A lesson in prayer!
"Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me." Luke 18:5
That old squeeky wheel, the constant drip from the kitchen faucet, or the commercials that increase in volume during your favorite movies. Do you have things that really irritate or annoy you and compel you to take action? It is vital sometimes to our own sanity to take action when we are so annoyed! Here is a lesson in prayer. The Judge in this story was irritated. This woman was like that leaky faucet or that squeeky wheel. He was losing his ability to remain quiet about the request that she came to him with asking for his attention, because she would not stop bothering or irritating him. When we have a request that truly requires attention we must be serious and press for action to be taken. In prayer we can utilize this example and know that God looks into our heart and at the urgency within. James 5:16b tells us, "The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous man availeth much." How urgent? How vehement? How passionate? How annoying can we be? This is how our prayers should be!
Come to God with your requests showing to Him what they really mean to you and How important it is that action is taken. Fervent, passionate, and continual pleadings to God does get His attention!
on May 3 2011
Nothing but the blood!
10:04 am ~ Forgiveness
"Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, this cup is the new testement in my blood, which is shed for you." Luke 22:20
God has said, "All we like sheep have gone astray" "all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." For this cause Jesus has given his life through the shedding of His blood, as we read in Hebrews 9:22 "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without the shedding of blood there is no remission." Jesus shed his blood that our sins would be forgiven. He shed His blood for you and for me! The New Testement or new way of making things right with God allows us to receive God's son, Jesus, who shed His blood for us. In the Old Testement, once a year the blood of an unblemished lamb was used to pay for our sins, however, this had to change because it was not enough to remove our sins from our conscience, only through the blood of God's son, Jesus Christ, can our sins be washed away. They are no longer remembered and they are cast away once for all! Jesus makes all things perfect. Jesus did for us what we could not do for ourselves. Through Jesus' shed blood we now can live out a fully restored relationship with God.
It doesn't matter what people think, say, or do towards you, if you have received Jesus and have confessed your sins to Him, your sins are forgiven, never to be remembered again. None of your works or anyone's works could ever accomplish this forgiveness, only Jesus and His shed blood can make you whole again!
on Apr. 23 2011
SUPER HERO OR DUST!
08:27 am ~ Prayer
"I know nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out." Romans 7:18
"He knows our frame, He remembers that we are dust." Psalm 103:14
"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Genesis 2:7
God has not forgotten, nor will He ever forget our frame, he made us and he knows what we can or cannot do. Don't worry, even though it seems to be too much, God promises that He will not give us more than we can bear, but he also reminds us to cast our burdens upon Him because He knows how frail we are and how much we need Him. God reminds us because we forget. Today, I want to suggest something to you, sometimes we are the ones who forget what we are made of. Too often we think of ourselves much more higher than we ought, it is this prideful thinking that keeps us from turning to Him when we need Him the most. When we forget that we are just dust, refusing to accept that we can't do it all alone and refusing to turn to God for help, that is when life gets difficult and painful. He formed us out of dust of the earth, yet there are some out there that claim they are "Superman"! Able to do all the supernatural things that no one else could ever do! God knows what we can handle and what we can't, He is the one that formed us. It is us that has it all wrong.
Do we know what we can handle and what we can't? Stop trying to take on the whole world without His help. You can't do it alone!
Turn to Jesus today with all that you can't deal with, He knows your frame and understands it all much better than you! Turn it over to Him and give Him the opportunity to be your God, your source of power! Cast your burden on Him for he will sustain you! Psalm 55:22