Glory in the Highest

December 17, 2014

Luke 2:7-14 NASB
And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

 

The first place Jesus lays His head = the manger
A baby lying in the manger = a sign to the shepherds

Look what accompanies the telling of the sign!

  • The Lord’s glory shining
  • A great company of heavenly hosts praising God = glory in the highest
  • The promise of God’s peace among men with whom He is pleased

Ephesians 5:8-10 NASB
8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light 9 (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10 trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.

 The Lord’s peace and glory rest upon those He is pleased with.

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Persistent Prayer

December 12, 2014

Luke 11:5-8 persistent prayer – why did Jesus emphasize this?

Like Luke 11:5-8, Jesus also taught in Luke 18:1-8 that as we cry out to God for help and are persistent in looking to Him, He will answer.

  • We do not need to be persistent because God cannot hear
  • We do not need to be persistent because God is toying with us
  • We do not need to be persistent because God needs the attention
  • We do not need to be persistent to twist God’s arm

=> The purpose of persistent prayer is for us to get our minds in accord with His.

That’s why in Matthew’s account following the Lord’s Prayer, we find Jesus teaching to take no thought for our lives but to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Mt 6:25-33)

Persistence may require more than one knock. Knocking once does not indicate perseverance, but “continued” knocking does. This requires faith that God will answer in His time – maybe that’s why it’s emphasized here!

Hebrews 11:6 AMP
6 But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].

If we persistently seek after God, His way of doing and being, we will find Him. Searching for Him is intentional and requires focus. Seeking as if  seeking for something precious and valuable.

Matthew 13:44-46 AMP
44 The kingdom of heaven is like something precious buried in a field, which a man found and hid again; then in his joy he goes and sells all he has and buys that field.
45 Again the kingdom of heaven is like a man who is a dealer in search of fine and precious pearls,
46 Who, on finding a single pearl of great price, went and sold all he had and bought it.

Seeking knowing that God is a good Father who gives good gifts to His children who ask(v13).

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Luke 11:1-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Instruction about Prayer

11 It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” 2 And He said to them, “When you pray, say:

‘Father, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
3
‘Give us each day our daily bread.
4
‘And forgive us our sins,
For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”
5 Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. 11 Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? 12 Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

A Structure for Prayer

December 11, 2014

The following prayer is traditionally taught as a passage to be recited, rather than a model for prayer, hence the words “when you pray say”. However, “The Lord’s Prayer” is actually “the disciple’s prayer”. Many of Jesus’ followers were men who first followed John the Baptist, so they were familiar with the forerunner’s practice of spiritual retreats in the wilderness (fasting, prayer, repentance). After being with Jesus, the followers sensed something different about His posture of prayer. Just as John the Baptist taught his disciples, Jesus teaches about prayer from the passage below. Jesus outlines the structure or pattern of prayer for His followers by placing emphasis on 5 key points:

  1. Adoration => honoring the Father, coming in humble reverence(v2)
  2. Submission => His will/kingdom first, His way of doing and being(v2)
  3. Supplication => Asking for His daily provision(v3)
  4. Repentance => forgiveness of sins, ours and others(v4)
  5. Protection => from the evil one and awareness of our own selfishness(v4)

Questions to ponder:

  1. What was Jesus doing before His disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray?
  2. According to this passage, what is the kingdom to come?
  3. Consider the placement of this passage in relation to Luke 10
    =>Jesus sends out the 70(Lk 10:1-12)
    =>Jesus rejoices upon the return of the 70(Lk 10:21-22)
    =>Jesus visits Martha and Mary(Lk 10:38-42)
    Is this significant?

Tomorrow consider Lk 11:5-8 persistent prayer – why did Jesus emphasize this? Plus answers to the above questions in the comments. :)

Luke 11:1-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Instruction about Prayer

11 It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” 2 And He said to them, “When you pray, say:

‘Father, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
3
‘Give us each day our daily bread.
4
‘And forgive us our sins,
For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”
5 Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. 11 Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? 12 Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

A Model for Prayer

December 10, 2014

Praise the Lord! My husband is involved with a ministry in camden and told the leaders they should do a teaching on prayer. Guess what?! This morning he tells me he looked at my sunday school book — in it there is a teaching on prayer! It’s like the Lord answered him :)

Not only that but it’s also an answer to some of the deceptive teaching on prayer that is in the church today ==> The Circle Maker and the New Age practice of “Entering God’s presence through silence(emptying you mind) – Contemplative Prayer – Be Still” promoted by Dallas Willard, among others.

 
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So here is the passage – a good passage to base a model of prayer on! So next time you hear of a “new” way to pray or “our prayer ministry is based on this book” why not ask – “why not base prayer on the model Jesus Himself gave us?” I’ll post some more about this tomorrow …

Do you see a structure for prayer in this passage?

Luke 11:1-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Instruction about Prayer

11 It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” 2 And He said to them, “When you pray, say:

‘Father, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
3
‘Give us each day our daily bread.
4
‘And forgive us our sins,
For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”
5 Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. 11 Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? 12 Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

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In His Footsteps

December 6, 2014

Psalm 16:11 AMP
11 You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.

In His footsteps
The pathway to life
The sweet fragrance of Christ
-2Cor 2:14-15
Hope, faith, love and peace
Hearts made glad
Joy blossoms on display
-Is 61:10-11
When you follow Jesus
The truth, the life and the way.
-Jn 14:6

 
Proverbs 10:28 AMP
28 The hope of the [uncompromisingly] righteous (the upright, in right standing with God) is gladness, but the expectation of the wicked (those who are out of harmony with God) comes to nothing.

Jesus in Your Footsteps

December 3, 2014

Galatians 5:22-26 AMP
22 But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness,
23 Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge].
24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the flesh (the godless human nature) with its passions and appetites and desires.
25 If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit we have our life in God, let us go forward walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.]
26 Let us not become vainglorious and self-conceited, competitive and challenging and provoking and irritating to one another, envying and being jealous of one another.

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As I was contemplating the above scripture, the Lord gave me the below song. It’s not only a prayer, but an encouraging reminder, that it’s only as we daily keep in step with Jesus that we daily live.

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Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
In Your footsteps, In Your footsteps
Let me keep in step, Keep in step

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
In Your footsteps, In Your footsteps
Let me daily live.

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It also reminds us that the footsteps of Jesus are our pathway, our pathway of life.

Psalm 85:13 AMP
13 Righteousness shall go before Him and shall make His footsteps a way in which to walk.

Psalm 85:13 NKJV
13 Righteousness will go before Him, And shall make His footsteps our pathway.

Psalm 16:11 AMP
11 You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.

From NetBible Ps 16:11

  • *show me the path of life = cause me to know or experience the path of life

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Serve the Lord with Gladness!

November 29, 2014

Psalm 100:2 AMP
2 Serve the Lord with gladness! Come before His presence with singing!

From NetBible Ps 100:2

  • serve[05647] = worship, submit, honor, obey
  • gladness[08057]= exceeding joy, glee, rejoicing
    *From glad[08056] to show joy
    *From make glad[08055] brighten up, shine with joy
  • singing[07445]= ringing cry, joyful triumphant singing
    *From [07442] = a creaking (or shrill sound) for joy

Psalm 97:11 AMP
11 Light is sown for the [uncompromisingly] righteous and strewn along their pathway, and joy for the upright in heart [the irrepressible joy which comes from consciousness of His favor and protection].

From NetBible Ps 97:11

  • light[0216]=brightness, favor, shine, light(of face)
    *From [0215]= to lighten up, shine, make shine(of face)
  • joy[08057]= exceeding gladness, glee, rejoicing
    *From glad[08056] to show joy
    *From make glad[08055] brighten up, shine with joy

Serve the Lord with gladness
Because of His favor and protection!

Be anointed with the oil of joy -Ps104:14-15;Ps45:7;He1:9;Jer31:12;Is61:3
Let the joy of the Lord shine
From your heart and face.

May your mouth be filled with joyful triumphant singing
As you come into His presence.

 

 

 

Magnify the Lord with Thanksgiving!

November 27, 2014

Psalm 69:30-31 AMP
30 I will praise the name of God with a song and will magnify Him with thanksgiving,
31 And it will please the Lord better than an ox or a bullock that has horns and hoofs.

From NetBible Ps 69:30-31

  • praise[01984] = to boast, shine, glory, celebrate
  • magnify[01431] = make great/important, to honor
  • thanksgiving[08426] = thank-offering, sacrifice of praise

Psalm 33:1 AMP
1 Rejoice in the Lord, O you [uncompromisingly] righteous [you upright in right standing with God]; for praise is becoming and appropriate for those who are upright [in heart].

From NetBible Ps 33:1

  • rejoice[07442] = to shout/sing aloud for joy/triumph
  • praise[08416] = hymn, adoration, thanksgiving (paid to God)
    *from praise[01984] = to boast, shine, glory, celebrate
  • becoming[05000] = beautiful, suitable

Magnify the Lord with a song and thanksgiving
For the Lord is pleased with praise from the upright.
Praise from the upright is beautiful and appropriate!

Psalm 66:2 AMP
2 Sing forth the honor and glory of His name; make His praise glorious!

From NetBible Ps 66:2

  • praise[08416] = hymn, adoration, thanksgiving (paid to God)
    *from praise[01984] = to boast, shine, glory, celebrate
  • glorious[03519] = filled with honor, glory, reverence, dignity, splendor

Everlasting Strength Everlasting Arms

November 26, 2014

Deuteronomy 33:27 AMP
27 The eternal God is your refuge and dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms; …

From NetBible Dt 33:27

  • eternal God[06924] = everlasting, from the beginning, ancient
  • refuge[04585] = dwelling place, habitation
  • everlasting[05769] = for ever, perpetual, eternal, eternity, unending

Isaiah 26:4 AMP
4 So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].

From NetBible Isa 26:4

  • NLT … Trust in the LORD always, for the LORD GOD is the eternal Rock.
  • BBE … Let your hope be in the Lord for ever: for the Lord Jah is an unchanging Rock.
  • NET … Trust in the Lord from this time forward, even in Yah, the Lord, an enduring protector!
  • NKJV … Trust in the LORD forever, For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.

Trust in the Lord
For the everlasting God is your refuge

In His everlasting arms
Is your everlasting strength
For the everlasting God is
Your everlasting unchanging Rock!

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One True Vine

November 22, 2014

John 15:1,4-5,11,16 AMP …  I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser. … Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. … You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed you [I have planted you], that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may be lasting [that it may remain, abide], so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name [as presenting all that I Am], He may give it to you.

Jesus is the One and Only True Vine
We are the branches
Apart from Jesus we can do nothing
For Jesus and the Father, the One True God, are One

 I and the Father are One. -Jn 10:30 AMP

Neither for these alone do I pray [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for all those who will ever come to believe in (trust in, cling to, rely on) Me through their word and teaching, that they all may be one, [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me. -Jn 17:20-21 AMP

And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent. -Jn 17:3 AMP

Only fruit produced IN Christ Jesus is
EVERLASTING
All other fruit will perish …

From NetBible Jn 15:1

  • The imagery of the vine underscores the importance of fruitfulness in the Christian life and the truth that this results not from human achievement, but from one’s position in Christ. Jesus is not just giving some comforting advice, but portraying to the disciples the difficult path of faithful service. To some degree the figure is similar to the head-body metaphor used by Paul, with Christ as head and believers as members of the body. Both metaphors bring out the vital and necessary connection which exists between Christ and believers.

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