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Posted on December 31, 2019 at 7:47 AM Comments comments (59)
Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

John 19:28-30 NIV


It IS finished.  This does not just speak to us about another year coming to an end, but to what Jesus did on the Cross.  It is up to us to recognize that Jesus stopped the madness a long time ago. Let us see clearly in 2020. Only believe.


Prayer for Help

Posted on February 22, 2019 at 7:38 AM Comments comments (1)
O Lord, hear my plea for justice. Listen to my cry for help. Pay attention to my prayer, for it comes from honest lips. Psalm 17:1 NLT

But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears. Psalm 18:6 NLT

Help me, Lord. In Jesus Name.
Amen

I Pray for Restoration!

Posted on February 1, 2019 at 7:36 AM Comments comments (4)
O Lord, you alone are my hope. I’ve trusted you, O Lord, from childhood. Yes, you have been with me from birth; from my mother’s womb you have cared for me. No wonder I am always praising you!

My life is an example to many, because you have been my strength and protection. That is why I can never stop praising you; I declare your glory all day long.  And now, in my old age, don’t set me aside. Don’t abandon me when my strength is failing.

But I will keep on hoping for your help; I will praise you more and more. I will tell everyone about your righteousness. All day long I will proclaim your saving power, though I am not skilled with words. I will praise your mighty deeds, O Sovereign Lord.  I will tell everyone that you alone are just.

O God, you have taught me from my earliest childhood, and I constantly tell others about the wonderful things you do. Now that I am old and gray, do not abandon me, O God. Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me.

Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the highest heavens. You have done such wonderful things. Who can compare with you, O God?  You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth. You will restore me to even greater honor and comfort me once again.

Psalm 71:5-9, 14-21 New Living Translation (NLT)


Sovereign Lord,

Your Word does not come back void.  Restore me.  Continue the good work You have begun in me.  Have Your way.

In the blessed name of Jesus I pray.
Amen


 You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.  Psalm 51:16-17 NLT












We Seek You, Lord

Posted on January 25, 2019 at 7:43 AM Comments comments (1)
But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you.  May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, “God is great!”  But as for me, I am poor and needy; please hurry to my aid, O God. You are my helper and my savior; O Lord, do not delay.

Psalm 70:4-5 New Living Translation (NLT)



Almighty God,

You are El Shaddai.  All power is in Your hands. Grant us more mercythe same mercy You gave when You sent Your only begotten Son, Jesus, to save us from sin.  We seek You now for we know You gave Him to overcome this fallen world so full of darkness. We seek You with all of our hearts.  We cry out to You for You are God aloneour very present help in time of trouble.  Come quickly, Lord Jesus. We are in need.

In the matchless name of Jesus we pray,
Amen.  


I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.  I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:10-11 NIV

 

Seeking God: Part Four

Posted on January 24, 2019 at 7:44 AM Comments comments (0)
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”

The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

Lamentations 3:24-26 New King James Version (NKJV)


God's people had hope in His salvation before Jesus Christ was sent to save them. They didn't know how or who, but the Word of God was clear that these people should seek and hope and wait.  The prophets foretold of a Messiah, but until God sent His Son people were subject to the opinions and perspectives of those who gave them information.  Even after Christ came and declared His sovereignty, He had to die and rise from the grave to prove who He was.  Even then, there were those who did not believe.  And even now, there are still those who do not believe.

There is a saying: "seeing is believing." Believers in Christ must challenge this perspective.  As we follow Jesus Christ, we hold His Holy Spirit in our hearts.  We get to see Him from the inside and we get to follow Him from the outside. We may be the only way others come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and it is by our faith that we must represent Him.  There are many things in life on this planet we believe in but do not see. We put faith in many things that promise us nothing but temporary pleasure or relief.  We actively search for things we lose or even never had. God has sent us a Savior. Jesus is coming back to change things in God's Creation forever.  And He has given us a way that we can now seek Him for ourselves.
 

“I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty.  Malachi 3:1 NIV

Seeking God: Part Three

Posted on January 23, 2019 at 7:38 AM Comments comments (1)
Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. for everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Matthew 7:7-8 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)


Those who pray to God sometimes wonder if God hears their petitions.  We pray and wait for an answer from a God we cannot see and do not always understand.  In some cases, we don't like His answer.  But then we are left with realization that it is His will and not ours that is being done.  Giving up on God at this point is not a good choice. Usually, what God has chosen to do at this moment that is not what we wanted will require further help from Him.  Jesus calls for us to keep asking and keep searching and keep knocking on God's door in order to endure the trial before us that may be inspiring our prayer. This takes faith.

When we pray for something and don't get it, we have to accept that our view is limited and God's is not. That "thing" we want may not be for our good. As God works EVERYTHING out for our good and His glory, He may allow us to one day see why and be thankful that He denied a particular request. However, we can be certain that as we seek favor from God, we must believe He is who He says He is and can do anything He chooses to do.  Seeking Him in earnest guarantees we will receive His best reward and answer to our prayers.  
 

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.  Hebrews 11:6 NIV

 

Seeking God: Part Two

Posted on January 22, 2019 at 7:49 AM Comments comments (0)
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14 King James Version (KJV)


In a world where everything we have is something we receive, it is a wonder we need to be taught humility.  Perhaps we just forget that we came into the world with nothing.  We did not create ourselves; therefore, our first gift was life.  We spend the first years of our lives totally dependent upon someone else to provide the opportunity to simply grow up.  How we can evolve from the dependent status of childhood into totally self-centered adults may be baffling to God.  But then again, He knows the works of His hands.  He also knows what we are up against.

We may never understand why evil and wickedness are allowed to co-exist in a world God created to be good.  But God definitely gave us a basis for comparison when He sent His Son, Jesus, to live among us in this world He created. He allowed Him to be born in poverty and to die a death He did nothing to deserve.  He did this for us. To receive this precious gift of salvation, we just have to look for Him and follow His way.

Adam's disobedience affected everyone of us who were born after him.  Because of what he did, we know good and evil, and now know the difference.  Left to our own devices, this is a battle we will never win in our own strength.  However, as we submit to Christ, who died for our sin, we receive reconciliation with God who is willing to provide all we need to survive as we seek His will for our lives. We have been given another chance to get it right.  God raised His Son from that grave to give us everything we need to wholly seek His Kingdom and live the everlasting life He intended in the first place. However, now we are equipped with full knowledge of what is good and what is evil.

 

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.  Matthew 6:33 NLT

Seeking God: Part One

Posted on January 21, 2019 at 11:14 AM Comments comments (1)
Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will reap a crop of my love; plow the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and shower salvation upon you.

Hosea 10:12 Living Bible (TLB)

 
Throughout Scripture, we are encouraged to "seek" God. This may be a very difficult thing to comprehend for those who are not looking for a savior.  We should all be looking for a better way of life than that which we experience so often in this fallen world. Yet, suicide rates indicate that many people reach the end of their hope without realizing that there is help to live as we seek God.  Our Creator has already sought us out.  He determined that we would be born before we were conceived.  He desires we worship Him and bids us all to look for Him now, while He is looking for us.

The sacrifice of Jesus' life on the Cross demonstrates a selfless love that mankind did not request.  We cannot claim to be seeking God if we are totally consumed by satisfying our own desires.  This "about me" thing is not of God.  According to Jesus, the most important commandments are to love God and love our neighbors.  Our understanding of the term "looking out for number one" tends to get twisted.  God's Word is clear that He is "Number One" and we each fall in third place behind everybody else.  We make it to the "number two" spot by loving our neighbors and our neighbors loving us as all are commanded to do.

God will not be hard to find right now for those who seek Him because He is presently working all things out for our good and His glory. We must look for Him now while He still can be found.  We must look for Him while He is still looking for those who seek Him.
 

Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near.  Isaiah 55:6 ESV

 

Prayers of the Heart

Posted on January 18, 2019 at 7:51 AM Comments comments (0)
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Psalm 51:10-11 New King James Version (NKJV)

Gracious and Merciful Lord,

God and Father of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, You sit high and look low upon all Your hands have made. You look deep inside our hearts and know us completely.  We cannot hide what is in our hearts from You.  Through Christ, You offer us strength for our weakness and lack.  We pray for the Holy Spirit to cleanse our hearts and help us to live pleasing in Your sight, so that we may worship You.  Thank You for Your heart that loves without condition as we come to You in truth.  As You continuously bless our hearts, teach us to love like You and bless the hearts of others.

In Jesus' name we pray.
Amen
 

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.  Psalm 19:14 NKJV

Then they all prayed, “O Lord, you know every heart.” Acts 1:24 NLT






Matters of the Heart: Part Four

Posted on January 17, 2019 at 7:48 AM Comments comments (4)
Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.

Ezekiel 11:19-20 New King James Version (NKJV)

 
We must check our heart's condition.  God has promised to replace our faulty hearts if we let Him. Hard hearts do not endear us to our Creator. Yet in His mercy, He offers us a new heart made of flesh.  Stony hearts that do not love are not functioning properly and this can lead to death.  God's Word cannot be absorbed into a heart that is not soft and supple.  We could need a heart transplant if we want to walk with our Heavenly Father.  Jesus came so that we may have eternal life with God.  He is our Surgeon and Great Physician. He is able to open up our hearts.  By His stripes we can be healed.

The world today is a cold place with many hard-hearted people. We claim to care about our fellow man, but do we love them for our hearts?  Kindness and concern for others does not flow from stony hearts.  Just as hardened arteries require a medical procedure in order to keep a heart healthy, our hearts may need repair.  Believers are called to walk in God's statutes. A spirit of compassion comes from a heart that is receptive to God's Word.  As we follow Christ, the indwelling Holy Spirit will implant God's laws in our hearts and minds, making us qualified to receive the reconciliation that is necessary to declare we are truly children of God.  He will bless our hearts!

 

The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:

“This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”  Hebrews 10:15-16 NIV