Prayer

The question:

What does prayer do ?

It requests, attention

action

It acknowledges: Who He is

Who we are

Our need

Our desire

It recognizes: His delight

His presence

His sovereignty

His discipline

It accepts: His love

His recognition

His discipline

His direction

It always: Connects you with Him

Eases anxiety

Relieves anger

Expresses love

They are Answered

Surrender: Mark 14:36 , Matthew 26: 39,42,53

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Pray

“Pray without ceasing”, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, if taken literally it tends to interfere with life. If all I do is pray, how much time is left for work, recreation or sleep?

Thing is, it is meant literally, pray, pray and pray some more. Pray when you wake up, on the way to work, while working, at lunch. Pray all afternoon, at dinner and in the evening. At bedtime and in your dreams.

Verse 18 goes on to say “give thanks in ALL circumstances, this is the will of God”. So ALL circumstances, the good, the everyday, your need, your want, everything. Pray for everything all the time. Verse 22, “Abstain from every kind of evil”, prayer deflects our thoughts, places God in the forefront. As simple as this seems a conversation with God all day long, starting and stopping thru out our day turns us from evil to Christ. Mark 14 :38, we are told to pray so that “we won’t enter into temptation”, hard to mess up while having a conversation with the Creator. Prayer, a posture created by Him to protect us from evil, calling on Him to take the lead in our thoughts, feelings and desires. As we begin to talk with Him constantly, seeking direction, confirmation and companionship He responds as only a loving Lord can.

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Steering the Boat

Imagine your life as a big ship, an ocean liner and you have the steering wheel. That makes you “ in control” you can steer your ship where ever you want to go. Remember you’re in control. You direct it all, where you go and how you get there. The only problem with this is you don’t recognize where all the mis steps are or when you make a wrong turn, the reefs or the shallow water can ground you and you may not even know it. when the fog rolls in you can’t see thru it, when it rains your view is shrouded in a mist that distorts what you see. Life without leadership is just like steering the ship without a captain. In this case the captain represents Christ, the captain knows where all the obstacles are, uses radar in bad weather and directs the pilot safely during the voyage. Christ in our lives knows exactly what is best for us “ He leads me beside still waters” 23rd Psalm. We get to steer the ship, we are in control, we just now have a guide who has our success in mind.

So, either way we are in control, doing it our way, with consequences that are often destructive. Or, we can rely on this guide that knows all the pit falls and still lets us steer the boat.

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Just One More Time

Have you ever watched a coach or trainer? They push the athlete to do one more just one more. The salesman, when he has had a day of no, no, no. He knows he must make just one more call, just one more call. We walk with God and when things get tough we slow down or stop and God is saying ” just one more step, just one more, you can do it “. Jeremiah 2:9 ” Wherefore I will yet plead for you, says The Lord, and with your children’s children will I plead”. Our God pleading for us, our attention, our love. Going generation to generation chasing us, you and me. Chasing us to the end of times. Wanting only that we fulfill the life He has for us, Not! the life the enemy wants us to lead. Just one more time, one more time ……..

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Seeing thru Love

1John 4:15-16

“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him and he in God. And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is Love, and whoever abides in love abides in God and God in him”.

The word abide is a verb, an action, an intentional doing, we choose to abide in love. A continuous adoration of creation, possible only thru the acceptance of who Christ is.

Romans 12:9 “ let Love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good”. Another word rarely used “ dissimulation”, means to hide under a false appearance. So said, “ let Love BE REAL”, not fake, not pretend, a love that is real coming from the “ new heart of flesh” we received from Christ. If you’re waiting for proof of the truth of Christ’s love for us or the truth of His promises; this quote from the movie “Santa Claus 2” explains Faith so well, “ Seeing is not believing, believing is seeing”. Me, I choose to believe and Christ gives me the “Eyes to see with” and the things to see.

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Merry Christmas

Santa, Chris Kringle, Father Christmas, Tree trimmed, gifts….. oh and family time. Midnight when time stands still for all the gifts to arrive, the milk and cookies, don’t forget the reindeer. Wouldn’t be the same without them.

We have such a wonderful Creator, all we have or can do are from Him. The very next breath we take is at His pleasure. That imagination of ours, sees Santa and his reindeer with the sleigh and the big bag of toys. That too is a gift from God. Too many worries about how we celebrate or when we celebrate this miraculous gift, His son, The Christ, Holy Redeemer, just celebrate, make Christ the center and fill the surrounding area with as much imagination as possible. When we focus on Him, He takes care of all the rest. So, have an imaginative, creative, fun filled Christmas, with Christ at the center.

Merry Christmas

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Lament

Lament; to express sorrow, mourning or regret.

Webster’s definition, been reading the book of Lamentations, poetry written to express the demise of a nation, relaying her transgressions, speaking directly to what led to their suffering. So often we reflect our ability to be faithful or love onto God, when it is He who has spent all of mans existence trying to reflect His love and faithfulness on us. We are His children, His created love, He is Love. This book can bring about the expression of Lament in all of us, our sorrow brought on by our pulling away from God, our non belief in the work of the Cross resulting in regret. And our as yet unidentified mourning. Coming from the deep desire in us for Him, the desire He placed there; dig deep, pray, He will open that door for us to enter.

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Steadfast Love

Webster’s defines steadfast as: immovable, firmly fixed in place. The Psalmists use the term “steadfast love”, when referring to God’s love. Psalm 6:4 “ Turn, O Lord, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love”. Psalm 36:7 “How precious is your steadfast love, O God ! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings”. We who believe, live inside of His steadfast love, an unbreakable bond from Him. 1Kings 8:23, last half,” keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to your servants who walk before you with all their heart”. There is an assurance in this description of His love for us, we find in Romans 8:38-39 how we can never be separated from His love. So as we bask in His love, May He fill us with a love for Him that is “steadfast”, that we may live today in the reward to come.

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Loves Value

The value of God’s love for us, can it me measured? All thru the Bible we are show the love of God. Verses like John 3:16, the one we all know. From the love Christ extend to the Samaritan woman at the well to His love for the Jewish slaves in Egypt. God has continuously expressed the love He has for His creation. He loves us with all He is, regardless of our returning that love. When our children look up into our eyes and say “ I️ love you “ we respond with an “I️ love you”. So why when The Lord says that to us and shows us, leaving wonders for us to behold. Why do we not honor His love by not just saying but doing those things that say, “ I️ LOVE YOU TOO”. This small verbal gesture when spoken time and time again, begins to feel real. Then the miracles begin. “I️ LOVE YOU TOO” let the miracles begin.

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Worldly Heart ?

Are we so caught up in the world that our hearts ignore the true purpose we were created for? In Mark 3:1-7, Jesus heals the man with the withered hand, on the Sabbath ! So caught up in the rules the Pharisees were furious, how dare He work on the Sabbath? In verse 4 the question is “ Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill ?”. Their hearts so caught up in law that an expression of love further kindled there anger towards Christ. We too at times become so caught up in the rules that we forget our purpose, “ glorify God in all we do”, the most important of the commandments: “ Love God with ALL your heart, all your mind and all your soul” and “Love your neighbor as yourself”. Love, when we approach the world with this vision or focus, the rules fade and God shines.

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