Need Someone to Pray for You? Read to the Last Part…Jesus Prays for Us…

JOHN 17

Prayer for the Son

1These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 4I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

Prayer for the Disciples

6I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. 7Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 8For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. 9I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 10And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. 11And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. 12While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

13And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

Prayer for all Believers

20Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

22And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. 24Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

25O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. 26And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

Word of God Speak

I need comfort today.  I have had a sadness about myself lately.  Maybe it is the world that tries to suffocate us. Maybe work is consuming us.  Maybe so.  When we seek comfort from God and we are desiring to draw near and we hope to find an encouraging word, just maybe we hear a word that is a gift if understood.  Sometimes we need to STOP and take a look within, take an internal audit.  Yes, the Lord God speaks to us in many ways.  Dear Lord God, I give thanks unto You for all of the ways You choose to speak to me.  Your ways are always the best.

But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah.
Jer 2:28 KJV

Wherefore will ye plead with me? ye all have transgressed against me, saith the LORD.
Jer 2:29 KJV

In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.
Jer 2:30 KJV

O generation, see ye the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? wherefore say my people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee?
Jer 2:31 KJV

Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.
Jer 2:32 KJV

Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love? therefore hast thou also taught the wicked ones thy ways.
Jer 2:33 KJV

Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these.
Jer 2:34 KJV

Not In My Own Strength

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Such a simple rule to obey. 
Not hard.
Not confusing.
Straight forward.
The youngest person can understand.
I can wake up and be all over this goal and yet arrive at work and within the first hour in this chaotic world I find myself complaining or gritting my teeth trying not to.   I MUST humbly pray all day for the Lord to stay with me and keep His word in my mind to come even close to walking as I should on this matter.

Philippians 2:14-16

Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.

Rejoice in the Lord for He is Good

Micah 7:19-20
You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. You will be faithful to Jacob, and show love to Abraham, as you pledged on oath to our ancestors in days long ago.

Commentary
Our God is a God of compassion and mercy. Overflowing from His unconditional love, He orchestrated the revealing of Jesus Christ to “tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea”. (Acts 2:34-36 and Psalm 110:1) As only God could have done, our sins have been separated from us in Christ, so that when God looks on us He sees us made righteous through His Son Jesus. When God looks on a believer, He does not see sin, He sees His Son. Today, lay down the guilt and weight of sin. Christ offers forgiveness, and has made you free. Believe it.

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What is Truth? Many are Searching and Many are Confused.

I am afraid that no matter what I say here I could have an argument with many. Why? I suppose because so many are lost and confused. That is because of the evil that is in this world. Not all lost people are evil people. Not all unbelieving people are evil people. All lost people are unsaved people.

Some will agree with me and some will say, “saved from what?”
Truth to me may not be truth to another. In that case then just what is truth? Is there even such thing as truth?

Galatians 1:6-8

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.

John 8:31-33

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

So, I say to seek the Lord with all your heart and soul and He will reveal the truth to you.  The evil one has come to steal and kill and to destroy.  Don’t be fooled by smooth words.  Measure everything by the word of God.  When you hear those who lead this world and say that we are all following the same God and we should all come and worship together I pray that you will really look at and listen to what is being said.  One group may believe Jesus was a man and a prophet but not believe that He is God and that He came and He died for you and me and for our sins so that we might have life.  So that cannot be the same god that I worship and believe in.  We must be on guard.  We must seek truth.  Be careful and be not deceived.

I will end with what I know to be my truth.

John 14:6

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Matthew 7:13-15

13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

Are You Watching? Look for the Light in the Darkness.

Things are really getting crazy out there and seems darker by the day.  Yet….God is still on the throne and He is still working!

INSERTION===(The morning I wrote this I emailed to a group of ladies I work with and we had been doing a bible study at work at lunch one day a week.  I thought they would all agree how wonderful this was but instead I saw quite the opposite and it really broke my heart.  Again, I guess it just goes to show that you never know who may be sitting next to you in church or wherever and claims to be a believer in Jesus Christ, well lets just say they might be deceiving themselves.)  Now, back to my story.

So, this morning while getting ready for work a verse came to my mind. I put 3 of my favorite versions below.

Habakkuk 1:5 (NIV)

“Look at the nations and watch— and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.

(ESV)

“Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.

(NASV)

“Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days– You would not believe if you were told.

So, while thinking about these I asked the Lord….”hmmmmm , So are You about to do something utterly amazing so that Your name might be glorified for all to see??? “

On my drive into work this morning the radio station I listen to KLRC read this news article.  (After hearing it I thought…”How amazing!  Thank you Lord for the town that is trying to be a light in the darkness!” John 1:5 (NIV) The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. Matthew 5:16 (NIV) In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:15 (NIV) Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house.  I could not help but think back to when I was getting ready for work this morning when the Habakkuk verse came to my mind.  I gotta give it to this town for doing this KNOWING they will surely end up getting some grief for it.  I will say that after all the police drama these days and how everyone seems to under appreciate them and what they do for us daily with the exception of a few bad apples that I was amazed this town is pulling together and taking a stand!  Praise the Lord!!

People Positive Over Bible Verse On Pottsville Police Car By STEPHANIE SHARP | ssharp@kark.com Published 09/30 2015 10:19PMUpdated 09/30 2015 11:51PM

ARKANSASMATTERS

POTTSVILLE, Ark. – A small police force in the river valley is getting some new decor. In addition to sirens and lights, you’ll see a bible verse on one of its cruisers. In the small town of just about three thousand, Pottsville Mayor Jerry Williams says you can find a common theme across the community. “[We have] four churches on one block,” Williams said, “We have a religious based community, and that’s shown in what we do around here.” When the police department came to him asking to put a bible verse on the back of a cruiser, he agreed. “I felt like this was a very good thing, and I went ahead and gave my okay for it,” Williams said. The verse is Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” “There is a lot of good feedback from it. A lot of people have mentioned that this is a good thing,” Williams said. People who live in Pottsville are glad it’s there. “It shows respect to the people we let take care of us and protect our community,” Brandy Price. Williams and Prince say they believe some people may not agree with it. “They have their own options and they have their right to that,” Prince said. “There is going to be opposition, there is opposition in about everything you do,” Williams said. Williams says, for now, it’s here to stay. “You may not believe like we do, you may not live like our community does, but this is something our community believes in,” Williams said. The verse is only on one vehicle now, but the department hopes to expand. A spokesperson for the ACLU says since the verse comes from the New Testament it is favoring one religion over another and could become a first amendment establishment of religion case. However, it has to be brought forward  by a citizen in the community.

Surrounded By Water and Sleeping Well…

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Something that most of us have felt here in the good old United States of America.  We have always had a terrific military we could count on to fight for our freedom and to keep us safe.  We were always far enough from all those we deemed as lunatics and we (until we hit a certain age?) usually felt like we could trust our government to do the right thing for us.  Ok, so I felt that way until a few years ago.

So what has changed?  Well besides EVERYTHING…I suppose a better question to ask is why has everything changed?

I know much of it is me who has changed.  I have a different idea of what is good and right than maybe I did when I was younger.  As I have grown closer to the Lord much of my views have changed.  I used to not be any better than the younger generations today at watching the things happening in the world.  I get frustrated with them now.  I think….dear Lord, and they are voting?  Yikes….that is scary when they are voting because of the color of someone’s skin and they want to just be able to say they were a part of it.  Next will be they just want a woman president and want to be a part of that.  I have nothing against either view as long as they are voting because they agree with the issues.  The thing is that most of the youth or a lot of the youth are not any different than I was at that young age.  They are young adults that are clueless and only want to know who might put more money in their pockets.  Thing is that I did not vote then.  Glad I did not.

So, back to my point.

Oh yes….we can sleep soundly at night because we are in America.  We are surrounded by big bodies of water and we have a big military.  We can sit and play video games all day and teach our children to do the same.  We can legalize pot and tell everyone it is no big deal.  Don’t smoke a cigarette though….(really?  think about it…good grief).  Then lets let out thousands of felony drug dealers and say, it is no big deal.  Then lets bring in 100,000’s of refugees, not the Christian ones, but the ones who would love nothing more than come here and have many children and over power us and or simply just kill us from the moment they arrive.  After all, how hard is it to kill a nation that is high on legal pot and while stoned they sit and play video games.

What about the so called Church?  Not saying I am much better, but we all are such push overs.  This group that runs this nation has us so afraid to open our mouths for fear we will be called bigots or that we might offend someone or that we are on a watch list because we believe in one true God!  We believe in Jesus Christ!  Our King of Kings!  Because we believe in the word of God and that it is the TRUTH!  We are against this new “we all should unify, after all we all believe in the same god.”

When will we stand?  When will we say enough is enough?  When will we stop saying it is ok because we don’t want to ruffle any feathers.  What should we do?  I don’t know all the answers, I know if we do not begin to do something we may find ourselves wishing we had of after it is toooooo late.

So, in light of everything how well should we be sleeping at night?  How safe are we really?  I cannot remember a time when we were hated more and respected less in the world than we are right now.

Climb out of bed!  Wash your face!  Let’s pray!  We cannot fix this thing, but maybe God will hear our prayers and give us more time, give our children and family more time to open their eyes before it is too late.

God have mercy on us all….God please watch over us even though we as a nation have told you to leave….many of us want you hear with us.  Guide us Lord God.  Walk with us and teach us your ways and show us the light on the path to you.  Help us not to be frightened by the sounds we hear that are created to distract us and to take our eyes off of the one and only true God that can save us.  Thank you for loving us and for forgiving us.  Thank you for not forsaking us.  Help us to stand firm and to hold on to You and Your word and the hope that lies within our faith in our Savior, our King.  In the name of Jesus Christ I ask these things and I give thanks.

AMEN

Fear and Anxiety Grips You

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Israel’s Only Savior (Isaiah 42:43)

43 But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.

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When You First Fell in Love

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When you first fell in love you couldn’t stand not to be with them.  To hear their voice, even if it is just a phone call. To get an email meant that they were thinking about you above whatever else was going on around them. 

We must keep our first love first.  Have you called Him today?  Call upon the name of the Lord!

Luke 4:42-44
At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them.  But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.”  And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
COMMENTARY
We offer today’s verse as a reminder that there are times when Jesus “stole away” to be alone with His Father. Jesus does this consistently throughout his ministry, and only a select few times does He take someone along. These are times filled with purpose for Christ, and they brim with intimacy with His Father in Heaven. In a world where there is never enough time in a day and technology surrounds, persuades, and permeates our very lifestyle; take time to steal away and just “be” with God.

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Down & Out? No Place to Turn?

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Seek the Lord God,  He knows and understands and He is always with you AND He always has been all along and He has just been waiting for you to see that you need Him, the only One who truly loves you and cares for you and will sustain you.  NO MATTER WHAT!   For He IS FAITHFUL AND TRUE! 

Psalm 55:22

22 Cast your burden on the Lord,
and He will sustain you;
He will never permit
the righteous to be moved.

Thank you Jesus,  we praise You and exalt You!  Thank You for having mercy on us and for never giving up on us even when we are so wretched and don’t deserve Your perfect goodness.
I humbly thank You with all of my heart and soul and mind.  Thank You Jesus,  my King and my Deliverer and my Saviour. Amen 

Middle -East Prophecy Update – September 27th, 2015

Thank you Pastor JD Farag!

Don’t give up brothers and sisters!
No matter what comes tomorrow you know Jesus Christ is coming soon!
Keep looking up and watching for the Lord!

Power of God!

Romans 1:16-17

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

Unending Help & Comfort & Love

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These verses in Isaiah say it all wonderfully.  If in need today,  seek Him,  cry out to Him and ask Him. Life can be hard and scary and hurtful but we are not alone in our affliction.

Isaiah 12:1-4
In that day you will say:“I will praise you, Lord. Although you were angry with me,your anger has turned away and you have comforted me. Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. ” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.  In that day you will say:“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.
Commentary
Because of Jesus, God’s anger has turned away from us. We are saved and can trust in God because of Christ. God is 3 persons in perfect unity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These 3 embody a perfect love relationship, and with Christ’s sacrifice on the cross to pay the cost of sin (there had to be payment), we are now offered as a gift, the Holy Spirit who seals us in Christ. There is no “well of salvation” (vs. 3, NIV) without Jesus. Redemptive History unfolds to reveal God’s unyielding mercy and glory! Relationship with God is through Jesus alone!

Verse/Commentary by verse a day.

Neverending

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The Lord takes care of these little guys, so how much more will He watch over all of us?

Do you know Him?  Do you need anything?  Do you need encouragement?  Do you need comfort?  There is so much packed into these passages.

Isaiah 55:6-12
Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.  “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.  As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,  so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.