Showing posts from April, 2017

The Mystery of Repetition

Have you heard this?  If you prayed for a thing once—that’s enough—don’t pray again—that’s a lack of faith. Someone should have told Jesus that! 1.  Garden of Gethsemane: Jesus, on the night of his arrest, knew his time was at hand.  He was in the garden praying—asking for God’s help.  The gospels tell us that Jesus prayed three times.  Mathew’s gospel tell us: “So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.” (Matthew 26:44, NIV)  Wow Jesus—not even different words?  You said ‘the same thing?’   2.  Jesus’ encourages repetition: Mt 7:7 * “ Keep on asking , and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. (NLT) I have used the NLT because it perhaps betters translates the verb tense in this passage.  Ask is a verb that is in the Present, Active, Imperative Present- The present tense can either be continuous/ongoi

Living by faith

Paul tells the Roman church (see Romans 15:4 NLT)..."we wait patiently for God's promise to be fulfilled." A follower of Christ, is a believer--one who has repented of sin and looks to Christ's death, burial, resurrection, and soon return--as the basis for purity, holiness, and right standing with God.  This is a Christian who must learn to live by faith. Faith's Definition: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  For by it the elders obtained a good report.  Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (Hebrews 11:1-3 KJV). Note: Faith sees things that are not yet present What faith sees is 'the substance' --the un-seen things that ultimately will create a 'seen' thing Paul's direction--We wait patiently: My life as a believer means--there are things yet coming to me

Christ's Resurrection: Easter Confession

Covenantal Pledge  Christ’s Resurrection Lord —Hear my confession: I confess today my need of salvation. I confess today my need of a Saviour. I confess today I am a sinner. Lord—I believe: I believe Jesus died for my sins. I believe Jesus rose again three days later. I believe Jesus ascended into heaven. I believe Jesus is coming back to earth to receive unto Himself—His followers. Lord—I receive: Jesus as my Resurrected Saviour Jesus as my Reigning King Jesus as my Coming King Lord—I expect: To receive forgiveness for my sins To receive healing for my body To receive deliverance in my life To receive resurrection of my body when You come again Lord—I pledge: To surrender to my Resurrected, Ascended, and Soon Coming King. To follow with all my heart my Resurrected, Ascended, and Soon Coming King. To serve with all my intention—my Resurrected, Ascended, and Soon Coming King. And Lord, I pledge to tell others about the wonderful

Discernment arising from relationship

Do you ever ask yourself this question: "I hope I'm not asking God for something that is wrong." Think about this: Saul--was doing the LORD'S work--arresting all those evil followers of Jesus--when Jesus knocks Saul off of Saul's horse and basically asks Saul, 'Hello Saul--guess who?  It's me Jesus!' Think about the Israelites who cried and cried for a good meal of meat--which God gave them...and then God judged them and killed a bunch of them! I just don't want to be asking the wrong thing--especially if God happens to grant it! I've been thinking about the storms of life--which we all face.  In the gospels Jesus does one of three things to/in storms: He slept through them. He walks through them. He calms them.  Now, for me--I like option three--calming storms. But what God needs me to sleep through them--or walk through them? All of this then requires relationship and walking with the Lord.  This requires me to prior