Hallelujah, praise the living God for another day to pray for you all and be used by Him. The thought this morning is Worship. Looking for a definition that resonated with me was not easy but I would like to offer this one for your consideration. “reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred.” So I ask you to look deep within and ask yourself who or what am I worshiping, and does what I am worshiping deserve it?
Genesis 24:26New American Standard Bible (NASB)
26 Then the man bowed low and worshiped the Lord.
Heavenly Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit, through and by Your Son Jesus Your servant prays. Hear us Jesus, as attempts are made to bow low and offer acceptable worship to You. May we honor You today and show You the reverence that You alone deserve. Prepare our hearts and our minds to receive truth and light and place in us a willingness to be agents for Your good purpose. Your servant prays for Your healing right hand to restore my brothers and sisters, Your sons and daughters, to full health and to comfort us as we wait for You. Remind us of how great Your love truly is and why You are more than worthy of our praise and worship. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Hallelujah, praise the living God for another day to pray for you all and be used by Him. The thought this morning is Discipleship. Last night was the kick off to a new group I have the honor and opportunity to be a part of. (The group is called Rooted and I have another post specific to this new adventure .) The question was raised last night by my brother Neil: “What is the difference between being a believer and being a disciple”?
I really like the question and the group provided some great replies, but I will leave that question to all of you to play with today as we head out into the Lord’s glory. Please invite God into your day and ask Him to show up, if you seek, you will find.
Revelation 4:11New American Standard Bible (NASB)
11 “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”
Heavenly Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit, through and by Your Son Jesus Your servant prays. You alone are worthy and for this, we lift our praises to You. Bless You, for the gift of grace. Bless You, for purchasing damaged goods and looking beyond the visible. Your servant prays for all of Your children today, that we would see as You see and love as You love. Use us and provide the opportunity for us to do good to further Your plan. Help us to wait on You Lord, with unwavering faith and devotion. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Lord, teach me to listen. The times are noisy and my ears are weary with the thousand raucous sounds which continuously assault them. Give me the spirit of the boy Samuel when he said to Thee, “Speak, for thy servant heareth.” Let me hear Thee speaking in my heart. Let me get used to the sound of Thy Voice, that its tones may be familiar when the sounds of earth die away and the only sound will be the music of Thy speaking Voice. Amen.
Hallelujah, praise the living God for another day to pray for you all and be used by Him. The thought this morning is Free Will. It is not my aim to tell my opinions, but rather ask questions that might spur the heart and mind to seek answers. My question today is this: Why would God, who by definition is perfect, bother giving commands and instructions to His creation if Free Will or if you prefer Choice did not exist? It would seem to me to be illogical and God simply is not that. But if you have in your heart or mind a very good defense for lack of Free Will I am very interested in that point of view. I know this much, God is more than I can fathom, and I will lean on Him for understanding.
Joshua 24:15New American Standard Bible (NASB)
15 If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Heavenly Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit, through and by Your Son Jesus Your servant prays. Hear Us Jesus and may our praise bring You joy. All glory and honor belong to You Lord. Whether or not there is Free WIll is of little concern Father, but knowledge of You and the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ is so much more than enough. Guide our hearts and minds towards truth and light. Soften our rebellious hearts and make firm our faith as to prepare us for the opportunities that await. May all we do bring You glory. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
O Lord, I have heard a good word inviting me to look away to Thee and be satisfied. My heart longs to respond, but sin has clouded my vision till I see Thee but dimly. Be pleased to cleanse me in Thine own precious blood, and make me inwardly pure, so that I may with unveiled eyes gaze upon Thee all the days of my earthly pilgrimage. Then shall I be prepared to behold Thee in full splendor in the day when Thou shalt appear to be glorified in Thy saints and admired in all them that believe. Amen.
Hallelujah, praise the living God for another day to pray for you all and be used by Him. The thought this morning is Truth. I suppose the first and most important question to get past is if there is any real truth to begin with. If you fall into this camp I invite you to stand in front of traffic and tell the cars they aren’t truly there. Proving truth is the easy part, accepting it is the hard part. It is not enough to put our heads in the sand or to will or convince ourselves otherwise. The truth is there. Knowing that truth exists, why would you not pursue it? Read things for yourself, search out truth, and live it accordingly.
2 Timothy 2:15New American Standard Bible (NASB)
15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
Heavenly Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit, through and by Your Son Jesus Your servant prays. Hear us Jesus, as we offer up praise for this glorious day. Heal us from our illnesses and destroy the strongholds that are holding us back from You. Prepare our hearts as we go forth and use us for Your glory. Be our lamp and our light as we thankfully wait on You. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
O God and Father, I repent of my sinful preoccupation with visible things. The world has been too much with me. Thou hast been here and I knew it not. I have been blind to Thy Presence. Open my eyes that I may behold Thee in and around me. For Christ’s sake, Amen.
O God, quicken to life every power within me, that I may lay hold on eternal things. Open my eyes that I may see; give me acute spiritual perception; enable me to taste Thee and know that Thou art good. Make heaven more real to me than any earthly thing has ever been. Amen.