So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)
-'For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 (NIV)
- Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer
Romans 12: 12 ( NIV )
-The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.'
Exodus 14: 13 ( NIV )
-For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against
powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this World, against spiritual
wickedness in the high places.
Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)
- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4: 13 ( NIV )
-This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that
God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
1 John: 5
-What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?
Matthew 16:26 (NIV)
1. This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.
3. Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good.
4. Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.
5. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
~2 Timothy 3 - 5 - King James Version (KJV) ~
- HOW TO KNOW JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD AND SAVIOR -
A salvation prayer, known by many Christians as a 'Sinners Prayer,' is a prayer one would say to repent from sin, ask God for forgiveness, confess belief in Jesus Christ, and accept him as Lord and Savior. Saying a salvation prayer is the first step in your personal relationship with God.
If you believe the Bible offers truth about the way of salvation, but you have not taken the step to become a Christian, it's as simple as praying this prayer. You can pray by yourself, using your own words. There is no special formula. Just pray from your heart to God, and he will save you. If you feel lost and donít know what to pray, hereís a salvation prayer that you can follow:
I admit that I am a sinner. I have done many things that donít please you. I have lived my life for myself only. I am sorry, and I repent. I ask You to forgive me.
I believe that You died on the cross for me to save me. You did what I could not do for myself. I come to You now and ask you to take control of my life; I give it to You. From this day forward, help me to live every day for You and in a way that pleases You.
I love you, Lord, and I thank You that I will spend all eternity with You.
If you have just prayed this prayer, congratulations!
You have received Christ as your Savior and have made the best decision you will ever makeóone that will change your life forever!
Nehemiahís heart was burdened when he heard about the desperate condition of the exiled Jews who had returned to Jerusalem (Neh. 1:3-4). Once the Lord had Nehemiahís attention, He could reveal what He wanted the man to do.
Scripture doesnít spell out Nehemiahís reaction on realizing that he was to be a part of the solution, but we can imagine that a sense of inadequacy probably engulfed him. How could he possibly help? He wasnít even near Jerusalem, and as a servant of the king, he didnít have the freedom to just pack up and leave.
But whenever the Lord puts a burden on our heart, He will open a door for us to accomplish His will. In this case, God used Nehemiahís sad expression and desperate prayer to prepare a pagan king to send him on the mission.
How do you respond when you sense the Lord is calling you to a task that seems beyond your abilities? Do you list all the reasons why you canít possibly do it? God already knows everything about you and the situation. Heís not asking your permission to proceed; rather, He is calling you to move forward with faith in Him. You can refuse, but you risk missing out on the blessings of a life lived in obedience to Him.
The Lord will equip you for whatever He calls you to do. And because the Holy Spirit dwells within every believer, we have everything we need to fulfill our divine mission. Instead of allowing inadequacy to deter you from obeying, let it drive you to your knees so you can depend on Godís insight and power.
-But Jesus immediately said to them: 'Take courage! It is I. Donít be afraid.'
-Matthew 14:27 -
Jim was frantically sharing about problems he was encountering with his work team: division, judgmental attitudes, and misunderstandings. After an hour of patiently listening to his concerns, I suggested, 'Letís ask Jesus what He would have us do in this situation.' We sat quietly for five minutes. Then something amazing happened. We both felt Godís peace cover us like a blanket. We were more relaxed as we experienced His presence and guidance, and we felt confident to wade back into the difficulties.
Peter, one of Jesusís disciples, needed Godís comforting presence. One night he and the other disciples were sailing across the Sea of Galilee when a strong storm arose. All of a sudden, Jesus showed up walking on water! Naturally, this took the disciples by surprise. He reassured them: 'Take courage! It is I. Donít be afraid' (Matthew 14:27). Peter impulsively asked Jesus if he could join Him. He stepped out of the boat and walked toward Jesus. But he soon lost focus, became aware of the dangerous and humanly impossible circumstance he was in, and started sinking. He cried out, 'Lord, save me!' and Jesus lovingly rescued him (vv. 30Ė31).
Like Peter, we can learn that Jesus, the Son of God, is with us even in the storms of life!
By: Estera Pirosca Escobar
- Reflect & Pray -
What storm of life are you going through today? What can you do to shift your focus from the storm to the One who can calm it?
Jesus, thank You that You have the power and authority to calm the storms in our lives. Help us to trust You.
We have the opportunity to offer heartfelt prayers for every person we see. The attendant at the grocery store. The nurse in the doctorís office. You donít have to tell them of your intercessory prayer.
When we seek to bless others through prayer, we are blessed. Studies draw causal links between prayer and faith and health and happiness. The act of praying for others has a boomerang effect. It allows us to shift the burden we carry for others to the shoulders of God. Donít grow angry at the churchís condition. Pray for her. Donít fret about the future of your family, pray for them. Assume the posture of prayer.
Is there a crisis in your world? Are you called to give hope where hope cannot be found? Is prayer all that you have? Thatís okay. Prayer is all you need. And this is how happiness happens.
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