Wednesday, July 23, 2014

We Should Always Pray And Have Faith In God

Luke 18:1-8 (AMP)

1 Also [Jesus] told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not to turn coward (faint, lose heart, and give up).

2 He said, In a certain city there was a judge who neither reverenced and feared God nor respected or considered man.

3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, Protect and defend and give me justice against my adversary.

4 And for a time he would not; but later he said to himself, Though I have neither reverence or fear for God nor respect or consideration for man,

5 Yet because this widow continues to bother me, I will defend and protect and avenge her, lest she give me intolerable annoyance and wear me out by her continual coming or at the last she come and rail on me or assault me or strangle me.

6 Then the Lord said, Listen to what the unjust judge says!

7 And will not [our just] God defend and protect and avenge His elect (His chosen ones), who cry to Him day and night? Will He defer them and delay help on their behalf?

8 I tell you, He will defend and protect and avenge them speedily. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find [persistence in] faith on the earth?

Could our lack of persistence in prayer and faith slowing God to move speedily in answering our prayers?

From the parable above (Luke 18:2-5), it looks like the ungodly somehow do not really need faith to pursue what they want. They only need to persist. Perhaps they can pursue things through manipulation or by violence, and as long they want it so badly, and keep on persisting by whatever means, they can get what they want.

Matthew 6:33 in amplified translation says, “But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.” 

Therefore for us who wants to get things through the right way of doing especially in The Kingdom of God’s way, we will need to follow the procedures and two of them are persistence in prayer and faith (Luke 18: 1; 18:7-8). Persistence in prayer and faith are very key ingredients to see our prayers answered, our dreams to come to pass, and so on.

God wants us to seek Him continually without ceasing and trust Him with all our hearts and souls and lean not on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). He wants to get involved in our lives and situations.

What is it you need today? Is it healing, or a new job? Whatever it is, put it on the Master’s hand and believe He will help you get whatever you need. Put your faith into action, and just trust God will make a way where it looks there is no way, He will open the doors that were closed, He will arouse new dreams and help you start dreaming again, and revive the old dreams that were dead to become alive again.

Seek Him in prayer and thanksgiving. Spend time with Him reading His Word and just worshipping Him. Get to know Him and what His Will for your life. And you will end up falling in love with Him. He will amaze you by revealing some things about you and life that He thinks they are more important to deal with first before He answers your requests that you have already submitted to Him.

And I love what Jesus said in Luke 18:7-8; “And will not [our just] God defend and protect and avenge His elect (His chosen ones), who cry to Him day and night? Will He defer them and delay help on their behalf? I tell you, He will defend and protect and avenge them speedily. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find [persistence in] faith on the earth?” 

My friend, faith is very important in Christian life. God wants us to have faith in Him. He wants us to believe Him that He loves us and wants the best for us. He wants us to cast our cares upon Him and simply trust Him that He cares for us. That’s the only way He can accomplish His Will for us. That’s the only way we can live fully on this earth according to what He has destined us and purposed for us. When we know we are loved by God, it becomes easier for us to walk in love, to forgive, to obey His Will, to pursue our dreams with confidence, to be patient in times when we really need to, and to fight a good fight of faith.

The Bible says in Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].”

And the more we persisting and seeking God, the more we connect with Him and have a relationship with Him, and hence we found ourselves in Him. And through our fellowship with God, He gets to speak and instruct us concerning our lives and situations, and on the way we should live and how to go from there. Through our relationship with God we will be able to become witnesses of His Presence and glorify Him in our lives and allow Him to use us for the benefit of others.

We thank Jesus whom made a way for us to easily, freely, beautifully, and personally connect with our God. Who showed us the way to have a relationship with Him and God The Father. And we are glad to worship our good and faithful God. Therefore we should always pray and have faith in God. Amen!

In Christ,

HM

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7 NLT

Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29 ESV

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 NIV

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. Psalm 34:17 NIV
 

Monday, July 21, 2014

GOD Loves People But Hates Sins

John 8:1-11 (AMP)

1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

2 Early in the morning (at dawn), He came back into the temple [court], and the people came to Him in crowds. He sat down and was teaching them,

3 When the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery. They made her stand in the middle of the court and put the case before Him.

4 Teacher, they said, This woman has been caught in the very act of adultery.

5 Now Moses in the Law commanded us that such [women—offenders] shall be stoned to death. But what do You say [to do with her—what is Your sentence]?

6 This they said to try (test) Him, hoping they might find a charge on which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger.

7 However, when they persisted with their question, He raised Himself up and said, Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.

8 Then He bent down and went on writing on the ground with His finger.

9 They listened to Him, and then they began going out, conscience-stricken, one by one, from the oldest down to the last one of them, till Jesus was left alone, with the woman standing there before Him in the center of the court.

10 When Jesus raised Himself up, He said to her, Woman, where are your accusers? Has no man condemned you?

11 She answered, No one, Lord! And Jesus said, I do not condemn you either. Go on your way and from now on sin no more.

Fight A Good Fight Of Faith



But as for you, O man of God, flee from all these things; aim at and pursue righteousness (right standing with God and true goodness), godliness (which is the loving fear of God and being Christlike), faith, love, steadfastness (patience), and gentleness of heart. Fight the good fight of the faith; lay hold of the eternal life to which you were summoned and [for which] you confessed the good confession [of faith] before many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:11-12 AMP

For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4 AMP 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

John 17

1 When Jesus had spoken these things, He lifted up His eyes to heaven and said, Father, the hour has come. Glorify and exalt and honor and magnify Your Son, so that Your Son may glorify and extol and honor and magnify You.

2 [Just as] You have granted Him power and authority over all flesh (all humankind), [now glorify Him] so that He may give eternal life to all whom You have given Him.

3 And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent.

4 I have glorified You down here on the earth by completing the work that You gave Me to do.

5 And now, Father, glorify Me along with Yourself and restore Me to such majesty and honor in Your presence as I had with You before the world existed.

6 I have manifested Your Name [I have revealed Your very Self, Your real Self] to the people whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, and You gave them to Me, and they have obeyed and kept Your word.

7 Now [at last] they know and understand that all You have given Me belongs to You [is really and truly Yours].

8 For the [uttered] words that You gave Me I have given them; and they have received and accepted [them] and have come to know positively and in reality [to believe with absolute assurance] that I came forth from Your presence, and they have believed and are convinced that You did send Me.

9 I am praying for them. I am not praying (requesting) for the world, but for those You have given Me, for they belong to You.

10 All [things that are] Mine are Yours, and all [things that are] Yours belong to Me; and I am glorified in (through) them. [They have done Me honor; in them My glory is achieved.]

11 And [now] I am no more in the world, but these are [still] in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep in Your Name [in the knowledge of Yourself] those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We [are one].

12 While I was with them, I kept and preserved them in Your Name [in the knowledge and worship of You]. Those You have given Me I guarded and protected, and not one of them has perished or is lost except the son of perdition [Judas Iscariot—the one who is now doomed to destruction, destined to be lost], that the Scripture might be fulfilled.

13 And now I am coming to You; I say these things while I am still in the world, so that My joy may be made full and complete and perfect in them [that they may experience My delight fulfilled in them, that My enjoyment may be perfected in their own souls, that they may have My gladness within them, filling their hearts].

14 I have given and delivered to them Your word (message) and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world [do not belong to the world], just as I am not of the world.

15 I do not ask that You will take them out of the world, but that You will keep and protect them from the evil one.

16 They are not of the world (worldly, belonging to the world), [just] as I am not of the world.

17 Sanctify them [purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] by the Truth; Your Word is Truth.

18 Just as You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.

19 And so for their sake and on their behalf I sanctify (dedicate, consecrate) Myself, that they also may be sanctified (dedicated, consecrated, made holy) in the Truth.

20 Neither for these alone do I pray [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for all those who will ever come to believe in (trust in, cling to, rely on) Me through their word and teaching,

21 That they all may be one, [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me.

22 I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one [even] as We are one:

23 I in them and You in Me, in order that they may become one and perfectly united, that the world may know and [definitely] recognize that You sent Me and that You have loved them [even] as You have loved Me.

24 Father, I desire that they also whom You have entrusted to Me [as Your gift to Me] may be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory, which You have given Me [Your love gift to Me]; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

25 O just and righteous Father, although the world has not known You and has failed to recognize You and has never acknowledged You, I have known You [continually]; and these men understand and know that You have sent Me.

26 I have made Your Name known to them and revealed Your character and Your very [Self, and I will continue to make [You] known, that the love which You have bestowed upon Me may be in them [felt in their hearts] and that I [Myself] may be in them.
 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Whatever Its Cause And Benefit

To see my heart torn apart
For whatever its cause and benefit
Let Your Will be done in my life

Remember the story of Calvary-
Victory is Yours through it all
Please..."help me to be strong."

As I watch this once good name
Being shattered and destroyed
When I know it is so wrong

These memories overshadow me
This pain is too much to handle
For me to see it carry-on

And if you only ask, you will know
I am down on my knees begging
Please..."take it away from me."

- Poem by Helen Majaga