or boring ritual. It is a wonderful time of intimate communication between you and God Almighty, the very Creator of the universe. We cannot separate prayer and worship. They go hand in hand. When we pray we are speaking to God personally. We are spiritually communicating with Him. When we worship God we are ascribing worth to Him. We are speaking directly to Him, not about Him, through our words (sometimes spoken and sometimes sung). We must keep in mind that there is a difference between praise and worship. When we praise a person we tell others about how wonderful they are (brag about them to someone), but when we worship a person we personally tell the person (face to face) how wonderful they are.

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Since the people in the early church were baptized in the Holy Spirit they often prayed in the Spirit. When we pray in the Spirit we yield (completely surrender) our tongues, minds, and hearts to the Holy Spirit, allowing Him to pray through us. The Holy Spirit knows exactly what we should pray, and as we yield control to Him, He is able to pray the perfect prayer. The Holy Spirit inspires us to pray both in tongues (in the Spirit) and in our own understanding.

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Dear Father,

Thank-you that You will bring to Your holy mountain, and make us joyful in Your house of prayer. Thank-you that You will accept our offerings of worship. By the power of the Holy Spirit, train us in the discipline of prayer. May we see prayer, corporate and private, as an essential part of the spiritual growth of Your body. Cause us to continue steadfastly in Your doctrine, fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers. May we never view talking to You a dry or boring ritual. Forgive us of allowing the enemy to steal the time that You desire to spend with us in prayer. May our body be a house of prayer and not a den of thieves. May we truly realize that You, the very Creator of the universe, desires to fellowship with us. And may we completely surrender our tongues, minds, and hearts to Your Holy Spirit, allowing Him to pray through us.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

 

Discern The Body And Blood Of Jesus Christ

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Discern The Body And Blood Of Jesus Christ

BIBLE THOUGHTS

 1 Corinthians 11:23-24 NKJV

“For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘Take, eat, this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ ”

There is a vast supply of power and revelation in communion, both privately and corporately. Corporate communion brings an anointing upon the church, fresh moves of the Holy Spirit, and a harvest of souls.

Joel 1:8-12 NKJV

“Lament like a virgin girded with sack cloth

For the husband of her youth. The grain offering and the drink offering

Have been cut off from the house of the Lord; The priests mourn, who minister to the Lord. The field is wasted,

The land mourns;

For the grain is ruined,

The new wine is dried up,

The oil fails.

Be ashamed, you farmers,

Wail, you vinedressers,

For the wheat and the barley; Because the harvest of the field has perished.

The vine has dried up,

And the fig tree has withered; The pomegranate tree,

The palm tree also,

And the apple tree – All the trees of the field are withered;

Surely joy has withered away from the sons of men.”

When communion is cut off from the people, the people and the church is barren spiritually. When communion is cut off from the church the manifest presence of God, the glory of the Lord, and the anointing is cut off.

The church must discern the body and blood of Jesus Christ. If they don’t they will be barren, their fields will lie in waste, their land will mourn, their corn will be wasted, and the new wine will be dried up. In other no words there will be no harvest of souls, there will be no fresh moves of the Holy Spirit and no anointing upon our church or our lives.

Dear Father,

Thank-you for the vast supply of power and revelation You give us in communion, both privately and corporately. Fill our lives and our churches with a fresh anointing and moves of the Holy Spirit. May there be a harvest of souls. By the power of the Holy Spirit may we discern the body and blood of Jesus Christ. We ask for Your manifest presence in our midst.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Believing And Acknowledging

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Believing And Acknowledging

 BIBLE THOUGHTS

Matthew 16:15-18 NKJV

“He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.’ ”

When we believe and acknowledge Christ as the Son of the Living God the forces of evil will not be able to conquer us.

Acknowledge means to accept that something is true or real, to accept that somebody is telling the truth, to accept that somebody or something has a particular quality or ability, or to be of the opinion that something exists or is a reality.

1. We must admit that Jesus exists, is true, and is real. We must recognize Jesus’ existence

2. We must show appreciation and express thanks for Jesus’ gift of salvation.

3. We must recognize Jesus’ rights or authority over us. We do not own ourselves – As a Christian we legally belong to God.

Approved By God

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Approved By God

BIBLE THOUGHTS

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, God approves of us. He has a favorable opinion of us, He officially accepted us, and He formally confirms that we are His.

I Thessalonians 2:4 NKJV

“But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.”

God Has A Favorable Opinion Of Us

Opinion mean estimation. It is a view regarding the worth of somebody or something.

Deuteronomy 32:10 NKJV

““He found him in a desert land And in the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye.”

The phrase “apple of his eye” symbolizes tender loving care for an object, or person, that is considered to be precious. In the following verses we read about two parables. In the first parable, a man finds treasure. He desires the treasure so much that he hid the treasure in a field, then he went and sold everything that he owned in order to have enough money to buy the field where the treasure was hidden. The treasure was worth so much to the man that he was willing to sell everything he owned in order to obtain it. The second parable describes a merchant (somebody who buys and sells goods), possible a commercial dealer of precious jewels. The merchant was searching for beautiful pearls. On day He finds a pearl so wonderful and valuable it is described as a “pearl of great price”. The merchant considered the pearl so valuable and precious that he went and sold all that he had in order to purchase it.

Matthew 13:44 NKJV

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”

Matthew 13:45 NKJV

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”

To God we are a special treasure, a pearl of great price and the apple of His eye. While we were still lost in our sins and separated from Him, He willing gave all that He had in order to redeem us.

1 Corinthians 6:20 NKJV

“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

God Has Accepted Us And Confirmed That We Are His

We have God’s confirmation that we are His child.

Ephesians 1:13-14 NKJV

“In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.”

God Has Appointed Us

God calls everyone that He approves of, those who have accepted Jesus, into some type of ministry for Him. Each one is entrusted with the good news of Jesus and is called to do something. Ministry not a personal choice, but an appointment by God. While ministering we must keep our motives pure and present the gospel in sincerity. Our first priority should be to please God, not man.

Galatians 1:10 NKJV

“For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ”

 

Proverbs 17:3 NKJV

“The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the Lord tests the hearts.”