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Monday, May 29 2017

Have you ever felt like hope is in short supply in your life?  What do you do when you feel like nothing is going right and the future looks bleak? The answer is found in in the book of Psalms.

Psalm 71:14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.
 
Psalm 130:5 I wait for the Lord , my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
 
Our hope is found in our relationship with Jesus Christ.  When we pray, praise and study His word, we will find the hope in our situation.  James penned:
 
James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
 
When we praise, we usher in the Spirit of God.  The Psalmist wrote...
 
Psalm 100:1-5 KJV
[1] Make a joyful noise unto the Lord , all ye lands.
[2] Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
[3] Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
[4] Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
[5] For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
 
It is the anointing of the Holy Ghost in our lives that will destroy the yoke (burdens) that are causing your struggle.  It begins with prayer and praise.  
 
When we study the scripture, we will be transformed by its word giving us hope in the most hopeless of situations.  The words of God can be used against the demonic kingdoms that spread hopelessness and destruction.  Jesus told Satan, "It is written...".  We can pray the scripture into the atmosphere defeating the spirits that oppose Jesus Christ and His Kingdom.  
 
The point: When you feel hopeless, get as close to Jesus as you can.  Hope is for real!
 
1 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;
 
 
 
 
 
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Monday, May 22 2017

Based on a sermon preached at Cornerstone Chapel on 5/21/2017

Psalm 33:1-9 KJV

[1] Rejoice in the Lord , O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. 

[2] Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. 

[3] Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise. 

[4] For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth. 

[5] He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord . 

[6] By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. 

[7] He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. 

[8] Let all the earth fear the Lord : let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. 

[9] For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

 

 

From before time, God has been speaking.  Of the approximately 40 times the Bible says, "God said"...10 of them are in Genesis the first chapter.

 

  • He spoke the world in existence.
  • God spoke to Abraham as a theophany.
  • Jacob had a vision.
  • He communicated to Joseph in a dream.
  • To David, God used the voice of a prophet.
  • He blessed His people through the preacher, Solomon.
  • He taught the disciples as a man.
  • To the Apostle Paul, He spoke in an audible voice.

 

God continues to speak to His people, but it we need to be sensitive how is God speaking and what He is saying:

 

1 Kings 19:9-14 KJV

[9] And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? 

[10] And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword;  and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. 

[11] And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord . And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord ; but the Lord was not in the wind (God spoke to Job in Job 38:1 out of a whirlwind): and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake (Hebrews 12:26 - God's voice shook the earth when He gave the Children of Israel the law): 

[12] And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire (God spoke to Moses from the burning bush): and after the fire a still small voice. 

 

We need to be sensitive to God's voice because we can give God credit for something that He did not say. Taking the Lord's name in vain is not using it as a cuss word, but using his name in when He is not involved.

 

God said...

 

Genesis 2:16-17 KJV

[16] And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 

[17] But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

 

Genesis 3:1-3 KJV

[1] Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

[2] And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 

[3] But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

 

Eve credited God with something that He did not say.  Mankind's fall can be attributed to the insensitivity to the very words of God.

 

So how does God speak to us today?  He can if He chooses to speak to us through the same communication methods that He chose in the scripture, but the most common method of communication between God and man is the Bible.

 

2 Timothy 3:16 KJV

[16] All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

  • We need to read and study the scripture.  

Psalm 119:10-12 KJV

[10] With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. 

[11] Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. 

[12] Blessed art thou, O Lord : teach me thy statutes.

 

John 5:39 KJV

[39] Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

 

2 Timothy 2:15 KJV

[15] Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

  • God speaks to us through an impression

This is best described as an intense feeling that can not be shaken.

  • God speaks through the preaching and teaching of the Word

Romans 16:25-27 GW

[25] God can strengthen you by the Good News and the message I tell about Jesus Christ. He can strengthen you by revealing the mystery that was kept in silence for a very long time 

[26] but now is publicly known. The everlasting God ordered that what the prophets wrote must be shown to the people of every nation to bring them to the obedience that is associated with faith. 

[27] God alone is wise. Glory belongs to him through Jesus Christ forever! Amen.

  • God speaks through Gifts of the Spirit

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 KJV

[4] Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 

[5] And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 

[6] And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 

[7] But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 

[8] For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 

[9] To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 

[10] To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 

[11] But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

 

But the question remains for each of us - What is God saying to you?

 

The list can continue, but chances are if you have been praying - God is talking.

 

 

 

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Monday, May 01 2017

People struggle with prayer!  The disciples asked Jesus, "Teach us to pray."  It seems like a simple concept.  When asked to define prayer, I have heard people say, "A conversation with God."  Yes, that is true, but we do not use the same conversational tactics with an adult as we do a three year old.  We must know how to pray.

This particular blog entry will not be a comprehensive lesson on prayer.  I wanted to give a "nugget" on how to begin your daily prayer closet experience.  

So imagine for a second that you are going to pray.  You get in position.  There are many people that kneel, so lets assume your kneeling.  Now what?  You're in position and it still seems like the motor won't turn over.  It's early.  You just got out of bed.  You committed to early morning prayer, but it just does not seem like it is working for you.  In your mind, you wonder why you committed to praying in the morning.  You're a night person, but then there was that preacher and that scripture.   You raised your hand.  You made a vow.  So lets get started...

First, prayer is a time to commune with an Almighty God.  You're flesh will never want to pray.  It goes against it nature.

Romans 8:7 GW
[7] This is so because the corrupt nature has a hostile attitude toward God. It refuses to place itself under the authority of God's standards because it can't.
 
Therefore, you need to overcome the flesh and chase after the things of the Spirit.
 
Romans 8:5 KJV
[5] For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
 
When the disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray, Jesus gave them a pattern of prayer.  The "Lord's Prayer" is a structure for us.  He begins...
 
Matthew 6:9 KJV
[9] After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
 
He begins his prayer by acknowledging God and giving the direction of His prayer.  This is followed by "Hallowed be thy name."  Hallowed is translated from the Greek word, "hagazio" meaning "to make holy".  This is praise.  We are to begin our prayer with praise.
 
The tabernacle is also a pattern for us to base our life of prayer.  It was the Psalmist that wrote...
 
Psalm 100:4-5 KJV
[4] Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 
[5] For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
 
Psalm 118:19-21 KJV
[19] Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord : 
[20] This gate of the Lord , into which the righteous shall enter. 
[21] I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.
 
When you kneel, sit or stand to pray begin with thanksgiving and praise.  It will usher you into the presence of God.  There may be times that you have a heavy burden including sin that gives you a - hurry up, I want to get to repentance feeling.  That's ok, but begin with thanksgiving and praise and allow the presence of God to commune with you.  He can relieve you of things that are keeping you bound through a few moments of praise.
 
Have a great week! 
 
 
 

 

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