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The Habit

“Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees.” Corrie ten Boom

 

Do you have the habit? I am talking of course, about the habit of prayer. Over the years, I have heard it stressed through many different preachers the importance of having a regular prayer time. When we were at West Coast Conference in November, Elder Morton was talking about the importance of having a regular time and place where you pray daily. He mentioned that when you start doing this, after a while that time of prayer will call to you. I have found that to be so. I like to pray in the morning because at that time, I am generally the most alert. I find that most of the time, I just wake up on my own without the aid of an alarm clock when it’s about time to pray. Actually, I know it is the Lord helping me to wake up, so I can keep that special appointment.

 

Sometimes we will have days where our prayer time may be interrupted by something unexpected, and we may not be able to keep our special appointment, but that should be the exception and not the norm.

Do you have a habit of brushing your teeth or showering daily? Have you ever had to go for a day or two or longer without being able to do one of these? I have, and it felt downright nasty especially not to be able to shower. It felt so good when I could finally get back into that habit again.

Do you feel grimy in your spirit if you start missing your prayer time? Does it seem you lose your temper more quickly or are more easily agitated or worse yet don’t feel like reading your Bible or going to church? Those are sure signs that we need to pray.

May God help us to continually cultivate this most important habit of prayer!

 

What Is Truth?

This is  a question that Pontius Pilate asked of Jesus in the New Testament.

Joh 18:37-38

Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

 

It’s interesting to me that Jesus did not give an answer to this question, yet we can find other places in the Scripture where Jesus defines truth.

As Jesus was praying for his disciples one day He said,

John17:17

  

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

 

In another place Jesus says,

Joh 14:6

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Looking at these Scriptures we may think, “Well, what is truth? The “word” that is mentioned in the first verse or Jesus that is mentioned in the second verse?”

John 1:1 tells us:

John 1:1

 

 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

If you read down to verse 14 in this chapter, you will discover the identity of this “Word.”

Joh 1:14-17

 

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.

And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.

  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ, whom the Scripture teaches was/is God manifested in the flesh and the words He speaks are truth. I’m not some great theologian, and I won’t pretend to be, but this is the foundation upon which I base my life and my beliefs.

It’s my desire to be like that wise man that Jesus talked about in the book of Matthew.

Matthew 7:24-25

 

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

“My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”
by Edward Mote, 1797-1874

1. My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

2. When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

3. His oath, His covenant, and blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When every earthly prop gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

4. When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found,
Clothed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne!
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

 

Fear Not Little Flock

Last Thursday as my daughter and I were in the front of the church leading in praise and worship, I opened my eyes and looked out on the small group of people in attendance. Generally, I keep my eyes closed quite a bit when leading in songs for a couple of reasons. First of all, it helps me to focus my thoughts more on the Lord, who is the One I am supposed to have my mind on in the first place. Second of all, there is less of a chance for distraction or discouragement with my eyes closed. When we first started the church here a little over 6 years ago, I often felt very conspicuous leading in worship. Starting a church from scratch, we had people coming that had not received teaching on praise and worship, so it was kind of unsettling when I did open my eyes to see folks looking at me with blank stares. Thankfully, that kind of response is not the norm anymore. This past Thursday as I opened my eyes and looked out on the congregation, I saw almost everybody participating in worship. I was blessed to see that their eyes were closed and their hands were uplifted as they focused their full attention on giving God praise and glory. As I watched my brothers and sisters in Christ, I thought about the various trials that they are presently facing. Some are going through difficult financial situations, others are facing serious marriage problems and some are dealing with discouraging health issues. I felt blessed though to see that in the midst of their struggles, these good folks are still lavishing praise upon the Lord. As I mused upon these things, a Scripture came to my mind.

 

Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

 

I wasn’t sure at the time why this Scripture came to mind, but later I started looking up more Scriptures that have to do with the kingdom.

 

The book of Romans states in chapter 14 and verse 17,

 

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

 

Here at our church, we still believe and teach as the apostles did in the book of Acts in receiving the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. If you have ever received this wondrous gift, you know that it is a gift that keeps on giving. As we worship God, He is gracious to impart more of that righteousness, peace and joy that come with being filled with His Spirit and having a relationship with Him.

 

Will God save us from all of our financial difficulties, health problems and trials that come our way? He certainly is able to, but sparing us from all adversity may not accomplish His purpose in our lives. Sometimes God would have us to walk through a valley for a season in order to teach us something we could not learn otherwise.

 

No, God will not save us from all of our troubles, but as a wise elder preacher I know once said, “ He will save us in our troubles.” I believe He does this by allowing us to partake of that spiritual kingdom that is mentioned in Romans. There’s just something about the Holy Ghost that gives us power to go on, even when circumstances in our lives are not the greatest. No matter how dark things may get, we don’t have to be afraid if we’ll just keeping giving God the praise and allow the Holy Ghost to produce that joy, peace and rest that we need so much. Thank you, Jesus!

 

One Solitary Life

In honor of Easter, I thought I would share this great piece that I heard a long time ago.  I’m thankful that One solitary life is still changing lives today.

 

One Solitary Life

Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher.He never owned a home. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself…

While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. While He was dying His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth – His coat. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.

Nineteen long centuries have come and gone, and today He is a centerpiece of the human race and leader of the column of progress.

I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that were ever built; all the parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that one solitary life.
This essay was adapted from a sermon by Dr James Allan Francis in “The Real Jesus and Other Sermons” © 1926 by the Judson Press of Philadelphia (pp 123-124 titled “Arise Sir Knight!”).

 

But David Encouraged Himself In The Lord

But David encouraged himself in the Lord

Though gloom and despair hissed, then roared

Circumstances were most certainly bleak

So the face of God, he continued to seek.

 

Perhaps the enemy felt he had scored

But David encouraged himself in the Lord

Somehow through the grief, he was able to see

His unfailing God of victory.

 

His people, so down, spake a terrible thing

Of putting to death by stoning, their king

But David encouraged himself in the Lord

By earnestly seeking the One he adored.

 

Helped by his trust in the God of glory

A happy ending to the sweet psalmist’s story

Life’s music had produced an ugly chord

But David encouraged himself in the Lord.

 

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1Samuel 30:1

And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire;

30:2

And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way.

 30:3

So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives.

 30:4

Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.

30:5

And David’s two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.

 30:6

And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.

 30:7

And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David.

30:8

And David enquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.

1Sa 30:18

And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued his two wives.

1Sa 30:19

And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all.

 

Just Juggling

That’s what I have been doing lately, juggling between maintaining a relationship with God, homeschool, church, cooking, cleaning, preparing Bible lessons, trying to reach out to people, exercising and losing weight.  Blogging just happens to be one of the balls that I have dropped, and there may be more balls I drop along the way.  Sometimes we can get really busy, and life can seem overwhelming, but if I can remember to do what it says in the following verses, things come back into perspective.

Psa 61:1

<To the chief Musician upon Neginah, A Psalm of David.> Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.

Psa 61:2

From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

If I can just remember where my help comes from and go to Him, somehow He has a way of making everything allright and showing me what is really important. Yes, it really is that simple.

 
 

Post Vacation Prayer Made Public

Dear Jesus,

 

I really am grateful for the time that you allowed my husband and I to spend in Hawaii. It was so wonderful to be able to get away and relax for a while.  When you walked the earth, I know that there were times that you rested too.  Sometimes I worry that maybe I have reveled a little too much in the glories of our vacation. I know we all need time to rest and unwind and take a break from what is normal, but I don’t believe it’s your will for us to live in that state continually.  Please forgive me if I have reveled a little too long.  I know there is still much to do before You return. Homeschool is going to be starting soon, and I pray You will help me to give my best for these two wonderful children that You have entrusted to my husband and I.  There are people in our city that need to hear the gospel, people who are hungering to really know You and people that need Bible studies.  I know You don’t expect me to reach all of them by myself, but please help me to do my part to reach some of them.  We are now starting into a season of fundraising for the new building. Please don’t let me get to the point where fundraising becomes a drudgery, but rather help me to keep the FUN in FUNdraising by doing whatever it is I’ll be doing (making peanut brittle, helping with car washes, saving change, etc. etc.) heartily as unto You. 

 

My desire is the same as the apostle Paul had, that You would help me “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”  Thank you, Lord for hearing my prayer.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Waiting

Becky did a post recently on some waiting she is doing right now in her life, and it reminded me of a beautiful song I want to post.  In the generation in which we live, we have become so accustomed to getting things lightning fast.  Our food can be done in minutes in the microwave.  We have fast communication through e-mails and faxes.  You can find information very quick on just about any subject on the Internet.  It seems like God rarely operates according to our speedy timetable, but oftentimes, His answer is to wait.  While I know for me and many others, that waiting can be frustrating, God does give us a promise concerning waiting on Him.

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

May we find strength as we wait for His perfect timing and allow God to unfold the roses in our lives.

WHEN GOD UNFOLDS THE ROSE

 

 

 

There are trials and tribulations

We all must go through

When it comes to heartaches,

We’ve all got our share

Oh, but when times are the hardest

 We need to hold God to the promise

He said He’d never give us

More than we could bear

So I’ll just keep on praying

And I’ll wait just like a rosebud in a garden

For only God can unfold the rose

 

 

CHORUS

 

 

When God unfolds the rose

He always does it right

When the petals are in place

It’s such a beautiful sight

God knows when to hold on

And the perfect time to let go

So let God have His way

And watch God unfold the rose

 

 

 

There have been times when I thought

My prayers didn’t reach the ceiling

Of the room where I knelt to pray

And a voice inside of me kept asking me

Did I think God listened to me

 And anything I had to say

But I just kept on praying

And holding on by faith

Knowing God is always in control

And I waited like a rosebud in a garden

For only God can unfold the rose

 

 

CHORUS

 

 

When God unfolds the rose

He always does it right

When the petals are in place

Oh, it’s such a beautiful sight

God knows when to hold on

And the perfect time to let go

So let God have His way

And let God unfold the rose

Oh, let God have His way

And let God unfold the rose

 

 

From Pentecostal music website

 

Got Guidance?

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowlege him, and he shall direct thy paths.”  Proverbs 3:5,6

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2006 in Bible, faith, prayer, stability, Uncategorized

 

A Work In Progress

califonia-mission.jpg

As part of our study on California history, I am having my children construct this replica of Mission Solano in Sonoma, Ca.  You can tell by looking at it that it is not yet completed, but as we were working on it, I began to see a parallel between this building and our Christian life. 

Philippians 1:6 states, “Being confident of this very thing,that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

When we are born again as the Scriptures teach(John 3:5,Acts 2:38), we become a work in progress. Through the preaching and teaching of the Word of God, through our prayers and the prayers of others for us and through the trials that we face in our lives, God is working on building character in us, HIS character!  It is a lifelong process, and I am so very thankful to have a God that will continually work on me, as long as I am willing to let Him do so.  Yes, God is on a mission, and that mission is me and whosoever else is willing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
 
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