The Lord’s Prayer

Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer and this week our focus is on becoming better praying Christians. It is always good to remember the importance of setting the atmosphere around you as well as in your mind so that your prayers are heard.

Last night in Bible study, Pastor Charles read from Matthew 6 and reminded us of the importance of our posture when coming before the Lord in prayer. Pastor reminded us to be purposeful and genuine, to set up our prayers to be heard by the Lord. Today in your worship, meditate on the words of this song and prepare your heart to pray words that are thankful, humble, powerful, and intentional for your life, your purpose, the church, the community, and the kingdom of God.

Let the group know what you are praying for so that we may all add it to our prayer lists in agreement with what God has in store for your life and for others through you! Amen.

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I’m Yours

I’m  Yours – William McDowell

“Whatever You ask of me, I surrender!” How pleasing is that declaration to God? And how true is it in your relationship with Him? Are you willing, in every aspect of your life, to surrender to God? What does that look like? The bible says:

Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”

Romans 12:1 “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”

Romans 6:13 “and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.”

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By Myself

By Myself – Deon Kipping

The song says we can’t make it without God! By ourselves, it won’t work. But God is our ever-present help, all-powerful and righteous. Let us praise Him, trusting Him in all things! Amen.

Hebrews 13:5-6: “5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”[a] 6 So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”[b]

Psalm 27:9: “Do not hide Your face from me; do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation.”

Psalm 37:40: “And the LORD shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him.”

Psalm 115:11: “You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield.”

Isaiah 41:10: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:13: “For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’

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The Truth Be Told…

The truth be told: A little leaven leavens the whole lump. (Galatians 5:9)
We often wonder why we have to deal with so many challenging situations. Why do I have to deal with so many problems? I am a good person and yet I have this weight carrying. That’s what’s wrong, the weight I am carrying. A problem is defined as an unintended deviation from a plan or objective. Without complete trust in the leadership of the Blessed Holy Spirit, it is very difficult to identify and appropriately deal with the devil’s traps. His traps are specifically and meticulously designed to cause problems for US. The devil’s goal is that we end up living in our deviation not or destiny.
So, brothers and sisters, I implore us all to put the weight down, without which we will never be able to objectively run this race to a successful conclusion.

March 24 – Every Nation

Guest Post: Daily Devotion

THE RIVER WALK

May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere. May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. (Psalm 67:2-3)

Read: Deuteronomy 2:1-3:29, Luke 6:12-38, Psalm 67:1-7, Proverbs 11:27

Relate: On March 1, more than a hundred sixty years ago a young man named Hudson stepped off the Dumfries and onto Chinese soil. For over a year he toured the Shanghai area over and over again trying to preach the gospel to little avail. He then made a radical (at that time) decision to start wearing Chinese clothing and shave everything except the queue (pigtail). Basically this Englishman chose to become Chinese and once he did so, doors and arms were opened wide to him and he began to see a great move of God. The organization he started, China Inland Mission was directly responsible for eighteen thousand converts, starting 175 schools and raising…

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The Truth Be Told…

The truth be told:  A little leaven leavens the whole lump. (Galatians 5:9)
Leaven : (A pervasive influence that modifies something, or transforms it for the better)
This is a wonderful use of metaphor. There are things (Especially ones we consider small and harmless) in our lives that are modifying and transforming God’s plans for our growth and development (blessing) and causes us to focus on our ability to acquire (prosperity). These can be people, habits, misguided desires, works of the flesh (Gal 5), and poor choices.  The scriptures teach us to lay aside every weight and sin. Today we are talking about weight, and how God will not take away any weight we don’t first lay down.(Heb 12:1)

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Perfection.

Do Not Judge.

Matthew 7:1-3 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?

Its simple, when you are perfect, cast the first stone. Followers of Christ live their lives chasing after Jesus and learning to live in His truth. However one of the things we constantly fail to realize is how much we are not like Him.:

How many of us would really lay down our lives for anyone?

How many of us have mastered forgiveness?

How many of us love unconditionally?

So, how many of us are worthy or righteousness enough to judge?

Its simple, none of us. The Bible is full of ways for us to improve ourselves, yet one of the biggest stigmas on Christian culture is how judgemental we are – that we know what is best for others. In reality, the only thing we know for certain is that Christ died on the cross in the hopes that all would come to repentance and have eternal life. We also know that while he was on Earth, He spent a majority of His limited time with people, showing them the love of God and the value they have within themselves.

Chasing after Jesus means that we Christ left the Holy Spirit with us to give us power beyond our weaknesses, and being filled with the Holy Spirit is the closest to perfection that we will ever reach on earth. This not to say that we shouldn’t be held accountable, but being a Christian takes going so much furter. It takes consistent, daily transformation of our own lives. That is what our focus should be — filling our entire lives with the light of God…then we can be a beacon of light to draw all men to Him.

The Truth Be Told…

When we abide in the Lord and trust in His words, a glory in us He will reveal, when we do His will and Obey His command; no devil in hell can take our blessings. There awaits us, all Spiritual blessings in heavenly places if we only surrender our all to the Lordship of Jesus Christ the Messiah.  Why are we so concern about our haters when:

“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” (Matt 5:11-13)

“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” (Phil 4:4)

Mercy.

Proverbs 14:11 “The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
    but the tent of the upright will flourish.”

I came across this scripture, and it made me think about the immigration situation, particularly in the United States.

It takes at truly selfless person to understand the plight of an immigrant, especially a refugee. But to concern yourself with the oppression of others is not only a selfless thing to do, but it is one of the most Christ like. Jesus loved us so much that He took on our oppression as a price for our freedom – and all we have to do is accept Him.

We don’t have to pass a test or go through an obstacle course to get to Jesus, all we have to do is say yes. We don’t have to fill out any papers or pass some background check. He has already done all the work. He has been standing at the door, waiting to let us in. All we need to do is knock.

This Proverb stood out to me because it says the house of the wicked and then refers to the tent of the upright; and the tent made me think about refugee camps. The camps where refugees live in tents, watching as their homes are destroyed or dealing with the separation from their families. Not sure where their next meal will come from or what their next move should be.

In Matthew 25, Jesus directly identifies himself with the downtrodden: 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.”

This is the measure of the final judgement before God. Sit back and think on your life: What have I don’t to people? What am I doing to aid those who are suffering? This was so important to God that Jesus repeats himself in order for there to be no confusion: Help People. That’s it. It doesn’t matter who they are or what they have done. Because it is not about them or you. It is about God’s Kingdom and pouring out the love of Jesus.

Matthew 25:40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,[c] you were doing it to me!’

Matthew 25:45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’

We can only be like Christ when we learn to identify with those He also identified with. Jesus knew that he was a King, the Son of the Most High God. He knew he wasn’t merely an ordinary man by any standard, but those were His people. Jesus loved them all, and it is this unexplainable love that led Him to lay down His life in the hopes that people would be free. So why do we continue to accept excuses for oppression when we are in a place to offer freedom? Lord, I pray:

Titus 3:5 “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,”