Nov 142017
 

“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him” Psalm 37:7.

Have you prayed and prayed and waited and waited?
And still there is no manifestation?

Are you tired of seeing nothing move?
Are you just at the point of giving it all up?

Perhaps you have not waited in the right way!

“With patience wait!” Romans 8:25.

Patience takes away
worry!
His promise is equal to His presence!
He knows your need better than you do!!
His purpose in waiting is to bring more glory out of it all.

Patience takes away your weeping!
Patience takes away self-works.
The work He desires is that you “believe”. John 6:29.
And when you believe, you may then know that all is well.

“weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5.

Patience takes away all want!
Your desire for the thing you wish is perhaps stronger than-
– your desire for the will of God to be fulfilled in its arrival.

Patience takes away all weakening!
Instead of having the delaying time, a time of letting go,
– know that God is getting a larger supply ready and must get you ready too.

Patience takes away all wobbling!
“Make me stand upon my standing” Daniel 8:18.
God’s foundations are steady.

When His patience is within-
– we are steady while we wait.​​

Patience gives worship!
A praiseful patience paves the way for a joyful worship.

“Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.” Col.1:11,12. 

“Let patience have its perfect work-
– that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”  James 1:4.

(PA)

Friendship with God

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Nov 042017
 

“You are My friends if you do whatever I command you” (John 15:14).

How do we show our friendship for Jesus?

How do we show our love for Him?

In John 15:14-

Jesus points out three things we can do to show our friendship with God!

First-

True friends of Jesus will affectionately obey Him.

Quite simply, we will do what He says.

If we don’t, then we have no right to call ourselves His friends.

When we are in love with God, obedience will not be a duty; it will be a delight.

Next-

This friendship with Jesus will actively obey Him.

Some people think it’s enough if they avoid what He forbids.

And certainly being a Christian means ceasing to do certain things.

But it also means starting to do certain things.

It is not merely avoiding the wrong, but it is doing the right.

How do we find out what God wants us to do?

By reading the Bible, by becoming familiar with its content.

The more we know of His Book, the more we will know of Him.

The more we know of this Book, the more we will know about what He requires of us and what friendship with Him actually is.

Lastly-

True friends of Jesus will always obey Him.

In other words, we are constantly obedient—not perfect, but trying.

And if we fail, then we repent and get up and try again.

This obedience should not be too hard because of whom we are obedient to.

This is Jesus asking for our obedience.

That changes everything, because we love Him.

(PA)

Oct 212017
 

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“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep” (2 Peter 2:1-3).

Jesus tells us that one of the “signs” His coming is-

– an increase in false prophets.

That is surely true in our day.

We hear about the Health and Wealth Gospel or Prosperity Theology-

– and the thousands of preachers saying you give to God in order to get.

Or, if you really pray hard enough-

God will heal your disease.

Give money to this or that ministry and you’ll get rich.

It’s this false idea that God won’t let you suffer and wants you to be rich.

It really should be called The Gospel of Greed.

It is false teaching that has permeated the church.

It’s taking a certain passage of scripture and building your whole life around it-

– while ignoring all other kinds of passages that give us the full picture of God’s truth.

So, how can you keep from being deceived by a false prophet or leader?

The key is in knowing Jesus and His Word.

Then ask the question:

Is what this person saying consistent with Jesus and His Word?

“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” (Matthew 16:24-26).

If you are a Christian-

– you have an added bonus:

The Holy Spirit that dwells in you teaches you how to understand the Word-

– and gives you a check in your spirit when something doesn’t ring true.

Christians!

It’s time to be careful!

(PA)

Oct 192017
 

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“And He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul” (Psalm 106:15).

I sometimes hear people say, “I have been wrestling with God in prayer!”
My first thought always is, “I hope you lost.”

If you have been trying to bend God your way-
– then that is a problem.

Prayer is not trying to move God your way.
It is moving yourself His way.

In fact, I’m glad that God hasn’t said yes to every prayer I have ever prayed.

When I look back on some things I’ve prayed for-
I realize that if the Lord would have allowed them, they could have destroyed me.

They were not the right things or the right situations.
So, God graciously and lovingly said no.

In John 15:7, Jesus gave an incredible promise regarding answered prayer.
He said, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”

From the original language, this verse could be translated-
“If you maintain a living communion with Me, and My word is at home with you, I command you to ask at once for yourself whatever your heart desires, and it will be yours.”

When I read a promise like that-
I gravitate immediately toward the part that says I can ask whatever my heart desires and it will be mine.

But before that, Jesus said:
“If you maintain a living communion with Me, and My word is at home with you…”

If this is happening in your life-
– then you are going to want what God wants.

If you are maintaining a living communion with God and His words are at home in your heart-
– then your outlook, desires—and in time, your prayers will change.

(PA)

Consider carefully your choices!

 Obedience, Rejection  Comments Off on Consider carefully your choices!
Oct 072017
 

Rejection always causes us to ask “why?”

We can learn lessons from rejection.

Israel wanted a change in leadership.
Samuel was old, and his sons were not good candidates to succeed him.
So the elders said, “Appoint a king to lead us” (1 Samuel 8:5).

When Samuel heard the request he felt rejected.
But God assured him that he was not the one being rejected.

The people were rejecting God.
Why?
Because they wanted to be like other nations and serve other gods (vs 5, 8).

Even after being warned of the dangers of this-
– the people still said, “We want a king over us.
Then we will be like all the other nations” (v 19-20).

Was that a good reason to ask for a king?
No, but it was a common one.

God’s way is often rejected-
– not for a better way,
– but for a preferred way.

The preferred way appeals to man and, just as with Israel, is more like the way of the world.
Israel later reaped the negative effects of this decision
– a sure result of rejecting God.

Listen to His Word and follow His way.
Because that is the only path to blessing.

Consider carefully your choices!
And ask if they lead you closer to or further away from God.

Determine that your heart will be set to follow Him.

(PA)